Monday, March 5, 2012

Launch Yourself!

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty chill and fantastic. Perfect for recovering from a hectic work week. John started a new batch of homebrew (a Dortmunder if you're wondering) and we have a week of meals planned around using the spent grain. First up was homemade veggie burgers and they were alot better than we were expecting. They blew the frozen veggie patties from the grocery store out of the water.

In other exciting news, this week is going to be jam packing with personal finance. Not just on Fiscally Chic, but all around the Internets since this week is the inaugural Women's Money Week! So for those of you that can't get enough of personal finance, or need to brush up on your money skills, there are all sorts of amazing bloggers writing about the following topics:
  • Monday March 5: Entrepreneurship / Making Money 
  • Tuesday March 6: Relationships & Money 
  • Wednesday March 7: Saving & Investing 
  • Thursday March 8: Budgeting 
  • Friday March 9: Money in Your 20s/30s/40s/50s/Retirement 
  • Saturday March 10: Debt
  • Sunday March 11: Goals / Taking Action

So without further ado, here we go!

As you may remember from my 2012 goals, one of them is to create more moolah. 2011 was a pretty good money year with my new job, opening my Etsy shop, and slowly monetizing Fiscally Chic. But I didn't know everything about everything when I made these moves.

I worked with a recruiter on landing the new job and followed Ramit's advice when negotiating a 10% increase from my previous job. If there's one takeaway from earning more money, it's that everyone needs to negotiate! Negotiate a raise. Negotiate a new salary. Negotiate prices. It doesn't cost you anything to ask.

In the job world, part of the reason women don’t get paid as much as men is because women generally don’t expect to get paid as much as men. Women are told to be appreciative and not be greedy. But it seems like this line of thinking can cause women to undervalue themselves. And this thinking will cost women thousands of dollars over their professional lives. According to, “By not negotiating their salaries, many women sacrifice more than half a million dollars by the end of their professional lives.” That’s serious money.

Even before I interviewed for my current job, I worked with Michelle to help identify several career options. One was what I ultimately did: continuing to work in the accounting world, but leave auditing and work for a company that jives more with my interests and values. We also discussed freelancing, an Etsy shop, and more.

When starting my Etsy shop and continuing to grow Fiscally Chic, I tapped into lessons learned throughout my life, in business school, and around the blogosphere. But what if you're just starting out and didn't go to a business school? You might not have the time to search around the Internet for the answer to every question.

Women's Money Week is the solution to your conundrum! In addition to compiling amazing content from over 100 female bloggers, they're offering a massive sale! And you know how much I love to think of the savings :)

Women's Money Week created the Launch Yourself sale, which includes 22 products from 21 women worth a total of over $1,813. (Seriously, if you went to their sites now to buy them, this is what it would cost). And all of these killer courses are part of the sale:
  • Partnership Playbook by Pamela Slim and Desiree Adaway ($199) 
  • The Art of Earning ($25) and Email Marketing Kickstart ($97) by Tara Gentile 
  • Attract Clients Fast: Ten Easy Steps to Fill Your Professional Practice by Jan Marie Dore ($97) 
  • How to Build a Part-Time Social Media Business by Alexis Grant ($24) 
  • Write Your Mess by Allison Nazarian ($97) 
  • Reclaim Your Life by Anastasiya Goers ($37.95) 
  • Disobedient Directory and Site Snapshot by Jackie Purnell ($175) 
  • Make Sh*t Happen by Jenny Blake ($47) 
  • To Whom it May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking At Your Job Search by Jenny Foss ($39) 
  • Sticky Ebook Formula by Kelly Kingman ($27) 
  • Location Independent Lifestyle Guide ($37) and The Naming eKit and Workbook by Lea Woodward 
  • Business Goddess Starter Kit by Goddess Leonie Dawson ($49.95) 
  • Power to Your Message by Michelle Barry Franco ($33) 
  • Operation: Creative Career Cheer by Michelle Ward ($37) 
  • Build Your Online Business by Natalie Sisson ($37) 
  • 52 Weeks to Awesome by Pace and Kyeli Smith ($52) 
  • Building Online Relationships that Work: A Bottle of Wuffa Dust by Sarah Robinson ($89) 
  • Quit Your Job and Travel the World Bundle by Christine Gilbert ($19.99) 
  • Discover Your Money Map Number ($497) + 1 Month of Eyes Wide Open Coaching ($97) by Alexis Neely 

I completed the "Operation: Creative Career Cheer" workbook by Michelle Ward when I was going through my job uncertainty (remember this video?), so to be able to get everything else for only $60 more is an amazing deal! And did you see Tara Gentile on the list? She's one of my business idols. You know how I said that many women don't understand their value and worth? Tara is all about smashing that misconception and helping women value themselves, earn more money, and feel good about it. She says in one of her recent blog posts, "I’ve learned one thing: it’s impossible to “earn what you’re worth” until you know your own self-worth." Amen, sister!

If that wasn't enough, Women’s Money Week is donating 25% of the profits to Women for Women International and Global Fund for Women. Which is timed perfectly to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

Launch Yourself is something you can use to grow your business, create more weath, and change your life. But you better hurry. The sales page is only live from 5am EST March 5th until March 6th at midnight. That means the sale is just 37 hours long. 

If you're wondering, yes, Launch Yourself is an affiliate. I told you one of my 2012 goals is to create more wealth :)

This post is a part of Women's Money Week 2012. For more posts about entrepreneurship and making money, see
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1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting, thanks for posting this! I really need help figuring out finances for both my family and my business, so I will definitely be checking out some of these resources. Thanks for posting!

    And thanks for encouraging me to ask for a raise! We are in a "salary freeze" right now, but I really don't think it's fair. There are some people that haven't gotten a raise in five years! Kind of ridiculous, if you ask me...



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