Does the prospect of attending a 4 year college seem overwhelming in work, dedication and money? There are many alternatives to a traditional 4 year university option. It can be understood that the general population believes the only way to success consists of entering a 4 year program to make the most amount of money later in life. This cannot be further from the truth in the current economic state of the US.   Here are a few great alternatives that can be profitable and enjoyable for those looking to avoid a 4 year university.
Trade Options – Are you motivated by using your hands to create something or just looking to avoid a typical “office” job? Try out trades such as painting, masonry, woodworking, construction and photography. Many of these positions can be learned through an apprenticeship which can be paid while working towards a new skillset.

Real Estate – Acquiring your real estate license can be a great option if you are looking for a flexible schedule with limited time “getting dirty” on the job. There is high income potential for a real estate agent if you are willing to put in the hard work it takes in the beginning to build your personal brand.