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September 9

How did you go about buying your business?

[Australia-filter specifically, World-filter broadly] OK, you’ve purchase an existing small to medium sized business. I’m very interested to know about your experience and the approach you took to become the new owner. [more inside]
posted by qwip at 7:39 PM - 3 answers

How to find commercial space in Seattle area for a nonprofit?

I need to find a space for a nonprofit very soon, but do not know how to begin searching as I've never done this before. Looking for either suggestions of spaces, or how to search more effectively. [more inside]
posted by corb at 5:49 PM - 4 answers

Software developer negotiation for base pay and stock options.

I've been asked to be the managing software engineer on a small project at work. In exchange for taking on this role, I've asked to renegotiate my compensation package. I'm having trouble coming up with accurate compensation numbers for equity and other available perks. Does anyone have advice or resources to estimate what amount I should negotiate for? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus at 1:05 PM - 6 answers

September 8

Training a new colleague is not going well, how to get over the hump?

I am responsible for (most of) the training of a new co-worker and I think she's made very little progress. What steps should I take to help fix this? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive at 2:36 PM - 13 answers

Equifax Aftermath

I'm hoping to move in the next few months, and I'm planning on looking into apartment complexes to apply to. However, I'm worried about my credit score hindering an approval. Is my credit score okay, and do I need to do something with an ill-advised Equifax credit freeze before I can apply? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 10:59 AM - 7 answers

Do you have recommendations for career change resources?

For the past six months, I've been doing some soul-searching about either looking for a new job in my current career or switching careers entirely, and I've settled on switching. Can you recommend any online resources or books to help me sort out this career change? [more inside]
posted by Mouse Army at 7:24 AM - 9 answers

Have you negotiated for reduced hours at work for medical reasons?

I work full time in a job I like, and I have consistently great performance reviews. I also deal with PTSD and anxiety that I manage very well, but managing them also takes a lot of time and energy. I know that I'd be happier and healthier if I could work fewer hours, and I'm confident I could get my work done if I worked 80% of full time instead. How do I ask for (and get) this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 AM - 5 answers

September 7

secret knowledge to buying a co-op in New York (not Manhattan)?

With some work-related changes (yay!) my partner and I may be able to afford to buy at the low end of the co-op market in New York, having rented for the last 8 years (we're mostly looking at northern Queens). Think listing price $200-$250K, maintenance usually around $300-500/mo. It seems straightforward, but is there some secret info I'm missing that will make this impossible? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene at 2:25 PM - 6 answers

How can I find out what other companies are linked to a company?

If someone owns or works in more than one company and you know the name of one, how can you find out the name of the other one/s? [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 10:55 AM - 4 answers

What kind of finance professional do we need?

There are so many types of finance professionals, what type should we be looking for to help us with our household financial operations and planning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 AM - 5 answers

Deciding between two job offers. How?

I currently do freelance work for two companies that very much want me to work for them full time, and have both, in the last week or so, posted job openings for the job they want me to take. Neither is a dream job of mine. Both are marketing positions, but one is for a commercial business, and the other is for a non-profit. Not surprisingly, the commercial business one would pay about $15k more a year. But how much should I value the ability of being proud of who I work for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 AM - 20 answers

I could tell you, but then...

A former colleague wants to use me as a reference for a job application. I would love to tell potential employers how awesome she was. However, I recently changed jobs too, and joined a stealthy startup. Is there an accepted way to handle giving a recommendation when you have to be cagey about your current role/title/employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 AM - 9 answers

September 6

What kind of professional do we want? And how to find one?

Spouse and I need to move our savings from the US to Canada. It's not, like, a ton of money but it's our life savings. Some of it is in taxable investment accounts and some is in tax-advantaged retirement accounts. What kind of professional do we want to help us sort out how to do this legally and without incurring a bunch of penalty taxes? And, how to find one? [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita at 4:49 PM - 2 answers

What kind of marketable skills should I be focusing on?

I graduated with a degree in the liberal arts and now work part time at a bank as a customer service representative. I'm in my mid twenties and having a very hard time landing another job. I'm not sure where I should be at all. Which skills should I focus on that will make me more marketable? What resources on the internet will be able to help me? I have some experience with html and Microsoft word but not enough to make me feel that I can put it on the resume. I do not want to work in sales at all.
posted by sheepishchiffon at 3:38 PM - 8 answers

Exiting high stress/travel job in the midst of mental health crisis

It’s been a tough couple weeks for our household. Looking for advice on the most professionally and personally safe way for my spouse to leave a high stress job with frequent last-minute travel. We’re lucky enough to have several options, including medical leave, so I’ve provided many details inside, TLDR question at the end. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM - 12 answers

How to Avoid (Mentally) Fleeing the Interview

I recently accepted a job as a technical writer. This will include, among other new and intimidating things, the expectation that I verbally interview subject matter experts and/or take detailed notes at their meetings for the purposes of incorporating the information into reports. I am worried that my social anxiety is going to make this... challenging. [more inside]
posted by space snail at 9:23 AM - 11 answers

September 5

Should I Reapply?

A place I applied to as manager for a job two years ago has since gone through two managers. I thought I was qualified then after having just completed a successful project for the place as a contractor, and with a lifetime of related and specific experience. I have a good reputation for good work and get along well with everyone else when I do come in to do volunteer work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM - 7 answers

To Gantt or not - landscape management At

I design and manage large and complex landscapes - I also work alone so don't have staff to manage this for me. I have quite a few on the go at any one time across a wide area - it's all becoming unmanageable. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 4:32 PM - 6 answers

Seeking career change advice

My brother is looking for a new career direction and would love some suggestions for directions to look. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by forza at 4:27 PM - 13 answers

Car negotiation pricing

What is the best way to approach car pricing negotiation? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior at 3:10 PM - 17 answers

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