It’s no secret that women earn less than men. In fact, the Center for American Progress was quoted admitting that “the gender wage gap has not budged in recent years”. So what’s a girl to do?
We can sit here and wait until legislation is passed that will magically diminish the “wage gap”, or reform the executive ladder. Or you can follow some of these tips that can add upwards of $10k to your annual salary.
Being a Sugar Baby is one thing, but the chances of modeling your way into that house on top of the hill are slimmer than your size “0”s. Every woman, heck every person, was born with special skills. Use your ingenuity and resources to find employment. If you are already monetizing on your beauty, think of this: your looks have a shelf life. Look into other career passions that can fuel success—and your bank account!
A woman is bossy, whereas a man is a leader. A woman is pushy, whereas a man is persuasive. However, the pitfall for many women in the workplace is accepting gender inequality as though it was the law of the land. Change can be made, but it has to start with your attitude. Self-pity is a surefire way to not only cause emotional grief, but also get sacked for behavior.
One of my girlfriends recently gained 40 pounds following a nasty break-up. We’ll call her Ally. Adding insult to injury was the fact that the guy cleaned her out during the relationship. You all know the type: Mr. Suave turned (cheating) financial leech. There she was: newly single and overweight with no money to join a gym after being left with a $1300 apartment lease. Jubilant wine nights celebrating our friend’s deliverance from purgatory quickly turned stale. Laughter and anecdotes of horrible sex moments were replaced by complaints and whines about how sad Ally was in her newly found single life.
A few weeks later, Ally found a posting on Facebook from an acquaintance looking for a dog walker. Desperate for extra cash, she offered her services. The following week, another friend of a friend needed one. Soon, my friend went from 5 dogs who she walked and watched regularly to a regular operation, using the extra space in her apartment for doggie boarding. Ally is still running her little doggy daycare while maintaining her freelance writing jobs, adding about $200 to her monthly income. Oh, and all that dog walking? Turned out to be great cardio, and she waddled her way to losing the extra weight.
The point is, you’re not above taking on side jobs. The reward could be far more than you expect.
Disclaimer: Please consider your federal tax requirements for additional income when considering freelance work.
Ever heard the phrase, “Work Smarter, Not Harder”? Ladies, we were born with this unique skill called multitasking. We were also born with a disease known as overthinking. I’ve known a painful number of women who bite off more than they can chew. The problem isn’t that they can’t handle the workload. It’s the sheer pressure of an endless to do list, and constant worrying about said list that debilitates their ability to succeed. Stop wearing “busy” like a badge of honor. Instead, break up your list into three parts: trivial, short term, and long term.
Trivial items will be things like reading your email, updating social media, or clearing the sink. While short term tasks could be writing a blog or report. Last, but certainly not least, are the long term tasks or projects. The best way to tackle these bad boys is to set up a plan that includes a timeline for tasks within the project itself. That way, you aren’t trying to ineffectively finish the whole project at once.
The marketing intern went behind your back and complained to a manager about how they had to work an extra hour yesterday again–after they volunteered to stay! Reese from accounting used your mistake as a stepping stone to her promotion. An office place is riddled with politics (and people who may strike a self-righteous nerve here and there). Women worry more about these things than their male counterparts.
The next time you’re tempted to indulge these frustrations, compare yourself to the man next to you. What do you notice? Men are less likely to put up with pettiness, let alone add to it. If you want to be regarded on the same playing field, you should act accordingly.
“I’m doing so well saving up for a hou—-SHOES!” I have a confession to make: I am addicted to shoes. Not just your run of the mill flats, pumps, or wedges, I’m talking minimum 5 inch ankle breakers. Carrie Bradshaw circa 1986 would be jealous.
Most women experience this, sometimes using it for therapeutic purposes, but nevertheless the cycle continues. One day you’re walking back from your favorite coffee shop when you see the perfect dress for having Sunday brunch in a rose garden. Who do you even know that owns a garden? You live in a one bedroom flat. The soft crinkling of tissue paper is a beautiful melody, regardless of the little voice protesting that you will never wear it.
On average, women buy clothing twice as often as men, who are less impulsive. We spend money on things that we think will make our lives easier or happier. Even our tampon commercials promote lifestyle instead of the actual product. Try eliminating unnecessary purchases and consider a monthly budget rather than a weekly stipend.
Being a woman has its perks, but you can create your own holiday bonus.
What other ways can women make more money? What did you think of these tips? Do you plan to use any of them?