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November 28

how calculate cost per home of road paving in private community

I live in community with about 60 houses, there are main roads and artery roads and capillary roads (to borrow an analogy). We need to pave the roads and am looking for a simple way to calculate the $ contribution of each household. [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 3:53 PM - 30 answers

Financial Boycott - How do I do it and can I get help?

I want to boycott this administration and as many people connected to it as possible. I figure changing my spending/saving/investing habits is one way I can put my money where my mouth is. How to do it? [more inside]
posted by emkelley at 9:54 AM - 7 answers

Etiquette for asking comic shops to order your book?

My book is out in February and has a listing on the Previews website -- great! Now how do I get comic shops to actually order it? The last time I researched this was years ago, and I've never actually DONE it. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:22 AM - 7 answers

Personal finance dashboard for septuagenarian

My 77-year-old mother has bank and brokerage accounts at a few different institutions. I’d like to help her find a basic MacOS or web personal finance dashboard for her to see at a glance how she’s doing. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:35 AM - 7 answers

November 27

How to ask about bad company culture in interview?

I'm interviewing for a job at a large, well-known media company that's had several instances of harassment publicly reported. Though I've heard things have improved, I want to ask about this in my interview and I want to hear how this aspect of company culture is being addressed. What's the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by theory at 2:10 PM - 7 answers

How much follow-up is too much after an interview?

It's been a month and a half since they initially told me they'd let me know. When do I call it and know I didn't get the job, and should I send another follow-up? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 1:04 PM - 17 answers

I'm looking for a paycheck "simulator"

We're thinking about moving from California to Texas, two states with vastly different tax regimes. What I'm trying to find is a rough paycheck "simulator" where I could input my salary, maybe a few variables and then see what my actual take-home amount would be. I know it won't be fully comprehensive, but it'll help ballpark what to ask for salary wise.
posted by GilloD at 11:57 AM - 7 answers

I need advice on what to do about work and my mental health.

Struggling with my mental health due to stress at work and need help determining what my options are and how to best take care of myself without ruining my career or my finances. Live in California. [more inside]
posted by efsrous at 11:14 AM - 7 answers

November 26

Useful or useless talent?

I am very good at taking a poem or song and re-writing it to be about something else. I am also generally good at writing humorous poems in a set form (sonnets, limericks, etc.) People over the years have told me, "You should do this for a living!" So, uh... is this a thing I could do for a living? If so, how? Etsy shop for custom poems? Advertising? Jingle writer? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 4:09 PM - 15 answers

What's the average salary of a U.S. hospice social worker?

I know I can Google this, but I'd prefer to have real-world answers from real people (as well as the generic answers I can get from Google). What are some salaries for people you know in this field? Please specify the level of experience the person has, if you know it. Thanks!
posted by Jennifer S. at 2:52 PM - 7 answers

Handling uncertainty!

Just interviewed for my dream job. Help me not to gnaw my own face off. [more inside]
posted by coffeeand at 11:49 AM - 6 answers

new boss blues

I've gotten off on the wrong foot with my new boss. Details of the situation below. In such a situation would you stick around and try to make the best of it? And if so how? Or are these signs that I should be dusting off my resume and starting looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 10:23 AM - 14 answers

All sticks and no carrots--please get me to job hunt!

Please help me force myself to do job hunting, even though I don't want the jobs I somewhat qualify for and can't seem to transfer my skills into anything else either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM - 7 answers

November 25

Who Am I And What Could I Be?

I was a DVD author for 12 years, a practice very similar to workflow building, which is what I've been doing for the past few years: you discuss requirements with the client, map out the process, do the programming, test extensively, deploy. Do these two job types fall under a single umbrella/ discipline/ category, and are there other similar job types I'm unaware of that I could/ should be applying for? [more inside]
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 4:33 PM - 4 answers

Getting a visa to work in Bay Area tech: doable or not?

I'm a tech-producer/project manager from Europe, and decided I'd like to move to the Bay Area and get a job in tech. What are my odds as someone without a visa? I have a bunch of friends there, but all are born in the US, so don't generally know much about visas. [more inside]
posted by Thisandthat at 11:46 AM - 10 answers

personal finance 101

Hello. I'm a 40 year-old adult who makes a reasonable income doing steady freelance gigs. I pay my bills, I get to travel, and my savings are a joke. I know the standard advice here is to get a fee-based financial adviser, but the thought of doing so stresses me out because I feel so financially illiterate. So I've decided it's time to read up on personal finance to educate myself. Any books you can recommend, MetaFilter? Website and articles are okay too, but I think having a book would be the most help.
posted by anonymous at 4:53 AM - 15 answers

Should you tell someone they’ve made you uncomfortable?

An ex crossed the line professionally a couple of weeks ago. Then 2 days ago, he texted hello and suggested hanging out, perhaps out of politeness. So it appears that he thinks everything is fine. However, I was upset and uncomfortable by the incident. Should I bring it up? How do I bring it up? Since we work in the same field, some friends mentioned that his response could make things worse so I shouldn't say anything. That's not surprising. My field is full of people smiling when they don't mean it. Any advice or personal stories? [more inside]
posted by tofukiller007 at 2:32 AM - 11 answers

Mid life career changes retraining

Did you retrain and make a career change in later life? Tell me about it [more inside]
posted by raw sugar at 12:10 AM - 13 answers

November 24

How do I break through a mental/energy slump during the work day?

Part-way through most weekdays, usually after meetings that require a lot of thoughtful social interaction, I suddenly hit a wall. I feel entirely depleted of energy and spoons. Sometimes I feel sleepy, but usually I just feel out of gas, out of energy, done. All of the good intentions I started out the morning with go out the window. Everything on my to-do list that doesn’t have a firm deadline gets pushed off to another day. [more inside]
posted by thepokylittlesockpuppy at 2:47 PM - 21 answers

Non-profit Accounting Software Recommendations

I work for a non-profit with an annual op budget under $1million and we hate our accounting software with the fire of a thousand burning suns (Sage 50). For assorted reasons, we don't want Quickbooks. I'm looking for recommendations for accounting software that meets just a couple of needs (after the jump): [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 10:37 AM - 3 answers

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