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October 2

Got a bonus. What's the best way to save it?
I'm 32. For reasons too boring to get into, I just came into about $30,000, and now I'm wondering what to do with it. I don't mean like, what kind of sports car should I buy, but rather what's the best way to save it for later? [more inside]
posted by Tenzing_Norgay at 3:20 AM - 0 answers

October 1

Should I start an advisory board, and if so, how?
I run an annual, for profit, weekend long event drawing thousands of attendees, with dozens of sponsors, volunteers, and vendors. Just past our second year, the event is already a success, and growing rapidly. A few sponsors and other coordinators have expressed interest in being on an advisory board, which sounds great, but I have no experience being part of or running. My question is, how would I evaluate the need for this, what functions would an advisory board have, and what resources are available to learn how to build and manage one?
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:54 PM - 1 answers

What to do if I'm being paid less than agreed upon in an interview?
I recently took a part-time job tutoring at a nonprofit, and was told that I'd get paid $X/hr. Today, I was pulled aside and told by my supervisor/interviewer that I would instead get paid $Y/hr. I should have confronted her about it at the time, but I wasn't confident that I could think clearly in the moment so I asked for some time to think things over. What should I do so that I can get at least some of this back? [more inside]
posted by coolname at 11:28 PM - 7 answers

Working From Home
I am wanting to compile a list of jobs/vocations/skills that you can do from home with the added bonus of said vocation/skill not only bringing in some sort of income, but also cutting down on expenses. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 1:35 PM - 14 answers

WTF?!?!?!?! Youare going to raise my rent 50%?!?!?!?!?!?!
How do I make a ridiculously high rent increase to catch up with the market fairly and without feeling bad about it? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 8:39 AM - 61 answers

Who and how to contact post-interview?
I need help deciding who to contact and how to contact them in regard to a job I interviewed for last week and need a decision on soon due to another offer that I've received. [more inside]
posted by vakker at 6:29 AM - 4 answers

LinkedIn equivalent for creative freelancers?
I work in freelance newspaper/online journalism currently, but came into it through a sort of backdoor (via a career in corporate communications rather than via j-school). I now find myself in the situation of having regular work for clients that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, that work only comes out to about 20 or 25 hours a week and it would be fantastic if I could double my workload. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 6:13 AM - 2 answers

she walks hard for the money
What kinds of jobs require a lot of (outdoor) walking? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 6:02 AM - 34 answers

How to support someone who uses nonbinary pronouns at work?
I supervise a youngish person who is sort of like an intern at my job. They told me on the first day that they prefer to use a variation of their name and the pronouns "they, them, and theirs." Great! But how do I get my older coworkers to sign on for this? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 4:01 AM - 29 answers

September 30

Take this job offer?
I turned down a job offer. I regretted it, and then I got laid off. Then I asked them again and interviewed with a bunch of other companies. I got the offer again, but there is another company I really like. Should I just take it since it's a "bird in hand" and it's the second time, or should I ask for more time and consider all my options? [more inside]
posted by pando11 at 10:48 PM - 9 answers

How to give a technical software interview
I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm at 3:21 PM - 13 answers

Considering a job with lots of travel -- give me your pros and cons
I have been looking for a new job for quite some time, and recently something interesting popped up on my radar. It's in my field, but in a different role than I've previously worked, and would require extensive international travel on a regular basis, but with promises of lots of time off in between trips. I have a spouse and two young kids. What does the hive mind think? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller at 1:01 PM - 28 answers

I want to be a data cruncher - kinda
They say that if you love what you do, it's not like working at all, so here's the deal. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:14 PM - 10 answers

What do I need to do to become a Technical Writer/Content Editor?
My background is chiefly Facilities Management/Procurement/Commercial Real Estate, however, I completed my Business degree last year as a mature student of 32. It is only recently (through exhaustive introspection after being made redundant 4 months previously) that my passion falls within the technical writing/editing arenas. Moreover,What colour is your parachute?enabled me to identify what skills I have utilized and subsequently enjoyed throughout my life/career, to facilitate a career of my choice as opposed to just falling into roles I do not like. [more inside]
posted by emma33UK at 11:08 AM - 4 answers

Can my American parents live in Europe after they retire?
My American parents are looking forward to their retirement in a few years, and for a variety of reasons are contemplating retiring in Europe - likely the UK, or possibly Germany/Austria. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 9:41 AM - 22 answers

How to quit sucking at writing?
What resources are available to make me a stronger writer (marketing/communications)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 9:21 AM - 8 answers

This is a question for the experienced journalists of MeFi.
I'm a freelance journalist who is mostly self-taught. I didn't go to j-school and I've never worked on staff at a newspaper or magazine. While I'm confident in my research and writing skills (at least I know where I need to improve) there are a few "rules" of journalism that I feel like everyone else knows and I have never learned. Hence this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM - 9 answers

September 29

Transfer of social work qualifications between Anglosphere countries
How well do professional social work qualifications transfer between Anglosphere countries (US, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia)? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 3:15 PM - 3 answers

September 28

Almost 2 hour commute - is it worth it?
I'm really interested in applying for this job but it would mean a commute of around 1 hour and 45 minutes one way each day (by reliable public transportation). I live in the suburbs so I am used to taking the underground everywhere and to it being a minimum of an hour before getting to where I want to go (but I don't do this on a daily basis). I'm worried almost 4 hours total of public transportation a day might be pushing it. [more inside]
posted by Blissful at 11:59 PM - 48 answers

Taxaphobic in Chicago
We hate doing our taxes. Despite a professional familiarity with the basics of the tax code, or perhaps because of it, dealing with all of the paperwork really stresses me out, and my spouse doesn't like to do it either. Can you help us find an accountant in the Chicago area who will be competent and easygoing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM - 2 answers

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