Maximizing Your Income: A Strategic Approach Beyond Debt Consolidation

Oct 18, 2023 | Debt, Foreclosure

Are you grappling with debt and contemplating whether debt consolidation is the right choice for you? As a foreclosure defense attorney and financial advocate, I frequently encounter this query from my clients. However, my response may come as a surprise: I strongly advise against debt consolidation! There are more effective ways to handle your debt and even enhance your income.

Let’s acknowledge the shift in the employment landscape—gone are the days of lifelong commitment to one job. Job hopping has become the new norm, and individuals are boosting their earnings by changing jobs rather than waiting for an internal raise.

Elevate your income with these pragmatic and daring strategies:

  1. Revamp Your LinkedIn Profile:
    Keep your LinkedIn profile current to catch the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Even if you’re not actively job hunting, updating your profile can lead to new opportunities and potential career growth.
  2. Refresh Your Resume:
    Treat your resume as a dynamic document, regularly updating it with your latest achievements and contributions. Keep track of your milestones as they happen, ensuring you have a comprehensive record of your professional journey.
  3. Join a Professional Organization:
    Networking within your professional circles enhances your skills and provides insights into what other companies are doing and what they’re compensating. Joining a professional organization enables you to connect with like-minded professionals, attend events, conferences, and even find a mentor.
  4. Capitalizing on Your Knowledge:
    Armed with an updated LinkedIn profile, a well-documented resume, and insights into industry compensation, you may be ready for a overdue discussion with your boss. Empower yourself and ask for the compensation you deserve!
  5. Engage a Professional:
    Recruiters may not work for you directly, but they play a crucial role for their companies. Reach out to a recruiter, make your presence known, and maintain regular follow-ups. Share your updated resume with them to stay on their radar.
  6. Explore Freelance or Part-Time Opportunities:
    With the rise of the gig economy, there are more chances than ever to earn extra income through freelance or part-time work. Evaluate your skills and interests to identify opportunities for supplemental income.
  7. Sell Unneeded Items:
    Declutter your living space by identifying items you no longer need or use. Consider selling them online or through a garage sale to generate extra cash.

Remember, increasing your income involves not only earning more but also managing your expenses, budgeting wisely, and adopting financial savvy practices. Rather than turning to debt consolidation, concentrate on smart and responsible debt management while actively seeking ways to augment your income.

While debt consolidation may appear as a convenient fix for your debt challenges, it’s not always the optimal solution. Instead, channel your focus into increasing your income, managing expenses effectively, and achieving financial empowerment. By adhering to these guidelines, you can seize control of your finances and pave the way for a brighter financial future.

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I’ll talk to anyone who is currently behind on their mortgage, thinks they may not be able to afford their mortgage in the coming months, or is already in foreclosure. The earlier we talk, the more options you have.

… Sarah Poriss.

Sarah Poriss, Attorney at Law, LLC is the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense law firm in Connecticut, providing homeowners with quality legal counsel in foreclosure mediation and foreclosure defense.

Working at Consumer Law Group in Rocky Hill, Connecticut for four years, Sarah specialized in representing consumers facing financial crises like debt collection harassment and identity theft. Upon opening her own office, she expanded her focus to defending consumers sued by credit card companies and representing homeowners in foreclosure.

Sarah has elevated her practice by exclusively representing clients with money issues. She played a crucial role in drafting foreclosure mediation rules as a member of Connecticut’s Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee for seven years.

Additionally, she contributed to the Bench-Bar Small Claims Committee to enhance clarity in small claims proceedings and ensure debt collectors provide substantial evidence to win cases.

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