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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Proof Positive That You Can Profit From Your Passion: Lessons From Social Work Publishing Pioneer, Linda Grobman

Picture it…

The year was 1996 and I was surrounded by 49 other eager beavers in the basement computer lab of my college library.

circa 1996 in the middle of my love affair with Blackberry lipstain.

me circa 1996

Everyone was engrossed in their own screen, feverishly typing away to reach their assignment deadlines in time, or scouring the internet for that crucial piece of knowledge that would make their assignment that much more complete.

(dramatic pause…) And then I saw it. Continue reading

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15 Reasons Why You May Never be a Rich Social Worker (+ Action Steps to Start)

So you’re a social worker and you want to be a rich.

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Chances are you felt called to your chosen profession from your own experiences and perspective, and more than likely you’re mostly satisfied with your work – at least you know you’re helping people, so that’s a good thing, right? Continue reading

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Energy, Mindset, and Starting Lucrative Business: My Interview With Rich Social Worker Melanie Yost

If you have a dream of someday owning your own business or, at the very least, earning more money by using your existing skills, then do I have the girl for you!

I recently snagged a Google+ Hangout on Air interview with one of my heroines, Melanie Yost. Melanie is not only a licensed clinical social worker, but she’s living the dream: earning money from packaging her social work skills to help more and more people – and without the traditional cap on her salary. I’d call that pretty awesome! Continue reading

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