How I Took My Salary from 5-Figures to 6-Figures in 7 Steps

I don’t know about you, but when I get a pay raise at work I feel incredible. I get a giant smile across my face because I feel like my hard work has finally been validated. All the extra hours, emails, phone calls, presentations and the unwavering commitment to my company’s success has (literally) paid off.

But it’s not as easy as just showing up to work one day and your boss calling you into his office to say “Hey, you! You’re getting a raise! Let’s party!” If only it were that easy, right?!

We have to work hard, put in the hours and follow the right steps.

I’ve only been working in the corporate world for 15 years so I know I still have a lot to learn. What I do know is what’s worked for me so far. Here are 7 important steps that have taken my career from 5-figures to 6-figures.

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How a Bad Day at Work Inspired Our Family’s Financial Independence Plan

In mid-2016, I had a pretty rough day at work.

My new manager called me into his office to inform me that there would be some changes with my position. A position that I had grown to enjoy. I was proud to have built a team of 3 based on some solid sales wins that I had lead during the previous three years.

It was an honor to see the growth there really. I would win a piece of business and someone would get a full-time job. And then another and then another … It was really cool. I liked the fact that when I worked hard and earned the company money, someone got a job. That made me feel good.

So when my manager told me that I would no longer be managing those three people anymore, I was pretty devastated. Furthermore, my role of leadership on those accounts was no longer required either. I wasn’t being fired or demoted. I was being shifted.

Looking back, I understand why management made these decisions. Overall, the move has been good for the company and I’ve been able to help with growth in other areas.

But that day when I got home from work, I was pretty bummed.

In fact, I was more than bummed. I was scared.

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Why You Should Track Your Net Worth (And How To Do It Easily)

Have you ever taken the time to calculate your net worth?

It’s something that most people have never done despite it being one of the most important financial numbers. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or whether you consider yourself rich, poor or somewhere in between.

It’s fairly simple to figure out your net worth. If you haven’t done it yet, let’s walk through why it’s important and the best way to calculate it.

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Side Hustles and The Life-Defining Lessons We Learn From Them – with Nick Loper

The term side hustle has gained a lot of attention lately. This is something outside of your full-time job that gives you more income and potentially more happiness.

To inspire us to think outside of the walls of our 9-5, I’ve invited the host of the Side Hustle Show, Nick Loper, on the show today. Nick and discuss the many benefits associated with a side hustle. Surprisingly, some of the best benefits have nothing to do with money.

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Why I’m Buying My First Rental Property in Cash

After paying off our mortgage in 2017, we have a lot more cash available to us as a family. We’ve used that extra dough to save up for our first rental property and we’re pumped to make it a reality this fall!

A big question that we’ve been struggling with is whether we should buy in cash or take out another mortgage. After much debate, we’ve decided it makes the most sense for us to go all cash.

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14 Money Goals to Accomplish Before You Turn 40

Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous from Cleveland:

Hi Andy,

I just finished reading an article of yours about paying off your mortgage early. Congratulations on that. I have a 30-year mortgage and I’m not sure if I want to pay it off, but it got me thinking about where I should be with my financial goals.

I’m 35, married, two kids. I want to make sure I’m on track.

What financial goals should I have checked off my list by the time I turn 40?

Do you have any articles on that?

Thanks,

Anonymous

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26 Smart Ways for Moms and Dads to Make More Money

More than ever before, parents are stretched to their limits with the demands of careers and families. We all would love to make more money and provide some extra financial freedom for our families, but how do you do that without driving yourself crazy? What can you do to make some extra money easily that won’t take up too much time?

While I wish it was that simple, any kind of part-time job, side hustle or investment will require some kind of time commitment, and possibly a financial commitment too, in order to get started. Some side hustles will require more time and effort than others, while some of them take time up front to set up and then it gets easier. Let’s look at 26 smart ways parents can make more money.

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Want Financial Independence? It’s Time to Make More Money – with Grant Sabatier

Financial Independence is when you have enough money to live without the need for full time employment … Sounds pretty incredible, right?

This may seem like something that’s meant for our golden retirement years, but my guest today is going to show us how to make it a reality much earlier than that.

Returning as a guest for the second time, Grant Sabatier is here to share how we can grow our income and invest so we can really enjoy the best years of our lives.

At 30 years old, Grant achieved his financial independence. He went from $2.26 in his bank account at age 24 to over a $1 million in just 5 years.

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How Busy Moms Can Create a Successful Part-Time Business (Without Sacrificing Family Time) – with Crystalee Beck

On today’s podcast, we’re talking about building successful six-figure businesses. This one is for all you busy Moms out there looking to have a business you can call your own.

But as young parents, how can we grow a business that we’re passionate about and make enough money to support our family?

To help us unlock this magical money mystery, I’ve invited Crystalee Beck on the show today.

Just a few years ago, Crystalee got laid off in the midst of her second pregnancy. Today, she’s a 6-figure entrepreneur working just 20 hours per week. Let’s find out how she’s done it!

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