When clothing is shed, some see cash appear

When most people hear of a gentlemen’s club many thoughts start going through your head. What many do not know is that the United States strip club annual revenue as of September 2016 was $3.1 billion according to information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average earning for a “dancer” or “stripper” as well as club managers can be anywhere from $40,000 to over $100,000 based on the club’s location, customer base and the amount you are contracted to work. According to information from IBISWorld industry research report on strip clubs published in March 2017, the industry over the last five years has grown steadily, while per capita disposable income increased at an annualized rate of 1.6 percent contributing to consumers engaging in leisure activities such as visiting a gentlemen’s club. Waitresses, bartenders, DJ’s, managers and general staff help to make sales and all reap the benefits of a good nights work.

Need for money + lack of cash = stress, study says

Many Americans today must understand the concept of having a healthy work-life balance. When it comes to making ends meet, many Americans must sacrifice one, two or several other aspects of their life that they would have if not for financial burden. A 2015 study by the American Psychological Association found that money is the leading cause of stress among Americans. The study reported that for many Americans (64 percent) money is either “somewhat” or a “very significant” form of stress. Young adults with a college education who have just entered the work force have found that student loans have created an incredibly large burden causing them to forgo purchasing their first car, buying a house or even moving out from their parents’ house entirely.

Working for one’s self, earning one’s own money gaining in popularity

The small business sector of the United States is rapidly growing and creating more competition for large corporations nationwide. According to the United States Small Business Administration 2016 report the number of small businesses has increased 49 percent since 1982. Employment has been eliminated from big business by 4 million jobs since 1990, while small businesses have added 8 million new jobs since the same year. According to the SBA, there are 28.8 million small businesses in America which accounts for 54 percent of all United States sales. The 2016 report from the U.S. SBA states that the 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the United States account for 40 percent of all retail sales and account for a whopping 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970’s.

Despite summers off, teachers face financial stresses

Teachers around the nation are notoriously underpaid as well as criticized for their “summers off.” Yet, the question remains, are teachers really taking their summer time as personal time or is it spent working other jobs to maintain financial stability? Nowadays a lot of school districts are offering teachers 12-month payment programs for their salaries rather than 9 1/2 or 10-month payment programs. Yet, the small amount of the salaries are still increasingly alarming around the nation. According to an online source payscale.com, teachers including special education instructors at the K-12 levels are being paid a national median of anywhere from $43,813 to $48,255 annually. Mark Johnson is a theater arts teacher at Stevenson High School in Michigan and has stated that his family makes sure to spread their paychecks across the entirety of the 12-month year. “Since we are salaried, we get paid the same amount for one year no matter what.

Serving your country and balancing a budget can be a tough juggling act

Serving the United States of America in the Armed Forces comes with many financial stipulations. According to a survey conducted by the Department of Defense to track spouses’ experiences with active-duty deployment, 72 percent of spouses reported that their financial condition is considered to be “comfortable”, while 28 percent say that they are “uncomfortable” or “having some difficulties.” The compensation that you receive from the government is based on your rank within the armed forces. Anthony Aubuchon currently serves in the U.S. Air Force, ranked E-4 or SrA. Aubuchon explained how based on the cost of living where he is stationed and his rank, the government provides him payment.

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Patience, passion key to making a living in music

AUSTIN, Texas — The capitol city of texas is the Live Music Capital of the World and while many would love to contribute, the path to getting involved in the music industry is incredibly challenging to pursue full-time. According to Shane Quade, owner of Oh Bleep!, you must have a lot of passion and patience to succeed in the Austin music scene. Specifically, being a musician in the Austin music scene comes with some statistics that might deter some from pursuing their life goal of being a professional musician. Musicians from the Austin, Texas Music scene provided information about their sources of income pre-taxed from 2013. According to the Census as reported by Titan Music Group, LLC, more than 20.5 percent of Austin musicians are below the 2014 federal poverty level of $11,670, more than 50 percent qualify for Section 8 housing subsidies, and more than 62 percent are below the Austin area Median Annual Wage.