Who are you?
Paulette Perhach is the author of the wildly successful “Fuck Off Fund” and a fellow creative who is trying to make more money so she can enjoy her life more. She’s been published in “The New York Times, “Elle”, “Cosmopolitan”, and so many other places. She was also nominated for the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year Award after writing the “Fuck Off Fund”.
Let’s talk about the “Fuck Off Fund”
Paulette first started writing the “Fuck Off Fund” when she decided she wanted to share her life experiences. Paulette felt that she was really bad with money, and wanted to show people that even when you aren’t interested in personal finance, or even if you’re not the best at it, you can have enough money to tell anyone to fuck off. She believes that anyone can have control over their life and the best way to do that is to have a fund that allows you to be.
What are some examples that creatives can use to sell more naturally?
Paulette says sales for creatives happens in three parts. Number one is to keep people entertained as you’re selling to them. Number two is to realize that you can control other people’s emotions. Hit their triggers, get them to pay attention to your presentations and make it all about them. Give them freebies if you have to. Number three is to know your audience, and don’t be afraid to get to know them.
How can creatives manage their money and finances?
Paulette believes that managing money and finances starts with your mindset, and not being afraid of the numbers just because you’re a creative. She also says that sometimes, it takes spending money and hustling to earn more, so you can then budget and work your finances that way. Paulette has even gone as far as asking herself “What would I do if I were a man?”, so she could think more analytically about the decisions she was making, and not be afraid to take leaps and investments.
Why did you ask yourself “What would I do if I were a man?”
Paulette says that as a creative, she realized that she wanted to live her life on her terms, like she did when she was in the Peace Corps. She didn’t want to be bored and working 40 hours a week at a cubicle. So she asked herself what would she do if she were a man. And she decided that a man would do what he needed to do to get to where he wanted to be and have the confidence to go for it. Now, Paulette hopes that women, especially young women, are able to find other female role models and not have to ask themselves that same question, but for Paulette, it worked.
Since then, she was able to learn Spanish, travel for three months in South America, finish writing her book, and live her life the way she wants to, without worrying about whether it would all work together or not.
How do you make money your honey?
Paulette makes money her honey by being who she is, and figuring out what she wants out of life. Then, she can focus on saving (or spending) her money any way she pleases, as long as it fits her ideals.