Is there an 'ask metafilter' on the internet for home/yard projects? Not that I'm disputing the collective mind here, but I'm looking to build something in my backyard and it seems to me there must be some group of contractors who all get together somewhere on the internet to tell amateurs that they're doing it wrong. Of course if you KNOW how to install a yard retaining wall, then, by all means, speak up. [more inside]
I'm being asked to do a freelance project and I have no idea what I'm doing! [more inside]
What's the best way, once I tell a client I'm done with her, to protect myself from claims of unauthorized access or sabotage on the systems I configured for her? [more inside]
How has the recent economic situation affected the cost of a house remodel? Is it cheaper because of the soft housing market, or more expensive because more people are fixing up the places they own instead of moving?
I believe my company, a government contractor, is using alot of grey areas in their employee time cards to get away with paying as little as possible. For example, I am listed with them as "salary", which by my understanding would mean I get x amount of payment per pay period. However, they still have everyone fill out a time card, and pay us per the hours we have worked. [more inside]
How do I say "no, unless..." to my boss's boss? [more inside]
Who should I consult to tell me how to fix my house? Contractor? Structural engineer? [more inside]
How should I evaluate prospective solo 401k providers? [more inside]
A company did additional work they were not authorized by us to do to our house, and now our house is broken. [more inside]
My wife and I own a home in central Florida. We would like to hire a contractor to add to our backyard a 10 x 20 concrete patio with a stamped pattern and an acid stain and seal. Help? [more inside]
My wife starts a new contracting job next week. I am looking for a good calculator to formulate how much should be set aside for taxes. I've Googled with no good solution. Is there a formula you use? If you are an independent contractor do you have any tips?
I am an independent tech contractor, about to pass some work onto my client, where I would be a part of the project's development team. What commission structure is typical? [more inside]
I work in a small shop as a contractor (I'm a programmer/mathematician) for a rather large organization. I've come to realize that I'd much rather work for said larger organization than the contracting shop. There's better opportunity for career advancement, more interesting and varied projects, a much better commute, etc. I am, however, rather new to this contractor thing, and I have no idea how to broach the subject with my contacts at said larger organization. Should I even talk to them about this? Is someone going from contractor-->contractee unheard of? [more inside]
We're in the middle of having a new kitchen installed. As part of the remodel we knocked down a couple of walls. The house has hardwood floors throughout yet the contractor did not put anything down to protect the floor(!!) when they did the demolition. No surprise then that there are scratches and a couple of gouges on the floor. We're not happy. How to approach this? What rights do we have? [more inside]
We are moving to Woburn, MA and need helping finding a variety of services there. [more inside]
i'm considering asking for a raise at work, which might essentially require asking for a raise for my whole team. soliciting opinions on if it's appropriate at this time. [more inside]
Last year we wrote a check to a contractor for half the amount of a job (he'd done work for us before). He altered the check to make it out to himself personally instead of his business, got cash from the bank and disappeared. We have the cancelled check with his driver's license number on the back. Can we trace him with that (without hiring a P.I)? We live in New York State.
what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
Any good general contractors/painters in the Austin/Round Rock, TX area, or a good "contractor review" web site that can point me to one? [more inside]
18 year old guy from California really wants to become a contractor. Gimme the best advice for him please. [more inside]
After what has felt like months of waiting, it now looks as though I may very soon have a new flat (yay!) and need builders to carry out renovations in that flat. Although several friends of mine have made recommendations, I am having trouble finding recommended builders who work in (very) central London, WC1 to be precise. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Has anyone ever tried to negotiate with their employer after discovering they were misclassified as a contractor (vs. an employee)? [more inside]
What's the best marketing strategy for an independent contractor looking to focus on distribution centers and third party logistics providers? Long-winded version inside... [more inside]
Construction / Contractor Filter: So a month or so back some asshat ran into my house and took out a section of wall. Help me, my insurance adjuster, and the contractor figure out what the hell this orange 1/4" tube is running through the wall. [more inside]
I am a contractor who specializes in Multi family apartment remodeling. Can anyone recommend an estimating software that is affordable and easy to use.
Registering for the GST in Australia for a small consulting job; do we have to? What if we don't? [more inside]
I've got a research and thesis-based M.S. in engineering and a bachelor's degree from a very well-regarded school. What level on the corporate ladder should I be hired at? [more inside]
Please help me find a good contractor on the north side of Chicago to fix my porch. [more inside]
Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
My chimney was in need of repair so i am having part of it re-built/ new caps and re-tuck pointed. The contractors created a lot of dust grinding out the old motor joints. Some of the dust landed on our neighbor's house and she is complaining about the damage it has caused to her in progress paint job. We are working on a solution, but who is responsible for this? What legal responsibility do i have if she discovers permanent damage in the future? Would the contractors be held responsible after I have paid them? [more inside]
I live in Canada and do contract work for a US company. How do I get the best exchange rate for regular currency exchange transactions? [more inside]
What's a good foundation repair contractor in Austin, TX? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to compare employee pay/benefits with self-employed pay/benefits? Math may be required. Please show your work. Start... now: [more inside]
How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
How do I get a few planks of flooring from a company that says they don't sell material without also installing it? [more inside]
LawyerHive: If I send to the condo lawyer a copy of a letter wherein I suggest to my condo association that it has an improper independent contractor on site who may not be paying the proper taxes, social security withholding and/or workers compensation does the lawyer have a legal obligation to act to make sure this is not the case and if the lawyer fails to act is the lawyer in trouble? Can the lawyer ignore this notification of a possible crime?
Independent contractor filter: what is the best way to simultaneously raise my rates and not lose the business? [more inside]
i need a carpenter and electrician to do a very small job in a condo (lakeview/boys town ish) in Chicago. everyone i've asked says they don't know anyone who will take so small a job. [described inside] [more inside]
Contractor ignored warning label on windows now they are scratched. What should I do ? [more inside]
When we finished my basement, I never got it inspected or approved by the town. Is this going to be a big problem for us? [more inside]
Are there any good websites with information about being an independent contractor? Google is failing me. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend home inspectors and/or renovation contractors in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
How can I grow my IT business while trying to make a living? I run a one man band IT support business in the UK. Business was great and got a lot of work through recommendations, then for a better life, me and my family moved into the country 200 miles from our original location. [more inside]
HomeImprovementFilter: Is there such a thing as short-term contractor insurance? If so, do I want it?
Is there any way to get insurance on behalf of an independent contractor for a specific manual-labor project? Has anyone done this? If so, how much was it and is there anything I need to know to be smart about arranging this? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good contractor / home builder in the Boston / Metrowest area? [more inside]
UKContractorFilter: I am going to be working as a contractor in the UK for a good while and the local tax laws perplex me to say the least. From this link it looks like there may be ways to reduce my UK tax liability, and/or at least make it count towards my US taxes. Surely, I am not the first one to go through this; pointers, tips, good/bad experiences? [more inside]
Looking for an HONEST home contractor in San Bernardino. [more inside]
Is it cheaper to buy a house or build one from scratch? [more inside]
Contractor filter: I need to figure how much I am actually getting paid. I have a feeling I'm getting the shaft on my pay. [more inside]
A former colleague of mine has a consultancy business and wants to subcontract some work to me. I would be introduced to the client as the person who will be handling all aspects of the project and will also be the main point of contact for that client. I know how much this client will be billed on a monthly basis and my question is what percentage of that amount should I realistically expect to receive for doing all the work? Is there a standard subcontractor percentage that I can quote?