Someone very pithy once said that doing what you love means that you will never have to work another day in your life. That is an overstatement. However, there are publications such as HuffPost that say that there are real benefits to doing so. If you enjoy bicycling, it makes sense for you to look for a job that requires it on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are more options in this regard than most interested individuals would expect.
1. Advertise While Bicycling
Chances are good that you have heard of people putting advertisements on their cars, so it isn't a huge jump to people putting advertisements on themselves while they ride around on bikes. The idea sees interest for a couple of main reasons. First, someone who rides around on a bicycle while wearing a mini-billboard will be seen by more people than a stationary sign, which means an increased generation of sales leads. Second, such sights are eye-catching because they are so novel. Something that is extremely important when most people have become so jaded towards conventional advertising. On top of this, advertising while bicycling is even eco-friendly.
2. Help People Move While Bicycling
Generally speaking, when you think of moving, you think of people loading the contents of a home onto a truck. However, a full-fledged truck can be overkill for people who aren't bringing a lot of things with them for whatever reason. As a result, there are moving companies that offer movers on bicycles for short-distance moves within the same city. These people can make surprisingly good time, particularly if they are operating in congested urban areas.
3. Show Tourists the Sights While Bicycling
If you are fond of your local area, you should consider becoming a bike tour guide. In some ways, it is the same as being a standard tour guide. For instance, you will be expected to show tourists shops, restaurants, and other sites of interest. In other ways, it can be very different. After all, everyone will be riding a bicycle. Due to that, you won't be going into detail about every single attraction on the way. Instead, you are more meant to give your clients a general sense of your local area.
4. Deliver Medical Treatment On a Bicycle
There are now emergency response teams that head to the scene on bicycles rather than in ambulances. These operate in congested urban areas where ambulances might get stuck in traffic. As a result, bicycles are sometimes used to weave in and out of traffic so that they can get to the scene as soon as possible.
5. Patrol Nature Trails On a Bicycle
On a related note, people sometimes patrol nature trails while riding on bicycles. This is because the wilderness can be rough, so much so that bigger vehicles are made too impractical for routine use. If you want to do this, you will need healthcare training because you will be expected to provide medical assistance if you come upon someone in need.
6. Police the Community On a Bicycle
The police make use of a wide range of transportation. As a result, if you go into the police force, you might have the opportunity to work from a bicycle rather than a car. Doing police work on a bicycle is more exciting than a lot of the other bicycling jobs mentioned here. For instance, you will be expected to learn defensive cycling, which means cycling while maintaining a high degree of situational awareness so that you won't get caught off-guard by road hazards, people's mistakes, and other things that can lead to a serious accident.
7. Teach People How to Bicycle Indoors
A lot of people enjoy cycling because they enjoy being outdoors. However, if you care more about cycling than about doing so either indoors or outdoors, you might want to consider becoming an indoor bicycling instructor. It won't be enough for you to just pass those skills to your students. You will also need to be capable of encouraging them to do their best. After all, everyone has commitments that can make it difficult for them to meet their exercise goals, so having that kind of support can increase their chances of success by a great deal.
8. Teach People How to Bicycle Outdoors
There are also positions for people who want to teach others how to bicycle outdoors. Oftentimes, these positions are focused on certain kinds of cycling such as BMX or mountain biking, meaning that you will be expected to possess the relevant skills. Still, if you are both able and willing to teach these things, this can be a great way for you to hone your skills as well.
9. Make Deliveries On a Bicycle
Nowadays, people expect their deliveries to arrive within a very short window of time. That kind of capability doesn't just pop up out of nowhere. Instead, there are a huge number of people working in a wide range of positions who make such speedy deliveries possible. Chances are good that you have seen the people responsible for making deliveries within the same city. Sometimes, they are riding around in cars or trucks. Other times, they are riding around on either bicycles or motorcycles. Making deliveries is exhausting, but it is nonetheless something that people can do while riding around on a bicycle.
10. Write About Traveling On a Bicycle
Different people enjoy traveling in different ways. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that some enjoy visiting places while riding on a bicycle, which can offer them a different perspective than if they either went on foot or in a motor vehicle. In turn, that means that they can show interest in the writings of people who have already done so, not least because that can reveal new possibilities to them that they never knew existed. If you enjoy both cycling and writing, you might want to combine those two things by becoming a cycling travel writer.
Written by Dana Hanson
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