Seven Levers To Negotiate As A Consultant, Temp Or Freelancer

Yes, you can negotiate as a consultant, temp, freelancer, or small business owner. Don’t assume that just because you’re not full-fledged staff, you have less influence. Don’t assume that since it’s just you v. a bigger company that you don’t have leverage. Don’t assume that a company can’t pay … [Read more...]

Financial Freedom Is The Ultimate Leverage In An Offer Negotiation

When I blogged about how to gain the upper hand in an offer negotiation several of the strategies revolved around strengthening your ability to walk away from the negotiation altogether. Negotiating in good faith means that you sincerely want to work something out, so walking away should be a last … [Read more...]

How Do You Know Whether A Company Can Afford Your Desired Salary – Reader Question

When you are negotiating for your desired salary, it helps to know that you and your prospective employer are even in the same ballpark. In my recent Forbes post, I shared tips on how to avoid a lowball salary, and one of these is to stay away from companies whose salary expectations are … [Read more...]

How To Find Focus In An Open Workspace – Reader Question

Reader H.M. asks: What are good ways of finding quiet in an open office or in securing a private office in the hiring process or after starting a job? This is a timely question since many workplaces I’m seeing are moving to an open floorplan – better collaboration and cost efficiency are the two … [Read more...]

Salary Negotiation, Negotiating Tips for Women, and Your Negotiation Questions Answered – Blog Talk Radio

In the latest episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching radio show on Blog Talk Radio, I answered questions about negotiation, specifically questions from the Women’s Leadership Conference organized by the Barnard Athena Center and Columbia Business School. In this episode, Caroline answers … [Read more...]

How To Master Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations was a recurring theme in two workshops I delivered last week, including the 2016 Women’s Leadership Summit: Better, Every Day, organized by TCNJ (that’s where the picture is from!). In my talks on career success, a number of questions came up about when to say No, how to … [Read more...]

How To Estimate Salary For A New Job With Few Comparable Roles

What happens if you’re in late stage interviews with a company about a job and you’re asked for your ideal salary target – i.e., name your price? The catch: it’s a new role (perhaps they’re creating it especially for you), so you have no idea what a fair market salary is. Having to estimate salary … [Read more...]

Ask For Even More, Part 2: Negotiate To Help People Help You

Client got 10% more. I was more excited about severance – @SixFigureStart That was a Tweet I wrote for my recent Forbes post on Ask For Even More: Five Items Even Savvy Professionals Forget To Negotiate For. My client came to me for negotiation support on her multiple six-figure package, and we … [Read more...]

Sins of Omission: Seven Career Mistakes Caused By Inaction

After I heard about the 7,800 layoffs coming at Microsoft, first it inspired my advice post on Forbes on career mistakes caused by not acting when layoffs are imminent. Then I checked on a former colleague who was there, but luckily she had already moved five months earlier. She mentioned that it … [Read more...]

Negotiation Strategies For Entrepreneurs: 4 Ways You Are Losing Money

In a recent Forbes post, I wrote about negotiation strategies for the underpaid employee. As an entrepreneur, you also negotiate – when you make a sale, when you decide on specifications or customizations on an offering, or when you change directions on a project. With all this negotiation practice, … [Read more...]

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