Yes! You can get money faster! Just follow these steps, 1) when you see "ur sim is due to start work soon", walk to the place you want to go for work. 2)when you are heading to work,click the diamond icon in the bottom of the screen. 3)when the diamond icon will be opened,you will see a man working on a table.just click on it.Do it three times. 3)next, you will see triple actions on the screen. 4) When you finish you're work,you will get three days salary at one time! 5)that way you will get lot of simoleons at a time! This will work for ipad ,iphone,and ipod only!
There are several in-game 'Chances' that you can take. One of which asks if you you want to take some trinkets from your job. Don't do it as it is almost impossible to do without getting fired. Some 'Chances' also take money or give money. Digging in the trash at the park in the Teacher career for example usually gives 2000.00.
In the Chef career start gardening and harvesting vegetables as soon as possible as you will need a large amount harvested in order to get a promotion. Buy ALL the recipes from the restaurant when you can and cook them ALL.
In Artist career make friends as soon as you can as You will need 6 to complete this career chain. Start going to friends houses and 'Appreciate' their art by tapping on it on the walls and doing the 'Appreciate' option. You will need to 'Appreciate' a lot of art for your career.