Helping women gain confidence
when dealing with money

Career

Six Things You Should Do With Your Holiday Bonus

by Meredith Lepore December 15, 2014

Holiday Bonus

After a couple of very lean years for many businesses, the holiday bonus (as well as the company party) is back! According to a CareerBuilder study, 45% of employers gave out bonuses in 2013, up from 33% in 2010. What a treat to get some extra dough at the end of the year. Now, there is […]

Read the full article →

Use Those Vacation Days Now, Or You Might Be Losing More Than You Think

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss December 10, 2014

Vacation

When was the last time you told your boss, “You know, I don’t really need all this money; here’s 1 percent back”? If you didn’t take all of your vacation time for the year, basically you did. Americans handed over 169 million paid days off in 2013 (not counting the ones they could roll over), […]

Read the full article →

Six Ways to Find Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

by Kirsten December 8, 2014

Work Life Balance Holidays

December has arrived, and while I love this time of year, it always feels chaotic. November through early January are my busiest times of the year. After work, I have tons of things to do – decorating for the holidays, cooking, shopping and gift wrapping. Let’s not even get started on parties! This is one […]

Read the full article →

What’s a Startup Accelerator and How to Join One

by Sue Heilbronner December 8, 2014

5708392

I am asked as often as the next gal about what I do in the world, and now my answer rolls right off my tongue: “My astonishing business partner Elizabeth Kraus and I are launching MergeLane, a startup accelerator focused on women-led companies.” Sometimes when I’m talking to someone who is, say, a sculptor, or […]

Read the full article →

Meet a Financial Planner: Chantel Bonneau — Making Dreams a Reality

by Sarah Chang December 1, 2014

Chantel

Chantel Bonneau, CFP is a 2010 graduate from the University of California – Los Angeles. Upon graduation from UCLA, she launched her career as a College Unit Director and Financial Representative (FR) with Northwestern Mutual – Los Angeles. She is the company’s top College Unit Director, and a top financial rep for Northwestern Mutual’s Western […]

Read the full article →

The Best Career Mistake You Can Make

by Kelsey Rhea November 24, 2014

career mistake crop

This post was originally published at SharpHeels, click here to see the original. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”  – Sheryl Sandberg According to a joint survey conducted by Citi and LinkedIn, the average woman will have eight (yes, you read that right) different types of jobs over the course of her career. […]

Read the full article →

Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

good financial habits

When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

Read the full article →

Facebook At Work? The Pros And Cons Of A Professional Social Network

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss November 19, 2014

Facebook at Work Crop

Anonymous sources told the Financial Times last week that Facebook has been secretly working on a product called Facebook at Work, and it’s currently in the pilot stage at a few companies. It would allow users to interact with colleagues on group pages, post to newsfeeds, share documents, and participate in online chatrooms, combining elements […]

Read the full article →

How to Turn Your Struggling Business Around in 24 Hours

by Carrie Smith November 18, 2014

struggling business crop

Are you stuck in a business rut? Is your career struggling to stay afloat and you’re not sure why? At the beginning of 2014 I found myself in a phase of business depression. Everything I did seemed like I was just spinning my wheels. I worked day and night but never made any real progress, […]

Read the full article →

Three Ways to Get Off the Freelance Financial Roller Coaster

by Carrie Smith November 11, 2014

Freelance Roller Coaster crop

As a freelancer it may seem impossible to stick to a regular monthly savings or debt payoff plan. Some months you’ll have extra money after paying all your bills, and other months you won’t have enough to even buy the necessities. It’s a monthly financial roller coaster when you work for yourself. I speak from […]

Read the full article →

3 Reasons Not to Quit Your Job

by Catherine MacLean November 7, 2014

8275546

I’ve always considered myself a dedicated employee. I’ve never not had a job in the last 15 years and have only had five jobs total (two of which I held concurrently). Though I may not have loved all of my jobs equally, I’ve always made the best of my situation. I can honestly say I gave the […]

Read the full article →

How 4 Women Entrepreneurs Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

by Kali Hawlk November 6, 2014

1475575

Employees and entrepreneurs alike have long struggled with finding success in striking the perfect work-life balance. But in our modern world that is constantly mobile and plugged in, achieving work-life balance becomes significantly more difficult. Gen Y women may have a unique experience in seeking balance, because we’re members of the first demographic to have […]

Read the full article →

Kimora Lee Simmons Sets A Fabulous Example For Us All With $1 Million Scholarship

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss October 29, 2014

College Graduates

Kimora Lee Simmons made headlines last week in a way we’re not quite used to for former supermodels-turned-fashion-moguls/reality-TV stars. She announced to a classroom of 30 students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York that she was establishing a $1 million scholarship fund in her name. “I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, for those […]

Read the full article →

How Employer-Paid Egg-Freezing Could Help And Hurt Women

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss October 16, 2014

egg freezing

When Apple and Facebook announced earlier this week that they are (or will soon be) offering female employees compensation for having their eggs frozen for nonmedical reasons, there was much rejoicing. This is one more way companies can make it easier to lean in (fittingly offered by Facebook, home of Lean In author and COO […]

Read the full article →

Big New Job? Find Out How One Young Worker Gained Respect

by Connie Mei October 15, 2014

female respect in workplace

Gaining respect in the workplace is not always as easy as it sounds, especially if you’re young. When I was 24, an amazing opportunity came for me to work in a much larger role at a different company. I was excited, but also scared. At the time I had less than 3 years of work […]

Read the full article →

Leadership: Would You Rather Be Loved, or Feared?

by Lydia Loizides October 14, 2014

How People Respond

There is a point in everyone’s career where you choose a style of leadership that falls into one of two larges buckets: lovable or feared. Interestingly, the two most important traits that we use to judge others by (especially our leaders) is “lovable” or “fearsome” they are. Thankfully research is now available that shows us […]

Read the full article →

How to Design Your Own Career

by Kate Wilson October 13, 2014

6590429

If you find yourself feeling down in the dumps over your career, then it just might be time to take matters into your own hands. So many people fall into line and end up following the career paths that have been laid out for them. While we can all appreciate things like a steady paycheck […]

Read the full article →

Why My Graduate Degree Was Worth It, Even Though I Don’t Use It!

by Julie DenOuden October 10, 2014

graduate degree

Every month when I sit down to pay my bills, I pause when I get to the one for my grad school loan. I pause to reflect on the reality that I am paying for something I no longer use. Sometimes it seems like I’m making a car payment for a car I no longer drive, […]

Read the full article →