12 High paying jobs that don’t require a degree

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Did you know you can make five or six-figure income with jobs that don’t require a degree?

I know it’s good to have a degree. But if you don’t have one, and you don’t see yourself going back to college, then don’t limit yourself to just any job.

You have so many great choices. 

And in this post, I will show you just 11 of so many high paying jobs that don’t require a degree. And you can start some of them now…

1. Freelance Writing

If you thought you only need a degree to earn a good pay, you may be mistaken.

Freelance writing is a very lucrative job that you can start right away.

Fortunately, you don’t need much qualification to work as a freelance writer. I even know some non native English speakers, who make four figures from this job. So if you can cross your t’s and fix your punctuation, then you are on track.

Now, forget about $5 Fiver gigs. I know writers who earn between $100 – $300 per post. But they don’t hustle for $5 gigs. Instead, they go out and pitch directly to high paying companies. How?

  • Prospecting: Find high prospect companies on LinkedIn and Google.
  • Email: Find contacts’ email address with hunter or Snov.io and
  • Pitch: Send emails to prospect companies and pitch your ideas.

2. Become a transcriber

Est. Income: $24,000

A transcription job is another lucrative side hustle that doesn’t require a college degree to get started and earn good money.

The average base salary for a transcriber, according to Glassdoor, is $24,000.

Keep in mind that the figure only gives a fair idea of how much you can expect to earn. 

You may earn even more or, possibly less, depending on the company you work for and a couple of other things.

As a transcriber, your role is to convert audio messages to text formats.

In that case, your only required skills are to have adequate knowledge of the language, be good at listening, and fast at typing. If you tick the three boxes, then you are set.

4. Open an Etsy shop

Est. Income: No limit

This is more like putting up your own business than working for someone. The good thing is that there is no limit to how much you can make from your Etsy shops.

There are Etsy shop owners than earn above $10,000/M from their shops. Alicia Shaffer makes more than $1 million a year from her Etsy shop.

Now, even if you start with $1000, it’s still a decent income. But the good news is that the longer you are on Etsy, the more products you will have, and the more money rolls into your bank accounts.

So, with a bit of time and patience, and you can be pulling in six figures from your ETSY shop.

5. Become a Digital Marketer

Est. Income: $100,000

Companies spend $333.25 billion on digital Ads in 2019 alone. To get a good idea of what I’m saying, check out the breakdown of ad spends on different platforms:

Now, if only 0.001% of that money can enter into your bank, you can live the next 10 years sitting at the beach.

How? By becoming a digital marketer. Your only job is to help companies optimize their ads to their target audience and drive sales.

I have seen some digital marketers net up more than $100,000/yr doing exactly that.

You don’t need a degree to do that, but you need a digital marketing training.

If you don’t know how to get started, I suggest you enroll for Clickbank affiliate marketing course.

Clickbank has helped their clients make over $4 billion using the same strategies you will be taught in that course.

6. Web development

Est. Income: $79,000 plus a year

You don’t need a freaking degree to get started with a web development job. I said that because I started my online journey as a web developer myself, and it only took me a couple of youtube videos and practice.

The good thing with tech jobs is that the demand is ever-growing, and the competition is comparatively low since fewer people dabble into them. And that means a good thing for you.

The average salary of a web developer in the US, according to indeed, is $78435 a year.

And don’t mistakenly take that for the limit. You can earn way higher than $155,000 a year.

How much you earn depends on how you are hired. There are two ways to get hired as a web developer.

Freelancing job sites

That includes taking projects on freelancing websites. Some of the most popular freelancing websites to land web development jobs are:

  • Upwork
  • Freelancers
  • Fivers

Freelancing websites are great to get started with web developing jobs, but they earn significantly less compared to being hired under a company.

Working under a company: This is by far the better paying way to earn as a web developer.

You may need to get certifications and prepare CVs. The pay will be worth that stress.

Any degree can be a great plus, but the thing is that you don’t need a CS degree to get hired.

And you can land a web development job with a good certification even if you don’t have a degree.

You can find hiring companies and start applying to companies through these sites:

  • Indeed
  • Linkedin

7. Put your skills to use on Fiverr

Fiverr is the largest freelancing job site with millions of users. With Fiverr, you can easily turn your skills to a part-time night job for side income – even with your day job.

How does it work?

  • You sign up on the site, set up your profile, and list your skills.
  • And simple! You start showing up to hundreds of thousands of employers who need your skills.

If you have any of these skills, you can make a good income just on Fiverr:

  • Freelance writing
  • Proofreading jobs
  • Graphic designs for logo, cards, flyers.
  • Web design
  • Web development.

To start working on Fiver is easy, but of course, you will need to sign up and set up your profile.

Sign up for Fiver here.

8. Sell your skills in the form of E-books

A great Did you know you can make good money by packaging your ideas and selling them as d you know you can yE-book.

With an E-book, you will create a passive income stream that continues to make money – even when you roll under your duvet.

But I don’t have any skills?

Well, you are probably the only one around, and you need to follow Elon next time he goes to Mars.

Okay, don’t take the joke too seriously.

But here it is, you really do have some things you know. Let’s see:

  • You play the guitar: You may not be Yuja Wang, but at least, you know better than the guys next door.
  • You know how to speak French.
  • OR You just know how to put a troublesome puppy to sleep.

But one question: How do you sell your E-book?

Simple! E-book publishing platforms.

E-book publishing platforms receive millions of visitors every month. So if your work is great, trust me, you would probably get sales faster than you will pinch yourself.

Amazon KindleKoboWritingLuluNuke PressBlurb.

9. Sell Photos Online

Many website owners pay hundreds of dollars every single month for stock photos?

If you are a big Shutterbug, that’s a pretty big thing: This can be a serious passive income stream for you.

So how does it work?

  • You sign up on at least 5 picture-sharing sites (See the list below).
  • After that, you will browse through the galleries to get a feel of their pictures.
  • Now, you can go ahead and start snapping your own pictures and upload.
  • You get paid each time someone downloads any of your photos.

Here are 5 of the best photo sharing sites you can upload to:

These sites have millions of visitors, so you can imagine how much exposure your photos will be getting.

10. Web Design Job

Web design is one heck of a good-paying side job you can do as a stay at home mom.

I understand that most people thought you need to be techy to learn web design.

False false false!

I, particularly, started my online journey with web design – and trust me, the only thing you need is your interest!

So how much can you earn?

Talking about salary, if you are just starting out as a web designer, you would likely make about $55,000/yr on average.

However, with 3 more years into your job, you may see your salary go up close to $8,000 a month.

Like I already stated, what you need to get started with this job are HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Fortunately, you can pick up HTML, CSS, and Javascript in a couple of weeks with a web design course on Skillshare.

I remember it also took me a couple of weeks to get a grip on HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Just a couple of weeks – for a super unserious bloke like me!

So the point is, it would probably even take you less.

11. Virtual Assistant Job

The job of a virtual assistant is to record reports, schedule meetings, or post updates to social medials.

How much can you earn?

If you are just starting out, your salary may fall around $21,120.

But as you will soon see your salary goes up to about $59,825 with a couple more years experience on the job.

You can also check out my detailed post on virtual assistant jobs here.

12. Data Entry Job

Av. Salary: $31,742/yr

With a data entry job, your role is to help businesses and companies prepare and enter information.

For this job, you need good typing skills, and you should be good with excel. If you have all that, then you are good to go. 

Some sites where you can get Data entry jobs easily are:

  • Upwork
  • Flexoffers
  • Freelancers
  • Fivers

However, the best way is to find companies via Linkedin and pitch them directly. It takes more patience, but you will earn much more.

Author: incomefizo

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