never a jw - If I go by what the self employed cleaners tell me, then they make a decent living. This seems to be a very common job for the less educated.
Interestingly enough, in the Hispanic community there's a very common job for the better educated, the type of people who could have gone to ,or actually attended university.
Maybe that was worded strangely, but:
1. Why WOULDN'T you go by what they tell you?
2. It seems like you think that cleaners are not the type that could have actually attended university. You just contrasted the type of person that could have gone to university (better educated) with those that clean (less educated). In neither case did anyone actually attend college though. There are people that get into cleaning with college educations. There are people like me that excelled in school but that couldn't go to college for some reason (in my case cult conditioning).
Being a cleaner of whatever type is looked down on and the janitor is the butt of all of the jokes. However, we actually get to go help people every day. Not all cleaners are created equal just like not all doctors are created equal. Some of us play the role of psychologist, friend, house cleaner, pet sitter, etc. while cleaning. The school janitor is often a confidant of kids at the school. Even the guy that cleans windows often interacts with the employees of the restaurant that he cleans windows at, or the homeowners at the residential homes that he or she cleans, despite the claims made above by another poster.
My wife and I aren't getting rich. We have a good life though. Often far better than those looking down their nose at us. We live within our means. We invest for retirement. We have a wealth of friends and a huge network that was there to support us when we left the cult. Most attended my wife's first birthday party when we got out. We go to their houses for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Halloween, etc.
Those that are self-employed or full business owners have more skills than cleaning a toilet. They have to do their own bookkeeping, accounting, marketing, sales, inventory control, equipment repair, and more. Don't sell people short just because they do a job that many think is beneath them.