Negotiate more than just pay

yellow please pay here signSometime you can feel stuck in a job and the boss just won’t (or can’t) increase your pay.  Is there a possibility that some other type of compensation could make you happy?  Cash is king but there are other things that an employer could offer that might be able to make up for it like:

  • Additional vacation time – Everybody likes extra time away from work!
  • Telecommute – Even one or two days a week will have you saving money and time from commuting.
  • Flexible hours – Not everyone is at their best between 9am and 5pm.  See if your work hours could be adjusted around your peak time.
  • Membership perks – Maybe your employer would allow you to keep the airline miles you rack up for the company?  Or maybe there is a professional organization they would pay for you to join.  Lots of possibilities!
  • Special project – Is there a project that needs to be completed you would like to work on?  Ask!  You my even gain some additional marketable skills!
  • Bonus structure – Propose a bonus structure based on time or performance that is measurable and can easily be calculated so you know what you will get.

Even when a pay increase is off the table there are other ways an employer can offer incentives for their treasured employees.  Give it a try, you might be surprised!

What other types of benefits or compensation could an employer offer?  Please comment.

Home sweet work

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Want to start a business but need to be close to home?  Why not start one at home?  Thousands of businesses are run out of homes everyday which would be perfect for stay at home parents or adult caregivers.  Here are some business ideas to work from home sweet home:

  1. Medical Billing or Transcription
  2. Accounting services
  3. Child care
  4. Gift Baskets
  5. Virtual Assistant
  6. E-Books

There are many benefits to working at home.  How does, no commute, flexible hours, low overhead and start up costs sound?  Pretty darn good.  Work is a great way to exercise your mind and support your family.  We challenge you to investigate an at home business that interests you today!  Carpe diem!

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Can you share some other home based business ideas in the comment section for our readers?