The first thing everyone wants is more money. I don’t want to discourage anyone from asking outright for a larger salary or an increased hourly rate. After all, I have never heard of anyone reneging on an initial offer just because a contractor or an employee asks for more money.
If the other party is not willing to talk about more money, don’t despair. There are other things you can ask for that can be almost as good as a larger paycheck.
Here are five things to consider asking for:
1) More Vacation Time – This is an obvious ask and doesn’t require any additional, up-front finances from the company.
2) Professional Development and Education – Ask the company to cover you for the time and cost to take a class that interests you. Knowing more about a topic usually makes you better at your job. This could be anything from a public speaking seminar to computer programming classes to Spanish lessons. If you are in New York City check out Smartt Talk, General Assembly, or Brooklyn Brainery to get some inspiration.
3) Transportation or Travel Expenses – Your employer could offer to cover the cost of your daily commute or reimburse you for business travel.
4) Special Provisions – The beauty of this is that it can be ANYTHING. Picture your ideal job – Do you wish you could travel more or less? Do you want a nicer office? A company car? Something else that those lucky people at Google get? Propose the wild idea and see how the other party responds.
5) A Scheduled Time to Re-Visit the Issue – If you aren’t completely satisfied, ask the company to give you a date in three or six months to discuss your negotiating points again. Regular and more frequent meetings mean more face time with the people that matter and more opportunities to talk up your skills and hard work.
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised when asking for more at a year-end review? I would love to hear how the negotiations went!