How to make money without an education

This article will offer you some helpful info on how to make some extra money if you don't have a high school diploma or college degree. And they're not "dirty jobs."

Desire and drive

The first thing you need is a strong desire to succeed. And the drive or determination it takes to actually make it.

So motivate yourself and say, "I will do well!"

Investigate opportunities

There are always ways to make extra money. From selling things on Ebay and Craigslist, to writing online articles at eHow, to joining legitimate work-at-home companies like Avon.

What you have to do is find them and pick which one(s) suit your needs.

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How much you want to make all depends upon you. But don't expect to become an instant millionaire! It takes hard work, dedication, and most important, time. So avoid opportunities that promise you instant success. 99% of the time, they're scams. And the only ones making money are the ones running them.

Legitimate opportunities spell out the risks and possible rewards. They make no promises or guarantees of success.

Research the marketplace

Now I'm not talking doing research where you have to go the library and dig through tons of reading materials.

Instead, I'm talking about visiting various stores to see how they do business. Potential opportunities for you to get into. And identifying common characteristics of their customers.

In other words, if you're thinking of selling vitamins online, then visit a pharmacy or vitamin store. You'll get a sense of what products seem to be selling the most. Who the customers are. Competing products, etc.

If you're into home repairs, then visit places like Wal-Mart, Lowes, and Home Depot. See if there are products they don't carry that you feel they should. Or a particular brand you like that they don't have. Check out their level of service. And look into their typical customer--age, knowledge, etc.

Maybe you can turn this into a home-business by offering your expertise to others. Or doing some repairs and maintenance on the side. And if you're an eHow member, you can write articles relating to a variety of home improvement topics.

In other words, opportunities are everywhere!

Ask for advice

Don't be afraid to approach others and seek out their advice and guidance. Business owners are often willing to discuss things with you. Why? Because many enjoy sharing their overall knowledge and assisting others.

You may not learn their trade and inside secrets, but you can gain valuable insight and knowledge about the nature of the business. For instance, startup costs, barriers to success, marketing basics, etc.

And take full advantage of eHow's large library of articles on topics relating to your ideas!


  • Start small and get your feet wet Don't get discouraged if you don't make as much as you hoped Success takes time Begin with the goal of making some extra money


  • Watch for scams! Opportunities that make it sound too easy and/or promote your making millions (tons of money)