Want More Money? This Is When to Ask for a Raise


Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

There comes a point in your career when you realize you're worth more money but are too afraid to ask for it. We get it. Sitting face to face with your boss to talk about how good you are isn't something that comes naturally to most of us. But knowing when to ask for a raise is the tricky part. A Harvard Business Review article warns that putting it off can result in decreased enthusiasm for your job and, consequently, poor performance. So don't leave it too long, or you might start to resent your role.

The key to making sure this process goes smoothly rests in knowing exactly how you should address it. For instance, how do you alleviate the inherent stress and awkwardness that come with discussing something like getting a raise? It's especially difficult if you have no background in negotiating. If that sounds like you, then we're here to help. We've gathered five tips from various experts that will help you judge your own self-worth and determine how to approach your boss about making sure you're fairly compensated. Below, we're rounding up five tips on how to ask for a raise.