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Earn A Six Figure Income Without College

Updated on May 9, 2015

Six figures the Easy Way


Six Figures is Not in a Job it is In a Business

In recent years, due to high regulations and increased taxes, it has become much more difficult to make a living, let alone a prosperous one. But there are still many ways of earning a six figure income without college. Where there's a will-there's a way; and serious entrepreneurs have to be more savvy than ever to carve their niche. Starting a business has always been the best way of accumulating great wealth, and a person with a high school education can easily earn more than those who do go to college and end up working for someone else by starting up a business. The average person who graduates college and gets a job is simply giving their talents and experiences to someone else's business, the business owner is reaping the benefits of their hard work and talent for themselves.

So, the ultimate key to financial success is to work for yourself. People do not generally get rich by working for someone else. The first thing to do is consider what type of business is right for you. Relax, you don't have to be sitting behind a desk with a ton of legal knowledge. Owning your own business can be as simple and unsophisticated as is right for you. Some 6-figure earners are running cleaning businesses, where they start up cleaning homes by day and offices by night; these entrepreneurs eventually hire people to do the actually cleaning for them, and they work on the marketing and business side, the goal being to do less of the physical work yourself while the business grows. You, as the owner, can focus all of your time getting new accounts, hiring more employees, or advertising. Some business owners use the internet. They come up with an idea to design a product, and build a website around it. Remember, most people who try to make a living this way fail. The reasons for failure are usually that people will do what they want instead of doing what will sell. Also, most people simply will not buckle down and work just as hard on their internet business as they do with their 9 to 5 job. To be a business owner you must be self disciplined. It is well worth it when you find yourself earning 6 figures sitting at home while your friends earn half that working 40 hours per week.

Obviously, it is better to be a business owner than an employee, but, if you do not have the personality and temperament to be your own boss you must choose a career that will pay well. The hard part here is probably figuring out what type of career will pay you six figures without your having to spend ten years in school. Yuk!

Small Business Owner Ideas

First, lets look at a few ways to earn money as your own boss. One of the easier ways to find financial comfort is to earn passive income as a writer. Yes, some people actually earn six figures writing on their personal blogs. Big money is not something that will happen overnight, but it is a possibility with the right dedication, topic choice and marketing. If you have the patience and dedication to go this route, you should consider having a facebook fan page for each of your blogs and consider writing ebooks to sell on your sites. This is a way of adding to your passive income and diversifying. If you have aspirations to have your own blog or website, joining this site is a great way to jump start your writing career. If you write an article here you can actually earn money when readers find your article. To really push your writing business, write on this site for six months or so, being sure to write an article at least every three days, and then start your site, once you have it up and going, like these articles to your website. That will boost your sites credibility, and will make it easier to find for readers. To join this site just click here.

Pool Service- Operating a pool service can result in a six figure income. There are many ways to begin in this profession but generally the best thing to do is go to a major pool service business and get a job cleaning pools to see how you like it, and if you can handle the hard labor and intricate "handyman" aspects. This is a profession that requires a certain level of mechanical ability. There are chlorine pools, salt pools, and numerous different plumbing systems that each individual pool owner will have custom assembled to their property. You must be prepared for the wide variety of pools and pool equipment you will face. It can be daunting at first, and if you are not comfortable with getting your hands dirty, and fixing minor plumbing and electrical issues then forget about the pool service industry. If you are not afraid of facing these issues, then this may just be the business for you.

House Cleaning- This can be a very lucrative profession. Yes, we are trained to think of menial work as being a place for the poor to wallow, but, its simply not the truth. If you want to join the wealthy, keep an open mind and be sure than you are not making judgements about people and their status based on their credentials. In wealthy areas that employ help in the home sole-proprietors can make a killing just going from home to home every day. Other cleaning services do quick home cleanings in the day and have employees cleaning offices in the evening. Either way, I know a couple who started a small sole proprietor janitorial service that brought in more than $250,000 annually.

Investing in real estate- Yes, you can become an agent and make six figures, but It is even wiser to become an agent and start investing in prime real estate. This way you are not just depending on the market. You can buy apartments or duplexes and collect rents, giving you more control and independence.

Pet Grooming Service-I have seen these trucks driving around my neighborhood that groom dogs. The truck drives pulls up to the home and the dogs come out to the van and are bathed and groomed. If you love pets it does not take much to learn pet grooming. It is as simple as getting a job in Pets Mart as an assistant groomer. After you learn about all the different cuts, you can look into going mobile.

Jobs That pay Six Figures

Court Reporting- If you have what it takes to learn stenography, you will make six figures court reporting or doing closed captioning. The issue here is it takes time to learn, and many people drop out of court reporting school after a few months.

Plumber- Yes, they can easily earn six figures. You can start as an apprentice under a Master Plumber and learn the trade.

Paralegal- Not just any paralegal but if you specialize in litigation or corporations you will earn 6 figures.

If You Must Have A Job

Court reporting is a career that allows one to earn well over $100,000 per year. It is not an easy skill to learn but those who do master the craft are in high demand. The first thing to do is learn stenography, and decide to either do direct court reporting or closed captioning. A good set of ears and good dexterity are the most important qualifications for this field. Not only can you perform this job in court but you may also use your stenography skills as a captioner. If you are young and willing to put at least five years into the learning of this skill this may be for you.

Go to nursing school and specialize. That's right. Don't just become an RN but plan out your future by either becoming a Nurse Anesthetist or by becoming a Nurse Practitioner. It will take time to reach these goals but if you plan to go to school and get a job you may as well go for the gold and make the most of your time.

Financial Security and Lavish Lifestyle

Multi Level Marketing

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    • Patriette profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

       A college education is a fine thing to have. But in reality, there are not enough degreed jobs for every graduate with a degree. Considering that only about 30% of jobs require a college degree, why try to artificially increase the demand for higher education? After all, a bachelor's degree is neither a prerequisite, nor necessarily a predicator of success.

      Yet, students are told all their lives to get a college degree in order to be successful. Inevitably, parents and students invest a lot of money in a college education, incurring huge debt for their risky investment.

      Starting up a small business is an excellent career alternative for highly motivated, self starters. Look at all the college drop-outs. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Woody Allen, et al. Hard work and entrepreneurship drive our economy, not fancy diplomas and certainly not thousands of dollars in debt.

      Great hub, Skarlet. Voting Up and Useful.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to own some commercial property (and a teeny-tiny farm, too) in California and would rent them out...those were the good old days. Recession absolutely killed me and I had to sell, but I intend to do it again when I can.

      Passive income is THE BOMB!

      Good hub, skarlet =)

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Skarlet, here in south Florida pools are in need of service year round and some people quite a good living at it. Yes, without college. Great post and so helpful. Voted up.

    • Skarlet profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      @ Mike- Thank you for your comment. I can honestly say that I love the Pool Service industry. Out of all of my business ventures this is may favorite. It is not easy at times, but when I compare the Pool Service industry with my other ventures I find myself appreciating this one a lot. I had to laugh at your finishing comment. I wear that had proudly. Hehe...

      @penlady- Yes, college is very expensive and I did get a college education and sometimes wish I hadn't. It actually took time away from business ventures and the loans were a real stress. Thank you for your kind comment!

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      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I'm glad you created this hub because everyone can't afford college. And for those who can't, this shows them that there are other ways to earn a good living minus a degree. Voted up and useful.

    • profile image

      Old Poolman 

      6 years ago

      Skarlet, this was all excellent advice. After taking early retirement from the telephone industry, I started a Pool Service company that served me well for almost 25 years. It also provided a darn fine living for my 10 employees and their families. It is a hard business and is physically demanding, so it is not for everyone.

      The old saying, "Find a need and fill it," is still alive and well today. Find most anything that people don't know how to do, don't want to do, or are out of town a lot, and you have a new customer.

      Many small business opportunities can be started on a very small budget and grown into a large company with many employees.

      Just keep in mind that eventually you will be required to wear a hat that says, "I am a greedy business owner and I keep some of the profit for myself."


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