10 Ways To Raise YOUR Minimum Wage

10 Ways To Raise YOUR Minimum Wage

I hear a lot of people really promoting raising the National minimum wage. While I do think that helping people create a better standard of living is crucial, a blanket approach to solving the issue of poverty might not be the best route to take. I’m not saying that I have society’s answer to the problem. However, I DO have the answer to the problem of not making enough money, on an individual level. In other words, there is one thing in particular that YOU can do to make more than minimum wage, other than demanding a raise from your boss.

Consider this question for a minute. “How much would you pay a company to do something that ANY company could do?” Not very much, right? This is why a job like lawn mowing isn’t very lucrative. Anyone can mow a lawn. All they need is a lawnmower, two legs, and arms. That’s about it. Furthermore, you COULD technically mow your own lawn. You don’t necessarily need to be trained to do that task. Even if you had never mowed a lawn before, you could figure it out pretty easily.

Now consider this question. Think of it from an employer’s standpoint. “How much would you pay a person to do something that ANYONE could do?”

The answer is roughly the same. Employers are not willing to pay you more than you are worth. If a company can hire someone to do the exact same work as you, then why would they give you a raise? For being there a while? Tenure? Seniority? These words have less and less meaning these days. People get laid off all of the time and replaced with people who will work for less. Not less than the job is worth, but less than a ‘tenured’ person expects to be earning.


Here’s what you can do to get money flowing in without asking for a raise.

1. Know your job better than anyone in your company.
2. Know your supervisor’s job.
3. Know your direct reports’ jobs.
4. Know your customers better than anyone else.
5. Know your company’s positioning better than the marketing manager.
6. Be the best sales person in your company.
7. Have the best customer retention in your company.
8. Know how all of the systems and processes work together in your company.
9. Know how to interview people for every position.
10. Know how to train people for every position.

So, there you have it. You are now irreplaceable. The company will value so much that they will be afraid to lose you. If you DO in fact get laid off, you can go start your own company since you know how everything works anyway. Best case scenario, you’ll be paid what you’re worth. Worst case scenario, you can start your own company and make way more than just working for someone else (if you do it right).

At Fire Inc (Atlanta, GA) we not only train our employees in all aspects of their job, but their supervisor’s job, and eventually the manager’s job. We actually WANT our people to develop into management and bite off as much of our business as they can chew. To see what that’s like, click here.

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Success


Giving Back Gives You More

Fire Inc AtlantaThere is a commonly accepted ideology in society that as long as something isn’t affecting a particular individual directly, then it’s someone else’s problem. This goes a lot further than just the bi-stander effect or the term “NIMBY” (Not In My Back Yard). It ties into how we view the world and dictates how we interact with our environment. How we interact with our environment directly effects how what “happens” to us in life. Therefore, it’s safe to say that how we view other people’s problems correlates with whether we will find success in our lives, whatever our own individual definition of “success” may be.

According to Tony Robbins (motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, life coach and self-help author), the pinnacle of success and ultimate fulfillment is in helping others. It’s a long shot to say that just helping everyone you know with their problems will MAKE you successful. It’s more likely that people who are inclined to help other people, volunteer in their communities, raise money for charity, etc. have several other traits that leads to financial, personal, and professional success. In other words, correlation is not necessarily causation.

So, if we KNOW that helping others won’t necessarily lead to PERSONAL success, then why do we do it?

At Fire Inc, we believe that reaching out to members of the Atlanta community who aren’t in a position to help themselves has a lot more to do with success from a holistic standpoint than just an item on a to-do list in order to reach success. We believe that giving our time to others helps us learn humility, civic responsibility, and empathy, develops self confidence, provides networking opportunities, and improves our society and the individual lives of those in it.

Fire Inc Atlanta ReviewsMuch of our efforts this year at Fire Inc Atlanta have been focused on the global charity Operation Smile. We have an intense desire to help this organization reach its goals and milestones and are focused on raising funds throughout the entirety of 2015. Operation Smile provides medical missions to other countries that allows children with cleft lip/pallette to lead healthier lives, both physically and mentally, as a result of free surgical procedures. Medical professionals from around the world donate their time to go on these mission trips to conduct surgeries for children who would otherwise be haunted with a lifetime of health problems and public ridicule.

Again, we know that helping others won’t necessarily lead you to ultimate success, but it isn’t going to hurt either. So, what are you waiting for? There are several ways to get involved in giving back to others. Get involved in local groups. Go pick up trash at the park. Go door-to-door to raise funds for whatever cause you feel passionately about and donate that money to the group. Even if you don’t become super successful later in life, you’ll have left your mark on the world.

To see what it’s like working at Fire Inc (Atlanta, GA), click here.

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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Giving Back


Fire Inc. Atlanta Supports an Operation Smile Medical Mission in Guatemala

Fire Inc. Atlanta Supports an Operation Smile Medical Mission in Guatemala

Fire Inc. Atlanta believes in the importance of giving back and making a difference in the community. This year, Fire Inc. Atlanta held various charity events and helped raise funds to support an Operation Smile medical mission. Operation Smile is a not-for-profit medical service organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. To date, Operation Smile has provided reconstructive surgery to more than 150,000 children and young adults in more than 50 countries.

Multiple business joined the effort to fund a medical mission in Guatemala. However, Fire Inc. Atlanta’s determination and constant support granted them the recognition of being one of the top fundraisers! The president of Fire Inc. Atlanta, Malcolm Elavia, had the privilege to go on this medical mission trip on behalf of his company. During the week-long mission, Malcolm helped coordinate screenings, interacted with the families, and assisted in the recovery process.

Malcolm Elavia shared his experience:

“Having the opportunity to go to Guatemala and see these life-changing surgeries take place was amazing. I loved getting to see first-hand the impact that our donations made on each of these patients and I am proud to be able to support such a great cause. Being able to presence these surgeries was sad but heartwarming at the same time. I really got attached to some of the kids and their families that I spent time with. The most impactful experience by far was the relationship I built with an 8 year old girl named Palisha and her family. Palisha was unfortunately not selected as a candidate for the surgery for this year, but still showed such a positive, thankful spirit to all of us who came down to help out with the mission trip. Before I left, she even gave me a framed picture of us as a gift. I’ll always remember her optimism and plan to stay in touch with her and her family in the future.”

Overall, 104 patients had the opportunity to receive the surgery. Now that Malcolm is back from the trip, he is more motivated than ever to be able to support this great cause. Over the next year, Malcolm plans to support Operation Smile by raising twice the amount his company donated in 2014.

To find out how you can join Fire Inc. Atlanta’s effort, visit our Miles of Smiles page by clicking here! 

Let’s help Operation Smile change lives one smile at a time!

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The Fire Inc. Atlanta Team Enjoys Some R&R in the Bahamas!

The Fire Inc. Atlanta Team Enjoys Some R&R in the Bahamas!

From hard work comes great reward. This year, the Fire Inc. Atlanta management team had the opportunity to travel to the Bahamas. Throughout the entire year, the team worked hard to reach their goals. Their dedication, persistency, and commitment to success allowed the team to enjoy some R&R in this amazing place!

During their trip to the Bahamas, the Fire Inc. Atlanta team attended business meetings where they were able to pick the brains of other successful business owners and discussed best business practices. The team enjoyed this networking event with other business owners and allowed them to grow as business professionals.

Not only the Fire Inc. Atlanta team had the opportunity to participate in these business meetings, but they also relaxed at the beautiful Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. From enjoying a beautiful evening at the beach, to swimming with the dolphins, the team sure had an excellent time in the Bahamas. Malcolm Elavia, president of Fire Inc.Atlanta stated, “This was a chance to not only celebrate our victories by relaxing at the beach, but also a chance to re-energize the team to keep winning!”

The team shared, “We most enjoyed getting to spend time with each other while relaxing and enjoying some R&R. We really enjoyed the themed dinners, the amazing water parks, and gorgeous beaches!

Now that the team is back from their trip and they had a chance to re-charge their batteries, they are all ready to finish the year strong. They have started planning their new goals and are ready to start a strong 2015. The Fire Inc. Atlanta team cannot wait for all the great opportunities they will have next year!

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Women of Fire Inc. Atlanta- Amber Meredith

Fire Inc. Atlanta attended an Eastern Regional Conference in Orlando in June of this year. One of our clients announced the opportunity to earn an amazing bonus. The top 26 account managers would win an exclusive, expenses paid, 4 day trip to Puerto Rico! The moment Amber knew about this bonus, she was determined to do her best to win one of these coveted spots on the trip. After all her hard work, she was announced as one of the winners! Congratulations Amber, the Fire Inc. Atlanta team is very happy and excited for you. We know that you deserve it!

Let’s take a minute with Amber Meredith and find out how she won the trip:

Question: What was your strategy going into to contest?

Answer: “I knew winning the trip to Puerto Rico would definitely be a challenge because I was completely against account managers nationwide. What helped me succeed was keeping my determination high and envisioning achieving my goal.”

Question: What drives your competitiveness?

Answer: “I love the feeling I get when I challenge myself to beat my own records and achieve more than I previously thought I could.”

Question: Who will you be taking with you?

Answer: “I’m so excited to get to bring a plus one, but I haven’t officially decided who to bring yet.

Again, the Fire Inc. Atlanta team is very proud of Amber’s accomplishments. We can’t wait to hear all about her trip upon her return!

To find out more about the Fire Inc. Atlanta team, visit our website or check out our job opportunities at our CareerBuilder page!

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Words of Wisdom Along With Hard Work Results in Success

At Fire Inc. Atlanta, the team knows that in order to reach success, it is important to have the vision of who you want to be and set goals to lead the way. Every day, our team members come full of energy and excited to accomplish their dreams. This hard work is noticed and as a result our team had three recent promotions.

Dustin Vickers, Romeo Silverman and Chris Grilliard were recently recognized at Fire Inc. Atlanta’s top leaders! They are a true example of discipline, hard work, positive attitude and willingness to succeed and grow.

Our leaders shared with the rest of the team that it is important to have someone to look up to. That it is important to keep in mind the words that will inspire you to keep moving forward.

Dustin Vickers stated, “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker

Romeo Silverman quoted Harry S. Truman, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

Chris Grilliard’s favorite quote is from Mr. Douglas MacArthur, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

How about you? What are the words that move you?

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Fire Inc. Atlanta wants to know what are

Fire Inc. Atlanta wants to know what are your Dreams?
Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


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