Simple Ways To Make More Money

reading resume more moneyWho doesn't want to make more money? While we've all heard that money doesn't buy happiness, it's nice to be able to decide for ourselves if it's true or not. How can you earn more dough? You may be surprised to learn how some simple steps can make a difference in your bottom line.

1. Bring it. If you've been at your job a long time, it's likely you're not making an effort to exceed expectations. It's human to get comfortable and start to phone it in. The problem with a lackadaisical attitude is that you're less likely to be tapped for promotions, and no one is going to want to go to bat for a raise for you if you're just getting by.

2. Be better at what you do. Your attitude and effort are important, but what you actually know trumps everything else when it comes to earning power. Before you complain that your company would rather hire younger, inexpensive labor, ask yourself, "What do they know that I don't?" If your manager isn't making the effort to suggest professional development opportunities, it's up to you to figure out how to make yourself less disposable and more marketable.

3. Dress the part. There's a reason for the advice to "dress for the job you want to have." You don't need to go to extremes to change your appearance (plastic surgery is unlikely to be the panacea for your money woes). But, it doesn't hurt to take a long look in the mirror. If you still have the same hairstyle popular in 1975, it's time for a change. Treat yourself to a makeover. Ask for a consult at your local department store, or invite a fashion-forward friend to go shopping. You'd be surprised by how a new look may propel your career and earning potential.

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4. Ask for a raise. Maybe it's not that easy -- your organization is under a pay freeze, and no one has had a raise in three years. However, there are plenty of companies where people are getting raises -- or bonuses -- and you may be surprised to learn that the squeaky wheel sometimes does get the grease.

Before you make a beeline for the boss' office -- make sure you've taken care of numbers 1 and 2, first. No one is going to give you a raise if you're just marking time. If you haven't done anything "raise worthy," it's time to ramp it up. Make a point to take on a challenging project and to suggest answers for your company's biggest problems. Ask for your raise immediately following a big success and it will be harder to ignore your request.

5. Get a new job. If it's clear you aren't moving up in the pay scale at your current job, no matter what you do, it's up to you to take action. If earning more is a priority for you, start thinking about how you can land a new job.

6. Grow your network to make more money. If you're thinking about a new job in the near future, you need to start thinking about whom you know. Why? If someone refers you for an opportunity, you are much more likely to earn an interview – and the job – than if you simply apply to an online ad. You're busy, but if you're too busy to network and demonstrate your expertise, you'll face obstacles in your job search you could otherwise overcome. Re-join that professional organization you dropped years ago. Sign up for committees and start meeting influential people.

Find online networks and identify people who may be willing to become your allies and job search champions and it will be easier to land a job. Don't join and start asking for help – contribute to the conversations and prove you have what it takes to be a leader in your field.

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7. Look for trends. A great way to make more money: lead, don't follow. Keep ahead of the crowd and identify issues that may face your organization or industry. If your head is in the sand, you won't realize that there's technology coming down the pike that will replace your job. Make a point to know what's going on in your field, and do everything you can to stay ahead of the curve. You'll make more money in the long run and be less likely to get caught in an unexpected layoff.

One example? Automated checkouts in the grocery store. How can you stand out from the crowd and make more money? Start thinking of ways to make the human cashier invaluable. Run the fastest lane, provide the best customer service. Suggest ideas to improve the store's services and reputation. In the long run, you will earn the raises and be more likely to keep your job.

8. Specialize. Have you noticed that people who seem to earn more money are the ones with very specific skills? There's a reason for that -- it's a shifting trend away from hiring generalists who know a little about everything to valuing people who are very skilled in a particular area. Keep your eye on the trends, identify your niche and move quickly to be the go-to person in that crucial area.

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Rodney Bowen

Thanks so much for your article. I've seen how specializing in an area or two as well as improving upon the work completed can effectively help a person make more money in his current role as well as generate an income with side job work that come his way.

So yes, I do agree a person's improvements and specializations in certain areas can definitely help him generate a more income. AND if I may put my community manager of hat on, I am even more encouraged at the potential when a professional is able to generate substantially move money by outsourcing/freelancing his improved skills and abilities via contract work to new employers.

In this age of no commitment from companies toward their dedicated employee's work histories, employees do need to improve and specialize for their own professional survival. The enhancements can then be used to help the employees make more money on their own rather than their sitting by and waiting for their current employers to extend promotions.


August 08 2013 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is just a simple blog article. Why is everyone being so critical? I enjoyed reading the article. The advice is sound. Not everyone has ambition or drive to go out and start his or her own business. Yes, specializing in something DOES help....especially if you want to be a teacher. A teacher who specializes in Special education for example, will not only make more money than a grade level teacher but will find a job quicker....especially here in Michigan. Like the post!

March 01 2013 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A specialist may be fine for a cardiologist or oncologist, which have a fast growing customer base who do not directly pay the bills, but for everyone else, it is risky.

When I was interviewing for a job after grad school, an HR person told me about the book, What Color Is Your Parachute, and asked me what specific area I wanted to work. I told him it was irrelevant, because in 10 years I would be doing something completely different. He said I should specialize. (the irony that he had a degree in engineering and was working in HR was lost on him) That was the worst career advice I ever heard, and fortunately did not take it.

I know many people who are specialists. When they have a job, they get paid well. But when they get laid off, they never return to their prior level. It takes many months to years for them to find a job and during that time, their skills diminish.

If you want to make money, then you have to risk money. Take every dollar of equity of your house, your 401k, and put it on the line. Accept that you can lose everything (and there are plenty of people on the left trying to see to it that you do), and you might just make something.

February 28 2013 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about starting a business? What about investing in stocks or rental properties? Working a job for someone else is not the only way to make money.

February 28 2013 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Miriam Salpeter

There's only so much you can say in one blog post! Be sure to follow the link at the end to my post about succeeding as a freelancer:

March 01 2013 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone else think it funny that in the picture the "man" is the only one with earrings?

February 28 2013 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about "Work for Yourself"?

February 28 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Miriam Salpeter

Yes - work for yourself - it's a whole other blog post!

March 01 2013 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about work for yourself, dimwits?

February 28 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Miriam Salpeter

Be sure to check out my post about how to work for yourself - linked at the end of this article:

March 01 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bud davis

I'm not a good little robot that only knows how to go beg for my upkeep. Instead, I applied myself for one whole year and learned to trade Forex. Now, $5K weeks or more are nothing. It's not rocket science or high math. Everything you need to know is on your screen. You just have to learn how to interpret. A Forex trader can be anywhere in the world. With an internet connection, smartphone, and a little knowledge, you can make money anytime, anywhere. So, struggle if you must. I quit that rat race. Most have no time nor desire to learn something new. Thank God, I had both! Now, life is good. And, getting better. You?

February 28 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bud, I'd love to learn from you! Can you contact me at julietwalters AT gmail DOT com ?

February 28 2013 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Only # 6 & 7 is useful..your right tweettormentor--only the liberals think everyone else is too stupid to think on their own.. if they get a raise that would get them more the mentality that gets us a Whitehouse that we have now--just dumb, backwards, and useless to most....

February 28 2013 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simple Ways To Make Money.......

The first and now most obvious is to write worthless articles for aol. This is a beautiful example of that. Well done!

February 28 2013 at 12:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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