One of the highest callings of humanity is to devote one’s life to helping others. You don’t have to be particularly spiritual or subscribe to a religion to feel this way. Even children start expressing the desire to help others at a young age.

One of the first ways we think about helping others in terms of a career is via the medical field. By definition, the business of healing is the business of helping others. There are doctors, nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, medical transcriptionists etc.. They are all in the business of helping people.

But it is a mistake to think only in terms of healthcare proper. If you want to help other people and make a living doing it, the possibilities are endless. If you do like the idea of healthcare, there are still plenty of options.

Massage therapy is ideal for a person who does not want to spend the next 12 years in school and take on hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical school debt.

All you really need is a location, a proper massage table, a couple years of training and certification, and a happy clientele.

If you want nothing to do with medicine, here are some other ways you can enter the business of helping others:

The Business of Marriage

Marriage is not just a domestic union, it is a big business. It is difficult to know how big the wedding industry is because of a number of factors. There are many small businesses associated with the industry such as the following:

  • Cake making
  • Catering
  • Photography
  • Entertainment
  • Venues

If you are the kind of person who is a master of pulling lots of small pieces together to create something amazing, you might want to be a wedding planner. There is a lot to think about and do when preparing to get married. A wedding planner is often the key to making sure everything goes off without a hitch.

The marriage business also includes marriage counseling, romantic getaways, and everything else that goes into a successful union. Whatever your particular talents, there is a good chance you can find a place for them in the marriage business.

The Business of Education

When it comes time to thank the people who made them who they are, seldom is a doctor mentioned. After parents, some teacher is the one who gets the recognition. That is because not everyone has a life or death encounter that requires a doctor. But we all have an education deficit that requires a teacher.

Without a proper education, a person will have a hard time ever reaching their full potential. It doesn’t matter what field of endeavor you pursue. Whether an athlete or astronaut, radiologist or roughneck, writer or wrangler, you need a teacher to help you achieve your best.

Teaching is not limited to formal education. You can also go private and teach individuals something valuable that you happen to have mastered. It may be a musical instrument, or computer programming, or dog grooming. Knowledge is power. And empowering other people is one of the most helpful things you can do.

Financial Advisor

If home was a Fortune 500 business, most of us would probably face charges of financial mismanagement. It is not intentional. We just don’t have a lot of experience handling large amounts of money over the long term.

Financial advisors are those people who help the rest of us manage our resources in a responsible way, and who help us implement a plan for the future based on the resources we have today.

We always think we need more money. But the best help we can get is usually finding a way to live on a budget with the resources we already have. And that is not the only financial help you can offer.

Another financial service you can offer is investment advice. If you already have the budget sorted, the next step is to determine the best way to grow your wealth.

The business of helping other it much broader than health care. It includes the business of marriage, education, and finance. Even if it is not your source of income, make it your business to help someone everyday.