Making More Money When You Hate Your Job

Making more money at work

So you want to start making more money, but you hate your job. What’s next? How can you stop working for the weekend, and stop living paycheck to paycheck at the same time? Here’s a few ideas to get your started.

Embrace that fact that you aren’t a magical unicorn

If you grew up in the Millennial generation, you were probably taught from birth that you are a Magical Unicorn Pony Princess/Prince, and you could do anything you wanted to do when you grew up. Having a job isn’t enough, (how pedestrian.) You need to be following your bliss. I once asked my dad, a blue-collar union guy at a nuclear power plant, If he was living his dream. Was this the job he has dreamed about since he was a kid? He looked at me like I had lost my mind. He said, “Uh, it’s fine. I like my job. It pays the bills. I didn’t HAVE a dream job when I was a kid.” As a child who has been raised to believe that I could absolutely be the President of the United States if I just sprinkled some fairy dust and believed, I was stunned by his response. All that to say? Your job isn’t who you are. Being able to work in any capacity is actually a privilege. Having some perspective can help.

Master the art of making more money with the side-hustle

If you feel like a faceless slug at your day job, why not work it in your free time with a side-hustle? Open an Etsy shop to sell your hand-painted porcelain kittens. Get a booth at the farmer’s market to hawk your tiny succulents in dinosaur-shaped pots. Write for a website that pays. Bake special event cakes for friends from your kitchen. You can pursue your passions, pay the bills, and make some extra cheddar on the side.

Try something new

Do you truly hate your job? Is your boss cruel and nasty? Are you being treated badly? Do you suffer from “spastic colon sundays”? It might be time to try something new. In the words of writer Elizabeth Gilbert, “If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.” Who knows, the next thing might be much more lucrative too. Don’t let fear hold you back.

Do your best, and ask for a raise

Even if your job sucks, work your hardest at it. Be the absolute best you can be. Don’t be lazy. Get off your phone. I don’t care if you’re a taste-tester in a cat food factory. Do your best. Then, when you ask for a raise, you’ll be a heck of a lot more likely to get it.