Though most people think taking the college route is a smart idea, it isn’t for everyone.
With the average student loan debt reaching $37,172, millennials are now thinking of going elsewhere instead of heading straight to college.
Is it a bad idea?
If you want to go into the health field, odds are you’ll definitely need an education. However, if you have something else in mind, getting an education isn’t always the smartest idea.
Some of the richest people in the world have either never been to college or decided to drop out. (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, just to name a few).
Most of these jobs will require a few years to start making a comfortable income, but once you get experience under your belt, the possibilities are endless. I have found that in many jobs, experience overrides a college education.
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Below are 17 jobs that pay up to $65,000 a year with no college degree.
1. Teach a language
If you have a bachelor’s degree and teaching experience (or tutoring or mentoring), apply to VIPKID here. VIPKID is currently hiring for online teachers to teach English. This company is listed #5 on the Forbes list as one of the best online companies to work for.
2. Sell on Amazon
The first year that Jessica’s family ran their Amazon FBA business together, working less than 20 hours a week total, they made over 6 figures profit. That’s amazing!
Jessica has a free 7-day course available for anyone who wants to start making a full-time income off of selling on Amazon. Get started here!
3. Freelance Proofreader
“In 2014, Caitlin made slightly over $43,000 by being a freelance proofreader, while also going on several fun vacations.” You can find out how she makes a full-time income as a freelance proofreader below:
Caitlin has a FREE 45-minute workshop that will give you tons of great info on becoming a freelance proofreader. Check it out the free workshop here.
4. Customer Service Representative and more
A customer service representative gets the opportunity to work at home and make a comfortable living. You’ll be in charge of providing assistance and information to customers.
You can search here for customer service opportunities, with Flex Jobs.
Flex Jobs is a website that only lists REAL work at home jobs, so you never have to worry that you’re wasting time or giving information to the wrong person.
Transcription is the art of turning any audio or video content into a text document. You can transcribe legal documents, medical documents, and even regular documents for people who run podcasts who want to turn their podcast into a text version, too. The possibilities are endless.
Check out this list of transcriptions jobs through Flex Jobs. Like I mentioned earlier, Flex Jobs is a website that only lists REAL work at home jobs, so you never have to worry that you’re wasting time or giving information to the wrong person.
6. Flipping Items
Melissa, a flipper, makes $40,000 a year flipping items.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
Find out how she does it below.
Blogging has changed my life, as well as my sister’s. We both get to work for ourselves, as well as set up our own schedule, and help others better their lives. The opportunities that come from blogging are endless, which is why I love blogging so much.
Find out how to become a blogger with these blog-related articles.
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8. Medical Coding
Someone can apply to become a medical coder once they’ve obtained their certification. There are several courses online where you can get your medical coding certification for less than $1,500.
Full-time nannies on Care.com can expect to make between $2000+ per month. To be successful on Care.com, you have to make your profile stand out among others. To do this, show off your personality, talk about your experience with a previous nanny or babysitting jobs, and include that you’re able to give many references to the potential mother or father.
Rover is a service that connects dog sitters and dog walkers with dog owners. When you set up your profile, market yourself as being a fun and responsible dog walker. Show off your personality. When starting off on Rover, I wouldn’t charge a lot so you can score more walks, which means more reviews.
Walkers with tons of reviews are going to be chosen over people with no reviews.
11. Freelance Writer
Writing online can be quite lucrative if you know how to get your name and writing out there. Holly from Club Thrifty earns $200,000 a year writing online content.
Find out how to become a freelance writer below from a freelancer herself who makes an average of $5,000 a month.
12. Web Developer
A web developer is in charge of many things when it comes to websites. They’re in charge of building websites from scratch, providing web maintenance and understanding HTML.
Web developers are expected to have a 27% growth by 2024 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, making this a great option for someone who wants to work at home.
13. Insurance Agents
To become an insurance agent, you need to have a high school diploma and a certain license. All of this depends on which state you live in and what they require.
14. Customer Service Associate
Amazon is currently hiring for customer service associates. Customer Service Associates are in charge of helping out Amazon customers with their questions and concerns on their products. Working for Amazon also poses many benefits, such as an employee discount, health care, time off, stock, and more.
The basic requirements for this job are:
- Computer skills
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Customer focus
- High school diploma
- One year experience in a related area
15. Hotel Manager
The job growth for hotel managers is 8%, which is great for people who love to travel and work in hospitality.
Though you can’t become a hotel manager straight out of high school, you can work your way up to becoming a hotel manager.
Get an entry-level job at a hotel and work your way up, and potentially branch out to other hotels.
16. Freelance on Fiverr
If you’re a graphic designer, or into digital marketing, writing, and more, you can post your services on Fiverr and get freelance work.
Fiverr is an awesome online service that connects customers with freelancers to pay for either a one-time job or ongoing work.
17. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is in charge of duties from their computer. This can be related to social media marketing, writing articles, creating images for blog posts, and more for their boss (and those tasks are related to blogging).
I’m a virtual assistant for Making Sense of Cents and make a comfortable income from doing that, on top of blogging for my blog, FITnancials.
If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, what do you do for a living? Getting a college degree can be profoundly helpful when applying for jobs, but I also don’t think it’s right or necessary for everyone.
Do you currently work at any of these jobs?
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