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I found the perfect job... but it's in Amsterdam

I found a job posting from a Mac software developer for a support/QA guru that pretty much sums up exactly what I want in a job right now. However, circumstances are not right for this particular position. How can I still do this as a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Freelance web design - how do you estimate hours?

Freelance web designers - what factors do you use to estimate the number of hours you'll spend on a project? I'm looking for examples of reasonable rough estimates (based on scope). [more inside]
posted by Fifi Firefox on Jul 7, 2009 - 7 answers

You know my name, now gimme my money!

Freelance writing: how to indicate that you would like compensation for your work after an article has been accepted? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on Jul 2, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I get my client to pay?

How do I get my money from a client who is trying to dodge me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Staying organized while moving a lot

I'm going to be moving around and traveling a lot for the next few years. Help me figure out how to live a responsible lifestyle as a modern day nomad. [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on Jun 20, 2009 - 18 answers

How to politely fire a client?

How to politely fire a client? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Tips for a small business/freelancer?

What are your best tips for a small business/entrepreneur/freelancer? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jun 15, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I become a sweet globe-trotting photographer?

I want to be an adventurous, globe-trotting photographer! How do I do that? I can't really see my current situation leading to any globe-trotting, so I'm leaving in August to travel through South America for a few months and find some place I like enough to stay. What can I do right now to make it easier to sell photos and pursue my dream when I get there? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Jun 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Am I offering a fair wage to freelance bloggers?

How much do I pay a freelance blogger? [more inside]
posted by ben242 on May 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Consulting to help create a "draw" to bring people into booth at medical tradeshow. How much should I charge?

Consulting to help create a "draw" to bring people into booth at medical tradeshow. How much should I charge? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on May 14, 2009 - 1 answer

marketer contract rate before full0time

I wowed folks at my job interview for the full-time position being a webmaster / graphic designer / marketer. But they want me as a contractor first due to the economy. Thoughts on compensation? [more inside]
posted by umlaut on May 14, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I build an online personality for future freelance work without my current employers finding out?

I want to start building a network of contacts for branching out into freelance writing / editing / consulting work but I don't want my employer to know about it. I'm not planning to do the "me" work in working hours, but I don't want my name showing up on Facebook or my blog about how I'm trying to leave my lousy job appearing in google with my name attached to it... yet I want to (surely need to!) use social media to promote myself. When I've built more contacts, I can 'fess up and leave my day job, but until then... Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2009 - 10 answers

LLC for freelancing?

How do I prepare myself for freelancing with regard to taxes? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Apr 18, 2009 - 10 answers

I dont care if its minimum wage, I just want to do it where I want when I want.

I want to find a type of work that I can do from my laptop while travelling, potentially indefinitely. Ideas for my new occupation? [more inside]
posted by baking soda on Mar 27, 2009 - 9 answers

I Guess I Just Want My $1000...

Freelance Filter: I've resigned due to timeline pressures, the arrival of another awesome opportunity, and the fact that I'm 8 months pregnant. I've done six weeks of work which have contributed social capital and goodwill to the project, and organizational/planning work which will be of benefit to my replacement. The "contract" we signed was vague and was only really a statement of work, rather than conditions. In my letter of resignation I proposed to keep 20% of the 1st payment for the work done to date. The team that hired me wants all the money back, I think mainly because they're deeply disappointed that I have quit. It's not like I've been sitting on my hands, and my work to date will benefit them. Before I hand over all my work to date and write the cheque to refund the 50%, how should I word my request that they reconsider allowing me to keep a portion of the fee? (Giant background story included, to explain the usual & unusual complications which lead to my departure.) [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom on Mar 26, 2009 - 22 answers

What is the best way to pay independant contractors of my new web development company?

I'd like to hire some designers/copywriters as contractors, how do I handle stuff like "comps" for my clients? Also, is it a common practice to tell the contractor that they will get paid when I get paid by the client? I have some more questions inside. These are partly business process questions and partly "contractor etiquette" questions. [more inside]
posted by sideshow on Mar 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me understand disability insurance please.

How does disability insurance work for a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist on Mar 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Taxation without representation?

I suspect my former company is guilty of tax evasion after paying me like a freelancer instead of a full-time employee, unless I'm operating under a serious misconception of tax rights. I quit under duress, but now I'm filing taxes and I'd like to report their behavior if it has indeed been inappropriate. Please tell me whether or not I'm right to do so, and if so, how I should report them to the IRS with very little concrete evidence other than hearsay and my own 1099 form. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 18, 2009 - 21 answers

The high cost of earning little?

Am I really paying $1,000 in taxes to freelance? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Mar 14, 2009 - 22 answers

Where to find freelance web work online?

I'm a web developer and have been working the same job for 9 years. Recently, due to challenging economic circumstances, I've decided to start looking for freelance work to supplement my income, if not replace it. Are you a freelance web developer or designer? If so, where do you go to find work online? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 14, 2009 - 13 answers

How to make money off eHow?

Can one make decent money (over $100/month) by writing eHow.com articles? If so, any tips? [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Mar 11, 2009 - 1 answer

Ways to insulate oneself from the economic downturn?

Ways to make extra cash during the economic downturn? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Mar 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Yay! I'm a contractor! Now what?

I'm being asked to do a freelance project and I have no idea what I'm doing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Reed mai werds pleez

What does a writing portfolio look like these days? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Mar 2, 2009 - 5 answers

The interweb killed my attention span.

I have the attention span of a gnat. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Just tell me what I owe

TaxFilter, specifically Department of Part-time Expatriate Freelance Taxation. A thorn in my side, inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Feb 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Credit Card Processing for Freelancer

Freelancer needs to process large credit card transactions. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Feb 19, 2009 - 9 answers

How Can a Freelancer Safely Fire a Client

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 - 7 answers

What kind of records do most sole proprietors, freelancers and consultants keep?

What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

I want to draft a contract to work on spec.

I am a freelance video editor and I am being asked to work on spec (as in do the work and the producers will pay for my work if they like it). I want to draft some sort of contract outlining what I am doing, and their use of my work if they do like it, but I don't know exactly what I should include in a contract like this. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by helios410 on Feb 15, 2009 - 6 answers

I hate my job, but will I hate myself if I quit it?

I hate hate hate hate my job. It's killing me, every day, to know that I work for people who have no interest in my well-being while I create utter, meaningless drivel. I don't think I can do this anymore. But I might have an escape. Is it reasonable to quit in light of the economy and the inevitable instability of switching to freelance writing and babysitting? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Feb 12, 2009 - 29 answers

Freelance web developers & IP legal experts combine!

I want to build a web app, but can't do it all myself. What's the best way to make sure my ideas aren't picked up by others? [more inside]
posted by MatJ on Feb 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Does going solo mean going alone?

Solo practitioner startup filter: Newly-admitted attorney (this month) seeking advice on professional, technical, & marketing issues about providing freelance legal research & writing services. [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake on Feb 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Taxfilter

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

How to be a working nomad?

I am a recent college graduate and I also suffer a good deal of wanderlust. There is the inevitable problem of combining work and play. At my university, the only career advice I received was graduate school or working the traditional 9-5 job. I'm wondering if it's possible to travel and earn money? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Jan 27, 2009 - 22 answers

What online humor sites accept outside submissions?

I wrote a short humorous topical piece that I would like to get published online. It was in the right format (a short list) for McSweeney's, but they rejected it. What other well-read online humor sites accept outside submissions? I am not looking for payment, just to get it published.
posted by espertus on Jan 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Freelance design gigs?

London magazine/newspaper designers and art editors: Where do you get freelance and contract work? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on Jan 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Crash course in freelance copywriting?

I need a crash course in freelance copywriting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2009 - 5 answers

TXT-tech tax? Thx.

How do taxes usually work for a small part-time "independent contractor" gig? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Back of the envelope price and time for this software project?

Roughly estimating the price and time for a custom document management system? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Jan 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Marketing filter: How to find potential clients for freelance medical writing?

Marketing filter: How to find potential clients for freelance medical writing? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me translate skills into money and interpret my path.

Should I be a french translator/interpeter and how? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Jan 6, 2009 - 6 answers

NYC freelance get-together?

I remember reading an article in 2008 about an informal gathering in New York of people who do various kinds of freelance work; they met in a coffee shop, I believe. I think it may have been in New York magazine or the NYTimes, but I can't find it. Does anyone else remember this? Or know of a gathering that meets this description? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jan 4, 2009 - 10 answers

Where do translators hang out online?

A question for translators: Where do you hang out online with other translators, or find translation jobs? [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jan 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Published author who moonlights as Websmith--good idea or better to try editing?

What's valued more in the freelance marketplace: editing or Web stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 - 2 answers

Should I fire the client?

Firetheclientfilter: I did a deal for freelance writing, agreed to a flat rate, have found the client to be unreasonable and inflexible, feel like this is fast becoming a bottomless pit of time and frustration. Politely pull the plug? [more inside]
posted by ambient2 on Dec 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Picking the right solo 401k provider

How should I evaluate prospective solo 401k providers? [more inside]
posted by gsh on Nov 17, 2008 - 2 answers

What's a reasonable fee for a web design freelancer to customize a Blogger.com template?

What's a reasonable fee for a web design freelancer to customize a Blogger.com template? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Nov 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Technology writers also get free goodies, too.

I love to write. I love technology. How do I get started in writing about technology? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 1, 2008 - 13 answers

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