building/ owning your own business.
-Look into a trade career such as welding, electrician, HVAC, plumbing,etc. Trades.such as these are always in demand all across the nation and also pay very well
- you can get into tech these days without a college degree. Even the big tech companies like Google and Tesla will hire you without a degree. You just need to find an area you're passionate about and work hard to find courses and hold yourself accountable to learning as much as you can. Doing that you can't possibly fail.
If you can start out of high school you will be acquiring income for 4 years instead of paying tuition, another added bonus.
If I knew what I know now in high school I would tell myself to not worry as much about how much my job was going to pay but to start saving as early as possible.
Of course you're going to want to get the best paying job you can that you also enjoy and find challenging. If you are able to get a job early and start saving in what is called a Roth IRA, you will most likely have a huge saving when you retire.
Currently you are legally allowed to put up to 6000 dollars of the money you earn in a year in a Roth IRA. If you are 18 when you start saving (you can start younger if you want if you have any income from any work) and put 6000 in every year for 10 years it will most likely have increased to be millions by the time you retire. If you start this early you will have more in retirement than most doctors and lawyers. It sounds complicated but it's actually not. I was able to talk to someone for free and find out what I needed at a financial services company. There's several to choose from if you do a web search. If you are not 18 you may need an adult to open the account. I know I would not have felt comfortable when I was younger going into a bank or financial service company but actually they are very nice and helpful typically. It may not be something you can do right now but maybe next year or after. I hope this helps.
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