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June 30

Who profits from weddings?

If I'm expecting the traditional American wedding (registry, rehearsal dinner, lavish ceremony, reception) industry to expand over the next few years, where would I invest my money? My experience was mostly with local people, but I am sure there is some behemoth out there who's bread and butter is based on that style of people getting married.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:47 AM - 16 answers

June 29

Can't concentrate at work at all.

I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 7:54 PM - 4 answers

Building side income with Etsy and Ebay

I'd like to build a side income source where I can reliably make an extra $500-$1k a month. I want to do it using Ebay and/or Etsy. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 5:13 PM - 13 answers

EMBA, business certificate, or something else?

I've been working in the public sector for about eight years, aside from a stint at the start of my career in the IT and nonprofit sectors. I started my public sector career right after graduate school in public administration (in 2007), and I have been in government ever since. I'm thinking about the value of an EMBA or some other sort of business certification that can build some of the skills I didn't get. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 5:00 PM - 1 answers

Impact of car reposession in Nevada?

Hello, We have a car we can no longer afford, but we owe about $3K more than we could potentially sell it for and we cannot come up with that difference. We are in Nevada and I want to know if we turn the car over to the bank and they sell it, can they come after us for the difference in the balance and what they sell it for. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy at 2:39 PM - 4 answers

can I negotiate my salary after I already started working

I started a new job and never even thought to negotiate a higher salary. Now that I've started it seems like I really should have countered their offer. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb at 8:44 AM - 10 answers

June 28

How do I list third party contracting positions on a resume?

The global, major well known main company has their laboratory IT work contracted out to a global outsourcing company. The global outsourcing company has hired me to be lead consultant for an upgrade project. So the work I am doing is for the main company. I want to update my resume to include this position, how do I list it on my resume? Also, since I'm one of the only people that has done this upgrade before, I have no job description beyond "Lead Consultant for" the project. I'm the extra resource with relevant experience. So when I list it on my resume I need to write my job duties as a combination of what I've done in the short time I've had the position, what I'm doing, and what I know needs to / will be done. Any advice in regards to that would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ender6574 at 1:34 PM - 5 answers

Millenial student loan debt, amirite?

Best strategy for paying down student loan debt for my *snowflake* situation. I don't want to bankrupt my future, but I also am not looking for taking risks like getting my hopes set on loan forgiveness. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Zeratul at 11:54 AM - 11 answers

June 26

Taxes on good received and how to calculate "Fair Market Value?"

I am an Amazon Vine participant. Amazon sends me products to review. Amazon has informed reviewers they will be sending a 1099MISC form this year in cases where the total value of all products selected is over $600. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM - 2 answers

Is it protocol to turn treatment to tv script for free to get the job?

I met a guy who is producing a tv show - he has raised half the money to shoot the pilot and seems to be legitimate. I told him I was a writer and he expressed interest in having me on board as one of the writers for the show. He then asked me if I could turn his treatment (the overall idea of the first episode) into a proper script format. He did not offer to pay for this and it seemed like it was a way of auditioning / interviewing me. More details and my question inside.. [more inside]
posted by soooo at 8:30 AM - 8 answers

Ideas for a copyeditor returning to the biz?

I'm returning to freelance copyediting after 10 years on the writing side of nonprofit operations. Educational, business and technical content interest me the most, and that’s where I want to start (I also enjoy research, but how to fit that in?). Can the hive mind help steer me in the right direction? Another challenge: I must do it remotely. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 8:08 AM - 3 answers

June 25

How do I get my boss to finally remove me from a project?

I was assigned to project teams at work that are pulling me away from my core responsibilities. My boss agrees that I shouldn't be on these teams but he hasn't firmly re-assigned someone else. I want off! But how do I get him to make that final decision? [more inside]
posted by watrlily at 8:38 PM - 17 answers

Is there a way to get out of this headache?

So basically I'm wondering what the options are for someone with loans and other debt who needs a financial manager or advisor. I have recently become employed for a new company and while things are going well in that, I want to know where I can find someone to figure out my financial situation including calling debtors to find out exact amounts owed. I find it personally very emotionally difficult to do and it would be great if I could get help in doing that. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 4:15 PM - 8 answers

I was wishing for a windfall, but what should befall the windfall?

The IRS made a mistake hugely in my favor. Yay! But I called them! Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM - 42 answers

Getting a medical coding certification

Is it possible to pass the CPC coding exam without having a degree in Health Information Management? I need to know if this is a foolish idea or if it can be done. No Costco vodka is involved [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 8:05 AM - 3 answers

June 24

is it ok for a bartender to not be tipped out on server drinks?

I make a tipping wage at my bartender job, yet I'm not being tipped out on hundreds of dollars of server drinks I make every day. Should I be angry or is that a normal practice at U.S. bars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 PM - 14 answers

How does job hunting work while transitioning genders?

I'm in the beginning stages of transitioning from to female to male. Only my friends know at this point; I haven't said anything at work and I haven't started hormones (yet) so it's not very obvious physically. For many reasons, I want to start looking for another job but I'm wondering how to handle it with an impending transition. How do I present myself? How do I handle references when they know me as another name? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 6:24 PM - 6 answers

How to explain time off for IVF treatment

After several years of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, my husband I were approved for IVF treatment (through NHS, we are in the UK). If things go to plan I could be starting treatments as soon as end of next month, but depending on my cycles, possibly the following month. Once my treatment starts there's a lot of appointments for scans and of course, egg collection and implantation, all within the span of 3-4 weeks. How should I explain this at work? Details inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM - 16 answers

What are my odds of filing and winning this credit card dispute?

I run a small company and recently signed up to sell my items at the companies weekly farmers market as well as a big all day festival that they are putting on in September. After several markets, I did not do nearly the business that I had hoped and I also felt that the people running the market/festival to be non concerned and unpleasant to work with. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 4:24 PM - 6 answers

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 12:21 PM - 4 answers

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