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Help me navigate a meeting for a biotech contract writing opportunity

Full time and mostly happily employed as a tech writer at company A, but it's not a long term career plan. Company B asked me to come in to see about a potential short term gig. This could be great. Or not. Help me navigate? [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on May 19, 2016 - 1 answer

Contracting after being laid off - would you do it? should I?

My CEO gave me a heads up that there's a coming crash crunch for our small company, and when it comes they won't be able to afford to keep me on staff. When I asked about the possibility of contracting, this was greeted with abundant enthusiasm, and my CEO is almost pushing me to go in this direction now. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Mar 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Noobie contractor : question about questions edition

Hi mefites! When you start a new role where part of the brief is that you absolutely must hit the ground running and be extremely autonomous – what are the questions you would ask in your first few days to give yourself an understanding of how that company works? [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner on Oct 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Coding as an independent contractor: Time estimate? Hourly rate?

I'll potentially be working for a small start-up coding as an independent contractor. I need to create a time estimate for the project and quote a pay rate to them. I'm new to contracting though, so I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Jun 1, 2015 - 4 answers

From cubicle to rustic cabin, the slow and steady way.

I'm a junior Java/Oracle programmer. Five years from now, I'd like to be skilled and savvy enough to be able to move to a rural town and work mostly remotely as an independent contractor. What should I be learning and doing now to begin work toward this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How to handle murky contracting situation

How much more unpaid labor do I give in an unfair contracting situation? If the answer is "now," how do I leave professionally? [more inside]
posted by Yellow Silver Maple on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Overpayment by employer - gross vs. net repayment

I just received an email from the company through whom I contract, claiming that they had paid me twice for a recent week. Obviously they now want that money back; however, they are asking for the full amount I was paid, NOT the amount I received after taxes. I am assuming I am on the hook for the whole [cursing] thing, but can someone tell me how this works? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Nov 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Contract work? How do I even get started?

So I left my previous job (as of this month) and was quickly offered contract work by a past manager who is a higher-up at a different company now. I respect this person, and would be happy to work for him again -- the "unsaid" (on paper) purpose is to bring me in as a full-time employee. That said, I don't even know how to get started with contract work. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Jun 26, 2014 - 11 answers

As an hourly contractor, what tasks should I charge for?

I'm an independent developer. I work from home, and I charge most of my clients by the hour. Often, a project will require the computer to do something while I twiddle my thumbs; for instance, downloading, uploading, running, or compiling a lot of code. I'm divided as to whether to charge for this. [more inside]
posted by user c on Jun 4, 2014 - 14 answers

1099 contract when I was told I'd be w2, how do I navigate this?

On Tuesday I drove across country to start a new role in the Bay Area. Prior to this I was working on a year-long contract which wasn't renewed. During the interview process I was looking for a full time role, but was convinced that this was a good opportunity, particularly to get my foot in the door back in the Bay Area where I'm originally from and still have family. During the interview I was asked specifically what type of contracting I would be open to and said that I was only interested in W2ing to a new role rather than becoming an independent contractor and billing, and I stated that I wasn't interested in 1099ing. The rate I provided reflected this as well. Turns out I've been onboarded as a 1099 and the rate that I was looking for as a W2. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2014 - 33 answers

♫♫ What do you do with a BS in Physics? ♫♫

Three years ago, I graduated with a Physics degree. Since then, I've been working in a soul-crushing IT job. Realistically, what are my options to push my career forward? Help me find my passion. Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How much should I charge a former employer (that laid me off) for contract work?

I was recently let go ("cost cutting") from my job as a web developer, one that I've held for well over a decade at the same employer. After they gave me the news, they mentioned the possibility of me doing work for them in the future on a contract basis and asked what I would charge them. How much is a fair amount to charge them while making sure it's worth my while? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Seeking GeekSquad alternatice for business locations.

Need a GeekSquad alternative for business. Must serve all (or most) of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Aug 28, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm new to this game but with a load of experience!!

Tips for getting that next contract. I'm an IT contractor in the UK and have been for about 12 years. I'm pretty lucky to have not been out of work in that time. Unfortunately, current contract ends shortly and as yet, I'm not managed to find anything else. Every contract I've ever had has been based on someone recommending me into a new role, so I've never had to do the whole contract search thing. With my network currently failing me, where do I look for those roles I'd be great for? Do I register with an agency? Which Agency? Help!!!!
posted by lloyder on May 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Non-compete enforceable for 1099 contractors?

Where can I find the best information on how enforceable a non-compete agreement may be in a 1099 situation? The trick: I don't have a copy of the agreement that was signed. [more inside]
posted by slo on Feb 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Reduce my rates like a professional?

I've been a freelance PowerPoint designer for 6 years. Given the state of the economy and my stagnant business, I've been quoting lower rates to prospective clients, but what about old clients who are still paying my old, higher rates? There are a few in particular that I think might give me more work if I charged less. How can I find out if that's true and how much less I would have to charge to get more work? I don't want to offer a lower rate if it won't increase the amount of work they give me, and I don't want to come off as desperate. Can this be done gracefully?
posted by SampleSize on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How to network with higher ups while on the inside of a company?

I'm starting a contract position at a Fortune 500 company. How can I network my way into a job? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Refinance as an IT Contractor?

How do I go about refinancing my house as an IT contractor? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jan 16, 2012 - 4 answers

What should this sort of project cost? How long should it take an experienced programmer to implement?

Freelance filter: how many hours should it take to put together a re turn tracking extension/plugin/module for an existing online store? What would you charge as an hourly rate? What would you charge for a flat fee? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Yes, and then the next number is?

How save is it to give your bank account information to a company for contract work? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Nov 14, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I classify a new sales position?

As an employer in WA state is it better for me to classify a new position as a independent contractor or as an 'outside salesperson'? How do I find out? [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

It's not stealing if...

An etiquette/ethical question about consulting contracts and dealing with recruiters. The question is: would this be considered stealing a contract? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How does re-categorizing independent contractors work?

My wife is looking into reporting her boss for miscategorizing her as an independent contractor. I'm quite sure she has been; her boss has even referred to the staff repeatedly as employees. (In materials we have saved.) We're looking for an employment attorney right now, but I've just got a couple preliminary questions to understand how this works. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 - 9 answers

What is going on employment-wise with me?

I'm moving from being employed to being a contractor...but things are not going as planned, at least so far. What are my options in case things don't go according to plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I bill for as a contractor?

I recently took on some hourly contract work. I'm running into some grey areas about what I should and should not be billing for. [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Feb 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Confronting Recruiting Agency About Shady Practices

I applied to an ad for a contract position with an organization in my city that I've wanting to learn more about. So far I've had one positive phone interview with the project manager, but the more I deal with the recruiter, the more I'm concerned about the firm using deceptive methods. Is it worth it to call up the headquarters of this firm to voice my concerns? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Growing up/out.

I'm an independent contractor -- a developer for web and mobile devices (iPhone, etc) -- currently having to pull in extra developers to help out on a few larger projects. It's kind of feeling like a proto-company situation. I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone and am looking for a bit of business development advice... [more inside]
posted by chasing on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Contracting without a contract

Is the lack of any formal contract normal when starting contracting work for a contracting firm? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine?

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Aug 13, 2009 - 5 answers

New to contracting in Australia and need some payroll/tax advice!

New to contracting, and new to Australia. Can someone please help me find a company to sort out my insurances and payroll (and the 'living away from home allowance' -- or recommend an accountant if I need one? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel on Aug 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Self-Employment for dummies

(Self-employment-Filter) What should I know about / be aware of when contracting for a local university? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Jun 9, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I have a better relationship with Cisco?

At work I have to face the Final Boss of the Internet for the next several months, and my trusty Cisco sidekick is starting to tard out on me. How do I level up enough to be able to use him effectively? [more inside]
posted by thalakan on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Going from full-time to contract work?

A friend of mine is giving his notice tomorrow due to long hours and high stress not being worth it in the end. He would, however, be open to returning as a contractor or part-time, with limited hours and role. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Apr 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Non-traditional building supply sources?

I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 30, 2009 - 4 answers


Can the amount owed against 1099-misc be deducted from my tax return? Or will I need to make a separate payment to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Jan 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Driveway Paving Cost

How much does it cost to pave (asphalt) a small driveway? Gravel is already in place, it is a small driveway and an area for 3 cars to park. Are there different methods?
posted by cvoixjames on Jun 11, 2008 - 9 answers

IT work from home

How can I make money in the IT industry working from home? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai on Jun 8, 2008 - 7 answers

IT would be nice to work at home

I want to be an IT mercenary, how do I get started doing freelance/contract SysAdmin/Programming? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Mar 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me build a set of form questions for general contractor hiring.

Hopefully next year, with the right people and the right financing, we will start building a house. Part of this is hiring a general contractor. I would like to create a sheet of questions to send/give general contractors in my area so I can judge them on that as well as the reputation I can glean from each other and from the many people I've met in this area. Please help me formulate those questions. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 9, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I get potential clients hooked?

I'm a software development consultant and am getting frustrated at the number of potential clients slipping through my fingers. I get a good number of interested leads through my website or through referrals (thanks guys) but the ratio of potential clients to paying clients is too low. What might I be doing wrong and how can I help gain these clients? [more inside]
posted by schwa on Aug 8, 2007 - 23 answers

IT contracting: gracefully refusing runner-up opportunities?

If you are a programmer who works on contract, how do you gracefully deal with an excess of opportunity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Breakdown; go ahead and give it to me.

Where can I find a breakdown of government contracts given to nonprofits? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Mar 16, 2007 - 1 answer

USA freelancing from abroad?

Are there any US citizens here who have lived abroad but did freelance or contract work for clients in the States who can share their experiences? I am a US citizen living in Australia as a Permanent Resident since 2001. I have just gotten some freelance work from the States and need to figure out who I need to talk to on which shores to figure out the details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Seeking advice on how to contract with a freelance photoshop designer

I'd like to find a few photoshop designers that will design website mockups for me. (I'm a freelance website developer. I prefer coding to designing.) How would you go about finding the right person? [more inside]
posted by namith on Jan 22, 2007 - 17 answers

Where can I find resources to help me become a freelance IT pro for small businesses?

I think I have the kind of "jack of all trades" IT skillset which would be useful to those small businesses, say those with less than 5 staff, who are unlikely to have their own "IT guy" in-house. I'd like to find any resources/websites/communities that would be able to help me move towards being that IT guy who can support these small businesses. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Sep 10, 2006 - 7 answers

Employment contracting/legal options

Should I continue working for them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

(Am I) good enough for government work?

Who writes all those pages and pages of text that the US government generates? More to the point, might someone pay me to write some of them? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Feb 10, 2006 - 23 answers

freelance- no taxes? no way!

I have a question about risk and ethics in freelancing- computer programming and web design. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Aug 29, 2005 - 13 answers

Should I bill for my lunch break?

I'm working as an hourly contractor. I'm going to an office to do it. I'm there pretty much 40 hours a week. Does one deduct the 30 minutes it takes to eat lunch from one's billing for the day? It seems only fair to. But then, I don't have a choice. It takes me a while to drive there, and I have to eat once during the day. It's not like I bill them for commute time to and fro in the morning and evening. Should I expect them to float me 30 minutes to chomp some grub in the middle of the day? They're cool and will probably pay me whatever I ask. For this very reason, I don't want to handle this the wrong way. But I don't want to be nickle and dimed to death either. What am I supposed to do?
posted by scarabic on Sep 20, 2004 - 10 answers

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