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Ladies, it’s time to ask for a raise!

Ladies, I have bad news for us all – it’s partially our fault that we make less money than men. We don’t ask for salary raises, we don’t negotiate our salary and we hesitate when it comes to asking for more money! I’ve seen it happen over and over again (and yes, I’m guilty of it as well). When you look at articles and research like that of Fox Business, it’s no wonder that we’re making less. The time has come for you to ask for a raise – and get it!

Here are four easy steps to successfully ask for a raise:

Go prepared – make a list of your accomplishments

Ask yourself: why do I deserve a raise? Maybe you’ve been working very hard, putting in extra hours or you finished a challenging project successfully. Consider how you have improved since you first started the job and highlight how this compares to your peers (don’t name any names or speak negatively about them). Don’t take the list with you to meet with your boss, just try to remember what you wrote.

It's time to move forward with your raise.
It’s time to move forward with your raise.

Decide what amount you will be asking for

It’s hard to evaluate just how much more you deserve to be paid. Consider discreetly asking your peers how much they are earning, whether they asked for raises in the past, and by how much their salary was raised. You can also try to compare to employees in the field but in other companies, if you have the information available to you. If you’re unsure of what your peers make, ask for a 15-20% raise, but be willing to have a number that is open to negotiation.

Asking for a raise jokeSource: LolzOnline

Set up an appointment to talk to your boss

It’s now or never. How many times do we push off something that makes us nervous? The time has come to act on it and get what you legitimately deserve. Show your boss how serious you are about wanting to discuss a raise, and treat it as a business meeting. Set up a time to meet with him or her; don’t mention the raise by email, when passing by or by telephone. If the option is available to sit with your boss one on one, it’s your best bet.

Present your case

You know what you deserve, so now is your chance to prove it to your boss. They may agree with everything you have to say and give you the raise. For all you know, it could be that short & pleasant a meeting! You may have to convince them by letting them know of all your accomplishments (from step #1 above). At a worst case scenario, they may refuse to give you a raise or cannot afford to do so.  Listen to the explanation to understand whether you need to improve on certain roles and responsibilities, or if there’s another problem at hand.  Be polite and professional and take time to ponder the conversation later, so you can decide what steps to take.

Go get your salary raise, ladies!

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Some people are betting at tooting their own horns than others, aren’t they? I can see where a real sense of confidence would make a huge difference though!

  • Ave T

    Great post as always, Ronnie! Thanks for sharing great tips! I’m really bad at asking anything from my boss, so asking for a raise seems really hard! I

    • I think if you deserve it, it should be given to you. I work very hard and I raised productivity & revenue significantly so my bosses had no objection!

  • Great post!
    I actually just got a raise and it will be on my next paycheck ;0)

  • Melanie Roberts

    This is a great post, I sooo need this and haven’t had a raise in like 6 years soo will take some of your advice and ask the boss, thank you soo much for sharing and wish me luck

    • 6 years?! It’s urgent at this point!!

  • Elizabeth Towns

    These are great suggestions, and should be followed by anyone who is going to ask for a raise or a promotion. It would be good for women to know how often they should ask for these things, and to keep a running list of their accomplishments and job duties (the ones they really do on a regular basis) so that they are ready to go for it. Great post.

  • carmenscouponblog

    You are right we as woman sometimes don’t realize how much we are worth in your job.. or we do and are afraid to speak up.. you should always ask for what the male in your company in the same position as you is getting or a little more you would be surprised.. when I worked in a retail store they asked me to transfer to the pharmacy dept.. they never said anything about a pay raise.. but I was not going to go and do more work have more responsibility for the same measely pay. I did research found out what a pharm tech was making in our area and asked for a $1.00 more above that and guess what I got it.. that increased my pay almost double what I was getting.. so I was excited and since then I never sell my self short… and neither should anyone else…

    • awesome!! We all need to learn from you. 😀

  • Healy Harpster

    Great tips and I agree! We should ask for a raise but, we have to prove why we deserve to have a raise…

  • Amy Desrosiers

    Great tips! I have had to approach past bosses for raises, and I have to say it worked well! Now, I am my own boss, and love it!

  • Chitownchica

    Great tips for women in the workplace, especially ones that are not speaking up about their worth!

  • cyndie

    yes, you have to sell yourself to get that raise. Women’s wages are less than male counterparts and this needs to change.