Think back for a moment. How did you feel the last time a friend or coworker asked how much you were making? Or maybe you’re crafty and you sell cool earrings on Etsy. Do you feel weird telling your friends what they cost because you have this sinking feeling you should be giving your stuff away, not selling it?
Nice watches are great, but with the amount of student debt most kids are graduating college with—you'd be better off helping their negotiating skills.
While talking to Laura Shin of Forbes Magazine, Ramit Sethi, the New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich underscored the importance of negotiating salaries early on.
To find out the general range for your position, browse sites like Payscale.com, Glassdoor.com, and Salary.com. Print out the salary descriptions, as you may want to bring them into your meeting. Also reach out to your professional or alumni network. Find someone who has previously worked at the company and can say, for instance, “‘This company doesn’t give raises except in July,’" said Sethi.