It’s Time to Give Your Earnings a Shot in the Arm

Spending obligations consistently place demands on household earnings, quickly speaking for incoming resources. Whether expenses are expected, such as standard monthly living costs or unanticipated, like repair bills, spending obligations easily exceed available funds, at times leading to lasting cash flow shortfalls. If your household budget has fallen out of balance, putting the brakes on unnecessary spending is a key remedy. But your earnings (or lack thereof) may also be contributing to your financial difficulties.

Fortunately for families facing financial slowdowns, stepping-up earnings can help bridge the affordability gap. Are you falling short, paycheck after paycheck, sliding deeper into debt? Use the following suggestions to stir your creative juices, helping your cash flow with a needed boost.

Model Successful People

It is a rare individual capable of striking-out and conquering unfamiliar territory, without at least a little help from those who came before. Like a roadmap, others’ success can be used to guide you over hurdles and around pitfalls you’d otherwise suffer.

If you admire someone in your field or work with an industry leader, model your own behavior after his or her success. That’s not to say “mimic” their every move, but rather draw from their most effective habits. Does a co-worker garner all the attention, because he or she gives presentations like a professional speaker? Is there a “go-to” player in your organization, seemingly blessed with all the answers? Chances are their earning-power is also getting a boost from the skills and abilities you covet, so if you want to climb the ladder, master them yourself, for higher earnings.

Invest in Yourself

There are two distinct ideas driving this piece of financial advice, expressed both as a literal monetary investment and a figurative investment in your income potential. Non-cash investments pay dividends in the form of raises and promotions, as well as increased mobility and higher job satisfaction. Education and training, for example, can propel your earning-power upward, as new skills and abilities command higher pay. Formal coursework or on-the-job training may be required to reinforce your credentials, but once earned, the know-how forever translates into higher pay.

Another tangible way to invest in your future is to put your money where your mouth is and lay down a deposit on your future earnings. Entrepreneurism isn’t for everyone, so like other investments, it is important to do your homework before making commitments. But investing in yourself can have a tremendous upside, opening the door to limitless earnings and the ultimate form of profit sharing, self-employment. Funding sources for start-up capital are widespread, explored in-detail online, ranging from quick-cash short-term options to flexible instalment financing. With discipline, ambition and a well-conceived business plan on your side, investing in yourself can yield substantial returns.

Set Earnings Goals and Do Whatever it Takes to Achieve Them

Motivation and discipline are two important aspects of personal financial success. Without them, you’ll have a hard time advancing your earning-power. Focused on the prize, however, your path to prosperity is direct, passing through and reaching beyond financial benchmarks you’ve established for yourself.

Early-on, career training sets you on a salary schedule commensurate with the job you choose. If it’s all about the money, your early career decision-making should reflect your appetite for high earnings. Social work and public service, for instance, don’t pay as well as some jobs in the private sector, so those hungry for higher pay should consider positions with a higher upside, in business.

As your career unfolds, advancement often depends upon your ability to prove your value to your employer. Have you taken-on new jobs at work, justifying higher pay? Do your efforts save money for your company? Is increased revenue or profitability tied to your outstanding job performance? These and other positive contributions warrant higher pay. If calling attention to your track-record, taking a class, or receiving special on-the-job training are the only things holding you back from a better salary; it is up to you to grab the reins and fight for higher pay.

In the face of relentless spending demands, it is important to maximize your personal earning power. Setting financial goals, borrowing habits from successful people, and investing in your financial future are three key moves capable of boosting your earnings today.


Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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