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26 Social Workers Who Are Using Their Creativity For More Impact and More Income

There’s a growing trend happening in social work. 

More and more social workers are tapping into their creativity to share their unique solutions with people online, often not only extending their reach, but pursuing their passions in the process.

And while it’s true that many of these mavericks offer consulting, coaching, counseling and speaking in their repertoire of services, some also create additional opportunities for clients to engage with them through fee-for physical, digital, event, and even free products to help more people.

I’d call that a win-win-win!

I plan to update this post from time to time, so make sure you bookmark it for use as a reference for your practice.

Now without further adieu and in no particular order, here are 26 social workers who are using their creativity – just like these people – to help more people and (often) make more money in the process. 

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Make Your Own Social Work Salary: 7 Expert Ways to Start Today

Have you ever done a Google search for social work? Well if you did you would likely see something like this:

social work google search

For a profession that spans a broad range of issues such as social justice, mental health, poverty, policy, and human rights, isn’t it strange that the second most searched for term related to social work is salary?

And why is that? Why is salary for social workers such a popular search?


If you were to do a similar search for allied fields like psychology, counseling or even human services salary is much further down on the search list. Could it be that all those social workers that say “We don’t do it for the money” are actually more concerned about money than they’d like to admit?

Truth be told, we (because I’m a social worker, too) have the ability to make as much money as we’d like without depending on an organization’s ascribed salary tier.

Historically we’ve been told that the work that we do as social workers – often on behalf of the most underserved in society – should be motivated by a sense of what’s right (justice) and fair (equality), not money. On the other hand, the same services that we provide cost money, as do the efforts and expertise of those of us that provide them.


So how can social workers continue to do the work we love and build value for the humanitarian work that we do at the same time? The answer is this: we make our own damn salaries (expletive added for emphasis).


Now, you would understand my belligerence towards the assumption that social work equals financial sacrifice when some of the most intelligent, influential, and well-compensated people are social workers themselves. Consider people like Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Brene’ Brown, and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  While I don’t claim to know what’s on their income tax returns, what I do know is that none of them started out “at the top.” These people have moved up the ranks in social work experience and position like many social workers around. But unlike most social workers, they’ve enlisted an additional step that puts them in demand and showcases their value, and that is because they’ve positioned themselves as experts.

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Brene Brown + TED = expert positioning gold!

In case this concept is unfamiliar to you or it’s the first time you’re hearing it, let me explain. Continue reading

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business And How You Can Benefit From My Ignorance

In 2008 when I started to explore the world of entrepreneurship I was ignorant.

Now I don’t mean that I was an idiot or a fool (although those words might not be far from the truth in some instances). I just mean that I was unaware of all of the things that present-day Eva (not sure why I just referred to myself in 3rd person) knows when it comes to starting and growing a profitable business. 

But that’s to be expected, right? I mean no one wakes up a master of his or her craft. It takes persistent work and practice to see the results you want. It usually also takes mentorship, money and time to do them at a steady pace so that you can turn a profit and do more good. 

My first photo shoot. Poor baby...

My first photo shoot. Poor baby…

So 2008 Eva had none of those (there goes that 3rd person speak again). But what I did have was an idea, a laptop, and a determination to launch a successful business that would change the wooorld!!! (Sorry. I got a little carried away there.) Fast forward seven years and I’m just now seeing the results I thought I would have seen in 2009. Talk about taking the long way around!

The truth is that whether you’re a intrapreneur, entrepreneur, solopreneur, running an NGO or opening a private practice, starting a successful business can be hard. No matter how much you learn on your journey there’s always more to know. At times it seems like you might never know enough.

That’s not true of course, but it always helps if you have a compass to point you in the right direction and a map to let you know how close you are to your goal. So in the spirit of not wanting your business path to take as long as mine did, here are five things (it’s the short list) I wish I would have known before I started out on my journey and a gift (at the end) to help you fair better time on yours. Continue reading

How to Create a Rich Social Work Mentality (Infographic + Workbook)

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So what do you think about the infographic? Did I leave a step out? Does it seem like too much to remember? Let me know in the comments so we can get some juicy discussion going.

And did I hear you say that you wanted a workbook to go with this nifty infographic so that you can dive deeper into the realms of the rich social worker mentality?

Sure thing! I’ve got one for you right here (no opt-in required).


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All I ask is that if you like these resources that you share them with everyone in the world!!!…no? How about just your friends then? That’d be great.

Don’t forget to download your workbook!

See you on the rich side!


Tech Rich: How Social Work Helper’s Deona Hooper is Using Technology to Change the world

Have you ever tried to reach – oh, say – a million people a week or speak to issues of gender equality, race relations, technology, and elitism all at the same time? Well that’s exactly what one of my social work s-heros, Social Work Helper’s Editor-in-Chief Deona Hooper, does every day. Continue reading

6 Ways Your Product or Service Could Drastically Change Your Life

There are many ways to reach “Rich Social Worker” status:

  • Saving + Investing
  • Winning the lottery
  • Marrying into money
  • Creating a product or service that people want to buy

…for now let’s talk about the products and services rout (it gets juicy soon enough, I promise). Continue reading

Money: What Rich Social Workers Do To Make More

Ask any random social worker on the street what the number one complaint in social work is and they’ll say it’s the money (or, rather, the lack thereof).

This is not a new complaint and not likely one to go away in the next several years. Social work has long been associated with volunteerism and poverty and it seems that the more good we try to do, the harder it is to make a living doing it. Continue reading

Living Richly From the Inside Out: My Interview With Karlecia Swan

I always love to hang out with social workers – so much fun and self-awareness in one place it’s intoxicating.

But I especially love when I get to hang out with old classmates who have gone on to do great things. Being with those people really helps me to put my journey into perspective because I get to see how far we’ve all come.

And on that note, I recently had the great pleasure of hanging out with one of my former classmates, Karlecia Swan. Karlecia and I would often sit near to each other in class and subsequently end up running role plays and group projects together. Hashtag What-were-we-supposed-to-be-learning-again? Continue reading

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