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September 22

Yes! Well...maybe.
How can I gracefully ask for more time to consider a job offer? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 7:27 AM - 4 answers
Is starting an AirBnB business a good idea? London edition.
Is buying a small property (in London) for short term rentals on AirBnB a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 4:16 AM - 10 answers

September 21

Minnesota bankruptcy
I am thinking of filing for bankruptcy - Chapter 7, as I am unemployed since February and have no assets. I have $0 in my bank account due to a levy by the Minnesota Dept of Revenue for 2013 taxes. (I have since talked to them and am in the process of getting that straightened out.) I have zero money, and if it weren't for the generosity of a good friend would be homeless. Are there any pro bono services in Minneapolis that can help me, or would filing myself (probably) be okay, as long as I follow the filing directions carefully (the MN bankruptcy court site has a pretty good page on what forms need to be filed, etc)? I don't have $1200+ to pay a regular attorney. Any advice appreciated. I'm completely overwhelmed and now afraid that any future job opportunities may be threatened due to the potential for garnishments, etc.
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM - 5 answers

Career in communications or vet tech?
Pursee a career in communications or as a vet tech? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 6:09 PM - 4 answers

What should I be when I grow up? (Post-PhD edition)
Now that I've finally figured out that "tenure-track professor in the humanities" isn't actually a real job that exists in 2014, I'd appreciate help figuring out what job possibilities might be a good match for my strengths, weaknesses, and priorities. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 12:59 PM - 24 answers

Pivot table help for n00b
I need to provide some sales data but am unsure how to manipulate the data in a pivot table to get the specific details requested. I'm sure this is simple but my pivot table skills are, admittedly, terrible. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bretley at 6:37 AM - 8 answers

When to push back and how?
I have an amazing job which pays well. However, due to staffing problems I'm repeatedly being asked to drop everything and take one for the team, sometimes on very short notice, with not even an 'attaboy' to show for it so far. How do I push back against this professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM - 16 answers

September 20

How can one deal with a client who might skimp on full-payment?
Okay, so recently, a friend of mine got me a freelance job to do the corporate identity for a friend of hers. The problem is, my friend tells me that her friend is not to be trusted. I really need the job at the moment, so how can I take it on and still protect myself? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 8:46 PM - 15 answers

Help me choose the right 529 option.
My baby girl was born in May and I'm setting up a 529 for her. I've decided to go with one of the age-based options under the Utah 529 plan, but I can't decide between the domestic aggressive option or the global aggressive option. [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 7:24 AM - 3 answers

September 19

What's the safest way to transfer a large sum internationally?
Someone is trying to send money from Canada to the USA and it must not get lost, misdirected, or stolen. This has proven to be harder than it sounds. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 10:43 AM - 26 answers

How Should We Sell Our Parking Spots?
My girlfriend and I are renting a house close to a large US University. We have a spacious driveway with at least four extra off the street parking spaces. We would like to rent out these spaces. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by AfterAlbuquerque at 7:37 AM - 24 answers

How can I protect inheritance money in a bankruptcy situation
Our business is not doing as well as we hoped and we're considering closing it. The problem is that we're in a 5 year lease and have 4 years left. I confirmed with our lawyer that despite our business being an LLC, we are personally guaranteeing this lease. From what I understand, the only way to get out of a business lease like this is to declare personal bankruptcy. The only asset we have (besides the equipment, etc in the business) is a small inheritance. I don't want to lose that. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 6:36 AM - 20 answers

On one hand, I do miss having a bit more space; on the other hand...
Which makes more sense: pension fund contribution or large down payment on a house? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 5:51 AM - 19 answers

September 18

"I'm leaving this job because I already went to high school."
After less than six months in my new job (and on the advice of my boss), I'm looking for another one. I plan to go into major networking mode, and I need a good way to explain why I'm looking for a job after I just started one. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:35 PM - 9 answers

What should I do with my PhD?
I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:06 PM - 8 answers

Time Enough At Last?
What are jobs that would allow for nearly unlimited downtime? How do you go about finding one? [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 11:52 AM - 70 answers

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit)
Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit). Can I re-use the same cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anansi at 8:36 AM - 6 answers

Relocation challenges out the wazoo......
I'm attempting to make a big change to help myself professionally and the challenges are proving much more formidable than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia at 8:30 AM - 11 answers

How do I walk this tight rope between employer, client, and recruiter?
A third party recruiter has contacted me about a position. After speaking with them, the position sounds very exciting and is an exact fit for my experience and interests. However, based on our most recent conversation, it is clear the position is with a client of my current employer (a management consulting firm). How do I move forward from here? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue at 8:29 AM - 8 answers

September 17

Zero to Sixty In My Work Schedule
What are some strategies to keep my energy up, my motivation and my sanity when I start working two separate jobs next week? [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf at 3:35 PM - 13 answers

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