How to Make More Money (Without Getting a Second Job)

Money Girl reveals 5 tips for making more money, without having to get a second job or go back to school.

Laura Adams, MBA
5-minute read
Episode #376

If you want to improve your personal finances, like saving more money or paying off debt, there are 2 fundamental solutions: spend less, or earn more. Or you can turbo-charge your efforts and do both.  

While I always encourage cutting unnecessary or mindless spending, there’s a limit to how much you can cut back. On the other hand, the amount you can earn is limitles - but it’s usually more difficult than cutting expenses.

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In this episode, I’ll cover an important way to make more money that doesn’t involve getting a second or third job—or even going back to school for an advanced degree. Using this information can make you happier at work, and help you earn a lot more money.


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Hop to a New Job

If you’re ready to earn more money, one of the quickest ways may be to simply change jobs. This is a trend that I’ve observed over and over in my career—and there’s new data to support the economics behind job hopping, which I’ll cover in the next section.

Job hopping used to be frowned upon by managers and human resources professionals. If you stayed at a job for a only short period of time, you’d be considered disloyal or flaky, while if you stuck it out for the long term, you’d be rewarded with recognition, annual raises, and even a cushy retirement pension.

But now the tide has turned, and job hopping doesn’t have the same stigma. Far too often, employers tend to overvalue new hires and undervalue existing employees. Frequent job switching is the new norm, especially for younger workers. In fact, it may even be seen as an indication of ambition or motivation.


About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a frequent, trusted source for the national media. Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlers is her newest title. Laura's previous book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love, was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show.