MAKING BIG MONEY: The ultimate guides to breaking into careers with 6-figure salaries

Rachel NixonCaroline Stokes is the CEO of talent agency and executive search firm FORWARD, and an expert on growing your career in management consulting.
  • You want to increase your salary in your current position but you don’t know how to get that promotion, or you’re thinking about a career change and hoping to bolster your earnings.
  • These guides will point you in the right direction to start making more dollar signs by shifting toward freelancing or learning new skills.
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Looking for a career move that can boost cash flow? These professions and positions help add the good kind of zeros to your salary. Read these articles to help you combine a career you love with a paycheck you want — and for advice on how to get there.

Full-time gigs

Management consultant:
How to get onto the partner track at McKinsey and make millions, according to 3 management-consulting headhunters and a former McKinsey HR manager

Engineer:
The best way to teach yourself to code and land a six-figure job, from 5 people who’ve done it

Marketing consultant:
The ultimate guide to breaking into marketing consulting and making 6 figures, from people who did it

VC:
How to break into venture capital and land a job at a top firm, according to recruiters, managing partners, and executive coaches in the VC space

Crisis manager:
Crisis managers are taking centre stage during the pandemic — and can make a lucrative living. Here’s how to break into the in-demand role, according to 5 veterans in the industry.

Software engineer:
3 software engineers reveal the steps they took to move up in their careers to make 6-figure salaries

Executive in gaming or esports:
The non-engineer’s guide to landing a 6-figure job in online gaming or esports, according to senior executives and CEOs in the space

Freelance or independent gigs

General freelancer:
The ultimate guide to going freelance — and making more than you did at a full-time gig

Software engineer:
Freelance software engineers making over $US100,000 a year reveal how they got started, find clients, and set their rates

Ghostwriter:
How to become a freelance ghostwriter, according to someone who left her $US50,000-a-year banking job and now makes $US80,000 a year on her own time

Graphic designer:
The best way to build a client base and make 6 figures as a freelance graphic designer, according to 6 people who are currently doing it

Web designer:
How to find clients and market your business as an independent web designer, according to 6-figure freelancers who did it

Presentation designer:
The exact email one freelance presentation designer uses to increase her rates — and how she plans to make $US400,000 this year

Independent consultant:
How 5 executives who left their jobs to become independent consultants now make 6 figures on their own time — and how you could do the same

Real estate agent:
How to make 6 figures as an independent real estate agent, according to someone who did it

Dietitian:
How to earn a 6-figure salary as a dietitian or nutritionist, according to 4 renowned entrepreneurs in the industry

Personal trainer:
How to earn a 6-figure salary as a personal trainer, according to 3 people who are doing it

Online tutor:
How to become a highly successful online tutor and make a lucrative living as virtual learning becomes the norm

Poshmark seller:
The ultimate guide to earning 6 figures on Poshmark, according to star sellers who’ve done it and gained boatloads of customers

Ecommerce seller:
The ultimate guides to using popular platforms like Amazon, Depop, and eBay to start your own online business, sell to a massive audience, and make big money

Massage therapist and birth coach:
A New-York-based doula and massage therapist reveals the exact formula that’s helped her build an almost 6-figure business solely by word-of-mouth referrals

Upwork freelancer:
Self-employed professionals who’ve made over $US100,000 on Upwork reveal how they built lucrative businesses in just a few years on the freelancing platform

Freelancer.com freelancer:
How to land gigs and build a 6-figure career on Freelancer.com, according to the CEO and freelancers who’ve done it

Fiverr freelancer:
6-figure sellers on the freelancing platform Fiverr share how they landed clients and built successful businesses online

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