If you’re like me, the thought of asking your boss for a raise causes you to tense up, pop out a few extra gray whiskers, and run silently into the bathroom to throw up. I hate confrontation, and when you walk into the boss’s office to ask for a raise, you’re straight up telling them that they’re undervaluing you and you know better than they do about how much you should be compensated. That’s confrontation. So when financial bloggers tell me to get out there and negotiate for more pay as one strategy to bring in more money, I quickly start looking over the other strategies.
With that said, I’m going to let you in on some good news: just this past week I managed to get a $2,392 per year raise. That’s an extra 3% boost to my bottom line that didn’t exist last month. More importantly, that’s after taxes, which means I will get a reliable $199.33 extra in my monthly win column for a very, very long time. The best part of the whole deal is that I never once spoke to, emailed, or even thought about my boss. I’m not even in the same country as him right now. But when I check my bank balance, there it is: $199.33 more than last month. The one neat trick I used to get that raise is pretty much guaranteed to work for you, too. In fact, you might be able to score a significantly larger raise than I did, and you’ll never have to ask anyone for anything. Continue reading “One neat trick to get a $2,392 per year raise without asking your boss”