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You Should Be Asking For More Money

Source | LinkedIn : By Charise Roberts

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

-Michael Jordan

Money. For a lot of people, it’s an awkward subject, even though it shouldn’t be. As a college student who will be entering the job market soon, I think about money pretty often — usually because I’m wishing I had more of it.

Most Americans seem to feel the same way. The majority of this country is middle class or working class, and most of us would certainly love to have a few extra dollars at the end of the month whether we absolutely need it to put food on the table or we just want to have enough money to go on a nice vacation this year. The thing is, a lot of people are afraid to do one major thing: Ask for more money.

While many people are afraid to ask for more money from bosses or institutions, I would argue that it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Once you learn how to ask, it’s extremely easy and you’ll often be met with respect for knowing what you’re worth and taking advantage of the resources around you.

So, here’s 3 instances in which you should ask for more money:

 You’re Getting An Internship

Over a month ago I was offered my dream internship in NYC. The internship is paid, but I knew it wasn’t enough to cover the costs of flying to New York, paying for housing, feeding myself, and more.When you’re an intern, the pay is pretty much set in stone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get extra money from somewhere! Since I knew I couldn’t cover the expenses myself, I started scouring my university’s various websites — particularly the financial aid office website and the website for my specific department (the journalism school). I quickly found that there’s lots of grants available for students who plan to intern in other cities during the summer. Most of these grants only require a short application, and the payoff is thousands of dollars. By simply filling out a few forms, I was able to double the amount of pocket money I would have over the course of the summer. Now I won’t have to worry about running out of money for food or travel.

If you are currently searching for an internship, will be soon, or know someone in that situation, make sure you’re regularly checking university websites so you can find relevant grants. Having a little extra cash can be the difference between interning at your dream company in Los Angeles or staying home to wait tables.

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