No matter what it is you do, if you apply yourself for success, you will reach success.
Believe it or not, someone actually got rich telling the rest of the world that, whether it’s true or not.
Thomas Stanley is the author of the bestseller, “The Millionaire Next Door,” and made himself a fortune pointing out that the rich are often in mundane businesses and usually aren’t the guys walking around in suits or at country clubs, according to a report in FreeMoneyFinance. They are scrap-metal dealers and dry cleaners and septic tank business owners, he said. They read trade journals such as “Poultry Times” and “Water and Irrigation.” And all of them had to learn their jobs somewhere.
You won’t get rich working the jobs listed below — in fact they are guaranteed to keep you poor if it’s your only source of income. It’s what you do with what you learn on these jobs that could turn you into the millionaire next door.
AFKInsider took a look at some of the best-paying jobs in South Africa, and now we’re looking at the other end of the spectrum — some of the worst-paying jobs in the country. These are jobs that apparently can pay paltry salaries because there are more people willing to do them than there are jobs.
Turns out there are a lot of people doing well and getting rich running businesses large and small that others consider mundane, boring, beneath them or downright disgusting, Stanley said.
Successful professionals out there are successful because they are the best at what they do, but a university education in South Africa is no guarantee that you’ll find a job or make a living doing anything close to what you thought you wanted to do when you grew up.
Here are some jobs you wont see on any critical skills lists. Salary Explorer ranked 897 jobs in South Africa for average annual and monthly salaries. These ones ranked dead last: 12 of the worst-paying jobs in South Africa.
It’s hard to believe that the person helping prepare your food at any one of the thousands of amazing South African restaurants you’ll find all over the country is earning less than $5000 a year on average. This job includes working in food, hospitality, catering and tourism. The latter is one of the most important drivers of the South African economy.
Annual salaries for paralegals in South Africa range from 45,982-to-288,583 rand with the median salary being 112,000 rand, according to Payscale.com.
Domestic workers have rights in South Africa and their salaries are governed by minimum wages — provided they’re legal. Gardeners are often employed as domestic workers at people’s homes, but gardeners also get work in farming.
Sources: SalaryExplorer, MyWage.co.za
Dispatchers may work with drivers or couriers involved in delivery and transportation.
Working in food, hospitality, tourism and catering, this job involves doing liaison work between the meeting planner and various hotel departments. A recent job listing placed by a South African hotel said, “university/college degree in a related discipline preferred.”
Reservationists working for the airlines and aviation industries are not going to earn much money on average, but this work could open doors to other jobs that involve better pay — and travel.
Pipefitters work in the fields of construction, building and installation, and they often get their start as helpers or apprentices. The work involves repairing, maintaining, assembling and fabricating mechanical piping systems. Other verbs include cutting, threading, grooving, bending and welding. It’s not glamorous work but someone with an entrepreneurial spirit could end up being the millionaire next door.
In the health and medical fields, this work includes entering and updating data, interacting with clinical and surgical staff including residents and outside physicians, and monitoring schedules.
If you’re doing cleaning and housekeeping for a hotel or business in South Africa, you may be at a slight advantage financially over domestic cleaners — but not by much. They both pay poorly.
Domestic workers in South Africa make up a large portion of the South African workforce – more than 1 million people, according to Statistics SA. The work of cleaners and housekeepers often falls to women, and includes cooking and being a nanny — watching children, driving children, and looking after the sick, aged or disabled.
An estimated one in six working women in South Africa is a housekeeper or nanny, most likely black, and working for a white employer, although the number of black employers is growing, according to a report in TheGuardian.
Domestic housekeepers played a crucial role in the history of South African labor, and still do in the post-apartheid economy.
This job could include working in advertising, graphic design and event management.
The average salary for a clerk is the lowest-paying job out of 897 jobs ranked in South Africa, according to SalaryExplorer. The work could involve mail sorting, administration, reception and secretarial work. Like anything else you look at, it could represent a spectrum of possibilities from a foot in the door — a gateway job — to a dead end. It all depends how you look at it.
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