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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

Graduate student moving on, what to do next?

Graduate student "Mastering out", trying to begin next steps [more inside]
posted by jroger2908 on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

What is the secret sauce of a technology meet-up group?

What is the secret sauce to starting and maintaining an informal meet-up of technology start-up people? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Nov 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me, I'd like to have a social life.

I'm on the brink of 25 and I have never had much of a social life. How can I confidently go forward with my life? I'm really terrified of starting, but I know I have to. [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain on Apr 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Starting over

Anybody have any experience with needing to come to a fresh start? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jan 10, 2013 - 19 answers

How to start a fire

I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this. I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going? [more inside]
posted by neustile on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Computer boots to blank screen many times before loading - help!

When I start my computer, it loads to a blank screen and freezes. It has to be restarted anywhere from 2-20 times before it finally boots up. It has been F-Disked and still does this. What could be causing this and what could I do about it? It's a PC running Windows Vista. I've had it 3 years and it's done this the whole time I've had it. Thank you!
posted by Melsky on Aug 12, 2012 - 18 answers

How old is too old?

Sick of everything and want change is 42 too late in life? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Jul 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Good starting points for learning how to do empirical research?

Good starting points for learning how to do empirical research? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Starting to play rugby

I want to start playing rugby (I think!) but I'm having issues... [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Apr 3, 2012 - 12 answers

The car that idled way too slow

The car had run out of gas. When it got gas and finally started, it ran very strangely. How come? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Mar 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me start the next Japadog

Help me understand the business of food trucks. [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Feb 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Too old to start a family?

Hello Everyone! I am 28 and my husband is 25. We have been considering the prospect of starting a family in the next 2-3 years. I am apprehensive because I am concerned that I may too old to do this (I would be about 30 when we started -- we are considering having 3 children, so I would be mid to later 30's when we are done.) I am worried that I may be too old to safely have children (I am concerned about pregnancy difficulties and complications). [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Jan 28, 2012 - 59 answers

Bay area Starting Strength compatible gyms?

Bay area lifters, please recommend a gym in Mountain View or Sunnyvale with bumper weights, chalk, quality bars, proper squat racks (power rack with safety pins) and benchpress (with spotter pins). [more inside]
posted by rr on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

How to set up a new e-commerce business so that it succeeds.

Can I make a decent living by setting up an e-commerce business? And what are the critical success factors I should look out for? [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Small Business Blues - How to get through the slow beginning

Advice for getting through the suckiness of the first several months or even year or two of starting a new business? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Nov 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Jazz piano 101

First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Oct 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Deadliftophobia

I'm starting a barbell program but deadlifts scare the crap out of me. What can I substitute that's safer (or are they absolutely essential)? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Starting Over at 48 - Is it too late?

I want to get off ODSP and try going back to work, but how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Alternator or battery?

Battery or Alternator? Clues inside. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Oh god, I'm another blogger wannabe.

Cliche alert: I'm thinking of starting a blog. However, since I don't have a specific theme yet (um, haven't picked something to do for one year that will result in a book contract:)..just kidding), I would prefer to have it only viewed by close friends at first. Is there a way to do this? I'm looking at blogger.com right now to start. I am not very tech, but I have a lot to say!:) so am looking for an outlet (secure at first, to prevent major embarassments if it doesn't work out) with which to do that. Any advice? (Basically I am planning on making a lot of changes this year, wish to document them, and any other random life observations/stories and have all of that readable/viewable by close friends at first and maybe expand from there.) Is this possible?
posted by bquarters on May 15, 2011 - 14 answers

lost in translation

How can I begin getting low-key freelance work in French --> English translation? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How do you start over at 35?

Question: Trying to rebuild after leaving an abusive relationship; how can I recover my lost sense of self, while facing a competitive job market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

find me resources for bid writing

My partner started a business this year. Neither of us have much experience in submitting bids; specifically, we both suck at knowing what to write. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Dec 18, 2010 - 11 answers

My nissan maxima 98 is having a battery issue or alternator

Nissan maxima starting problems, either battery or alternator [more inside]
posted by minsid on Sep 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Maybe the neutral safety switch is TOO safe?

I have a few questions regarding a 1995 Ford Escort with an automatic transmission that periodically refuses to start. It has already been to a mechanic, so there is "more inside"... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Jul 30, 2010 - 6 answers

How to take care of a friend going through a transitional period.

A good friend of mine is moving from their hometown in the east coast into a house with me and a couple of my friends in the west coast. We knew each other in undergrad and I made the move out 2yrs before earlier than her. This will be the first time she’ll be living this far from her hometown and as expected, she’s anxious, nervous, stressed about the whole move. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Jun 22, 2010 - 5 answers

16 year old wants his own business

What advice can you give to a 16 year old that wants to start his own business? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Apr 26, 2010 - 25 answers

How do I meet Japanese Junior Faculty in Biomedical Science?

How can I find a Japanese biomedical scientist within his/her first five years of starting a lab who will collaborate with my 'nanocluster biochemistry' lab? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Feb 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Lifting barbells without a coach

How do I learn to lift barbells safely, without a coach to guide me? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Help Get Me Going at my New Gig

What are your tips when starting a new job as a software developer? Looking for coding, organizational approaches and social hints as well. [more inside]
posted by sidd.darko on Nov 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Trouble starting Starting Strength

Ok, so I've read, highlighted and taken notes on Rippetoe's Starting Strength, after half of Metafilter and my gym going friends recommended it. I've run into some trouble with the program, though, since I can't seem to do deadlifts and I can't follow his dietary advice. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on May 17, 2009 - 29 answers

Getting started producing electronic music?

How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Oct 28, 2008 - 24 answers

Help with Non-Profits

Does anybody know how to get demographic information on who is (or has been) starting non-profits? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 2, 2008 - 1 answer

AskMechanics, please help me diagnose this car problem.

My vehicle has recently started shorting out while it's starting up... help? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Feb 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Help this 1993 Ford Probe start!

Help this 1993 Ford Probe start! [more inside]
posted by gregschoen on Aug 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Starting a Magazine

How do I start a magazine? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 8, 2007 - 12 answers

I wanna sell booze.

I'm curious what it would take to make and sell a bottle of booze commercially. A new tequila or vodka for instance. What would it take to have my own bottle for sale in Albertson's (etc...) nationwide. I know Sammy Hagar wanted his own tequila and now has it, and I know some guy started Skyy vodka. Now, Sammy is clearly a $$$$$-onaire, and for all I know, so was the Skyy guy before he started. Does it take a million bucks? Or can I start small for $10,000? What kind of barriers to entry are there? Legality issues? Initial production? Production scalability? Any info would be appreciated.
posted by gummo on Jul 5, 2006 - 17 answers

how to open a store?

I've been thinking of opening a store in my town but need some advice on getting started [more inside]
posted by apdato on Nov 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Wet Weather Car Trouble

ClickandClackFilter: My car will not start in wet weather. [+] [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 8, 2005 - 24 answers

Hard starting diesel engine, any advice?

Diesel engine cold starting problems... { mi } [more inside]
posted by derbs on Oct 7, 2004 - 8 answers

Cover Letter

What's a good opening line for a letter applying for a posted job? I'm not looking for cute; I just think that "I am interested in the blah blah position listed in the Daily blah blah." is a bad opening gambit.
posted by blueshammer on Jul 14, 2004 - 14 answers

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