Negotiate one number at a time — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
If you must make a first offer, give a number far higher than you’d accept. Then keep quiet. Avoid saying, “I’d go for $3,000—or maybe $2,500.” shrewd listener will pounce on $2,500, ignoring the $3,000. Then you’ll have to negotiate down.