Making Sure You Are Paid for Your Work

Often in industries that are more creative, there is an expectation that you need to  offer time and labor for free or for deeply discounted rates to get work…or “exposure”. In addition, there’s also the problem of the “brown discount,” which refers to a common workplace issue of people of color being asked to provide the “vastness and value” of their experiences, but without fair compensation or resources. But as journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams shares, “exposure” doesn’t pay the rent or the grocery bill. This episode from NPR’s Life Kit discusses some of these challenges in greater detail and shares strategies to ensure you are being paid what you are worth!

It’s Time To Talk About Money

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Two articles appeared recently discussing the importance of more openly sharing personal salary information as well as financial management strategies. “Build Your Squad For Financial Success” appeared in Entrepreneur and focuses on how women of color can help lift each other up by more openly sharing salary ranges, negotiation tips and business collaboration.

A New York Times piece published the same week entitled, “I’ll Share My Salary Information if You Share Yours” shared how more and more women are openly discussing topics that were historically considered taboo – salaries, stock options, signing bonuses, negotiation tactics and both “dream” and “walk-away” numbers.

Ten Successful Shark Tank Alumni Share Lessons Learned

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While most entrepreneurs will never end up on the reality show Shark Tank, there are interesting lessons to be learned from those who have. From intellectual property protection to accepting feedback to envisioning your outcome to maintaining confidence to believing your gut, this piece on Medium shares important takeaways from ten women who pitched to the “sharks”.

5 Negotiating Tips That Girls Should Learn

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Many women share that negotiating – especially for themselves – can be challenging. Perhaps it is because many women are brought up with expectations to “be nice” and negotiation feels like a violation of that “be nice” rule. Or perhaps it is because women are less likely to be taught what successful negotiation looks like. Either way, this June 20, 2019 piece in Mashable highlights five tips we should be teaching girls. The pointers are definitely useful for adults as well!