Exciting ESTP careers, great side-hustles, and intriguing hobbies are listed below. Most websites and blogs on this subject have a list of careers that fit several types…
This list is curated and highly specialized for the ESTP. I narrowed down the list and picked out five ESTP careers, five side hustles, and five hobbies that fit your type perfectly.
No one has time for a list of 20 careers you don’t really want to do (or wouldn’t even be good at).
In this post, I’ll help you embrace your personality with this list of ESTP careers, side hustles, and hobbies.
Here’s a brief overview of the ESTP type:
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ESTP stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.
The dominant function of an ESTP is their Extraverted Sensing (Se). This means ESTPs perceive the world primarily through their five senses. They are particularly sensitive to external stimuli and are in tune with their environments and always on the lookout for novel sensations.
The secondary or auxiliary function of an ESTP is their Introverted Thinking (Ti). This is how ESTPs bring order into their private world and make sense of the information gained by their Se.
For a more in depth look at the ESTP cognitive stack and how they work, check out this page. This subject can get heady pretty quickly, but it’s important to understand the basics and how it works.
In terms of career paths and work, the ESTP does best in jobs that let them use their hands, interact with people, and aren’t too serious in nature. ESTPs savor a fun approach to work that will let them use their logical, people oriented skills in the moment.
In general ESTPs:
- Make up about 4% of the population.
- Love to be the center of attention.
- Leap before they look.
- Enjoy drama, passion, and pleasure to the extreme much more so than other types.
- Believe rules are more like guidelines to be bent to serve their needs or the greater good.
- Are highly observant and quick to point out their observations.
- Prefer silly over serious and fast paced over slow and methodical.
- Prefer short term wins over long term goals.
- Are high energy and people oriented.
- Appreciated breadth of relationships with many vs. depth of relationship with a few.
- Tend to be the most coordinated of all the types and as such are often athletes or just generally good at anything involving throwing a ball.
- Restless for adventure and seeking out something new to try or a new avenue to approach.
- Are direct and bold in their approach.
- Can be impatient if things aren’t going their way or moving at too slow a pace.
Go here to take a free test to determine a starting point to figuring out your type (but read other type descriptions too if you aren’t confident in your score). Remember, you are not your test result, this is just one way of getting to know yourself a little bit more. After you take the test come back for a better look into how your type fits into the changing landscape of jobs in our millennial age.
Here are my choices for the top five ESTP careers:
A chiropractor is a great choice for the ESTP. You will get to work hands on with a variety of people to help them through their pain. People go to chiropractors when other forms of medicine have failed them, so you’ll need to believe in what you do and how it can help people. There are chiropractors out there just trying to make a quick buck, so be prepared for the skeptics, but know that most people are just seeking some sort of relief.
You’ll also get to work the business end of things and scratch your entrepreneurial itch. Running a chiropractor business isn’t easy, but with your personality and the drive to succeed, it’s a safe bet you’ll do well.
Going into business as a carpenter is a good fit for the ESTP type. It will allow your creative side to shine while still using your people skills to sell your work and your hardworking personality to make useful pieces of furniture and other helpful crafts.
It can take years to get good enough to make it a career, but as long as there are trees around and lazy people who need a chair to sit in, you’ll be in a career people need.
3) Interior Designer
Interior design is a career that fits the ESTP type perfectly. Your knack for creative solutions and keen eye for detail will serve you will in an industry all about that delicate touch.
There is a lot to figure out when thinking about setting up your own interior design business, but here’s a look at how to start strong from the ground up.
I listed landscaping as a side hustle for the ENFP type, but I think the ESTP can turn it into a full on career. With your sensing nature and your desire to lead an entrepreneurial life free from the constraints of a 9-5 or other ties, you’ll do well here.
Landscaping isn’t an easy gig, but there are businesses, rental properties, doctor’s offices, etc. out there spending thousands of dollars a month to not have to mow their own lawns (I know, I use to work for one).
Suffice it to say there is plenty of opportunity out there to come in, do a bang up job, and get paid a pretty good fee to keep the grass short and the flowers budding.
5) Group Fitness Trainer
The best trainers are the ones that know how to interact with a crowd and keep workouts challenging but also fun and rewarding.
My wife and I did Camp Gladiator for two years and loved it. Our group fitness sessions/boot camps were fun but also helped us get to the best shape we’ve been in all of our lives.
Good trainers know how to push campers, but also create a community in which people want to keep showing up and working out. CG did this well.
You could sign up with CG as a trainer, or a find a myriad of other businesses offering similar services. People are realizing that they are stronger together and in a community and more of these types of services will continue to pop up.
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ESTP Side Hustles
Let’s move beyond ESTP careers, and check out five side hustles which can help you start pulling money in beyond just your day job. It’s important for all types to have a few side hustle options in their back pocket.
Even if you have a great job it’s not guaranteed it will be there forever. It’s also not guaranteed you will continue to enjoy your day job for the long-haul. I recommend everyone get a side hustle and build other assets into their portfolio.
There is no such thing as playing it safe in the corporate world, make sure your skills are broad and not refined to one particular area.
If you are a chiropractor consider how some of the below options might fit naturally with your business. If you are a group fitness trainer or a landscaper or any other profession, think about how a side hustle might be a natural extension of something you are already familiar with.
The idea is not to step so far out of your normal zone you feel overwhelmed, but to augment your pre-existing interests, passions, and skills.
Here are five ideas for ESTP side hustles:
1) Ad Space on Car
Did you know you can make a little extra income on the side by selling ad space on your car? If you don’t mind offering up your ride to the cause, companies like Carvertise will match you with companies, provide the decal for your car, and then pay you direct each month.
You don’t even necessarily need a company to do the work for you. As an ESTP who doesn’t mind interacting with other people to get what you want, you could feasibly approach companies who you think might get value out of you driving around sporting their logo.
Think of companies with marketing budgets like Planet Fitness or McDonalds and see what you can do to get a piece of the pie by going in person and approaching local managers.
If you drive a lot and can sell yourself well, you might find opportunity waiting for you to make money with your car.
You can sell your services as a calligrapher on sites like Fiverr or Upwork. If you have nice handwriting and can sell yourself well, people with terrible handwriting or those lacking the time to do these things themselves would love to have you write for them.
You can also sell calligraphy on Etsy, teach others fancy handwriting through a blog or YouTube, or any other creative entrepreneurial avenue to make a few extra bucks with your fancy penmanship.
3) Food Delivery
Food delivery service like GrubHub or DoorDash need drivers to make their services work. That’s where you come in. Become a food delivery driver in your spare time to meet new people, drive new places, and make a few extra bucks on the side.
Here’s how to make extra cash with this side hustle.
4) Record Audiobooks on ACX
If you have your own studio (or access to one you can rent) or a closet to record in (closets actually work great as recording studios no joke) you could turn a profit recording audiobooks in your spare time.
ACX is Amazon’s company for distributing audiobooks on Amazon and stands for audiobook creation exchange. You can sign up as a narrator to do fee-for-service projects or take on royalty split options with authors. Royalty split can be good if the book has the potential to take off, but fee-for-service projects are probably your best bet.
With this side hustle you do need to be able to edit and master the audiobook yourself (or get someone else to do it for you). This could turn into more of a hassle than it’s worth, but if you love the sound of your own voice and don’t mind being behind a mic for hours on end, it could be a good fit.
5) Yard Sale Flipper
If you love interacting with people at yard sales and haggling for a great deal, you could potentially develop a side hustle out of flipping items for profit. Just think house flipping but on a much smaller scale.
Here’s a cool guide to starting out with this side hustle by none other than Gary Vee himself.
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The best ESTP hobbies involve doing what you love. These hobbies might be the perfect way for you to unwind and truly enjoy life after all that work stuff is said and done. An an ESTP, hobbies are an extension of what you are already doing.
Try these five on for size and discover new and exciting ways to spend your valuable time.
Stop spending your evenings thinking about work and give these ESTP hobbies a try:
As an ESTP you may already be a beat-boxing pro, but if you haven’t already given this crowd pleasing hobby a try consider it.
Can you get as good as this guy below? Challenge accepted.
Beekeeping can be a surprisingly awesome hobby for the ESTP.
Besides trudging around in a full bee suit to ward off stings, you’ll get to grow and eat your own honey and give back to the environment by improving pollination in your local community.
Here’s how to become a beekeeper.
3) Fly Fishing
Fishing is fun, but fly fishing with friends is even better. Get really good and you could even compete in fly fishing competitions, showing the world just how good you are at this interesting way to fish.
4) Horseback Riding
Riding horseback is an exhilarating experience. I first galloped on a beach in Ecuador led by a twelve year old kid and a brief 30 second lesson (in spanish). Needless to say, I was not prepared, but it was a blast nonetheless.
Give it a try and who knows, you might just love it. At the very least it will be another box you can check off your bucket list.
5) Private Pilot
Becoming a private pilot and owning my own private plane is one item on my life goal list. I haven’t made any moves to make it happen, but how cool would it be to own your own plan and fly people around?
Getting your private pilot’s license takes time and effort, but it won’t completely break the bank, and you can even rent private jets in lieu of purchasing your own.
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