Welcome to another post in the $100k Club series. You can see the full series here. This is "My Morning Routine" for content marketing folks making six figures. The goal is to shed light on the skills and habits that enable people to achieve lucrative jobs and help get more people in this club.
These will be anonymous and updated regularly. If you make more than $100k/year and want to contribute, email me.
For more info on content marketing salaries, check out our salary report.
Social Media & Content Writer (growth-hacking w/ a startup), which paid $20 CAD per hour. I'd been freelancing part-time in content for years before that, though.
$100,000 CAD plus bonuses and quarterly profit sharing (so it works out to somewhere between 150K and 180K). I'm called a Content Director.
When we started profit sharing, suddenly I started having an extra $20,000 cheque landing on my lap every quarter. Those are subject to the ebb and flow of profitability, though. Times might not always be this good, but for now it's an awesome bump.
Decision-making. I am comfortable taking risks, and I am good at paying attention—listening fully, asking questions, understanding the concepts behind what someone is saying. I can zoom into the technical stuff and zoom out to see the bigger picture. These traits make me very good at making decisions that are productive, timely, and have good outcomes.
The Artist's Way
Never Split The Difference
Not really, but I've learned a ton from the people I work with, and from my boss!
Time management -- prioritizing, understanding the time suck of repeated manual tasks, deciding not to do unimportant things.
I also sleep well, get exercise, and have hobbies I enjoy. This makes me a waaaay better, more grounded person to work with.
Try to minimize the censor in your brain telling you you're not worth it, or not going to make it. If you have trouble with this or feel blocked, pick up The Artist's Way, an awesome book for anyone who wants to learn skills and habits to be kinder to yourself, happier, and more creatively free.
Also, don't just strive for money. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow—focus more on the quality of your time spent, so that even if you don't earn a rockstar income, you'll at least have invested your most valuable resource (your time!) into things that made the moments of your life mostly great.
Every time I find myself focusing on doing my best work and sharing my natural gifts, that's when the money seems to come. It's so freaking frustrating until you figure out how to do that more of the time, but whenever you can, try to spend time doing things that you love doing. The money will follow.
White female living in Vancouver, BC, Canada