Five Things to Ask for When You Can’t Get More Money

Ripped DollarThe 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!

Want Ad Abuses

Most micro and small businesses do not have the resources for a full-time in house counsel.  This means the business owners need to be that much more vigilant to ensure that the actions the business takes comply with state and federal laws.  If your small business is planning on posting a want advertisement, there are a few points you should be aware of in regards to possible discrimination and job security.

The advertisement should be worded so that it does not appear to discriminate against any protected class.  At first this seems like something that can be done obviously, and in most cases it can, but some wording that suggests discrimination is still prevalent in advertisements today.  Protected classes include favoring: men over women (or vice versa); blacks over whites; or one age group over another.  The age group is one that is often forgotten about by many small businesses that operate without the advise of a lawyer.  To comply with the discrimination laws, an advertisement should not contain phrases such as “age 25 to 35 preferred,” “recent college graduate,” or “recent college graduate” as these phrases may suggest the business is discriminating against older persons.

Want ads can also inadvertently suggest the job is more secure than it is.  Many employers post ads that may give employees more rights by using phrases such as “long-term growth,” “permanent,” “secure,” or “career path.”  Phrases like these may create an inference that the employer is offering a job that cannot be terminated except for notice or cause even when the employer has no intention of giving workers added job security.

The best advise is to avoid copying and pasting a similar business’ advertisement until you know what all of the phrases and wording within the ad imply.