Money To Live

September 12, 2008

Earn More: Work Less

Filed under: earn more,negotiation — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am
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This is a cool way to (effectively) earn more: Negotiate to work fewer hours and keep the same pay.

Emma did just this when, once again, she did not get a significant raise at her annual review. Emma works in a small office with a total of four employees. Her boss (the owner) said that though she deserved a raise and could make more money elsewhere, he just did not have the money to pay her more.

Emma was disappointed (again), but a few months later she thought to ask for shorter hours. Now she works 9:30 to 4 instead of 9 to 5. This leaves more time for enjoying life and time for part-time work.

This reminds me of advice I got when applying for jobs — negotiate the total compensation package, not the salary. benefits, and perks could make a so-so job Salary is not the bottom line of a job, things like extensive vacation, a flexible work schedule much more appealing. If the salary cannot budge (think small businesses and non-profits), think about what is more flexible.


1 Comment »

  1. That’s a great idea!

    Comment by Anita — September 18, 2008 @ 7:56 am |Reply

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