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How to tell my co-worker to stop working for free?

How to approach a co worker who is voluntarily working off the clock? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 18, 2012 - 40 answers

Independent Contractor issues

What are the benefits of being an independent contractor? [more inside]
posted by a3matrix on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I find a lawyer?

A roofer just sent me a "CALIFORNIA PRELIMINARY 20-DAY NOTICE", I don't think the job has been completed, also I never signed anything. [more inside]
posted by notnathan on Apr 25, 2012 - 20 answers

As built or as not to built, this is the question?

Were doing an addition to our house, mainly a new kitchen. But included in our wish list is a set of french doors and we must move the washer and dryer to a new location outside the main house. I had a highly recommend contractor come over to take a look. After going over our "wish list" he said the way to proceed is to make a "as built" set of drawings of the property with set-backs, electrical, etc. He does the drawings work himself and charges $50 an hour. Says the entire preliminary drawing could cost up to approx. $5000. My head hurt for awhile and I am just not clear on the best way to proceed. I know we cannot afford all the work we want to get done. I know we are willing to work with cabinetry from places such as IKEA or Home Depot, if that really makes a difference. I know I want to have everything up to code and work with permits on the job. I know my head hurts. I started my own overview house plan using Google SketchUp and the help of this very forum, but it is very preliminary and I am not sure if I am up to making it a complete drawing with gas, elec, plumb, etc that would be necessary for the final job drawings. What I am asking for is help on how to wrap my head around this project. Am I being naive to think that this can all be done without spending 5K on drawings alone? What else am I missing here?? Thanks, Henry
posted by silsurf on Mar 23, 2012 - 26 answers

it ain't no trick to get rich quick if you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick

Backyard drainage/flooding issues: please help me choose an excavating contractor and get the job done right. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Carpenter/Handyman in Arlington, VA

Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced carpenter/handyman in Arlington, Virginia [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I cave to my neighbor who wants to use an unlicensed contractor to replace our fence?

What would you do if your neighbor wanted to use an unlicensed contractor to replace a shared fence? She claims this is a guy who they have used for decades and she really likes his work. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Feb 12, 2012 - 28 answers

On-the-job skills that translate to freelance career

Next up in my continuing series of "what career" questions...As I face transitioning from my independent, location-free, freelance career into a "real" job, one of the things that keeps me from curling up in a ball and crying as often as I might is the thought that maybe I can learn some new, in-demand, valuable things in whatever I do and someday return to freelancing/contracting/owning my own business with more to offer and better prospects of making a living. Does anyone have some thoughts or resources to suggest for choosing a career that might give me skills or knowledge that would be in-demand and saleable in the self-employed world? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jan 20, 2012 - 2 answers

What type of contractor do we need?

What kind of contractor(s) would one need for these kinds of projects? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Deadbeat Contractor wants his $

General contractor is incommunicado and will not return to repair his worker's error. He now asks that I deduct what I think is right from what's owed. Not sure how much to pay. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Negotiating with contractor! Tips for bringing costs down?

I have just bought a home and want to remodel both bathrooms and paint interior before I move in. I got two bids and both were about the same. The companies both have good reviews on Angie's list and are the same size, so this makes me feel ok about the price estimated. That said, the price quoted is still a bit more than what I expected so I am wondering what suggestions people have for managing and bringing down costs. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 2, 2011 - 15 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

Hire fixers separately or hire one contractor to lead the work?

If I need plumbing, painting, electrical, HVAC work and carpentry work done on my newly purchased home, is it better to hire one contractor for all the work or just find a separate painter, electrician, HVAC guy etc? I am a first time home buyer, so sorry if this is an obvious question. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Puedo trabajar?

I'm investigating the possibilities of working as independent contractor for a US company while under a student visa in Spain. YANML, but can you help point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by Nerro on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

I hope nothing goes wrong, of course.

Contractor, roofing, insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 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

Replacing my electric panel.

Upgrading electric wiring in an old house. Help me sound smart when I call contractors. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jul 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Finding others for video conference check-ins for self-employed

I'm a freelancer with plenty of ideas for what I should be doing to improve my business (and life in general), but I have a real hard time getting down to work without any kind of accountability or structure in my life. So here's what I'm thinking: Find 2 or 3 like-minded people and have brief daily check-ins via video conference to state our goals between now and our next session, and how we've done since our last session -- just keeping each other honest and on some kind of schedule. Where do I find people who would like to participate? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jul 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Bank won't finance our home builder, can he win if he sues us?

We have begun building a house, we have the plans, the lot and the builder. No ground broken yet. We signed the contract with the builder. When securing the financing, we were told that the builder has several liens and they will not finance us if we use him. Based on the title search, they said no bank would give us money if he is involve. Could he win if he sues for breach of contract? Can we legally back out of this contract in light of these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

What's the simplest way I can fill this requirement?

I completed a web project for a California institution and am being paid as an independent contractor. On a form I must fill out is the following question: [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Lien on me...

Roofer wants to come back and request double the amount already paid on a signed contract, and are threatening a lien on the house, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2011 - 19 answers

How much does an inexperienced programmer get paid?

How much should I get paid as an inexperienced programmer doing Java web development for a US government contractor? I’m clueless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

In between a contractor and an employee

Company wants to hire me not as an employee, but as an independent contractor. Can I ask for something in between? [more inside]
posted by Kruger5 on May 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Pavers with Polymeric Sand Now Look Dull?

I had my back terrace tiles replaced with nice techo bloc paresean pavers. The contractor used polymeric sand. After he put the polymeric sand down the pavers now look dusty and the color dulled. Contractor swears he must come back and "seal" the pavers and that is why pavers look dull. I don't think he is right. What do you think? Can the polymeric be cleaned off? Should he rip it all out and do it again for free? Check out the photos.
posted by wheats on Mar 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency

Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

My website, how much do I charge to maintain?

My (soon to be) former employer wants me to maintain their website (that I built during my time there) as an outside contractor. How much should I charge them? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Does my termination violate the notification clause of my contract?

I am currently working in the NY area for an employer that hired me a few months ago as an independent contractor. This employer just notified me that my position has been terminated (without cause) due to budgetary reasons, with termination effective in one week. According to my contract, either party is supposed to give 30 days notice prior to termination or resignation. There is no indication within the contract regarding payment in lieu of notice. Do I have any recourse or reasonable expectation of some form of compensation considering that I have been given only one week's notice? [more inside]
posted by whitedoor on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I get decent healthcare w/o insurance and somewhat limited funds?

My husband used to love his IT job. Things changed, now he hates it, because his new work is boring and his new boss is a bully. So he might have found another job... but it has no paid vacation and no health benefits. I am a (secular) homeschooling stay-at-home mom with several chronic health problems. Can I somehow manage to deal with my physical symptoms w/o insurance, because I know it would be mentally better for both of us for him to not work for the bully. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness on Feb 17, 2011 - 27 answers

Suing an LLC building contractor?

Suing my contractor. Insurance companies want to enter mediation to settle, but contractor won't supply them with necessary info for them to investigate and move forward. Now what? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Feb 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I use the recruiter?

An IT recruiters ad for a contract position gives away the company name. Is it better to go through the recruiter or directly to the company? [more inside]
posted by dhoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 16 answers

I think i should fire my contractor, but don't know how to protect myself.

I want to fire my contractor, who is doing a sloppy and unsatisfactory job of renovating my bathroom. I've never been a situation like this before (of hiring someone to do work on my home, and also of firing somebody) and could use some advice from people who have been through this process on whether or not i should fire him, and if i should, how to go about it with minimal collateral damage. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Dec 1, 2010 - 17 answers

(Should I/How can I) have concrete driveway repair and tuckpointing work done in cold weather?

A contractor is planning to come out this week and replace a substantial portion of my driveway. It (was and) will be a concrete driveway. The same contractor ('s father) will also be doing a substantial amount of tuckpointing. I live in Cleveland and as you know this is mid-November. Should I be concerned about the cold/snow/rain affecting the durability of their work? What should I expect them to do to adapt to the weather? Should I just try to get them to wait until Spring? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Seeking advice on switching from an employee to a contractor.

I would like to discuss with my boss the possibility of moving from full-time employee status to contractor. My primary question is about health insurance, though I have some more general questions as well. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Sep 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Sign on the dotted line?

Does it make sense to consider contract positions when one has a full-time/permanent job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Pay taxes on contracting for an overseas company?

Stupid tax question: I live in the U.S. If I'm paid on a contract basis for consultant work by an overseas corporation, do I have to pay income tax on that money? In this equation, am I just a regular-joe 1099 contractor? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 8, 2010 - 8 answers

How to deal with potentially l

My contractor hasn't completed my renovations in the required time. I've given him notice that he's in default of our contract, and he had 7 days to get it together. He's now AWOL. Do I need a lawyer? If so, how much will that cost? If not, what do I do? If so, what do I do until I get one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 - 10 answers

"Civilian Contractors 2: World in Flames" just isn't as catchy

What is the difference between a civilian contractor and a mercenary? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Aug 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Owner's Rep

I am an (unlicensed) architect. Friend recently offered me a job as an owner's rep ("Do you want to sub out the expeditor and offer your services, including expediting, as an Owner's rep?") on a small renovation job. (I have the drawings) No contractor or expeditor yet. Asked me for a proposal/fee. I am not familiar with this term/position, responsibilities, duties, time, but know how to put a job together.....want to sound competent while I figure it out. Any advice on putting out some basic questions and eliciting info?
posted by ebesan on Jul 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Moving from regular employee to contractor

The short: I've been laid off, but the company wants me to come back as a contractor to finish up a few projects. And I want to finish them. How much money do I ask for as a contractor? Of course, the details are inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I find a green contractor?

I am looking for recommendations for a general contractor with some green certifications, emphasis, and/or experience in the Baltimore/Washington area. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Apr 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How to check contractors work?

We are having a detached garage built. I already chose a contractor. How do I make sure the work being done is up to code and correct? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Apr 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Gray area is getting grayer.

Am I an employee or a contractor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Roofers, plumbers, carpenters in Portland Oregon

I'm looking for some referrals for a few good skilled trades-people in Portland, Oregon. I just bought my first home and I want to be prepared when issues come up (as they already have), so I'd like to find Metafilter's favorite roofers, plumbers, carpenters, general contractors, etc in the PDX metro area. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Mar 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Who will plan my new kitchen?

Kitchen designer in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Getting paid via 1099 in Boston. What does this mean?

Getting paid via 1099 in Boston. What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Feb 13, 2010 - 8 answers

The handyman can?

Who would you recommend for some repairs that need to be done on our recently purchased Toronto home? [more inside]
posted by laroodles on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Does my husband qualify for unemployment?

Will my husband qualify for unemployment in California after a long-term temp/contract position is over? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Any recourse for a shorted work contract?

I'm a contractor. In October my contract was extended per an email from my recruiter, to Jan 31, 2010. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Contractor in Madison, WI

Looking for a contractor in Madison, WI to get an estimate on a kitchen remodel. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

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