I've had a meandering career path which has given me a level of expertise in a number of areas. However, I'm currently engaged in work which puts me sort of on the middle rung, working under the direction of a manager. In the past, in these positions, these employers have been very interested in some of the other skillsets I have. It's like, "Aha! I can now get some of this expertise for very cheap!" And in the past I've been willing to offer it. However, I don't want to offer this anymore without renumeration. Can you help me navigate this? [more inside]
Twice this year, I have had the experience of a business I patronize asking me for the name of my employer. The first one was my dentist. The second was a car rental company. What is up with that? Why do they need to know this information? Do they have a legal right to this? Is there some kind of business reason for it? I find this practice rather aggravating and would like to be better informed so that I may do a better job of deflecting these inappropriate inquiries in the future. Many thanks in advance.
My friend is embarking on a potentially disastrous business idea. Should I try to dissuade him? How do I do that tactfully, without sabotaging our relationship? [more inside]
Started a new company with my partner based on an idea that I had. But now im giving it up to help build up my other company and I need some advice. [more inside]
What kind of business can I run that could bring me $30k + per year after expenses? [more inside]
We are a well known bicycle brand, and one of our local dealers closed up shop over night with no notice to us or even their employees. They have over $20,000 in debt with us. What are our options? Our dealer owes us over $20,000 in debt for stock, with some invoices close to 4 months past due. [more inside]
For a small-time, late twenties employee working two jobs trying to make ends meet (and who knows next to nothing about the world of stocks and investing), how can he get involved in it without getting hurt? [more inside]
I want to become literate in two of the major fields that are the most foreign to me, business and finance or economics. Can you help with book or website recommendations? [more inside]
I pretty much only have 2 non-family friends but i am really close with those two friends. We are all low to mid 30s living in different cities in the southeast. Two of us are lawyers, the third is in sales. None of us are breaking the bank but we live comfortably. The problem is (1) we dont work together and (2) none of are particularly in love with our jobs. We have been talking about forming a business together for years but we have thought of any idea as sad as that sounds. We just need some practical but that we could do together. It would be a side gig for us all unless it got big enough to replace our current jobs (the ultimate goal). Looking for suggestions on business ideas or just importantly suggestions on where to find some business ideas. They do not have to be sexy biz ideas but i should say we would probably not be interested in paid blogging, or similar 'work from home' business ideas. I would appreciate any thoughts! Best
At a picnic with some friends, I gave everyone ten-ish minute massages (I am a massage therapist). It was a spontaneous gesture and I really enjoyed doing it. As I was leaving, a friend slipped an envelope in my bag. When I got home and opened it, there was a card with money inside, thanking me for their "first session". I feel like this turned a spontaneous act of goodwill and friendship into a business transaction. I'm hurt, saddened, and a little offended. I didn't want money or ask for it, and I don't think that I said or did anything implying otherwise. Now I feel like I'm not their friend, I'm hired help. How do I address this?
I work for a medium size 40 employee company in a management capacity. I'm responsible for purchasing equipment and software. What sort of legal issues could arise from purchasing the equipment myself and reselling it to the company? [more inside]
Every month my company sells roughly $15,000 worth of monthly recurring revenue contracts with five year term lengths. The service sells for $1,000 per month so every month we sign on 15 new customers. $15,000 * 12months * 5 years = $900,000 (total contract revenue for all 15 contracts sold during the month) We've maxed out our borrowing on physical assets held by the company and I need to find a way to unlock these revenue streams to use as collateral for further growth. What's the best way to do this? I would prefer to not have to go to every customer and amend their contracts in any way. Thanks!
Hi, metafilter. Been a long time. I find myself in a very weird position, because I have a potential chance to buy a business that already has a very successful foothold in my industry. The weird position comes from not having a single clue as to where to start. [more inside]
Finishing my MBA and would really like to know what adjunct or introductory online teaching opportunities are out there. What resources are out there? What would I be qualified to teach? Are there any other additional certifications that I should obtain? [more inside]
Freelance/small business filter: How to handle clients that you are ambivalent about working with? [more inside]
Advice Wanted: I'm a MBA graduate with 10 years of business experience and $50,000 in cash and am looking to start my own business. What would you do in my situation? Advice? [more inside]
Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business? [more inside]
Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target"...is this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
Help a thirty-something year old find his way (back) in his career [more inside]
Need investors for a restaurant/bar, but don't know how to get them. [more inside]
Need to do a simple analysis around pay and experience fairness. Example: Two project managers managing exactly same kind of projects and have similar performance levels: PM 1 -> Pay $130,000 ; Experience 15 years; PM2-> Pay $80,000 ; Experience 3 years; I want a mathematical way of analyzing if the person getting paid $80,000 is being under payed. Now I know there are industry standards and charts available. I want to do something that may not be perfect but gives a sense. How much weight should be given to experience and can this be factored in mathematically? Please dont get hung up on accuracy. I want a logical analysis method that does not need to be entirely accurate. Also, where can I find industry charts comparing pay and experience
Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies? [more inside]
Advice for starting a student dog-walking business? [more inside]
Charles Munger mentions in his USC speech the danger of harnessing technology and to recognize when it can hurt you. Are there any articles or books I can read that go in to depth on this concept? (Speech excerpt after the jump.) [more inside]
What to do with a fairly substantial business sale that is life changing but not enough to retire on?
What to do with a fairly substantial business sale that is life changing but not enough to retire on? [more inside]
Is there something like a Credit Default Swap for stocks? Or, could I have gotten rich somehow by betting against Borders? Is there a way to bet that Groupon fails, for example?
For small business owners, freelancers, and finance managers in small enterprises, what financial data is important to have easy access to? [more inside]
The site that I'm valeting at right now has plenty of foot traffic. Almost every time I'm at work, I get asked if there's an ATM machine around. I tell them that it's a half-mile away, and they just give up. I thought it would be a great opportunity to put up an ATM machine nearby. [more inside]
What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
Help me fight back against a swindler by appealing to his religious convictions. [more inside]
Overstock.com has just started something called the "Main Street Initiative" where they create and promote small business microsites. I have a few questions about this. [more inside]
Collecting money from a rogue client. Trying to be specific with information but vague with details. Desperately seeking advice. Let's get this out of the way: you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
How long would it take to become profitable with a fast food franchise? [more inside]
What advice can you give to a 16 year old that wants to start his own business? [more inside]
Is selling disposable flat shoes to women struggling after a night in painful high-heels a good idea? [more inside]
Asking for a raise. How do I backup my request with indisputable facts? [more inside]
If you were almost 26 and got an interesting job in china... [more inside]
What metrics are sales professionals guided by? [more inside]
A friend of mine wants to open a business, and is looking for information on business loans or grants specifically for women. [more inside]
As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
Is there a realistic business model in personal finance advice/coaching? [more inside]
What would you do if you had a passive income stream which covered your mortgage? [more inside]
How much would you give up starting your own business? [more inside]
If you were starting a business in the current economic climate and you had $25k-50k start up capital, what type of business would you start? [more inside]
What is meant by the term "Organic Profit"?
What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
How do I deal with a friend involved in a collaborative project that I fear will not take it as seriously as I will? [more inside]
Help name my friend's finance business! [more inside]
How does one make the transition between "college student" and business professional" without being wasteful?
How does one make the transition between "college student" and business professional" without being wasteful? [more inside]
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