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Asking for a raise isn't always easy. Here's some tips to make it a little easier.

Money is tight and it’s not getting any cheaper to live, so it might be time to just ask for a raise.

Sure, it’s just that easy, right? Just go in, ask, and you get your money. Simple.

Not so fast… we all know it’s a lot more complicated. So what should you be looking to do when you ask for a raise?

Marci Martin with Business News Daily has some suggestions for making the most of your request:

  1. List your accomplishments from the past six months, the past year and your time with the company.
  2. Know what a competitive salary looks like for your position.
  3. Let your boss know what’s in it for them.
  4. Be confident.
  5. Provide your request in writing.

“Some people say there is never a perfect time to ask for a raise, but use common sense. Don’t ask for a raise at a sensitive time, such as if your company has laid people off, your department had low numbers for the quarter, or your boss is dealing with a difficult personal situation.”