Money may not buy happiness, but having a lot of it gives you the freedom to make choices that can bring satisfaction, whether that means buying your dream home, giving generously to charity or escaping the 9-to-5 grind. In that spirit, we focus on three roads to riches that don’t require an advanced degree or special training: starting a business, buying real estate and investing in the stock market. In each case, we describe two paths to get there, depending on your tolerance for risk. The people we interviewed who have made it big didn’t always get there on the first or second try. But they all share essential qualities for success: passion, persistence and patience.
See Also: 6 Steps to Starting Your Own Business
In this special package from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, explore a variety of ways you too can strike it rich:
Own Your Own Business
For more insights on launching and running your own shop, see our Small Business special report.
Focus on Stocks
For more insights on where to invest your money, check out our Investing channel.
Invest in Real Estate
For more insights on the state of the housing market, see our special report Buying & Selling a Home in 2013.