Why We Hate Salespeople – One Hurdle People in Sales Need to Overcome

How Clients Buy

The following is a guest post by Tom McMakin is the author of “How Clients Buy” (Wiley, 2017) and the CEO of Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE). If you’d like to contribute a guest post to Money Q&A, be sure to check out our guest posting guidelines. A woman with a fuchsia jacket and large hoop earrings works to upsell us. “Are you interested in the cold-weather package and undercarriage protection.” A guy at the mall jewelry store with pants that hang impossibly low peers over the counter and says, “We find a good rule of thumb is three months’ salary on an engagement ring. Not sure what you make, but I wanted to show you this $15,000 princess cut.” Most of … Read more

How to Make Extra Money with Part Time Jobs for Christmas

How to Save Money on Christmas Gifts

Now that we’re close to December, many of the seasonal retail and restaurant job openings are starting to fill up. However, there’s still hope for those of you who are looking to make some extra money during the holiday season. You can find a few good part time jobs for Christmas. Whether you need a few more dollars to cross everything off your Christmas list or you want to make up for your paycheck being short if your job is closing for the holiday, you can earn extra income this holiday season. Here are a few non-traditional seasonal jobs that you can consider over the next few weeks to make extra money this Christmas season during the holidays. Part Time … Read more

Why Facebook And Social Media May Be Ruining Your Career

Why Facebook And Social Media May Be Ruining Your Career

Why Facebook And Social Media May Be Ruining Your CareerSome estimates say that almost half of all Facebook users age 18 to 34 check their Facebook accounts right when they wake up in the morning. Over a quarter even check their friends’ statuses before they get out of bed. Twitter addiction isn’t much better. One study says that over 20% of Twitter users use their accounts as their only means to find out the morning news.

Why Social Media May Be Ruining Your Career

While there is a growing explosion of the use of social media and its addictive properties, there is a danger to its overuse as well. American workers and companies are feeling the wrath of overuse and unhealthy social media use during company time. It can be detrimental to your career as well which has the potential to impact your wallet.

40% of Generation Y worker would rather have social media access at work instead of a higher salary!Click To Tweet

You Are Not Working

Believe it or not, but your employer hired you to work. They didn’t hire you to update your Facebook status. While you are playing around on the internet and on different social media websites either on your work computer or your smart phone, you are not working or earning a profit for your employer’s business.

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How to Hire a Headhunter – Should You Pay for Job Hunting Help?

How to Hire a Headhunter - Should You Pay for Job Hunting Help?

How to Hire a Headhunter - Should You Pay for Job Hunting Help?If you’re graduating from college soon, recently unemployed, or you just hate your current job, there are plenty of resources to help you find a new job. Have you ever thought, “How to hire a headhunter?”. What about paying for a service that helps you find a job?

Whether you want to secure a stable, long-term career or hop around different jobs until you find one you love, it’s important to stay organized throughout your job hunting process so you’ll stand out in the applicant pool.

How to Hire a Headhunter or Job Service

Competitive industries can be difficult to find a job in right away because there are countless other job seekers applying for the same position that you are. Rather than wasting hours and hours sending off applications and hoping for a response, you can step up your job search by paying someone to help you.

This isn’t the best route for everyone, but if you’ve considered paying for help, then check out some of the good options available:

LinkedIn Premium

LinkedIn is used by millions of employees, job seekers, and employers alike, but is LinkedIn Premium really worth the paid upgrade? The answer depends on what your budget can handle, as well as your goals for finding a job. LinkedIn Premium for Job Seekers costs $19.95 per month (after free trial), which gives you access to detailed salary information on job posts and pushes you to the top of the applicant pool as a “featured applicant” for some positions.

This feature alone could be worth the cost in a crowded job market, but if that’s not enough, then consider the InMail option, which allows you to contact a select number of people who you’re not connected to (which costs $10 each time for non-Premium members).

LinkedIn Premium also gives you more search options for job postings and useful charts and data on who has viewed your profile (and from what industry). Even if you only sign up for a month or two, LinkedIn Premium might be worth the cost to get your profile in front of hiring companies.


One of the most popular paid job posting sites is FlexJobs, which charges $14.95 per month (search for 50% off coupons to save on your first month). With a FlexJobs subscription, you get access to pre-screened job postings across 55 different categories, with new updates each day and unique telecommuting options that offer flexible schedules and work locations.

It’s a good site for finding legitimate work-from-home job opportunities for a relatively low cost, and you can cancel your monthly subscription once you find a job, so you’re not locked into a long-term agreement.

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Could Your Personal Finances Affect Your Job?

Bad Credit and Getting a Job

Bad Credit and Getting a JobBad credit can affect you getting a job – can your bad credit and personal finances affect your job search? The answer may surprise you when applying for a job.

A recent survey of 35-54 year olds published by the National Financial Education Council found that over 25% of respondents were subjected to a financial background check (or credit check) as a condition for their eligibility to get hired or promoted. Additionally, almost 30% of respondents in the survey were reportedly unsure if their employer performed a financial check beforehand, and 5% of respondents said that they were turned down for a job or promotion as a result of one of these checks (18% were unsure).

With these survey findings in mind, it’s important to understand the implications of your financial situation in regards to either your favorability as a potential employee or your chances at scoring that big promotion. If you’re trying to

Bad Credit and Getting a Job

If you’re trying to compete in the current job market, consider these ways that your personal finances might affect your employability:

Money-Related Stress Affecting Job Performance

Empirical studies have found that money-related stress can distract employees from their jobs and make them late or absent more often than employees who aren’t struggling financially. Understandably, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore thoughts of impending bill due dates, skyrocketing credit card debt, debt collectors harassing you, and even the possibility foreclosure or bankruptcy lingering in the back of your mind while you try to go about your daily professional life.

You’re not alone, however. A large survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2014 found that money was the #1 stressor among adults, with 72% of Americans reportedly feeling stressed about money just in the last month, and 22% of Americans feeling extreme levels of stress when it comes to money. Stress is inherent to almost any job, but when your personal stress follows you into the workplace, it can negatively impact your job performance if left unchecked.

According to the NFEC, over 25% of job applicants are subjected to a financial background check.Click To Tweet

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7 Purr-Fect Ways for Pet Lovers to Make Money

Ways for Pet Lovers to Make Money

Did you know that the U.S. pet industry surpassed $60 billion in 2015? While the biggest expense category for the pet-owning population is food ($23 billion), over $5 billion is spent on pet-related services each year. If you’re one of the 54 million households that own at least one dog or 43 million households that own at least one cat, there are many ways to cash in on your love of animals. As pet lovers, you can make money too! Or, perhaps you’re in a situation that doesn’t allow for pet ownership currently – traveling a lot, pet-unfriendly living circumstances, etc. – and you want to care for other people’s pets until you’re able to have one of your own. … Read more