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recruitment business startup... first challenging step?

I have worked in recruitment for all of five months. Having previously run a less than successful but still operating and now growing charity, I missed the security of a regular paycheck. They like my sales experience but are not as experienced in teaching one how to recruit for their sector. I have had a few offers but have not closed a sale in two months for a flat fee recruitment advertising (no headhunting) product they are halfheartedly experimenting with. Out of 22 staff, I am only the only salesperson for it. I do earn a small monthly salary and could earn a commission. Out of left field, a family friend has come forward with a big recruitment opportunity with a software company. I am currently working on a split commission deal with a work colleague on a software role but do no recruiting, only manage the business communication. I feel ashamed about it and feel I could be of better service as an independent recruiter. However, I need some advice about starting up and feel I can't really get an objective account from senior leaders in the field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Does twitter ads hold itself accountable for followers it did not get?

Debating using Twitter ads at the company where I work- you only pay if the ads actually work, according to twitter - only if people follow you, they say. Our question - if it charges per follower, is it per follower who clicked through the ad and ended up clicking follow after being led there by the ad, or does it charge for every single - even organic or gained otherwise - follower you or your company or brand amass during the time the ad is running? This is a very big distinction as far as I am concerned.
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

How much to make a website responsive?

So, the company that employs me just recently rebuilt and redesigned their website. It's a pretty large site (think trade association that does a lot of public outreach), but only about eight templates. Now that that's done, the brass wants to the site to be responsive, and now it's time to budget that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Non-depreciation cost of owning a car?

My fiancee and I are thinking about buying a new or new-ish Toyota Matrix, but it's apparently really hard to get an accurate picture of how much it costs to own and operate a car that doesn't include depreciation. Any suggestions or insight? [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Apr 13, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I write a script so that it's cheap to make?

For those who have made movies, I have heard that the cheaper you can write a movie (This is of course presuming your script is already awesome!) the greater your chances are of having it bought. I am more than happy to work creatively within such constraints, but I was wondering if there were scenes that counterintuitively cost a lot that a first-time writer wouldn't know about, and vice versa. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 28, 2014 - 26 answers

Can I add an on/off switch to use instead of unplugging dryer?

Dryers use electricity when plugged in, even when they're turned off. In our old house, I could reach the plug; in this house, I can't. Is there a money-saving solution that doesn't involve re-wiring or the electrical box? In the U.S., so dryer has a 220 plug. (Dryer isn't broken - asking about a switch between wall and dryer.) [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Jan 24, 2014 - 19 answers

Vive la France! yes!! Vivre en France? well.... maybe California instead

Looking for advice on cost of living in France (South of Paris, Nice or Toulouse area). Partner and I would be making €120 to €140,000 combined household, before taxes. Another option is California where we could make way more money (at least $200-$220k combined, and less taxes). What is the cost of living in California (Irvine or San Diego) as a comparison? Is it expensive to have kids in the US? [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Jan 13, 2014 - 21 answers

Specialist brick repairs in South London

My house, a standard Victorian terrace, has several spalled bricks. I'm looking for a reliable, preferably cheap, brickwork specialist in [South] London. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Dec 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Alternatives to Movable Type

Is there an alternative to Movable Type that is a decent open source publishing blog platform that can be fully programmed to be graphically modified and inserted into a custom website? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Dec 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Estimating the cost of lithium batteries for a future electric car

How might I estimate how much lithium batteries will cost in a decade? I would like to do an electric car project, but I cannot afford the batteries I would want to use. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Dec 5, 2013 - 5 answers

the cost of a breast reduction

I have health insurance, and the co-pay will be about 3150. Should I do it now, or wait? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2013 - 14 answers

How to charge for essay/general editing?

I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do. I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this? [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

I need a hotel room in Singapore but most are really expensive.

I need a hotel room in Singapore but most are really expensive. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Apparently I suck at giving gifts, need advice

Fiancee blew up over my birthday gift-giving faux pas and can't seem to get over it, is this situation salvegable? Lots more below [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 90 answers

Should I purchase a Saab?

I will be looking for a car soonish. I've always had a hankering to own a Saab and ended up with different vehicles. My question is, since Saab went under is it harder to find parts for them or repair places? Is is more spendy then. I'm not looking to purchase a NEWer Saab. Also are they alright to work on on my own or are they a huge pain? Im no automechanic by any means but I do like to change my own oil and repair what I am capable of repairing. Or I will take recommendations for other cars. I prefer manual and hatchback.
posted by misformiche on Jul 3, 2013 - 22 answers

How should we split these costs?

Four of us are going away for the Fourth using a rental car. Two will return Friday with the car (they need to get back for work) and the other two will go back Sunday with another friend who has extra room in his car. We are all friends, some of us are quite...thrifty. How should we split the cost of the car?
posted by benbenson on Jul 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Must have been one helluva loan

In a nutshell; how much does the USA owe for "debt incurred in past wars", are there easy to understand figures for which wars specifically, and who does it owe it to? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How much should estate planning cost?

What would you expect to pay a lawyer for a suite of estate planning/healthcare documents that are more or less standard forms (i.e., no complicated trusts, just everything going to the other spouse)? I'm in Boston, but data points from comparably priced areas are welcome. Also, are there documents I'm forgetting in the list inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

What determines the price of a drink at a bar?

What determines the price of a drink at a bar? Why does it differ drastically in different places? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Can you start a new business ( private cooking classes) in Asheville, nc

I am considering moving to Asheville and hear a lot about how hard it is to make a living there and how over saturated it is already with entrepreneurs. I am in my mid 50's and have been a successful private chef who is now teaching cooking in various small schools and in private homes. I am not thrilled with the northeast weather and thought of Asheville as a relocation spot. Having just visited there it seemed there is a lot of food buzz going on- I know it's a "foodie" town and think I might be able to succeed there. I am concerned about the rising cost of buying a house in the area and that I could find enough work there. Any input?
posted by privatechef on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I hire a CPA for my taxes this year?

Should I hire a CPA for my taxes this year? 1. I relocated for my job this year and received multiple relocation benefits. 2. I sold off stocks that were gifted to me and I do not have any cost bases for them because they were purchased so long ago. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Feb 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Pasadena, CA area, is my gardener too expensive? $200/mo

We pay $200 a month for weekly service that includes all trimming, upkeep, lawn service for 3 lawns, significant pruning and leaf cleanup from 12 trees (citrus, pine, chinese elms, japanese maple, coastal oak, liquid ambars). Is this too much? What do you pay and what do you get for it? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Microplane, yay or nay? And (warning: pun ahead) grate uses?

Should I buy a Microplane? I'm hesitating because $$ (looking at this one), and a small kitchen means I try to keep gadgets strictly to a minimum. Is it worth it, and what are the things you use your Microplane for? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jan 20, 2013 - 46 answers

How much electricity does a gas boiler use?

I know this question is a little bit arbitrary, but any response will be helpful. I live in a 2 family spilt house/condo. I noticed that my electrical box is powering the OTHER unit's gas boiler. I assume that the electrical just feeds the thermostat and maybe triggering the pilot to boil the water?? (My knowledge here is limited.) Without knowing too much about their heating use, I am trying to determine the urgency of getting an electrician to switch it from my electricity to the other unit's electrical box.
posted by lccslug on Jan 13, 2013 - 8 answers

CPU or Graphics Card? What's the better upgrade?

I'm buying one of the new iMacs. I'm torn between paying for an upgrade to the CPU or an upgrade to the video card. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 20, 2012 - 7 answers

How to discuss price range with a tattoo artist?

[for my boss] I need advice on tattoo price ranges. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Oct 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Can they make money on this house?

Please explain how they're going to make any money on this rehabbed house. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 10, 2012 - 22 answers

What makes a good wall in a garage?

What would you put up for the interior walls of your man cave in the garage? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Jul 26, 2012 - 27 answers

Now that my trip is over, what *would* it have cost to fly?

Retro-Travel Filter: How much did it cost to fly roundtrip between Detroit and Philadelphia this past May (2012; leaving on 5/24 and returning 5/29)? Or, how can I figure this out? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jul 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Was "The Scream" sold a few weeks ago also sold a few years ago?

Recently, Munch's "The Scream" sold for about $120 million. Somehow I had in my mind the idea that (a version of) "The Scream" was sold at auction a few years ago. Did I imagine this? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How should I deal with this medical bill?

I recently received an unexpected medical bill in the mail. Should I pay it, or should I ask my parents to pay it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2012 - 37 answers

I'm Fixing to ride.

Can I fix my bike within my budget? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Mar 7, 2012 - 28 answers

What's the difference between a Camry and a Lexus?

A Camry and a Lexus are basically the same car. What's the REAL price difference? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 3, 2012 - 25 answers

Cost of an attorney to be an independent contractor

Calling all attorneys and law firms: how much does contract legal work cost? [more inside]
posted by angab on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

We may own a house in two years

This Christmas we were told by my Dad that he will be giving us his house when he moves out of state. It doesn't have a functioning kitchen (no sink, just a fridge and a microwave and he washes his dishes in a tub with water from the bathroom) The house has charm, and there could be plumbing problems and it's also in a dicey neighborhood. So my question is this: What do we do with this house? Fix it up enough to live in it for the price of utilities and taxes for a few years so we can go back to school? Try to sell it without even fixing it (we'd get maybe $20,000). Fix it up and become landlords after living there for a few years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

If you could live anywhere...

I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Dec 29, 2011 - 10 answers

cost for main sewer line fix?

[main sewer line]: looks like we may have a block. how much should it cost to fix? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Calculate Electric Cost

How much does my refrigerator cost to run per month? The info tag on the inside reads; 110-127 VAC, 60 HZ, 11.2 AMPS. It runs 24/7 and my NYC electric is charged at .1999 per KWH. Including the calculation in your answer would be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by mbx on Nov 13, 2011 - 15 answers

colorbond sheets & insulation costs and who to use

hi, i live in south west victoria, Australia. i am about to put a color bond roof on my weather board house, has any one done this lately? I am at a loss, of who to start shopping with for the sheets, hardware needed and the insulation. Which is my other problem i have been told to use sisalation (not right spelling i know) but i have had good reports on foil board, what have others used? i do have fiber blow in insulaion, but some of its damaged due to rain getting in, would it be better to replace this with pink bats or more fiber fill or what? i hope some one can help thanks
posted by the finishing post on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

What happened to adderall? What is the next best thing?

Shire pharmaceuticals has stopped manufacturing adderall & the generic version (amphetamine salts) as I cannot find it at any pharmacy anymore. What is the best alternative? Usually I can only afford generic. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Nov 6, 2011 - 10 answers

How much is too much to spend on a dog's health?

Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Oct 24, 2011 - 33 answers

Reasons for high inflation in college fees

Can you suggest any thoughtful analyses of why the costs of college tuition in the US consistently exceed inflation by a large margin? [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Sep 16, 2011 - 23 answers

Good tools for project proposal effort?

Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during a project proposal process? It's a little bit of project management and a little bit of sales. Specific needs include... [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more?

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Probably should have just learned how to draw when I was younger...

How much should I expect to spend on this little piece of freelance graphic work? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on Jul 16, 2011 - 15 answers

How much does an elevator cost?

How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jun 27, 2011 - 14 answers

How much does animation cost to produce?

How much does modern (non-CG) animation cost to produce? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Jun 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Does it make sense to pay to replace the clutch on a older car?

My 2004 Tiburon GT SE needs a clutch replacement but I can't decide if putting that much money into the car is worth it. How much can I expect to pay a mechanic to perform the work? I'm guessing in the $1K range but I don't know. And if so, does it make sense to put that money into car that's almost 8 years old? I bought it used a few years ago and still owe $5K on it, so dumping it isn't an option. It has only 54K miles and is otherwise in very good condition. How should I proceed?
posted by Jamesonian on May 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Get me off my butt.

After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 19, 2011 - 43 answers

Car Pay Diem

'02 Honda Accord V6 timing belt/fuel pump. $$$ = :( [more inside]
posted by Dmenet on Apr 1, 2011 - 20 answers

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