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You've been working at a place for a while and proving your worth, and it's dawned on you that you should ask your boss for a raise. There are right ways to do this and wrong ways. Here are some things to consider.

• Know your boss. You know your boss better than any outsider. You know when he's in a good mood, when he's having a bad day, and when the best time to approach him is. Consider these elements.
• Have good timing. You want to ask for more money at the right time. You don't want to do it the day after your company is going through some downsizing. Wait for good news. If you've recently had a run-in with your supervisor for one reason or another, now is not the right time, either. You want to ask for a raise when conditions are right both for your particular situation and for the situation of your company.
• Research salary information. Find out how much other people in your position would or do make. Know how much you should be paid. If you can take any kind of documentation or maybe even a quote in with you when you approach your boss for a raise, that may prove helpful.
• Stay positive. Make sure you come up with a good reason for asking for a raise. Perhaps you're working harder than everyone else. Maybe you're bringing in more money than others. A good reason for a raise does not include the reason that "you've been there a long time." While time of service is important, you need to prove your worth.
• Be aggressive. When you talk with your boss about a raise, talk as if you absolutely, undoubtedly deserve the raise.
• Don't use an ultimatum, unless you're prepared to follow through. If you are going to say you'll quit if you don't get the raise, be prepared to quit.