So, you love making stuff with your hands. That’s great and all, but I bet someone a long time ago told you that there was no money to be made in it, and to “Get a real job”. Thanks for the encouragement, Dad. It’s no secret that some of the highest-paying jobs require lots of time sitting at a desk, going to meetings, and scrolling through an excel spreadsheet for hours every week. We know doctors and lawyers and coders are making a lot of money these days. What you might not know, is that these people will pay YOU top dollar to work for them. Pursuing your trade as a career can be an extremely rewarding lifestyle, which can minimize the debt that you owe and can create far more autonomy to live your life how you want, and where you want. Some popular skilled trades jobs pay over $30 dollars an hour on average, like working in the HVAC field or as an electrician. Woodworkers and welders can expect to earn on average over $25 an hour. Other jobs like plumbing are in extremely high demand as the lack of skilled workers becomes more apparent year after year.
What if you’re more of the creative type? Photographers can make upwards of $80,000 dollars a year for their skills behind the camera. Sculpture artists can earn well over $90,000 a year. It is worth noting that you may need to go to a vocational school to not only hone your skills in your specific field but to network and meet the right people as well. Many trade and vocational schools have fantastic job networking programs for you to participate in. In the job climate today, having a college degree DOES NOT guarantee employment. In fact, in 2010 unemployment for architects and anthropologists was at a staggering 10%. In a recent study it found that unless you attend a top 10 college then the Return on Investment (ROI) is a negative.
Not everybody is cut out for work behind a desk. If you’re reading this, then you might just be one of those people. For far too long white-collar jobs have been put on a pedestal. Our society has created this stigma around getting your hands dirty for a living, but the fact of the matter, is that some people are far happier with some dirt on their hands instead of their hands resting on a keyboard. If you decide to pursue your trade or your craft as a career there are truly limitless options for you. Heck, you can even start your own business if that’s what you want. Many skilled trade workers are self-employed which allows them to work the way they want to. Not only can you ditch the 9-5 entirely, you can work for yourself, and your earning potential is limited only by how much you want to work. You don’t need to go into tremendous financial debt in order to live a happy and fulfilling life.
At House of Doers, we celebrate your line of work, and aim to lift you up, and give you an extra platform to earn income. You can list your goods for free and connect with a community of others in your line of work. Not many white-collar jobs can offer an opportunity to generate additional income.