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BYOW: Boss Your Own Wallet with These Shopping Tips

BYOW: Boss Your Own Wallet with These Shopping Tips It's important to remember as women, we are the bosses of our lives; we have the final say about our careers, relationships and finances. That's why I've teamed up with Sears to empower all you shoppers out there to "BYOW" (Boss Your Own Wallet) just in time for all of your springtime shopping! We spend hundreds of hours annually shopping for ourselves and our families. Isn't it time we made that investment work for us? After all, we're the bosses of our own lives – we've got work to do! People [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Career, Finance 101, Living|

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Employment Contract

I know: reading dense contracts full of legalese is no fun. If your employment contract is complex enough, you might want to get an outside lawyer to help you either take a closer look and/or negotiate it for you. (And the key word here is “outside” because if you use your new employer’s lawyer, at the end of the day, they’re looking out for your employer, and not you). They will usually take a hefty fee for doing this or in some cases, like in the entertainment industry, they will take a small percentage of your entire contract or signing [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Career, Featured|

4 Things You Don’t Know About Student Loans…But Should

Student loans. You likely have them; consider yourself extremely lucky if you don’t. Student loans are also technically considered “good debt” because in taking them out, you’re investing in yourself, which, in theory, will give you the tools to pay the debt off many times over. Think of student loans as the avocados of the loan world: like avocados are “good fat,” which nourishes your body, student loans are “good debt,” which expands your knowledge and (hopefully) furthers your career. But like avocados are still fat, student loans are still debt…so don’t gorge on them! Here are four things you [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Finance 101, Living|

6 Things Early Tax Filers Need to Know

Fun fact: you get three extra days to file your taxes this year. Due to scheduling issues and the fact that April 15 is a Saturday, the deadline to file your taxes is April 18, 2017. So, no excuses! Early filing: As of Monday, January 24 2017 you could start filing your taxes electronically online. You know what that means: the earlier you file your taxes, the earlier you can get your refund back. If you have your paperwork ready (W-2s from your employer to report any wage or salary information, 1099s for any freelance or self-employed work you did [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Featured, Finance 101|

3 Sneaky Ways to Be Your Own Publicist

You don’t need a schmancy publicist to get the word out about your new business. In fact, if you’re just starting out and watching every penny (which you should be) then I’d advise not spending too much of your bootstrap budget on marketing. Instead, wait until you’ve proven your concept and built up demand to go all out on marketing. Good news: there are lots of websites out there to help you on your way. Here are three of my favorites:   HARO (Help a Reporter Out): You’re likely an expert in your field, whatever that field might be [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Career, Featured|

How To: Find Your Side Hustle Sweet Spot

As a Rich Bitch who is in control of her life and her career, you clearly know how to hustle. But do you know how to “side hustle?” It’s a popular phrase in today’s work world because it’s a popular thing to do. A Side Hustle (noun) is something you do on the side of your “day job.” Side Hustling (verb) is the act of getting your butt out there and pounding the pavement to make extra cash and figure out if there’s more out there for you in the career sense than what you’re already doing. A side hustle [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Career, Featured|

5 Benefits to Ask For — Other Than a Raise

The sooner you start looking at your compensation from work as not just your salary, but as an overall package, the sooner you’ll be able get the raise or perk you need most — and that might not necessarily be straight cash. Here are some more things you can and should negotiate for other than your base salary before accepting a promotion or new job. Feeling shy? Keep in mind that you won’t get what you don’t ask for, and the answer to any question you don’t ask is always “no.” A better title. Why be “Associate Marketing Manager” when [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Career, Featured|

How To: Win Over Your Work Frenemy

So you messed up by not getting buy-in, rubbing people the wrong way or having a bad day that resulted in you strutting around with an entitled chip on your shoulder. That’s OK. It happened. It’s fixable. It’s not the end of the world, even if it feels that way. We’re human and even us Boss Bitches can’t be on top of our work game everyday. And when that happens, you should take that work blunder into relationship rehab ASAP. Here are three tools for your work-relationship first aid kit: Praise them behind their back. If you really have [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Career, Featured|

How To: Lock in Your Leadership Style

What kind of leader are you, anyway? You might be thinking: “I have no idea — I’m still climbing the corporate ladder!" This question can be tough to answer if you’ve never been in a formal leadership position before, but you can make an educated guess based on how you perceive your interactions with colleagues at work; or draw on an extracurricular leadership experience, like being the captain of a sports team or head of your volunteer group. If you still can’t think of anything, identify a leader in your company or industry whose style you would like to emulate [...]

By | January 7th, 2017|Career, Featured|
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