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Paying for Guidance

Before I decided to quit my job I was in a rut. I didn’t know what my future held for me. I had no clue what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. I was lost. What changed for me was a simple email from the #finaciallyfab Shannon Lee Simmons.

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I had signed up for the New School of Finance newsletter and was getting some rad information, but this one email stood out among the rest. It was titled “Want to leave your job in the next 6 months? Before you do…” As someone who was contemplating about leaving their job, this was definitely a sign.

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The gist of the email was that there was a course called Guidance Counselling for Adults led by the amazing Kathryn Meisner (our May FFFOTM) that would help me really focus on what I wanted in a job and how I could go about getting it. Plus, there were these great tips on negotiating salary that I definitely wanted to learn.

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The only thing holding me back from jumping up and down and cheering for my good luck was that this course would cost me some cash. You’re probably thinking, “Of course it’s going to cost you Karyn! Guidance this good ain’t free!” and I totally agree. This course was exactly what I needed, but I was hung up over the cost. Also, I need to mention that if I purchased the course I would be getting an amazing deal and it wasn’t even that expensive. I definitely could afford it, but I was still very hesitant.

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Finally I decided to get all kinds of logical on this. I asked myself three questions:

  1. How would this course benefit me in the long run?
  2. Could I afford it?
  3. Why did paying for this bother me so much?

And after much thought my answers began to form:

1. It could help me narrow down my search for a job, teach me how to talk money with employers, help me decide if I should go back to school, or if I should make a complete career change.

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2. Ummm, I defs could.

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Now answering my third question took a little more time than the first two, but after a while I finally came to a conclusion.

3. If I can’t solve a problem myself I feel like I’ve failed. If I have to pay someone to teach me something that I could have figured out myself I would feel like I wasted my money. I was also worried what I would discover about myself.

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Now that I had finally figured out what was holding me back I was able to move past it. Now that I’m doing this course I can easily say that this is one of the best personal investments I could have made in myself. I feel like I’m treating myself to a more successful future and that is worth every penny I paid.

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-Karyn

KARYN’S FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: ASK FOR TASK

The Challenge: To make 100.00 by completing tasks on Ask For Task

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As a person who was unemployed for the entire month of February, the thought of making some side money without the need for pesky interviews and making resumes really peaked my interest.

Signing up for Ask For Task was a breeze, but I really suggest that if you want to really use it on the go to download their app. It’s wicked awesome and supa dupa easy to use.

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So for the first 1 week all I did was apply for tasks every day. Many of these were for cleaning apartments or running errands for people. At first I didn’t get much of a response, but soon I had my first task.

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On February 10th I was to meet a guy named Tom to pick up Hockey Hall of Fame tickets. Seems simple right? Well, for someone like me who isn’t the greatest at directions I got easily turned around and slightly lost.

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Luckily I found my way and met my Tasker. What made my first task so special was that it was actually the people from Ask For Task! They were giving away free tickets and I was lucky enough to win them (plus earn the promised 20.00 for the task)! I also got to meet the magical staff who work at Ask For Task and I’ve gotta say that they are some wonderfully epic people.

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So with my first “task” completed I was ready to kick my challenge into high gear. Every morning I went onto their app and applied for as many tasks as I could. I found that leaving messages for the people posting the tasks got me a quicker response because it showed that I really wanted it opposed to people that just applied.

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In the end, the majority of the tasks I completed were for cleaning apartments. I’ve had experience in cleaning homes before. So for those who have never done it before, you need to make sure you set boundaries with the people you clean for, what they want you to clean, a set wage and a set time for cleaning. Sometimes it can get weird and the stuff you clean can be a little strange, but remember that you are making some side hustle money and it’ll be all worth it.

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I was able to make 105.00 just by using Ask For Task which was incredibly ballin’, but it may not be for everyone. You need to be good at directions (which I am still working on), have the ability to travel using transit or your own vehicle (all about dat metropass), and be comfortable dealing with strangers. Plus when dealing with strangers you always want to make sure you’re safe. Always make sure you’re cautious in the sense that someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be done (just for safety’s sake). Better safe than sorry, if ya know what I mean.

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Let me know if you’ve used the site before and how you felt about it, or if you are a first time user tell us how it goes!

Good luck and have fun makin’ dat cash money!

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March Challenge:With a new job and a new commute, I wanted to see if buying a Metropass was actually worth it. Especially now that in Toronto the price of a monthly pass went up 10 bucks.

I’ll be logging everyday to see how often I use it, or if I even use it at all, to find out if shelling out oodles of cash is worth your commute.
Stay tuned!

Karyn Elliot – Micromanager + Chief GIF Maker

MONIQUE’S FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: FREELANCING

At the end of January, when everyone was still flying high off the idea of New Year’s resolutions, the Sisterpack decided that each sister would take on a financial challenge – big or small – each month in 2015. (Errr, well… starting in February!) These goals could be anything to do with financial self-awareness, saving or spending habits, or developing creative side-hustle ideas! The possibilities are endless! (And so are the $$$)

My February challenge was to make – and save! – $500 from my freelancing work. Basically, I had to save $500 in one month from only one half of my income streams (I also work a steady part-time job that keeps the income flowin’ while I build my business).

I didn’t quite make the cut this month. I saved $100. Whoops.

Freelancing has been my “side hustle” since I graduated and I’ve been working Rise&GrindBitchesto make it my main income stream since I started.

Granted, I knew from the beginning that saving $500 would be a stretch since most of my freelancing work depends on the availability of work from clients, and how much time I dedicated to pitching and networking. But hey, #startsmallfinishBIG am I right?!

I set the $500 challenge after looking over what SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely. It could be argued that I glossed over Achievable and Realistic, but sometimes you’ve just gotta aim really high!

While I didn’t achieve my goal (since, y’know, bills are a thing), I got assigned an article for a local newspaper I write for, edited content for a website redesign and, through networking, I gained an ebook editing and formatting project that will be worth more than $600 in the end. That’s almost $1,000 manifested in February after a slooow January. Woo hooooooo!!

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My real challenge, it seemed, was to simply make more money freelancing so that I could justify socking away a huge chunk of change. I learned so much about the value of negotiation and networking in February. (But that’s another post for another day 😉 )

My March challenge:

To get a job interview set up in a foreign country. I’m going to Liverpool, England for two weeks at the end of the month (it’s also where I plan to move next year!), so I’m laying the groundwork. Wish me luck!

High fives and good vibes!

<3 Monique

Resident Reporter + Chief Editor

SURVIVAL JOBBING: 4 TIPS TO PICK THE RIGHT ONE

My first survival job was working as a hostess at a steakhouse (I was a vegetarian at the time). As a recent graduate of a Radio and Television Program, I couldn’t find a paid TV gig, so it was the #restaurantlyfe for me.
I quickly realized part-time hostessing would simply not pay the bills, and I was becoming increasingly defeated.
With no TV opportunities in sight, and my optimism for my future hanging by a thread, I knew I had to make a change.
The catalyst for me was the ‘breakdown before the breakthrough’ – I simply couldn’t take struggling anymore and knew I had to make a change.
This change lead me to these three tips I’m thrilled to share about picking the right ‘survival job.’

1. Begin with the End in Mind.

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I knew I would be leaving the restaurant world. I knew I needed a job with a fresh start every day, so when I left I wouldn’t leave my employers high and dry.  Working as a barista or bartender is a great gig if you know you’re going to be peacing out down the line.

2. Shift Your Mindset. You’re now ‘Funding The Dream’

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The term ‘survival jobbing’ sounds stressful. Shift the language around it to believe you’re now  ‘funding your dream’ – AWESOME! I stumbled across this term on the interwebs and it helped me realize that I could use this to help me find a positive aspect of working towards something great.

3. Find a Survival Job that Mirrors Your Dream Job.

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I chose working in a restaurant because I knew it would have a lot of similar aspects to my dream job at the time: hosting a TV show. I was representing a brand, I was ‘the face’ of the organization, I had to be cool, calm and collected, and have the ability to instantly connect with people. So look for a ‘survival job’ (or volunteer experience) that has similar qualifications to your dream job so when you go into the interview for your ideal gig, you can intelligently explain why you’re currently working at a restaurant.

4. Be Strategic with the Restaurant or Coffee Shop.

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When I was working at the steakhouse, I quickly realized I didn’t like my surroundings. I was surrounded by extremely rich businessmen who saw right through me, and my colleagues tended to complain about their situation a lot. Since I didn’t have any TV opportunities, I figured I go to where the TV people are and find a job there. On a whim, I applied to one of the fanciest restaurants in the city. It was for an upscale clientele (celebrities and professional athletes were frequently there), and it was right across the street from one of the biggest TV networks in the country. Through a lil’ bit of luck, I got the job. And guess what – a few months into the gig, a TV producer I used to work with came in for lunch, we caught up, and she ended up giving me my foot in the door for my first TV job!

These are the tips I’d suggest looking back on my survival jobbing days! You got this!

– Gwen Elliot: Marketing + Chief Podcaster