Step One: If you’re self-employed, ask yourself. Promptly grant that raise. If you are otherwise employed, you’ll need to keep reading.
Step Two: Timing is key. Notice when your boss is not busy, sitting down, and in a good mood. Yelling “RAISE! GIMME!” in the vicinity of your boss will probably not work well.
Step Three: Remind your boss about all your hard work. Be confident, not arrogant. Politely, but firmly, ask for a raise.
Step Four: Be prepared to quit. Bosses like to give sorry excuses like, “we just can’t afford to give you a raise right now,” and “in all fairness to your co-workers…” Have a signed resignation letter on deck. It may help to get you that raise after all.
CONGRATULATIONS! 👏 YOU ASKED FOR A RAISE!* 💰💰💰
*Asking for a raise and/or threatening to quit your job does not guarantee getting a raise. Hey, but at least you asked.