Multiple Raises a Year

What if instead of the possibility of getting a raise after an annual performance review, you got a multiple mini-raises throughout the year as a way for an employer to do regular check-ins on how you're doing (i.e. instead of the possibility of getting a $10,000 raise at the end of the year you got $2,500 raises quarterly). The Wall Street Journal reports that this strategy is becoming increasingly more common at companies like tech firms, which want to retain talented employees and keep them motivated.

A Case Against Telling Your Coworkers What You Earn

While I don’t dispute the notion that transparency can prevent people from being underpaid, the chaos that can be caused by people sharing their salaries suggests that there needs to be a better way to share that information.

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Could you survive on $1,000 a month?

Will You Write Better for More Money?

Tim Parks wants to know whether or not writers will produce better writing if they're paid more.

Catching a Break After Years of Barely Making Ends Meet

For the last seven years, I’ve been an adjunct professor of writing at three different institutions, while raising three kids mostly on my own. At the University of Oregon, that meant an annual, full-time salary of $27,000, though they offered me great benefits. At other schools, my salary ranged from $2,000/class to $4,000/class, though my cap was typically four or five classes a year, and never any work in the summer. This meant many summers (which would sometimes stretch to fall) on food stamps supplemented with a few trips to the food bank. It meant shopping at Goodwill, borrowing money from my mom or brother, floating checks, free lunch applications, payday loans. It also meant that I relied on friends for non-monetary help, too: picking up my kids from theater or chess, or getting groceries after I had back surgery, or just letting me vent and worry aloud about how hard it was to make ends meet.

How Long Did It Take You to Earn the Average Starting Salary of Graduates from Your College?

Somewhat related to my previous post: Last week, Payscale released its rankings of colleges and universities based on the average earnings of its graduates (prestige, it seems, matters, since top rated research universities and Ivy League schools are found at the top.

How Not to Write, Market and Sell a Supernatural Romance Novel

The book I had in mind would not be very good. It would be better than everyone else's books but it wouldn't be very good. I was aiming for broad market appeal, shameless pandering to middlebrow tastes and prose more meretriciously sentimental than a whore on wharf. The book would be fast and it would be short. It would be published under a penname. It would help me to get by.

How to Make Money by Moving Abroad

A lot of people move abroad to learn about another culture, see new places and have life-changing experiences. Other people move abroad to make money.

The Money We Earn, the Parents We Have

At Marketplace, Anna Holmes tells her "money story," which is about the moment she began earning a six-figure income and came to the realization that she was earning more money than either of her parents, who stressed out about money while raising her and her sister.

The Economics of Being a Stand-Up Comedian in the Midwest

Being funny can be expensive in a place like Grand Rapids, Mich., where comedians often have to travel great distances looking for a gig.

Is There a Wrong Way to Make Money Writing? Is There a Right Way to Go Broke Writing?

Over the years it has been beaten into me that it is unequivocally better to have no publication credits than it is to publish something on your own.

If I Had to Live on $7.25 An Hour, I’d Move Out of New York

There is a lot of pressure on the federal and state level right now to raise the minimum wage of $7.25 to something workers can actually live on.