This week, March 4-8th, I am participating in the second annual Women’s Money Week. Check out the WMW site to hear from other bloggers on each daily topic and be empowered to better control your finances!
I’ve shared a number of unique personal stories about increasing income. To name a few…
I was a personal assistant for a 19-year old
I made an extra $500 in one month by doing the side hustle
I started staff writing for Life & My Finances
I work a total of 4 jobs
My most recent strategy to increase my income was asking my employer to double my salary. Say whaaaaa? Yep, I did that. I currently work part time for the health department and I pitched my reasons why I think they should move me to full time. My supervisor and the director were totally on board and excited for the ideas I had to better serve our clients and the employees (like taking my Employee Wellness Program to the next level). Now I’m just waiting to hear back from the board to see if they can fund my additional hours.
Something you’ll notice if you’ve followed my financial journey on Budget for Health is that there are two reoccurring themes (I’ll call them ingredients) that have led to these additional income sources.
I’ll share them with you so you can add them to your recipe for success
The first ingredient…
One factor that significantly helped me increase my income was networking. Starting out as an entry-level dietitian, I was limited to job hunting around the city where my husband found a job. Every job opening wanted at least a year of experience which I did not have. Once I found a contingent position at a hospital it opened doors for me to get the part time position at the health department (without the year of experience they “required”). Through coworkers at these two jobs I was introduced to a few important people and wound up adding two more jobs! They offered less hours but also paid 1.5 and 2.5x more than my average hourly rate.
The second ingredient…
If you didn’t already notice, a main theme of these stories is initiative. Sitting around wishing I could make more money didn’t work, so I did something about it. My motivation to increase my income was so we could reach our 2012 financial goals (which we did!). I even initiated Budget for Health because I desired to teach people about REAL food and share my financial journey to encourage others. I never thought of myself as a writer but this site has become a great resource for others and I’ve also been able to network so much through meeting other bloggers!
The final product
If you blend these ingredients together and add your own personality to the mix, I’d say you’re well on your way to finding opportunities that will increase your income. More importantly, networking and taking initiative has helped me find ways to get paid for doing what I love.
What methods have you used to increase your income?
Read some great articles on today’s topic of increasing income:
Making Sense of Cents: $5,983 in February Extra Income and Goals
From Go Green Travel Green: 12 Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom: Earn Money from Home
From Chicago on the Cheap: Using online education to learn new skills and increase income