We’re not saying that you shouldn’t take an occasional detour for a little extra cash, but rather that you should make sure that your sole purpose in taking the detour is to get paid. Which coin paradox calls for the ability to assess when more force is needed and when it might be?  In accepting a job offer of any kind, whether it be writing or other duties, make sure that you fully understand what work will entail before you agree to the terms. You’ll have the opportunity to negotiate with them if they don’t align with what’s in your best interest. This means doing some research on industry standards and your rights as an employee in general. What are e-money do’s and don’ts? They are certain behaviors meant to enable or destroy value of money and investment as currency – both yours and others’.

Do’s list:

1. Know your workplace/industry standards.

This will help you stay on the right side of your job and also make sure that you get paid what you’re worth.

2. Do your own research online.

Do a Google search for “industry standard rates”.  Surprisingly, this can yield results for any industry or category of work you put in. Check out sites like Glassdoor, Payscale and Salary.com to get a good idea about what people are being paid for the same work you’ll be doing, and make sure you’re getting fairly compensated for it.

3. Prepare for a meeting.

Whether you’re in a startup where everyone is amped up and ready to talk business, or at a corporation where your team is meeting to talk about the latest quarterly results, be prepared for it but don’t be scared to ask if you don’t understand the job. If you’re not sure what’s expected of you or how much it should pay, go ahead and ask. Don’t let your fears get in the way of earning e-money.

4. Be aware of your company culture

The last thing you want is to become complacent with your job, especially with respect to money–that can lead to a loss of value in terms of compensation. If you’re not a good fit for the company or your open-door policy isn’t working in your favor, then it’s best to stay put and continue with your current efforts.

5. Don’t take the job just to get paid

Generally speaking, if you’re not interested in being there longer than necessary, don’t take the gig. If you’re finding it difficult to gain traction at that time or if they’re getting ready to cut costs by eliminating positions or reducing benefits, chances are getting paid will be a distant priority. That’s what happens when companies cut costs so they can make profits instead of sharing e-money with workers who help them grow their business.

Don’ts list:

1. Don’t slack off.

Some employers may allow for a certain number of days off throughout the year (weeks), but if you’re not putting in effort, doing what you’re supposed to do or showing enthusiasm for the job, then don’t expect to get any e-money.

2. Don’t take on additional duties without being approached.

If you start getting involved in other things without permission, it’s going to be difficult to collect money from that engagement once your contract is up. In addition to the added work, pay could potentially become a problem if your company is trying out new ideas and doesn’t have the budget to invest in additional employees or new positions so they look elsewhere when they need help with something.

3. Don’t oversell yourself.

Ensure that you have your facts straight and understand the industry standards before you start selling yourself to the public. Being understated is almost always the way to go, especially if you’re not sure how much to charge or what work entails. If you’re new on the scene then it’s best to let your work speak for itself, and if it is really as good as you say it is then people will come knocking at your door with a contract in hand.

4. Don’t be intimidated by your employer.

If you’re not comfortable with your boss or co-workers, it can be a problem when it comes to making progress and getting paid. Try to remember that the key thing is to find someone who will appreciate what you’re doing for them and help them achieve their goals. If there’s something that you really don’t like about the working environment or some of the people in it, then find a new job–a lot of people are happy to take on freelance or other types of jobs if they are welcomed with open arms and collaborative efforts in which everyone has their role.

5. Don’t expect to be treated well right off the bat.

A lot of people who take on full-time jobs expect to be treated well if they’re doing a good job, and that can affect the respect of their employer for them. However, there are people out there who just want to keep their job and may or may not do a good job at it. If you’re not feeling valued or respected at your place of employment, then it’s best to find another one where you feel that way.


Determining whether or not you should get paid depends on your expectations and your skill set. If you have reasonable expectations, then getting paid shouldn’t be difficult because employers will generally want you to stick around if they see value in what you do for them.


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