The best ENFP careers, money making side hustles and awesome hobbies are contained within this post.
Some of my best friends are ENFPs. Several tell me they are the best Myers-Briggs type and even as an INFJ, I am inclined to agree with them (my wife is an ISFJ and of course, she is my favorite, but don’t tell the ENFPs). As an ENFP, you are everyone’s best friend, the life of the party, and the person everyone wants to connect with.
But, one common thread with ENFPs is a desire for change in their current role or position to something with even greater meaning and significance. This yearning keeps them moving toward their higher purpose, but it comes with a difficulty with following through and making decisions. This is why it’s vital to connect with a complementary type to get headed in the right direction.
I want to share a brief overview of the ENFP type for you here, but feel free to skip down to the list of ENFP careers, side hustles and hobbies below if you have a pretty good grip on this type. Otherwise, keep reading for a quick reminder on why you are the best type. 😉
ENFP stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving.
The dominant function of an ENFP is their Extraverted Intuition (Ne). This means ENFPs primarily tend to focus on seeking new ideas, making new connections, and building out a list of possibilities. Put simply, it means brainstorming, keeping an open mind, and thinking out loud to come to conclusions.
The secondary or auxiliary function of an ENFP Introverted Feeling (Fi). This tends to be the process used for determining personal tastes and moral judgements. As a secondary, it plays out in the real world when ENFPs first open their minds to all possibilities (Ni) and then making their decision using Fi.
In terms of career paths and work, it means finding work that lets you be open to new ideas and possibilities in a “what you make of it” type of environment. Corporate America could work, but with any type of job you run the risk of it becoming formulaic or downright boring. Work that lets you make connections, explore new possibilities, and lines up with your moral and ethical underpinnings makes for good ENFP careers.
For a more in depth look at the ENFP cognitive stack and how they work go here. For basic purposes, it’s okay not to dive too deeply; it’s more important to find work that we enjoy doing.
In general ENFPs:
- Open minded and curious about the world and its people.
- Tend to be the life of the party.
- Enjoy making new connections.
- Love getting to know people on a deeper level, but often end up knowing lots of people at the surface level.
- Are easily bored.
- Love novelty and just about anything new and exciting.
- Want to encourage and lift others up to their highest potential.
- Are bored by facts and data, want to know the practical application above all else.
- Value creativity, family, the arts, and never finishing a book.
- Have trouble making decisions.
- Will stymie in a career that doesn’t utilize their strengths, but watch out when they get unleashed!
- Are the type you want in your corner if you hit a rough patch, ENFPs are great at digging others out of their ruts.
Aren’t 100 %sure of your type? Go here to take a free test and figure it out (but read other type descriptions too if you aren’t confident in your score). Quickly browse the career list on that site, but come back here for a better look into how your type affects the changing landscape of jobs in our millennial age.
Let’s dive right into five ENFP careers to consider. Remember, ENFPs can do well with any career as long as they get to continually grow and work towards something new. Find yourself in a lonely job devoid of meaning and replete with redundant tasks and you’ll quickly suffocate. Find an ENFP career that fits your style and will prompt you to become the best you, not something that puts you to sleep and brings out your worst.
Let’s dive into the best ENFP careers. Don’t forget though, the key with any of these career options is to introduce change and growth whenever possible. Don’t succumb to the slow death of sameness.
1) Railroad Conductor
Is there a career that sounds more fun than this one? Didn’t think so. It’s a great way to explore the world, meet new people, and stay open to possibilities. If I was an ENFP and thinking about this career, I’d look into the options in other countries (Europe anyone?) and see where else I could go. I wouldn’t stick to one route which would undoubtedly get boring and uneventful.
2) Robotics Engineer
Robotics is an ever changing and increasingly useful field. You could work on the Tesla, for the military, or a cause you believed in. Go here to see how Robotics are changing the world.
3) Park Ranger
As an ENFP park ranger you will need to make sure you are working at a big park that sees a lot of foot traffic. Don’t be tempted to go for an easier position with less people as you will soon feel the weight of being alone. Embrace your need for people and stay out and about as much as possible.
4) Small Business Owner
As a small business owner and entrepreneur you can go in whatever direction you determine. Everything will depend on you but you’ll thrive on the rush of doing something you care about. Bring quality people along with you and if you aren’t up for leading them, bring on someone who can. Always remember to think outside the box while staying in your lane.
5) News Anchor
People’s attention all on you? The news anchor is a great fit for the ENFP personality type. You’ll get to report on the news from a position of authority all while working with other people. The only catch? You can’t become a news anchor overnight, and some of the jobs along the way will either bore you or otherwise not be a good fit. If you are in it for the long-haul though this career is a great mix of your relational and influencing talents.
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ENFP Side Hustles
Let’s move beyond ENFP careers, and check out some of the best side hustles for the ENFP type. Everyone would do well to add in a few side hustles to their income portfolios, but ENFPs more than most will struggle here. Since you prefer giving your all to one important endeavor, having multiple things might distract you and pull you away.
Still though, starting new side hustles is one of the best ways to find your purpose and passion through experimentation, so give some of these a try if you need a change.
If you enjoy being outside and working on outdoor creations this could be a good side hustle for you. You can make of it what you will and expand or just keep it as a small side business.
2) Plasma Donation
This is an easy way to get a little bit of extra money on the side, you’ll get to interact with other like minded and giving souls, and your heart will be at ease knowing you are spending time giving back to those in need. Win, win, win!
If you love to bake and love to interact with others, get your baked goods on! It might not rain in the dough like a real estate investment could, but the smiles on those kids faces as they gobble up your gluten free brownies will be priceless.
4) YouTube Star
There are people out there making a ton of money with YouTube. If you have a great topic and a great personality give it a shot. Your ability to connect with people in real life will be perfect for this venture.
5) Dog Walking
ENFPs make great dog walkers (as long as you like dogs). Everyone you meet out walking will want to stop and chat and you’ll be more than happy to oblige. Once get good you’ll learn how to expand and make a nice little side business out of it.
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The best ENFP hobbies are ones where you can take a step back from changing the world and recharge. We can’t be on 100% of the time, so do remember to take time for yourself and do what you love most. Hobbies should bring you joy, energy, and passion. You’ve found the right fit when you can get lost in what you are doing and don’t even notice the time passing by.
Here are five ideas for ENFP hobbies:
Joining improv is a great way to learn to think on your feet. You’ll need these skills to become a more effective communicator. Plus, if you enjoy acting, you’ll be able to spend time with others doing something that will be new and exciting every time.
Journaling is good for the soul. As an ENFP you’ll most likely spend a lot of your time talking and thinking out loud and this could be a nice break. But you don’t have to write to journal. You can record your voice and save audio journals, or Vlog on YouTube or another platform.
3) Playing the Flute (or another instrument)
Have you played an instrument at some point in your life? Consider picking it up again and doing a local open mic night or play on your church worship team.
4) Paddle Boarding
For nature lovers this is a good one. Get outside and on the open waters and get away from the hustle for a bit.
You don’t have to do something on your own to recharge. If you are the ENFP who just can’t be alone and has to be with others find a place to volunteer locally. You’ll be giving back and enjoying yourself, another win win! 😉
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What are your favorite ENFP careers, side hustles and hobbies? Share below!