Finding the perfect job is hard work. According to O’Donnell, the Founder, and CEO of WorkItDaily, approximately 70% of people feel stuck in a position that doesn’t fulfill their career dreams. As such, job satisfaction is a rare thing to be cherished. But even when you’ve found the job you love, it’s no guarantee that things will be 100% right.
One of the key questions you ought to ask yourself when it comes to improving your current position is “does your job pay enough?” Don’t think of it in terms of wages or looking for a better-paid role. On the contrary, this article focuses on the remunerations you might be missing out without changing your career.
Freelancers 101: Don’t Work All Night for One Task
The first thing every freelancer is ready to admit is that they have the power to build their dream career from scratch. However, despite being in charge, many fall in the trap of a home-based career.
It’s hard to know when to stop when your office is your home. Without knowing it, you might find yourself burning out. Creating a healthy work/life balance is detrimental to your career progression and your mental health. More importantly, you are not profiting from night-time work. It only affects your productivity, performance, and creativity.
If you feel that you need to take on more work to make ends meet, there’s a simple solution: Budget your time smartly on income-generating projects.
Were You Kept Out of Work?
While nobody likes to be stuck at home, sometimes you need to focus on your health. In times where viral infections are a cause of worry, you can’t afford to push through and put other people at risk. However, when you are forced to recover at home, you need to make sure that you remain in charge of your wages.
If you find yourself incapacitated after an accident, it can be a good idea to secure your every day funds and claim for lost wages. For illnesses and other health issues, you should consider creating a savings account that will let you recover at your own pace.
Boss Expects Overtime
When you work in an office, you follow the manager’s rule. When your boss demands longer hours, you can feel that you’ve got no other choice but comply. However, aside from tight deadlines or one-off projects, overtime is generally a bad idea. It increases mental and physical fatigue. As an employer, it’s also a case of working for free as most overtime hours are unpaid.
Filling up the Kitchen Isn’t Your Job
Who doesn’t love a donut? You might be tempted to bring a box of fresh donuts at work from time to time. However, don’t make it a habit to fill the office kitchen. It’s not part of your job, and most importantly, you are not paid for those snacks you buy. If you find yourself being the only person bringing sweets to work, it’s time to stop wasting your money!
Keeping your eyes out for all the contributions that are not paid requires attention. It might feel awkward at first. But, in the end, your dream job shouldn’t be costing you money!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.