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Incredibly basic question on freelancing, invoices and self-employment

This is extremely basic, I know, but I can't seem to find a good answer on this: I'm transitioning out of my full-time job to working on freelance gigs. The only problem: I'm starting to put together invoices, and it seems like you might need a company name to do so. Is that correct? Does one need a registered company/incorporation to freelance? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 answers

What are the best books on becoming a consultant?

No snowflake details on this. other than I'm in a salaried job. I'm just interested in getting up to speed on this front. A search of the archives (at least for the past couple of years) doesn't disclose any list of good books/articles, so this could be a good resource for others. Thanks for your help!
posted by learnsome on Aug 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Non-profit career help in Britain?

Last October, I started a charity that since April I have won some good grants, grown over the last three months from 10 to 54 clients. Well enough, I am happy to continue working on it as a volunteer and board member. But, it doesn't need full-time employees. I have got some consulting work beginning in November. I would like to find a full-time job. Explaining "I did this, it is going well, now I need some money" is difficult. I am trying to find a non-profit or NGO career consultant in England or the EU to help sort this all out. Can you help?
posted by parmanparman on Sep 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Advice for someone transitiong to freelance consulting and software dev

I would like to do some consulting in the area of software development for Engineering firms. I would also like to develop my own software products and sell them. How do I go about this from a legal standpoint? I plan to alert all my potential customers that I am also working on my own products and that any software I build for them can either remain proprietary for their company (assuming of course it is not the exact same thing as what I plan to create and sell on my own) , or that we can enter an agreement where if I sell the software developed on their dime we would split the profits - assuming they don't want to keep it proprietary which will be the most likely scenario. YANAL, but is there a way to draft this in legal terms? S uch that if obvious small classes or libraries appear both in my product and the product I develop for them - and any programmer knows there are only that many ways to skin a code and overlap is inevitable - I won't get sued.
posted by spacefire on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Management consultants of metafilter - tell me about your work day!

I'm in the early stages of exploring a career shift into management consulting. I've spoken to a few people in one company, but I'm interested in hearing from people who do not have to speak for their employer as well. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Jan 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me know how much I'm worth!

I need to know how much to charge a non-profit organization to set up and maintain a DB, having never done it before....and I need to give an amount before tonight! :-/ [more inside]
posted by la petite marie on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking the right business consultant

Our company is successful. We (the three founders) are realizing that we need to add more structure and middle management. And we're looking for the right consultant to help us do that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2012 - 5 answers

How to get another position at a company I'm temping at

I'm a temp/consultant at a Fortune 100 company. My project is ending soon and I to find another one. How do I do so? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What's a reasonable hourly rate for private consulting?

How much should I charge for consulting, when it's about something (grad school admissions) where consulting is uncommon? I've never done this, so I'm not sure what a reasonable hourly rate would be. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Essential non-profit analyst skills?

What are the skills I need to acquire in order to become an analyst or consultant in the non-profit world? [more inside]
posted by hala mass on Jul 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you recommend a tax consultant for an American ex-pat in the UK?

I'm seeking recommendations for tax consultants in the UK, or in the US, or maybe both, to figure out where I need to pay taxes. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jun 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me lawyer up!

I've got a special-snowflake immigrations issue that leads me to believe I no longer know enough to handle the problem. I need to meet with an immigrations lawyer/consultant. But how do I choose? (Location filter: Montreal) [more inside]
posted by cinoyter on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 answers

What to charge as a communications consultant

What to charge as a communications consultant working with scientists?... [more inside]
posted by Verdant on May 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you rebuild a professional network?

Please help me rebuild my professional network. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Choose your own job title.

I need a new job title... and I get to make it up. Help me come up with something both awesome and professional. [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Apr 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Software that will nag me to track my time?

Can you recommend free or very inexpensive software for Windows that will pop up at pre-determined intervals (e.g., every 20 minutes) and remind me to fill out my timesheet? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on Jan 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies?

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Clueless Consultant

Becoming a Consultant: After being an employee of a major consumer goods company for over six years, and climbing up the ladder very quickly, I am leaving my job to be with my fiance halfway around the world. I have a job offer to do the same as I was before, except as a consultant. What's the difference between being a consultant and a regular company full time employee? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Oct 13, 2011 - 7 answers

I need to negotiate smarter. Any ideas, hive mind?

Freelance consultant: Any ideas on how I can change my negotiating strategy to land more projects? [more inside]
posted by reacheround on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Hypothetically was this person fired?

[Hypothetical Employment Legal Filter] In the following hypothetical employment situation, is the law being broken? If so where? Is it legally worth pursuing this and putting a hypothetical person’s business prospects in jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Quickbooks alternative?

Invoicing software recs in the spirit of this 4-year-old post [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Aug 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Am I missing something here?

Neighbor is hot to start a business with me. What precautions do I take? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Where can I find a client contract appropriate for an IT consultant?

I am looking for a generic client contract that I can use as an IT consultant. Lawyer recommendations in NYC who specialize in contracts for freelancers / independent workers would also be great. [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Jun 4, 2011 - 1 answer

Any LC's in the house?

My wife is interested in developing a private practice as a lactation consultant. Business advice needed. [more inside]
posted by Justin Case on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

How much should a freelancer be compensated for project-related travel?

I'm being asked to travel to a 3-hour meeting as part of a freelance project I'm working on. How much time should I be compensated for? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the pay for a software architect in the S.F. area?

What's the going rate for a software architect in the San Francisco area? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Feb 4, 2011 - 8 answers

restaurant consultant reading list

I'm interested in becoming a restaurant consultant. What books should I read?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Should I become a consultant?

Should I become a consultant? Please help me decide! Please let me know where I can find more information. I am really clueless about legal aspects of consulting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Where can I find a landscape consultant? Does such a profession exist?

My rather large yard needs help. More inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Original ideas for website content

I am working on setting up a website for a very small management consultancy. I am thinking of some really interesting content to differentiate from the mundane. Metabrain please help. [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 20, 2010 - 6 answers

What should I know about taxes as a salaried, traveling consultant?

How do I claim taxes working as a salaried IT consultant? I have a client in another state that I travel to on a weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Finding affordable professional liability insurance for independent consultants?

I have some upcoming consulting work (report preparation, technical writing, some systems architecture -- all for work related to a planning grant), and a large research university is handling the contract. In filling out the institution's "supplier information form," they requested information about liability insurance. I don't quite know where to start in following up on this, so I suppose I'm looking for recommendations about affordable options from currently insured independent consultants doing similar work. [more inside]
posted by anarchivist on May 5, 2010 - 3 answers

I want to open a coffee shop but I have no experience in the industry. Where do I start?

I want to open a coffee shop but I have no experience in the industry. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by evanm on Apr 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Full time job to...no time job?

Third job interview - now I have to write a proposal...now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Listing clients on consulting resume?

Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Mar 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Does anyone have tips (or specific recommendations) for someone to help with an O1 visa, that is not crazy expensive?

Does anyone have tips (or specific recommendations) for someone to help with an O1 visa, that is not crazy expensive? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Feb 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Resumes & NDAs

Resume Hell: How to cite a consultant position when you can't name the client? (Less inside: identifying details smudged.) [more inside]
posted by scratch on Dec 8, 2009 - 19 answers

I did that

Ex consultant wants to go it alone. What are the rules governing the use in my marketing materials of past projects that I've managed or worked on as an employee? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Nov 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Suggest a really good statistical consultant?

Does anyone know any good econometricians/statistical consultants who can help with high-level academic work? I am pretty good, but not good enough to solve a fairly hairy statistical issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Should I lawyer up for an unenforcable Non-compete?

Consultant legal filter: Over-broad non-compete + me jumping to a client firm + angry former boss = well, what exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Fees and Contracts for Consultants

Enough people suggested it that I have started to do strategic management consulting on my weekends. My clients now are pro-bono until I see a horizon for costs. What are some resources on fees and what should I have them sign so that I can better manage the consultancy?
posted by parmanparman on May 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Who to talk to about buying a home?

Who is the best person to give me information on the housing market? [more inside]
posted by lore on Apr 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Need NW Bakery Consultant

How would I go about developing a recipe for artisanal bread as well as a menu for a Bakery (ie many types of bread)? I lack a "culinary school" education (I do have a college degree and currently work in a different field). I have researched many many books on the subject of hearth baking.....however i would like to develop a style with a professional. Is there a bakery consultant I can hire to work with me??
posted by Nellebee on Apr 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Chicago clothing consultant?

How can I find a good sartorial consultant for a female lawyer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nat on Apr 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Life of a user experience consultant

What's it like to be a user experience consultant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me sync contacts from one user to another over exchange?

Help me figure out a CRM/Sync solution! I'm going crazy trying to figure out a good solution for a small firm; need to sync contacts, more inside... [more inside]
posted by vrdx on Jan 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Identify a recent book about a con man or hustler who turned his life around

Book Filter: Help me identify the book about a con man or hustler that my friend's husband heard about on the radio recently [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Dec 10, 2008 - 13 answers

What IT systems would Jesus use?

Looking for a IT consultant for a largish-church in NYC - please help? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on May 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Who did Office Depot go to set up an online storefront?

I've been tasked with finding an e-commerce consulting company to help guide us (we are a wing of a fortune 500 company) through the entire e-commerce process. Not so much creating it necessarily, but more guidance/consulting. My google-fu is yielding all fluff. Ideally, looking for "Company X helped Barnes & Noble switch to an online storefront" type of info, so I can back up any suggestions I might be able to make.
posted by cha4 on May 13, 2008 - 9 answers

I want to double-dip, for the same company.

Can I be a contracted consultant for the same organization that already employs me full-time? [more inside]
posted by pineapple on Mar 26, 2008 - 4 answers

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