Belma says some of the roadblocks on your list may feel extra challenging while others may be easier to solve. Negotiating can be nerve-wracking, and it can also be demotivating if you feel there’s no way to bring the other team on your side. Check in with your gut when reviewing your lists. Which roadblocks feel extremely daunting or intimidating?Before you make the ask, get clear on what’s your ideal number and you must aim high. What would make you really happy? Always ask for higher than your target number. For example, if you want to make $65K, ask for $70K or $75K (given you have a strong rationale and data to back up this ask). It’s unlikely you’ll get a YES right away, so you need to create a buffer to get as close as possible to your target number.What’s the lowest you’re willing to accept? Get clear on your boundaries, and don’t share your bottom line with anyone.Why are you asking for this raise? What have you done to earn it? This is where you should spend a lot of time preparing your story and using any data to drive your point home. To make this even stronger, go back to the reasons you’ll get a no. What’s your comeback for each challenge? If this 9 to 5 isn’t forever because you’re going to be an entrepreneur someday, start working on that now. The goal is to consistently increase your revenue, whether your 9 to 5 says yes or no to your ask. Set yourself up for success sooner than later, and never put a hold on your earnings.