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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?

PHONY MUCH?

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.

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION (LITERALLY)

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).

SHUT YO MOUTH!

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.

brene brown ted

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

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Journey Into Entrepreneurship & Parlaying Your Skills: My Interview With Jet Setting Jasmine

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone who had started a successful business and find out how they did it?

Well, have I got a treat for you!

A few months ago I attended the 2014 NASW National Conference. It was a star-studded event of social workers and world change makers that wasn’t to be missed. For me it was truly a magical event full of serendipitous encounters and life long connections.

Each day of the conference the breakout sessions were organized into topics such as Clinical Social Work, Ethics, Macro Practice and Finance. Of course I went to several of the Financial sessions, and was glad I did because that’s where I met Jasmine Johnson. When she stood up at one of our sessions and said that she’d started four successful businesses I just had to meet her.

A Master’s-level social worker and multi-passionate entrepreneur, Jasmine discusses:

  • how a conversation with friends turned into a successful fitness studio
  • the truth about what it takes to cut costs when you’re first starting out
  • how she uses her social work skills to create unique solutions for clients
  • the guilty pleasure that not only makes money but helps people get in touch with their sexy side

Jasmine’s businesses have been featured in the Tampa Bay Times, ZumbaExhilarate.com.au,  WBLS 107.5 FM, VividRadio SXM, and on NBC News Channel 8 to name a few, and after this interview, you’ll understand why. Jasmine is truly making waves as a social worker and is well on her way to riches and wealth.

Because we were in the middle of the Social Work Conference we conducted the interview in a busy hotel lobby, but don’t let that stop you from getting the valuable information that Jasmine had to share. And be sure to watch until the end. Jasmine has a great challenge for us all that can revolutionize your business and life  if you follow through. When you’re done, let us know the number one thing you’re going to take away from this post and share it with your friends.

See you on the rich side!

 

 

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Spiritual Entrepreneurship and Living From the Heart: My Interview With Priscilla Muñoz

When Priscilla and I met it was social work love at first sight.

Somehow in the midst of 100+ people at a Live Your Legend meetup in NYC the only two social workers in the room were able to sniff each other out. Needless to say the connection was immediate and we found out very quickly that we had a lot in common and were both on a journey to live our richest lives. Continue reading

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