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  • 5 Business Writing Tips for People Who Never, Ever Want a Raise

    Regardless of the title that appears on our business cards, most of us are professional writers in some capacity. Don't believe us? Try sending your next work email with only animated gifs to guide your message. Bruce Kasanoff's recent LinkedIn article "Five Tips That Can Double Your Salary" got us thinking about the many ways in which we -- completely inadvertently -- make writing choices that tank our chances at promotions, raises, and the respect of our colleagues. We went through his tips one by one and came up with examples of what not to do, in terms of your business writing, if you want to be a success.

  • The 5 Best Places for Recent College Graduates [infographic]

    If you recently graduated from college, you're facing a bewildering combination of freedom and constraint. Technically, you could go anywhere, but in reality, you probably want to find a place to live that combines the two most elusive factors in any living situation: reasonable rent and ample professional opportunity.

  • Do You Need an Assistant? 3 Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

    Most freelancers and small business owners start out operating under the assumption that if they want something done, they'll need to do it themselves, whether it's balancing the books or dusting the waiting room. But how do you know when you need to hire help?

  • Ramit Sethi and His Parents Tell You How to Negotiate Anything

    Want a higher salary, a better title, or even just lower bank fees? The key is negotiation, and author and entrepreneur Ramit Sethi is the man to show us how. Negotiation is a big part of his book "I Will Teach You to Be Rich." Some of the lessons it teaches, he learned from his parents.

  • 3 Scholarships for Math and Science Majors (Plus, a Neat Tool to Find Money for Any Other Major)

    Most career experts will tell you that picking a major solely based on money is a losing proposition. You might wind up with a well-paying gig after college, but you won't have much fun spending your money if you hate your job. Still, while money might not buy happiness, poverty certainly doesn't. If you're trying to figure out which major to pick, U.S. News' list of scholarships might sway your decision.

  • Crowd Rules: Dealing with Debt

    According to Crowd Rules host Pat Kiernan, there are times when debt is good for business. That's kind of hard to believe. The only time debt may be a good thing is when it gets you a slot on Crowd Rules and a chance to win $50,000. Let's meet this week's business owners:
  • 10 Valuable Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet

    The guy became an investor at 11 years old, paid his way through college with profits from his childhood business and later became one of the greatest billionaire moguls and philanthropists of all time. Warren Buffet knows what he's doing.
  • Using Your Performance Review to Negotiate a Raise You Deserve

    It’s that time of year again when the department manager notifies you that it’s time to have a chit-chat in the office about your performance at work. While this can be more than just a little intimidating for many folks, did you know that it’s also a prime time to negotiate a much-deserved promotion? The key is to walk confidently into your manager’s office armed with the evidence of your value to the company and a list of achievements that back this up.
  • Negotiating Salary? Don't Forget to Factor in Your Commute

    When PayScale calculates salary and compensation for a given position, we always include commuting in our numbers. That's because, in addition to providing you with new opportunities to try out your favorite cusswords, commuting is a significant cost -- one that can affect your take-home pay more than you think.

  • Does Working at Home Cost Us Money?

    Working from home is often presented as a benefit that makes up for lower salaries or smaller raises. The idea is that a flexible schedule, in addition to being convenient and allowing us to work in our jammies, will save us money by cutting down on our commute, dry-cleaning, and lunch bills. But do we really save by staying home?

  • The 5 Most Underpaid Jobs in America

    Money isn't everything, but it's easier to put up with a bad day at the office when you're not fretting about the bills. If you're contemplating a career change, then, you probably want to avoid jobs that pay less than they're worth.

  • The Lottery's Biggest Winning Losers [infographic]

    Monday seems like the perfect time to do some daydreaming about winning the lottery. However, as this infographic reveals, it isn't quite the life-changing event one might expect.

  • The 5 Happiest, Healthiest Jobs in America

    If you want to feel good, both physically and mentally, you're better off being a doctor or a teacher than a transportation worker, according to a recent Gallup poll.

    The survey measured American's physical, emotional, and financial well-being by examining factors such as exercise, produce consumption, obesity, smoking, view of their workplace, and relationship to management.

  • 3 Reasons to Take a Side Gig -- and 3 Reasons Not To

    Taking on a part-time job -- on top of your regular, full-time job -- isn't a decision to be made lightly. Best case scenario, it can provide you with money or experience you wouldn't otherwise get; worst case scenario, it can exhaust you to the point where you're doing neither job well.

  • Why Are We So Reluctant to Talk About Our Salaries?

    Hey, do you mind if we ask you a question? How much money do you make? If you're like most people, you won't answer -- at least, not in person, and not without the promise of anonymity. But why are we so disinclined to tell others how much we earn?
  • Nate Thayer vs. The Atlantic: Should You Ever Work for Free?

    On Monday, Olga Khazan, the Global Editor of, reached out to veteran reporter Nate Thayer to see if he'd be interested in contributing a trimmed-down version of a previously published article to the site -- for free. Thayer declined, and then publishing his exchange with Khazan on his blog. By Tuesday morning, the internet, or at least the newsy corner of it, was flaming like a comments section.

  • Don't Focus on Spending Less -- Focus on Earning More

    If you want to be rich, the old adage goes, you need to spend less than you earn. The problem with this rule, according to the Get Rich Slowly blog, is that it puts the focus on the bummer end of the equation. Whereas, by flipping it...

    "'Earn more than you spend' places the emphasis on the earning end of the formula. We want to get rich slowly, not live poor comfortably. And for this we need to make enough money so that our surpluses can actually get us rich."

  • How to Get Clients Who Didn't Know They Needed You

    Now that you have finally come up with a business idea that might actually make you a bit of money and are ready to start snagging clients that are willing to pay the big bucks, it's time for you to learn how to convince potential customers that they need your product or services.

  • How Female Employees Can Get a Raise Without the Social Stigmas

    It is still an unfortunate truth that women earn less than men. On average, women make 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes, even if they are working the same job. As Claire Gordon for AOL Jobs notes, studies have shown that this is partially because women are less likely to ask for raises in fear of seeming too aggressive or unfeminine.

    However, a new study from Harvard has come up with a way for women to ask for raises without feeling like they are coming off as aggressive. The research, while a bit bizarre and not necessarily how a professional would want to conduct a meeting with an employer, found that certain tactics proved more successful for women who were asking for raises. The research was done over a five-year period and was published last summer in Psychology of Women Quarterly.

  • Mastering the Art of Asking for a Raise

    Asking an employer for more money is often anxiety-inducing, but as we all know, it's never as simple as just asking for a raise. When seeking out the salary you desire, there are a few things that need to be considered and accounted for before approaching your boss for more money.

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