Underestimated-CareersWhen it comes to choosing a career, the paths are normally pretty defined (from a success standpoint). Become a lawyer and you’ll be rich, become a fireman and you’ll be fulfilled, become a surgeon and you’ll be rich AND fulfilled, the list goes on and on. But, that’s not what I’m here to talk about today; today, we talk about the careers which you haven’t heard of that actually may make you a good bit of money. Granted, some of them aren’t the most glamorous, but that’s not what matters right now. If you need money, and want to try something different, check out these career paths!

4. Self-Storage Owner

Have you ever looked at a self-storage place and said “that’s what I want to do”? Probably not, but you might want to re-evaluate that decision. Though many cities are already overflowing with storage properties, there’s still a large market for these easy money makers. And, best of all, it doesn’t take a ton of money to get into! All it takes is finding a good location and a good builder who won’t put you under before you get started (Alert Building Systems is a good one). Just remember; like most businesses, there is quite a significant upfront cost, and you will have to take some time to establish yourself in this niche (most business owners don’t realize a profit till year 3). However, after a time, you will make money and, though there’s no such thing as easy money, it won’t take too much time before it’s basically running itself.

3. Search Engine Optimizer

Now, many might argue that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a pretty hot topic right now, particularly if you are in the tech industry already; however, ask a random passerby on the street, and I guarantee that 9 times out of 10 they’ll have no idea what SEO really is. But, I guarantee you right now, SEO—a career path in which you try and get people’s businesses noticed online—is a great way to make money, and is actually a very posh career, if you put your due diligence in. With starting salaries often opening at 45k a year (for truly low level employees) and topping out at 100k or more (350k if you go the big company route), SEO and search marketing are truly lucrative prospects, and they are in higher demand than ever before! Best of all, you don’t really need any schooling to participate, though strong grasps on English and Programming are expected. All you have to do is pick up the basics, learn to write well, and you are well on your way to an entry position in SEO. Oh, and did we tell you a lot of companies let you work from home? Yup, since you’ll be spending most of your time on the internet, at-home work is easy to find in the SEO industry, which is definitely a fantastic perk. Keep an eye out.

2. Court Stenographer

Requiring a 3-4 year degree in court stenography, many might be turned off by the extra schooling it requires. But, we can tell you right now that this particular career path is great for anyone, particularly if you just aren’t sure what you are trying to do. It’s easy work (for the pay, which can start around 65k depending on where you work), and allows you to peek in on court cases which you’d normally have no access to, which is a lot more fun than it sounds. We won’t say it’s the most thrilling job in the world, but with high moral throughout the workforce and good pay, I’d suggest researching it a bit more.

1. Personal Shopper

Whereas the rest on this list seem rather dry, a personal shopper is a perfectly legitimate position that can actually be a lot of fun, if you enjoy fashion and shopping. As a personal shopper, your duties will include helping people shop and giving them ideas on what they should buy/what looks good. And that’s it! You even get paid pretty decently for it (25k to 100k per year, depending on where you work/amount of experience). If that sounds too good to be true, well this is one of the times that it’s not. Just know that this also happens to be a somewhat popular career path, compared to the rest of the entries on this list, so it might be hard to find opening. But, one can dream, can’t they?

Tyler Fleck is a multi-purpose blogger who likes to think about doing something else for a living. He’s writing on behalf of Alert Building Systems, a builder that specializes in self-storage facilities.