What not to say during salary negotiation

Finally, after making it through a grueling interview process you receive that job offer you’ve been gunning for all along. Still, there’s one more hurdle to cross, and that’s salary negotiation.

Though salary isn’t the only factor to consider when weighing a job offer—other incentives, such as a signing bonus, flexible work schedule, or relocation assistance, may help sweeten the deal—getting a fatter paycheck would certainly be nice.

To nab a higher salary, however, you’ll have to do some negotiating. Now, here’s a lesson that may surprise you: What you don’t say is just as (or potentially even more) important than what you do say.

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I’ve Discovered the Secret to Domestic Bliss: His-and-Her Bathrooms

After living with my fiancée, Alex, for the past six months, I’m convinced I’ve found the secret to living in harmony: separate bathrooms.

Don’t get me wrong: I love living with Alex. Aside from experiencing a few growing pains on my end (read: I’m still learning how to cook without a microwave), cohabiting has been a breeze because we don’t share a bathroom.

Allow me to explain all the reasons, and I think you’ll agree it’s the right choice.

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MONEY: Investing With Friends And Family

Last year more than one in 10 entrepreneurs
borrowed from friends and family, according to the National Small Business Association. Think you’ll need to go this route? Tap your support system the right way.

For a story for MONEY magazine’s April issue, I spoke to family business consultants to uncover three strategies for “keeping up relations when your brother is the banker.” Click here to read the piece.