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January 24

Voting with your feet (and by feet, we really mean money)

In terms of social responsibility - what criteria do you use to determine who deserves your business? More importantly, what sources do you use? [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea at 4:03 AM - 11 answers

January 23

Interview Terror

I have two interviews on Thursday for Customer Service Manager positions, and I'm terrified. I don't use that word lightly. Terror, dear readers. [more inside]
posted by soakimbo at 9:09 PM - 9 answers

Feeling Like A Failure At Work

Are the amount of mistakes at work I'm making normal? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 4:15 PM - 21 answers

New (and amazing!) job. First paycheck was a bit short.

I recently accepted and started an amazing job that required me to move about 500 miles. I absolutely love the job and am so happy here. But I just got my first paycheck and it's 10% short. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 3:40 PM - 17 answers

January 20

How anomalous is this income increase?

In 2001, a white, age 35 woman worked as a corporate admin assistant at a salary of $25K in a large US Midwestern city. The same woman kept learning and developed her skills. Over the next 15 years she changed jobs just 3 times, trying to make strategic decisions and maximize her earning power. She just got her W-2 from her current employer- the IT department of a large manufacturing company in the same town. She grossed over $100K in 2016. Is this an exceptional growth rate? Or is this trajectory more common than not for women in this cohort?
posted by anonymous at 12:16 PM - 23 answers

Should I move back home to pursue a new business?

I'm considering moving away from an area I don't like back to my home town (and temporarily, back with my family) while I sort out my career and life and get a new business off the ground. Is this a good idea? Snowflakes, of course... ! [more inside]
posted by winterhill at 11:12 AM - 9 answers

What jobs consist primarily of research and writing?

I am currently employed, but need a new job. The two things that I'm good at and get lost in are research and writing. Is your job comprised mainly of these two elements? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 7:59 AM - 23 answers

January 19

How to best communicate a side business to potential clients?

I recently started a side business. I already own another relatively successful business, and I want to operate this second one as kind of an occasional thing, just to explore for now and maybe grow down the road. Both businesses are consultancies. How do I communicate this dual-operation situation without scaring people off or sounding like a jack of all trades? [more inside]
posted by circular at 12:08 PM - 18 answers

Taxes: married but living in different states

It's tax time and I'm trying to figure out how to handle our weird life situation. [more inside]
posted by baby beluga at 8:33 AM - 5 answers

January 18

Negotiating a part-time, already low-pay job

Looking for some advice and/or a reality check on my plans to negotiate this offer I've received. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 9:23 PM - 9 answers

UK Mortgage question...

I'm trying to figure out in my head how best to go about obtaining a mortgage in the UK whilst also satisfying certain criteria. I'm not sure if Metafilter is the place for this. Sorry if not! [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:17 PM - 6 answers

Does it make sense to pay off a 30 year mortgage in 6-9 years?

If we were to get a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at around 4.1%, and could afford to pay off the note within 6-9 years, would that be a smart financial decision? The alternative, I suppose, would be to instead invest that extra money? [more inside]
posted by czytm at 11:09 AM - 19 answers

How do I recover from being micromanaged and avoid getting fired?

I have recently begun a new position. It is not going well so far and reminds me very much of my most recent position, in which I was fired after only 4 weeks. I am terrified of being fired again and need pointers for how to best prove myself in my first weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:51 AM - 12 answers

How do I deal with applying for the job after the deadline?

I found a government job I'd like to apply for. Only trouble is, the deadline for applying was January 17, which is the day I'm typing this question. I'd still like to apply. How do I deal with the fact that I'll be a day late? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 AM - 12 answers

January 17

Where's the hot place in 2017 to find PHP freelancers?

It's been several years since I've been involved publicly in the freelance game, and I have a client on whose behalf I'm looking to hire a subcontractor who does good PHP work. In the past I would have gone to vWorker or, but like I said, it's been a while and I'm not sure where all the cool PHP freelancers hang out these days. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 11:03 AM - 4 answers

Working with the elderly. A life for me?

I am interested in becoming a Certified Fiduciary. Can I make a decent living doing this? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 10:17 AM - 4 answers

Free yourself from the grind

Who are the best gurus and best resources for "freeing yourself from the 9 to 5 grind"? Everybody and his brother has a book on how to set up an online business and/or multiple streams of income that will allow you to work from anywhere on your own schedule. Who are the best? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 8:29 AM - 18 answers

Heading to New York

I've been offered a job at 70k per year (pre tax) located in Manhattan to start in September of this year. I'd like to live as close to midtown as possible, but I'm also aware that rent is very expensive. What are my options for: 1 to 2 roomies, or a studio apartment around 1,200 per month. I'd be fine with up to a 45 minute commute. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 AM - 30 answers

January 16

Becoming a teacher in the Clark Country School District

My mother is currently considering becoming a teacher in the Clark Country School District under this Nevada Teachers program, is this program a workable career launcher for an older woman? [more inside]
posted by foxfirefey at 8:47 PM - 10 answers

how to leave job without screwing anyone over?

I've recently realised that it would be in my best interest to leave my current job. I actually feel quite passionate about the projects I'm working on, and I am aware leaving now would put a lot of people in terrible positions. Is there any way to minimize the damage if I leave this post? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 9:52 AM - 26 answers

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