There are tons of ways to gain hours instead of instructing BUT it is not easy. Really look at it before you decide not to instruct before just walking away from that option. Let me also add, I got the job ferrying planes with a “wet” commercial multi & single rating because the chief pilot loved my resume and my motivated yet mature attitude (his words not mine). I’m in my mid 30’s, married, two kids, prior military and 12 years as a police officer with multiple awards and accomplishments in both. I also got the attention of my new employer because of my resume and someone I know at the company hand delivered it to them.
All that being said, I have several other friends that decided against instructing (some even after getting their CFI/CFII/MEI) and are doing fairly well flying pipeline in west Texas, gliders in Arizona,
and aerial Survey across the country.