Career & Money

You Can’t Build An Empire On Your Own (6 Ways To Build a Free Team!)

When you are starting out on your big, scary, career journey it is easy to feel like it is you versus the world. Even if you have brilliant ideas and talent, it can feel overwhelming to figure out where to start and how you are going to get everything done with only 24 hours in the day. How does Oprah make it look so damn easy?oprahandelizabeth

Then I saw an amazing interview where Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talks about what it was like to be on her show. She said that during the commercial breaks Oprah doesn’t speak to you. Her team of producers, directors and makeup artists surround her, insuring that everything runs smoothly and that she has everything she needs. A TEAM! Cue the forehead slap. Of course I know Oprah has a team, but I don’t think about those people when I am watching her powerful speech on Super Soul Sundays.

The more I investigated the background of my business role models, the more examples I found of brilliant teams. Jon Stewart credits ALL of his success on The Daily Show to his team. Marie Forleo says that her team brought her to the next level and freed her up to be more creative, and less focused on the administrative details.

But let’s be real for a second, when you’re starting out in your twenties, you probably don’t have the money to invest in a business coach, a life coach, an assistant, web designer, employees… I am poor just thinking about it. You have to be savvy and thrifty. Invest where you can and be creative elsewhere!

Here are some ways to build your FREE team, and up-level your game for success:

1. Start a Mastermind group. Masterminds are all the rage, and even once you are successful enough to afford a team of 1,000 I suggest that you hold onto this free creative resource. A mastermind is a group of people (preferably 2-7 people) who meet either in person, over the phone, or via e-mail to bounce ideas off of each other. The benefits are so powerful that it’s worth more to me than some of my paid investments. You receive:

  • Advice
  • Collaboration
  • An Expanded Network
  • Cross-promotion
  • Unique ideas & approach 

toastmasterskeepcalm2. Join a Meetup Group. offers another free opportunity to expand your network, but this time more specifically. Are you looking for a business coach to help you gain speaking opportunities? Join Toastmasters, a free national community of people who want to improve their public speaking. Looking for like-minded individuals to help motivate you? Search for networking meetups in your area catered to your specific field!

3. Enlist a business mentor/guru/coach.  A business coach is the investment that most of my successful Career gurus taut as being a tipping point for them… but it doesn’t necessarily have to cost you anything! In my post Contact a CEO, we discuss techniques you can use to reach out to your role models for their wisdom. Know someone personally who has already blazed the career trail you want to take? Ask them for advice and if your connection proves to be genuine, you may gain a FREE business coach in them!

4. Take any/all free seminars/webinars you can get your hand on. Social media is filled with ads catered to your search pattern. So search online for some of your specific business needs and sign up for all of the free webinars that apply! I can recommend the following:


  • “Instagram with Intention” by Hilary Rushford (On creating profit for your business through Instagram)
  • “How to Create and Deliver Your First 5-Figure Webinar in 30 Days (Even If You Don’t Have a List!)” by Amy Porterfield (Pretty self-explanatory…)
  • “SMART Success” by Chalene Johnson

5. If you are in college, use Career Resources! If you graduated college, use Alumni Resources! My alma mater, Northeastern University, offers a number of career resources, including:

  • Job search strategy
  • Interview Prep
  • Help creating an action plan to switch careers
  • Help managing a work or career challenge/problem (This is a thing. And you freaking paid for it. Why not milk it for all it’s worth?)

Yep. Just did it! Now where did all of my resources go?

6. Exchange services for advice/help. Get your mind out of the gutter. I’m simply suggesting you offer something free like babysitting or a ride somewhere or even dinner to someone that might be able to assist you once a week with social media posting, responding to emails, or whatever you might need to delegate.

I get it. You can’t do it by yourself but you can’t afford to hire professionals yet either. Don’t let this predicament paralyze you. Use every resource you have to create your free team because you CANNOT build an empire on your own.

Do you know of another free team resource? Comment below!

Career & Money Experiment #4: Crush Your Limiting Beliefs About Money

Looking for a 4 Step experiment designed to help you take what’s holding you back from building your fortune and turn it into fuel for success? Oh, perfect. Coincidentally I just created that exact thing for you! You’re welcome in advance.

1. Identify Your Limiting Beliefs. I don’t know about you, but I remember hearing lots of negative expressions about money growing up.

  • Mo’ money mo’ problems
  • Money is the root of all evil
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • Money corrupts
  • Money can’t buy happiness
  • Rich people are selfish and materialistic
  • Extremely wealthy people are extravagant and ridiculous

Before starting my research for Career & Money month on the blog, I didn’t think I had any limiting beliefs. But, now that I have made a point to improve, I realize that I have subconsciously held myself back from reaching my full potential.

I have never linked happiness to money because I know both rich people and poor people who are happy. I also know some very unhappy rich people and poor people. I literally interpreted the expression “Money can’t buy happiness” because I associated money with the purchase of “things”. Money wasn’t a motivating factor for me because my happiness wasn’t attached to very many tangible things. I was never big into shopping, didn’t have dreams of owning an expensive car or a mansion, and always preferred a backyard BBQ to an expensive night out. I thought that my modest lifestyle would give me everything I desired and that money couldn’t buy me any more happiness.

Then I caught the travel bug and sponsored a child. These things became a huge part of my identity and holy shit, are they expensive. This is where part two comes in.


When I think about travel and all the good that comes from exploring, my limiting beliefs about money disappear. Morocco 2009

2. Find the Flaws in Your Beliefs!

I fought hard to maintain that I didn’t need to make a lot of money to make all of my dreams come true. Being a millionaire couldn’t be a part of my identity. It conflicted with who I wanted to be. Didn’t it?


3. Flip your Limiting Beliefs. #oppositeday

These are the limiting beliefs from part one exposed to tell the whole truth.

  • Mo’ money mo’ freedom to take on all that you desire.
  • Money is one root in my tree of happiness.
  • There is PLENTY of money to go around, but you won’t find it on trees. It grows out of hard work.
  • Money empowers you to make more choices.
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it can contribute to it.
  • To be rich is to be the fullest version of yourself. If you are struggling financially, you have a ceiling on your happiness.
  • Extremely wealthy people are free to build the life of their dreams without limitation.

4. Create your new core belief about money.

I bet you just realized that you have some beliefs about money that is limiting you in subtle but profound way. Are you ashamed to make more money than your husband for fear of hurting his ego? Are you afraid that your family or friends will judge you if you choose to make money one of your desires? Whatever it may be, take a second to analyze your beliefs and break through the ceiling that you’ve constructed to limit your financial success and ultimately your happiness.

My new core money belief EMPOWERS ME!

Money gives me the freedom to be wildly generous, truly spontaneous, and build the life of my dreams without limitation.  -Jessica McKinley

Do you have any limiting beliefs about money? What is your NEW core belief about money? Share in the comments below!

Career & Money Experiment #3: Smarter Networking

We all know that when it comes to landing a killer career, it’s not just what you know, but WHO you know that matters. The word “networking” can sound a little overwhelming. Personally, when I hear the word, I think of a room full of peddlers and sales booths or an awkward “blind business date” with a family friend who gives advice rather than connections. At the very best, I think of the cyber capital of networking, LinkedIn.

Since I haven’t advanced my career or landed an interview in any of these ways, I didn’t know how to advise you guys when it came to a networking strategy. So, as per usual, I tapped into my pool of Business Gurus, and in a culmination of their advice and some research, The Smarter Networking Experiment was born. (more…)

Advice for Your Twenties From A Millionaire

Your best asset is time; and as a twenty something, you should have plenty of it. And I’m not just talking about the number of free hours in a day either. I’m talking about the number of YEARS you have to accumulate your fortune. My grandfather Patrick Manning, a J.P. Morgan Chase Investment Bank retiree and very successful long-term investor, is a guest speaker in high demand at universities across South Florida. His college seminars revolve around finance, investing, and job positioning as it applies to twenty somethings. His most popular lectures, of course, are the ones that put into perspective just how attainable millionaire status is when you have time on your side. Sounds great, right?

Well, when I asked him to sum it up for me in digestible layman’s terms…. he sent me a 43 page document. I’m not kidding. He has TONS of advice and I was a bit overwhelmed with how much I didn’t know. It took me a few days to get through and I still need constant refreshers but I have finally narrowed it down to the seven things every twenty something needs to know when it comes to earning, saving, and growing their fortune. (more…)

Career & Money Experiment #2: Contact a CEO

Even if you have all the weapons for success in your twenty-something career (brains, talent, drive, etc.) you are bound to be lacking in one area of your professional arsenal: experience. The most efficient way to make up for that deficiency is by stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching out to the most experienced role model you know, a CEO! This experiment is the application of one of my Happiness Fundamentals: Seek out your gurus. By working alone in the pursuit of your career (or any other arena of your life, for that matter) you are putting a ceiling on your potential. You are going to have to start training yourself to take these kinds of risks if you want to get to the next level of your career, and quickly!

Reasons to Reach Out to a CEO

1. These people have a proven track record for success. Whether your (more…)