My Income Journey: From <$20,000 to Nearly $400,000 in 5 Years
I have been—by all accounts—incredibly fortunate in my career thus far, but there are a few distinct takeaways I notice when I reflect on the last five years.
Since I went to a public state university and studied communications (not exactly a field with investment banking-level compensation), I figured I’d be a median earner forever.
Discovering the art of the side hustle (and freelancing, contract work, and online businesses) sent me down a meandering path of trial and error that I’m recounting on the show today.
When I started working, I earned $12/hour, which transitioned later to a full-time salary of $52,000. By 2021, as a 26-year-old with no advanced degree, my total cobbled-together income encroached on $400,000.
Looking back on it, I realize: The rules are fake. You don’t need to study finance or medicine at Harvard to make good money (though to be fair, I’m sure those things make it a lot easier). Regardless, it’s my hope that something in this episode will spark something useful for you.
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Mentioned in the Episode
- Money with Katie's 2023 Wealth Planner: https://moneywithkatie.com/new-2023-wealth-planner
- Study on students who graduate from college without any debt: https://www.aplu.org/our-work/5-archived-projects/college-costs-tuition-and-financial-aid/publicuvalues/publicuvalues-resources/student-debt-by-the-numbers.pdf
- Building a Six-Figure Side Hustle episode: https://www.podpage.com/money-with-katie-show/building-a-six-figure-side-hustle-monetizing-content-budgeting-with-variable-income/
- The Role of Luck in Financial Outcomes: https://moneywithkatie.com/blog/how-a-traffic-stop-changed-my-life-luck-randomness
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