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Does a Degree Improve Your Chances of Succeeding Online?

The big question these days is: Is a college degree really worth it? Tuition costs are astronomical and in today’s economy there’s no guarantee there’s a job out there after graduation. But what about working online where the market is wide open? Does a degree improve your chances of succeeding online? The answer is: It depends.

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It depends on the degree

In almost all cases a degree would improve your chances for success. But it would depend on the degree and how you choose to use it. For example, if you have a marketing degree you’ll be a step ahead and have a better understanding of marketing techniques. If you have a culinary degree than you could probably build a successful recipe blog. No matter what type of degree you have you could use it to your benefit.

On the other hand, there are so many skills involved in working online that having that one degree is not going to guarantee you success.

  • You have to be able to write
  • You have to learn about the mechanics of setting up a blog
  • You’ll need to know some HTML and CSS
  • You’ll need to understand the psychology of online marketing
  • You’ll need to be able to work on different platforms
  • You’ll need to learn how the search engines work
  • You’ll need to understand at least the basics of graphic creation
  • You need to understand business prodedures
  • And the list goes on and on.

When you work online you essentially own your own business. You are the salesman, the production engineer, the advertising department, the accounting department, and the idea man all rolled into one. Having a marketing degree is great, but you’re still going to need to learn everything else that goes along with running a successful business.

It depends on your drive

Having that degree in graphic design or computer design or even chemistry or medicine or physics, still doesn’t guarantee your success. There are plenty of well-educated people trying to eke out a living online who’ll never make it. And there are an equal number of people who never finished high school making six-figure incomes. The difference? One group is motivated to succeed.

In the off-line world, if you have a college degree you usually start out at a little higher rate of pay and over your lifetime you’ll earn more than someone who doesn’t have a degree. But that’s not the case when you work online. When you work online it all comes down to how driven you are to reach your goals.

No matter how much you know now there will always be something new to learn when you’re working online. Technology and marketing techniques change every day and even the most successful bloggers are constantly required to adapt and grow, adapt and grow.

Is a college degree required if you want to be successful working online? Heck no. Will it improve your chances of succeeding? Almost certainly. But only if you’re willing to do the work and continue learning.

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2 Comments (Add one)

  1. Bojan - Alpha Efficiency
    Bojan – Alpha Efficiency

    Gotta work on this one: You’ll need to understand at least the basics of graphic creation

    Got the rest handled.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      I think, whatever you outsource online, it’s always a good thing to try to do it at least once by yourself (I’m not talking about very complicated tasks). It will help you realize how complicated/simple the task is and will give you a reference to work from.