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Do you have a work problem? We have solutions. On Help Wanted, Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer and money expert Nicole Lapin help you stay ahead of the curve and make money doing what you love — no matter if you’re trying to impress your boss, or if you ARE the boss. Want some help? Email for a chance to have your work question answered on the show!

Episode Date
"I'm Managing Former Coworkers and It's Awkward. Help!"
Today's caller was just promoted and is now managing people she used to work with side-by-side. And it's awkward! She's worried that her new direct reports aren't going to take her seriously. Jason's answer? Become the boss your team needs— and wants. In this episode, Jason gives you three actionable steps to accomplish that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 01, 2023
“I Wanted More Responsibility, Now I Want More Money. Help!”
Today's caller had been asking to take on more responsibility at her work for about a decade - and she finally got it! Now, she wants to leverage those new responsibilities to negotiate a raise and a senior job title. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, plot-twist! Jason and Nicole point out why this ask is not as straightforward as it seems, and give their do's and don'ts around how to navigate this delicate conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 30, 2023
How To Feel Like Your Work Matters
Today, Jason walks you through how to feel like your work is important. Because it is. And he'll prove it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25, 2023
What Your Burnout Is Trying To Tell You
Today's guest Lauren told herself that she needed to be doing more— until a medical diagnosis gave her "a slap in the face." Burnout has commanded the workplace zeitgeist over the last few years… but even though we’re talking about burnout more often, workplace culture hasn't made a lot of progress. But Lauren has. Jason was inspired by Lauren's story and wanted to share it on the pod, but first, we'll need to take a step back: because how Jason and Lauren got to talking in the first place, starts with a really bizarre coincidence. Drool over Lauren's bagels here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 23, 2023
Insults Are Awesome! Here's Why.
Okay, so insults don't always *feel* awesome, but you can use them to your advantage. Jason shows you how. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18, 2023
How This Quick Personal Brand Exercise Can Catapult Your Career
Some people might think that a personal brand is only important for entrepreneurs who are the face of their companies, but that’s not true! Think of a personal brand as a strong reputation rooted in your strengths… who doesn’t need that? When Jason and Nicole get a caller question about building a personal brand, they decide to phone-a-friend: Aliza Licht, an incredible marketing guru. Jason, Nicole and Aliza take today's caller through an exercise that you can use to build your reputation, get recognition for the work you love and secure the opportunities you've always wanted. Find Aliza's latest book, On Brand, here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 16, 2023
"My Job Application Was Rejected Because I Don't Have Enough Instagram Followers. Is This the New Normal? Help!"
Today's listener has a small Instagram following— and it cost her a job opportunity. In our current work culture, is a social media following a nice to have, or a need to have? It's a big question, but Jason has the answer. Plus, if you want to grow your social media audience, Jason shares the strategies that have worked for him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11, 2023
The Case for Flipping Someone Off
Picture this: you come face-to-face with someone who really wronged you... what do you do? Jason and Nicole have both been there, and yet they handled it very differently (today's episode title is a big hint). Despite their different approaches, Jason and Nicole agree on the best mechanism to achieve closure after someone hurts you. Today, they pass it on to you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 09, 2023
"How Do I Tell My Employee I Might Fire Him? Help!"
Getting a crummy evaluation from your boss is no fun; but giving a crummy evaluation is nearly as difficult. Today's listener is a new manager up against her first round of performance reviews. She has to have an honest conversation with one employee who has been trouble for the rest of the team— and her anxiety is through the roof. Jason shares his winning formula for having a tough conversation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 04, 2023
What To Say After Getting Tough Feedback
In today's episode, Nicole and Jason are joined by a founder Nicole critiqued on this very podcast. Tea! This conversation could have gone one of two ways, but how this founder responds is *chef's kiss* perfection. This conversation will leave you with a script you can use next time you get some tough feedback. Find the most excellent Kim Kaupe here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 02, 2023
How To Make A Hard Decision
You have a hard decision to make. In front of you are two choices. Both are scary. Neither is perfect. So you’re frozen between the two. Which do you pick? Today, Jason gives you a way to decide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27, 2023
"I Want A Career Change, But Don't Know Where To Start. Help!"
According to a study by The Harris Poll last year, fifty percent of Americans want to make a career change. But knowing you want to make a change is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out what change you want to make. That's the challenge today's caller is facing. Nicole and Jason give him— and you— the road map to set out in a new career direction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 25, 2023
“My Mentor Is Jealous of My Success. Help!”
Everyone wants a mentor, but what if the relationship goes sour? That’s the question stumping today’s listener. Jason gives his guidance on how to fix the situation—and his advice is the polar opposite of what this listener expected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20, 2023
Science-Backed Hacks for Networking
In Nicole's experience, networking and building relationships has been the single most valuable resource for her career. But let's be honest: networking is hard, and not always fun. That's where Jon Levy comes in. Jon is a behavioral scientist specializing in connection, and today he tells Nicole science-backed hacks for successful relationship-building. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 18, 2023
"Should I Quit My Job To Start a Business? Help!"
Today's listener works at a big law firm, but is tempted by success stories of entrepreneurial friends who have started their own businesses. She's wondering: is it better to have the security of working at a big company? Or, is being your own boss everything it's cracked up to be? Jason gives us the tools to answer this question for ourselves.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13, 2023
"I Feel Behind in My Career. Help!"
This episode turns into a Sliding Doors special; today's helpline caller worked with Jason at a local newspaper over two decades ago. Since then, his career hasn't had the linear upward trajectory he hoped for— which has left him making about half the salary he wants. Today, Jason and Nicole break down how to play catch-up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 11, 2023
"I Want A Job I'm Not Qualified For. Help!"
Today's caller wants to apply for a particular job, but he doesn't have all of the qualifications required. Should he even bother applying? Jason's answer: absolutely! Jason hands over the cheat code for making the argument that you're right for a job— even if, on paper, you're not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 06, 2023
How to Sell Anything, Even If You Hate Sales
Today, Nicole rings the helpline to get Jason's advice: she's struggling with overwhelming stress around making sales calls for the very podcast you're listening to right now. Even though you won't find "sales" in Nicole's job title, it's still a part of her work. This is true for all of us; even if your job doesn't involve convincing someone to buy something, no matter your role, you will need to convince others to buy into your ideas. Jason shares how a "soft sales" approach and a particular mental framework can help Nicole, and you, with the next sales pitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 04, 2023
"Can You Work With Friends Without Ruining the Friendship? Help!"
Running a business with friends can be a whole lot of fun.... until it's not. Today's caller wants to know: how can you protect against business hurting a friendship? To learn more about Word on the Block, check 'em out: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 30, 2023
"Can I Turn My Hobby Intro a Jobby? Help!"
Nicole gives you three steps to take your woodworking/travel blog/macrame empire from part-time to big-time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 28, 2023
“My Boyfriend Will Dump Me Unless I Work Less. Help!"
Can you live “happily ever after” if you and your partner have completely different definitions of work-life balance? That’s the listener question Jason tackles head-on in today’s episode. If you’re feeling like you have to choose between being a good romantic partner and a good business partner, Jason has some tips for you.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 23, 2023
Are You About To Be Laid Off?
No one likes to think about getting laid off, but the worst-case scenario is that you get laid off and it takes you completely by surprise. A better scenario (although still a sucky one), is to get laid off, but be prepared to chase your next opportunity. Today, Nicole shares six signs that your company might be announcing layoffs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 21, 2023
"Everyone Ignores My Emails. Help!"
Today’s guest sent Jason a cold DM over LinkedIn pitching himself for a writing gig. There was just one little problem with his initial message. Jason takes the guest through a masterclass in cold outreach and gives you hacks you can use to write emails that people actually respond to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 16, 2023
This Founder's Funds are Frozen at Silicon Valley Bank. Here's Her Crisis Management 101.
What if all of your money vanished overnight? That's the reality for founders who banked with Silicon Valley Bank, a popular institution for startups, that crashed late last week. Today, Nicole talks to a founder who is in the trenches trying to get her money back from SVB. This conversation is a masterclass in how to deal with a crisis at work, rally help from unlikely sources, and communicate the hard sh*t.  To hear the full backstory of SVB's rise and fall, click here: To read more about obé Fitness, click here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 14, 2023
Laid Off? Here’s What to Do Next.
Thousands of employees have been laid off so far in 2023. If you're one of them, Jason has actionable steps you can take to keep moving your career ahead. Plus, Jason sits down with Jonathan Salant (on his last day of work!), after being recently laid off from his post as the sole journalist in Washington reporting on New Jersey politics. Jason and Jonathan describe the bigger picture of what's at stake during the most recent wave of layoffs— and how you can be impacted by layoffs even if you're happily employed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 09, 2023
“I Want to Negotiate Higher Pay. Help!”
Today’s caller gets overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety whenever clients ask for her project rate… so she often lowballs herself. That ends today! Nicole talks her through a strategy that you can use when negotiating for the pay you deserve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 07, 2023
The Foolproof Way to Slide Into Someone's DMs
Turns out, you can build relationships with industry leaders by sliding into their DMs. Today, a special guest deconstructs how he successfully used social media to build his network. Plus, you'll learn exactly what to say when trying this at home.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 02, 2023
How to Make Your Work Relationships Better
From The Beatles, to Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, to any high school group project: there are endless examples of partnerships gone wrong. Today, Jason and Nicole share a foolproof blueprint for a productive relationship, whether you’re working with a business partner, or a romantic partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 28, 2023
"No one is buying my product. Help!"
Have you ever dreamed of creating a product? What if you launch it... and nobody cares? That's the problem facing today's listener, who asks Jason for advice. Then they discover a shocker: Her problem isn't at all what she thought! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 23, 2023
How To Feel Like You Finally "Made It"
Jason and Nicole discover a shared secret: neither of them feel like they've "made it." As it turns out, this is super normal.  We all have moments of insecurity around our work; but today, Jason and Nicole give you the antidote.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 21, 2023
How To Write a Bestselling Book
Do you feel like you "have a book in you?" If so, you should: 1) Probably get that checked out and 2) Listen here for Jason's five tips on writing a successful book— and maybe even getting your book cover on a billboard in Times Square. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 16, 2023
Why You Should Network Like Goldilocks
Believe it or not, it is possible to oversell yourself when networking. Jason calls it "story inflation"— and you don't want to do it. But at the same time, you don't want to deflate yourself either. You want to represent yourself Goldilocks style: in a way that's juuuuust right. Nicole and Jason share their do's and don'ts that will help you nail your next intro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 14, 2023
Four Ways To Create More Time in Your Day
There aren't enough hours in the day... unless you make some more. Jason shows you how to pull this off with four savvy strategies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 09, 2023
Can You Challenge Feedback Without Being A Jerk?
Jason and Nicole give their do's and don'ts of taking feedback gracefully. And, they walk their producer through crafting an email reply to some feedback that is a little close to home. Per my last email, you won't want to miss this! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 07, 2023
The Secret to Perfecting Public Speaking
Research shows that most people experience anxiety around public speaking... but Jason has your back! He gives you four strategies that will help you ace your next presentation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feb 02, 2023
You Should Be a Sellout. Here's Why.
Jason and Nicole respond to an email from a reporter who wants to pursue higher-paid opportunities outside of his local gig. But, he is worried that people will think he's selling out. Jason and Nicole's take? This reporter is thinking about his situation all wrong.  Jason and Nicole give their advice, and teach you how to sell out for the greater good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 31, 2023
Disappointing Day? Here's How To Feel Better Instantly
Have you ever had high hopes for your work, only to have those hopes... crushed? It's the worst feeling. But, it truly happens to the best of us— and Jason will prove it. He shares surprising examples of successful folks that trudged through flops, and gives two strategies you can use to feel better when faced with disappointment.  To read more about Chelsea Banning, the author referenced in today's episode, click here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 26, 2023
Help! How Do I Negotiate A Bigger Salary?
Want to know how to leverage a new opportunity and make more money? Listen and learn! Jason and Nicole call up a listener who needs help rehearsing an imminent life-changing conversation. Then, Jason and Nicole reveal a job perk you may have never considered. You're leaving a big opportunity on the table if you don't ask for this! Do you need help? Email your work question to: for the chance to have your question answered on the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 24, 2023
When Lying Is a Legit Career Tool
Jason shares the true stories that teach us when the "fake it till you make it" culture works and when it fails. Then, he shares a rule of thumb you can use when deciding if lying is fair game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 19, 2023
Is It Quitting Time?
Jason and Nicole have quit jobs and have had jobs quit them. In today's episode, they tell you those colorful and semi-embarrassing stories, and give you the framework that will help you decide if it's time to move on. Plus, they teach you how to quit your job... without actually leaving your company.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 17, 2023
No, AI Won’t Take Your Job (Yet)
To test whether AI bots can replace writers, Jason tasks an AI bot with writing today's episode... about AI bots replacing writers. And, spoiler alert: the robot does a pretty good job! But Jason isn't worried about his job security, because he knows the secret to becoming irreplaceable. Today, he shares that secret with you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 12, 2023
How To Set Boundaries Without Setting Limitations
Boundaries are good! They keep us from burning out and protect positive relationships within teams. But here's the hard truth: the wrong approach to boundaries can keep employees from getting promoted and employers from getting their needs met.  Today, Jason and Nicole give you the right approach. To test their strategy, they pull their producer into the conversation to get straight feedback on the example they've set.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 10, 2023
How to Overcome the Fear of Doing Something New
If you’ve ever wished there was a hack to help when the fear of trying something new hits, you’re in luck! Jason shares how, through an awkward first date and some advice from Ryan Reynolds, he discovered a magic phrase that will help you get through the first-time jitters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 05, 2023
Want Something? Here's How to Ask!
Sooner or later, you're going to need to ask for a favor that will advance your career. We all do… but we don't all do it well. Jason and Nicole show you what works and what doesn't with real-life examples, including a pitch that led them to hire someone, and a whackadoodle pitch that definitely DIDN'T earn someone a job, and how Jason scored a favor from the one and only Michelle Pfeiffer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 03, 2023
The Help Line is Open!
Jason Feifer (Entrepreneur editor in chief) and Nicole Lapin (money expert and New York Times Bestselling author) are back with a new podcast all about solving your work problems. And it all started with a drunk text. Here’s how it went down, and what's coming next.  Find new episodes of Help Wanted every Tuesday and Thursday, starting January 3rd, 2023.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 30, 2022
How Do I Find A Job When Nobody's Hiring?
You can still build your career, even if your job or internship disappeared. Nicole and Jason give tips on who's hiring, how to make yourself desirable to employers, and what else you can do to sharpen your skills. This is our last episode of the season—thanks for listening, and see you soon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 10, 2020
Can I Be Self-Promotional Even During a Pandemic?
Self promotion makes people uncomfortable, but you better get used to it — because it's the best tool you have. Jason and Nicole explain how to be promotional during a pandemic (hint: it's all about the approach), how to get comfortable putting yourself out there, and why you should rethink your social media strategy. Have a question for us? We're here to answer—and we might even include you on the show! To ask, just record yourself using the voice memo app on your phone. Introduce yourself, tell us your problem, and please keep it to a minute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 03, 2020
Do I Save My Money Or Pay Down My Debt?
Say you have an extra $50. Should it become part of your emergency fund or help knock down your credit card bill? Nicole walks us through three possible solutions and breaks down a lot of wonky debt issues, and Jason becomes obsessed with the most valuable piece of junk in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 27, 2020
How Can I Start A Side Hustle?
Yes, you really can make money during a crisis. You can also set yourself up for great success later. In this episode, Jason and Nicole talk about how to get side-hustling, how to promote yourself, and why now could be the biggest opportunity you'll ever have. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 20, 2020
What Should I Do With My Savings?
Maybe you have a retirement account, a savings account, or just some cash socked away. Should you spend (or invest) any of that now? Nicole and Jason discuss the best ways to save your savings... and why it's still okay to treat yourself, if you can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 13, 2020
How Can I Stay Productive Right Now?
How much should you work during lockdown? Should you push yourself towards burnout, or just step back and chill out? Nicole and Jason share their strategies for staying focused, saving time, saying no to unnecessary work, and most importantly, defining what success looks like right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 06, 2020
What Can I Negotiate To Save Money Now?
Budgets are tight, so how can you bring down your costs? Negotiate! Almost everything is negotiable—including your rent, car payments, cable fee, and even your credit card interest rate. In this episode, Nicole shows off her serious negotiation skills, and she and Jason walk through an actual script you can use to drive down your bills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 29, 2020
I Got Laid Off During COVID-19. Now What?
If your paycheck has disappeared during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's plenty you can do. Nicole and Jason offer a ton of resources—including a breakdown of what the government's offering, tips of how to start your own side hustle, and a list of free services you can use right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 22, 2020
"How Do You Approach Tax Deductions?" with James Altucher
Though filing taxes may not be the most exciting thing to do, it’s actually a great way to get back the money you deserve. In this special bonus episode, Jason and Nicole hear from a man who created a strategy that allows him to never pay taxes again, then they debate and break down the best ways to file taxes. Plus, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher joins the show to discuss the best and worst ways to save money while claiming deductions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Mar 18, 2020
"Should Couples Combine Their Finances?" with Katie Sturino
When you share a life, should you also share your bank account? Nicole and Jason hear from a woman who almost made a horrible mistake, debate if a couple should have one or two (or three!) accounts, and then talk to Megababe founder Katie Sturino about what marriage and divorce has taught her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 22, 2020
“Should You Treat Yourself to Expensive Things?” with Bobbi Brown
Are luxury goods worth the cost—or, let’s be honest, are you just showing off? Nicole and Jason hear from a man who figured out how to buy high-end cars on the cheap, debate the real value of top-dollar merch, and then learn about the spending habits (and budgets!) of cosmetics legend Bobbi Brown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nov 06, 2019
“Should Tipping Be Included?” with The Points Guy CEO Brian Kelly
Nobody can agree on the rules for tipping—so should we get rid of it? Nicole and Jason debate the best way to tip, hear from a Starbucks barista who’d be happy to get a penny, and then learn the tipping habits of one of the world’s most well-traveled men, The Points Guy founder and CEO Brian Kelly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 30, 2019
“Can You Opt Out of Gifting?” with Andrew Zimmern
If you don’t like giving gifts, can you just not buy any? Nicole and Jason debate the importance of gift-giving, hear from a woman who hates everything her husband buys her, and then talks to Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern, who can’t stop buying his friends dinner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 23, 2019
“Should You Get a Pre-Nup?” with Dr. Oz & Lisa Oz
Pre-nups are on the rise among millennials. Is that a good or bad thing? Jason and Nicole debate the deeper meaning of a prenuptial agreement, Jason reveals if he has one, and then Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa explain their own newlywed decision. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 16, 2019
“What Do You Do With That Broke Friend?” with comedian Jared Freid
You want to see your friends, but they can’t afford dinner. What do you do? Jason says it’s time for some tough love, Nicole explains why she’ll gladly pay for others, and then comedian Jared Fried rips into them both. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 09, 2019
"Should You Have a Secret Account?” with Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer
Many people have bank accounts they hide from their significant other. Is that a good thing? Jason talks to a woman who’s hidden all her savings, Nicole argues that secret stashes are financial empowerment, and Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer argues for radical transparency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 02, 2019
“Is Debt A Dealbreaker?” with Hill Harper
Would you date someone with debt? If you got married, would you help them pay it off? Jason and Nicole debate what debt says about a person, hear how a woman told her boyfriend about her $110,000 student loans, and then turn to The Good Doctor actor (and Experian Boost Ambassador) Hill Harper, who was once in a lot of debt himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 25, 2019
“When Do You Ask For A Raise?” with Baked By Melissa’s Melissa Ben-Ishay
We work hard… so how do we get more money? Nicole has a detailed plan to get the raise you want, Jason urges people to quit their jobs, and then cupcake queen Melissa Ben-Ishay reveals what it takes to get a raise out of her. (Hint: It’s a long process.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 18, 2019
“Do You Loan Money to Friends?” with Impractical Jokers’ Murr
It feels good to help out a friend… but what happens if they don’t pay you back? Jason and Nicole learn about a friendship ruined over $49, debate whether to keep a spreadsheet of every dollar you hand out, and talk to Murr of the Impractical Jokers about all the times he’s been burned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2019
“Who Pays On a First Date?” with Sex With Emily’s Emily Morse
We aren’t living in traditional times. So what are the new dating rules? Nicole and Jason hear some dating horror stories and talk about the deeper meaning of who picks up the check. Then sexpert Emily Morse joins the show to explain what women really want. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 04, 2019
"When Do You Stop Taking Your Parents’ Money?” with The Betches
Is it okay if your parents pay your rent? What if they pay for dinner? And are millennials really as entitled and coddled as everyone says? Jason reveals to Nicole something his parents still pay for, they debate if generous parents create lazy children, and get advice from the founders of The Betches, a hot media company for millennial women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 28, 2019
"Should You Work with Family?" with Rebecca Minkoff
What would you do if you hired your sibling, but now have to fire them? Jason and Nicole debate whether to keep business and family separate and what to do when it all goes sour. Then celebrated fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff joins the show and dishes on all the fights (and therapy!) she’s had with her CEO brother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 21, 2019