In case you have not read the first few MMs of April, I am focusing on the Financial Pillar of Living a BIG Life this month. But before I get into that, I want to say Happy Administrative Professionals Week to all the fantastic men and women who call this their Career of Choice! It truly is an amazing and exciting career with lots of opportunity and challenge. Being that I was in the profession for 20 years before starting Office Dynamics, I full heartedly know all the time and energy you have to put into your work to make your leaders and management team successful. It’s not an easy role as you have so many different personalities to deal with; constantly juggle priorities to meet deadlines; run a busy executive’s life; keep calm in the office; manage your manager’s stress in addition to your own and so much more.
I also know from being an executive for 22 years, the value an assistant adds to my work and life. I have not always been so lucky to have assistants like Jasmine Freeman. In fact, several assistants came in and out of my life and it was always difficult “breaking in” a new assistant and trying to create that synergistic partnership I always talk about. But I have been extremely blessed to have Jasmine Freeman as my strategic partner for 6 years.
So here’s to all the wonderful assistants in the world. Congratulations! Thanks for all the work you do. The team at Office Dynamics treasures and values you.
Now … onto that Financial Pillar. Today I want to tie together financial and career. Obviously your career has a big impact on your finances. Your ability to be a top performer in the workplace and be recognized and rewarded as a top performer plays a major part in your Financial Pillar. Often when you work for someone else (another company), you can’t choose how much money you can make or you could be locked into a salary range. So no matter how hard you try, you will only go so far because of your title and level within that arena.
This does not mean that you should give up or not bring your “A” game to work. It’s amazing how many managers can “find” money for the right person. I don’t want to get in trouble by telling you this but it is true that exceptions are made for the A-1 Stellar Performer. So you want to do everything you can to meet that expectation. But what if there truly are limitations—caps on how much you can make? I ran into that when I was an employee. There was a boundary and I could not earn a higher income no matter what I did.
Often you have to take into consideration all the other perks your company offers. It’s easy to say, “I don’t get paid enough.” But add all your benefits—what are they worth? How much does your vacation time add up to? What about sick days or personal time off? How much of your medical insurance does the company pay? Do they put money into your 401K or a SEP? Does your manager give you extra time off to attend your kids school play? Or does your manager invest in your training and development—how much does that cost? So there are ways you are compensated beyond a paycheck. You should feel really good about those extra benefits.
Do you still need more money so you can fund a vacation and nurture your Family Pillar or maybe you want to join a gym to support your Wellness Pillar?
One of the best ways you can earn some extra money, and possibly a good chunk of extra money, is by utilizing your talents outside of the workplace. Provide a service that taps into your talent or skill that will earn money. I have many examples, but I’ll just give you a few. I met an assistant, years ago, in one of my workshops who was an excellent proofreader so I hired her to do a great deal of proofreading for me. I met another assistant who had excellent writing skills and asked her to do some writing for us. Another person was great at photography and has helped us out. When I was a young married woman and we needed some extra money, I typed grants in the evenings for a woman who lived in the neighborhood. Thinking of today’s technologies, if you are great with social media do freelance work for small business owners utilizing tools like Hootsuite. If you are creative with hand-made note cards or gift baskets, let people know that.
There are all kinds of ways you can earn some extra money like holding garage sales. Be creative and have fun!