Well, I take it since you went into debt that you do not have many resources to tap?
I would have suggested starting a Bar. NOT, I say again NOT, a resteraunt.
Bars are really good if you can come up with the original capitol to buy the place. It may take some "slave labor" by you to get the down payment,
but if you can do it I would suggest it.
It's a safe investment because even if the bar fails, you still own the building. Additionally, resteraunts make all of their money on alcohol
anyway, so you cut the food expense down a lot. There is also very little (or in some cases no) salary that needs to be paid to employees, as they all
make their money in tips.
I am planning on doing this as an investment after I finish buisness school.
Another option is a 'high risk' job. It is high risk for a reason, but then again you get paid for taking the risk. It wouldn't be for everybody of
course, but you can make a lot of money very quickly, and you might even come away from it with some sense of accomplishment you wouldn't or
couldn't get in another situation.
I know that haliberton (yes, the great satan) was paying around $200,000 a year for truck drivers in convoys over in Iraq. I don't know if they are
still doing this, or if they even need help though. Of course, you'd be in Iraq for a year, and have a decent chance of getting killed or losing an
arm, but you would have nearly no expenses, and come back with a very nice chunk of change. You could use this to start your own buisness.
Commercial fisherman can make good money. A buddy of mine from college had a brother who was a fisherman in Alaska. He got paid something like $30,000
for around a 3 month stint. They only let you work 6 months or so a year though. (BTW, I am not sure if those figures/times are right - I am going off
memory). Again, you could do this for a few years in order to build up capitol to start your own buisness.
Construction is always there. If you get into the union you can get paid around 35-40 dollars an hour outside of Philly, and also get benefits with
that. It's hard labor of course, but you don't need to many skills to get your foot in the door.
If I were you, I would look at investing the next few years of my life towards building up savings with which to start a buisness that I wanted.
Oh - two more random jobs that are high risk, but if you are good at them can be very lucrative and also allow you a lot of freedom in your life...
If you are good in economics, day trading can
be lucrative, though you could also lose money. I try my hand at it semi regularly, and find that
over time I make money... But then again My mom was a V/P at Morgan-Stanly and I am getting a masters in buisness, so I do know what I am doing.
Likewise, I am an avid poker player (and was before the whole poker craze began). If you are good with numbers, like the game, and aren't one to get
emotional you can make some good money doing this.
During college I would try to play 2 times a week online, and found that I could make around a hundred dollars a session. Again, this takes money up
front, and if you aren't a good player you will lose. Also, it is a bit of a 'grind' - You just look at cards over and over again. I get into it,
it excites me from an intelectual standpoint to try and out do other people (I am very competative).
I guess the most important thing is to figure out 1) what you are good at and 2) what you like to do.
Cross reference those things, and then figure out how to make money doing it.