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September 23

Single Asset Driven Businesses

We are looking for a list of businesses that are driven by a single asset priced around USD 300k. [more inside]
posted by limagringo at 3:46 AM - 8 answers

How to convince Cal SDI I shouldn't have claimed I could work?

YANML. Physically disabled. Employed but with significant accomodations. Laid off. Believed and presented myself as able/available to work. Recent diagnosis suggests I was wrong (and delusional) to do so. Califorbnia SDI is side-eying me. Which experts should I consult and what should I do to convince Cal SDI that I'm entitled to benefits from the point of layoff until I improve and/or SSDI kicks in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 AM - 3 answers

September 22

Why can't I unfreeze one of my three credit scores?

My wife and I need to refinance our mortgage in California. I've unfrozen my credit scores (which I froze after the big credit bureau hacks over the last several years.) The loan officer at our bank pulls my credit. Experian and TransUnion appear, but Equifax is blocked by "California legislation." I've been working on this problem for months now with no progress. Does anyone know what's happening and how to unblock this score? Thank you! Additional details about this financial mystery inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 AM - 3 answers

September 20

I want to play it cool... but not too cool.

How much can I negotiate a salary for a software engineer job at a large public project in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM - 2 answers

September 19

Part time with time to explore vs. full time with my former dream job

Applied numerous times for former dream job but was always runner up. Now it looks like I have a chance again but feel like I've kind of moved on mentally from that path, or at least haven't been thinking about it for a while. At the same time, a part time job in another department has opened up which would allow me more time to retrain a bit and consider other options. Input into best option? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 9:32 PM - 2 answers

Flowchart tool that doesn't require free drawing arrows

I am looking for a tool for making flowcharts or organizational charts that doesn't require that I am able to draw a straight line or make a straight line connect 2 boxes based on my ability to use a mouse to measure it exactly. [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 7:46 AM - 16 answers

Will the IRS properly refund my money?

Back in April, I filed for an extension to file my US taxes. I hadn't completed everything, and at the time, it showed that I would owe $2k. So I sent in the payment to the IRS to avoid getting dinged with penalties and interest. I finished up, and e-filed today. As it turns out, after going through everything properly, I'm actually due $1k! Will the IRS easily give me back the $2k I already paid along with the refund? Or am I going to have to jump through hoops?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:12 AM - 11 answers

September 18

"Whatever you can afford" =$X?

Friend, with help of another friend, recovered data from my dropped hard drive. What should I pay her/them? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 12:32 PM - 13 answers

Preparing for a theoretical cross-country move

What steps can I start taking to get myself comfortable for a move cross country to San Diego/LA from Washington DC? Complication: I'm very comfortable where I am now, both in terms of career and location. I'd like to hear specific steps mefites took to explore their own cross country move, bonus points if it's to southern california. [more inside]
posted by Karaage at 10:15 AM - 13 answers

Philanthropy and Governance and Impact, Oh My!

So I need to learn as much as I can about new and newish thought in philanthropy, grants, nonprofit strategy, nonprofit finance, and navigating those worlds. Do you know about those things? Do you know what/who I should be reading, following, or listening to about those things? [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex at 9:56 AM - 5 answers

Denver vs Sacramento

I have the option of relocating to either Denver or Sacramento, but I have only briefly visited either location. Tell me what's awful / great about both places? [more inside]
posted by The Blue Olly at 7:04 AM - 16 answers

Got screwed over by my boss, but I still have to work with her

I got screwed over by my boss but I still have to work with her. How can I move past my feelings and work better with someone I now feel is untrustworthy? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 5:08 AM - 13 answers

September 17

What's this job called: building tech across cultures

A big part of my work in the Tech world has been to act as a sort of cultural translator between business owners in the U.S. and software developers in other places (like India). Are there people who do that for a living? Agencies? Who are they? What are they called? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:33 PM - 7 answers

Dealing with a jerk boss

My boss is a jerk. Within 5 weeks of joining the team he had told me twice that I wasn’t suited to the role and should look for another job; he is dictatorial and has a command and control leadership style, is more comfortable with the blokes than the women but hates me especially and every time I have to interact with him it gives me a bad day. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 2:13 PM - 10 answers

Less stress less money

Did you quit your high paying stressful job for a less money and less stress? Do you regret it?
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM - 24 answers

September 16

Is there a job recruiter for weirdos?

In NYC, looking for a recruiter/headhunter to help me find a job, but I really don't fit into normal categories, nor do I know what kind of job I'm looking for or how to find it. [more inside]
posted by Spock Puppet at 6:24 PM - 3 answers

Should I take a pay cut to escape a toxic job?

I’ve heard of people jumping to other jobs in order to be happier, but money is also no small thing... would it hurt my career earnings in the future to take a big pay cut? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 3:07 PM - 21 answers

Explain this Social Security issue to me, please.

How does Social Security work for people who haven't worked/earned much? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:13 PM - 13 answers

GoFundMe Lebanon

A close friend of mine knows a Syrian family in Lebanon who has been through tragic circumstances in the past few weeks and is in a dire financial situation as a result. My friend wants to set up a GoFundMe for them. None of them qualify for setting up a GoFundMe, but I do. Does anyone have experience setting up an international GoFundMe, and do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 at 1:22 PM - 1 answers

How do I move forward from a poor performance at a place I want to work?

I've been in my industry nearly 10 years, director level. I fell in love with a little offshoot of my giant company, where they operate much the way a start-up does as they develop new business concepts: gather insights, ideate, do rapid prototyping, test/learn and eventually implement the best concepts. I do have pretty significant experience on the insights side, and in an objective sort of way (or so say past bosses and colleagues in anonymous peer reviews), I am really strong/known for good work in the ideation space: brainstorming, dreaming up new solutions/concepts, getting everyone to think differently, take risks, and get inspired. My recent projects have had excellent results. A contact invited me to an ideation workshop there. And my group did a terrible job. Help! [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 1:05 PM - 10 answers

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