Do you remember when you were a teenager and the thought of making anything more than £100 blew your mind?
My first paid job (aside from babysitting or car washing) was working in my local Wimpy Restaurant, where I got paid a whopping £1.50 per hour….sometimes dressing up as Mr Wimpy on a Saturday and running up and down Forest Gate high street dressed as a burger.
I’d work 3 nights a week for a couple of hours after school in year 11, and all weekend…I mean it wasn’t like I had anything else going on.
I got paid around £40 a week…but £40 when you are 15 is bloody amazing right?
That meant I could buy my own toiletries, black tights (cos school tights disappear in a house of 4 female siblings) and still have money left over to save up for a pair of Reebok Classics or the occasional new outfit.
Things got a bit better once I headed off to uni.
I upgraded to bar work and cashier in a supermarket kinda roles, to be fair the pay was still pretty poor, but student loans made me feel more abundant than I’d ever been…debt pah…what debt?
I even had a bout of working 16 hour shifts in a salad factory.
It only took a few years after university to progress through my first few full time jobs in the arts sector to get what seemed like my proper salary that gave me choices.
In 2004 I started work as volunteer manager for the London Borough of Newham, starting salary of £24,000 which went up to just short of £27,00 during the time I was there…that felt like loads.
I learned to drive, bought a second hand car, I went on holidays (OK..just 18-30s clubbing holidays) but I had relative freedom for the first time.
However, I remember looking through the job pages one day, a habit I have always had, and I spotted a job for £100K…yep one hundred thousand pounds, and it had the exact same job title as what I was currently doing.
I’ve can remember having these weird butterflies in my stomach thinking…imagine???
The thing is I couldn’t really imagine what making that kind of money would look or feel like, I just knew it would be exciting.
What makes me laugh looking back is how fearless and maybe naïve I was…I was like, “I’m gonna give it a go, and apply” “what have I got to lose?” and so I set about filling in the application form, going through the job description and bigging up my experience.
I knew I didn’t really match all of the criteria in terms of my experience and knowledge of the sector, but I figured they could be having an off day, they cloud be impressed with my first class degree, and my ambition. They might be specifically looking for a 24 year old…ha ha…oh the ridiculousness of it.
Of course I didn’t get the job…but I might have done.
You just don’t know with these things. It’s just money right? And every job we ever go into we never 100 % know how to do everything do we?
A few weeks later I applied for a job that was a whole £10K more than what I was on, a job in central government doing policy on games time volunteering across London…I can remember people saying, “you’ll never get it” “It’s too much of an income leap”
Never be told what you can achieve by people who do not have the same vision or belief in your capabilities as you.
It’s like all those times in the last few years that my mum has asked,
“When you going to get a proper job”
Yeah, cos running two global online coaching businesses is not proper is it? Impacting on the lives of tens of thousands of people each year, that’s not proper…making more money than I ever have, while working less hours than ever, and not having a bloke in a suit bossing me about.
None of that is proper.
Here’s the thing guys. We get to decide on our worth. We get to up-level our earning capacity. We get to change the money stories and our money realities.
I can’t believe I have gone from working for £1.50 an hour to £1500 per hour (my average keynote fee)…that’s just nuts…but maybe I always knew I would one day.
If you are reading this blog thinking “why is she so obsessed with money?” “why is she always talking about it?” let me explain…I talk about money because so few women do. So many of us have far too many negative money stories that ultimately keep us stuck in our businesses and in our lives.
We have competing energies around it…oh I want to make more money, but its icky and show offy (yep that’s a real word) to talk about money, or admit to wanting more of the stuff….so I will just fart arse about in this grey area of undercharging and overdelivering and feeling undervalued.
I know that how much I earn is in direct correlation to the positive impact I have in this world…so I’m all good about sharing my numbers. I am good about wanting more. That sits fine on my conscious. I’ve done my grafting. I’ve paid my dues. I am on a mission now to change the patterns of under-earning in my family. I am on a mission to help other people to make peace with money and start being compensated properly for their skills and talents.
So go for that higher paid job
Put your prices up
Increase the number on that proposal (do it now and press send)
Feel comfortable setting higher income goals
It’s just money.
Julie Creffield is the no bullshit business coach, using her straight talking business opinion, strategies and transformational coaching skills to help small business owners scale their business and their lives without burning out.
If you are a coach, therapist, consultant or small business owner who is currently serving clients one to one or who predominantly has to leave their home to deliver their expertise in person to market money, check out Julies latest online programme One to Many which starts on the 24th February.