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    Cafe shop working

    Yeah, I've e-mailed my accountant but always good to open it up to the class! Feel like I might get some heat for this, but whatev

    Despite having a fairly decent home office, I've been near 100%...
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    I'll never understand why people want to paint a...

    I'll never understand why people want to paint a massive great target on their back.
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    Still, the important thing is that we're going to...

    Still, the important thing is that we're going to get those bloody middle class contractors.
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    Ever feel like you've been broken :D

    Ever feel like you've been broken :D
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    Sorry to hear that - psychologically, it's no...

    Sorry to hear that - psychologically, it's no joke when you're used to being self-sufficient. A few years ago I had to set a client straight about our relationship - partly to keep the IR35 dragons...
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    I genuinely can't believe there are people here...

    I genuinely can't believe there are people here naively thinking the world is chugging on as normal. I literally specialise in remote working - and, as you'd expect, I was *stacked* at the start of...
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    Some days, I just despair with people like you. I...

    Some days, I just despair with people like you. I try and be pretty professional on this board, but jesus christ man, are you literally hard of thinking?

    In what way is it clutching at straws? I...
  8. Thread: Dangerous Lies

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    Maybe work on getting your IQ above 100 and you'd...

    Maybe work on getting your IQ above 100 and you'd post less tulipe?
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    Utter nonsense.

    Utter nonsense.
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    Full suit, no tie, same as I do for interviews. ...

    Full suit, no tie, same as I do for interviews.

    I also wear shoes else it feels weird otherwise
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    Poll: Ad-Hoc projects here and there. Good day rates,...

    Ad-Hoc projects here and there. Good day rates, but very inconsistent - only have work lined up for another 2.5 weeks
  12. I dealt with a literal bank a few years back (As...

    I dealt with a literal bank a few years back (As in, my direct client was *the* bank) and they insisted on sending me a cheque. US banking is bizarre and antiquated.
  13. +4 I've taken something like £30k through...

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    I've taken something like £30k through TransferWise in USD and it's been absolutely fantastic. It's great being able to hand over US info, invoice in USD etc - just makes everything easier on...
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    Nice one, especially in todays climate! Gotta...

    Nice one, especially in todays climate!

    Gotta say though, I never in stayed in a permie job that long :D
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    The worst bit for me is that mine should be in...

    The worst bit for me is that mine should be in huge demand right now, but nobody wants to spend any money
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    I have niche skills ;) The rate is purely due to...

    I have niche skills ;) The rate is purely due to COVID - even the lead up to IR35 didn't dent rates, if anything they improved. So I'm pretty confident of a return to a real normal eventually.
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    I've had a few conversations recently where I was...

    I've had a few conversations recently where I was told the client had outright dropped the rate because they know people are desperate. And when I say dropped, I mean ~£150 below where it should be....
  18. I think the middle of COVID in September 2020...

    I think the middle of COVID in September 2020 answer is different to normal - i.e., take whatever you've got on the table because you don't know where your next meal is coming from.

    Take the...
  19. Thread: Croydon Again

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    On the other hand, my Mrs likes me to come home...

    On the other hand, my Mrs likes me to come home of a weekend not find out I've been stabbed for my laptop. Sometimes it's best just to read the atmospherics and drop your pride :)
  20. Thread: Croydon Again

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    Nasty! I had the same experience at Putney bridge...

    Nasty! I had the same experience at Putney bridge where I turned up to find my hotel was partially in a police cordon after a murder in the street.



    I did a project in Croydon that involved...
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    Good question! My time since joining here has...

    Good question! My time since joining here has absolutely flown - I joined because I'd run out of promotion at the tiny consultancy I was working at and didn't fancy a corporate career again. Part of...
  22. Thread: Salary Change

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    It wouldn't be a P45, would it? You'd need a new...

    It wouldn't be a P45, would it? You'd need a new starter form, as you're effectively taking a second job.
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    Never really liked the Rolling Stones but loved...

    Never really liked the Rolling Stones but loved Doom & Gloom when it came out the other year
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    My Condolences

    My Condolences
  25. Thread: Imploded

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    Jesus wept, bore the **** off

    Jesus wept, bore the **** off
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    I'm a fan of your work. I billed a whole day...

    I'm a fan of your work. I billed a whole day yesterday to send an e-mail requesting names and IP addresses.
  27. Poll: Day to day comfort - option 1. Long term career...

    Day to day comfort - option 1. Long term career progress - option 2. I've found the people and orgs I meet and work with via option 2 are more likey to be the sort that will come back to me later on...
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    Tomorrow is continuing the saga of my DIY...

    Tomorrow is continuing the saga of my DIY extension build. Gonna second fix plumbing, ready for the kitchen units and appliances and look at how the wall hung toilet works.

    Sunday, we're taking...
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    I've had another dead end. Frustrating because,...

    I've had another dead end. Frustrating because, again, the role was spot on and my CV genuinely should be top of the pile. I've got a mini project I'm about to start, but if this carries on after I...
  30. Thread: Contract or SOW?

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    Depends who you deal with. I got myself inserted...

    Depends who you deal with. I got myself inserted as approved supplier and a couple of weeks of work into a 15 billion dollar company with very little stress. Think I filled in a form to get approved...
  31. Thread: Contract or SOW?

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    I normally provide a formal quote outlining the...

    I normally provide a formal quote outlining the work, with a clear page of T's & C's (Professional Working Day, Time and Materials, Estimate Only etc)
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    Agreed. The other year (back when times were...

    Agreed. The other year (back when times were still good!) I had a marked uptick in calls after uploading in .doc instead of .pdf.

    I always recommend DOCX to people now - anything you do to make...
  33. Poll: 30 days? Wouldn't think twice to be honest -...

    30 days? Wouldn't think twice to be honest - loads of mine have been 30 - 45 days
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    I've just switched to Zen Internet, from BT which...

    I've just switched to Zen Internet, from BT which also involved a move to G. Fast. When I say just, I mean it literally came online 4 hours ago.

    Couldn't be dealing with any kind of download limit
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    Cheers! I'm one of the lucky ones in that I've...

    Cheers! I'm one of the lucky ones in that I've got bits and bobs of ad-hoc work with old clients, so my warchest burn rate isn't horrendous but getting mighty bored of seeing empty job boards and...
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    Market is near non-existent. And, as chronicled...

    Market is near non-existent. And, as chronicled in the other thread - I managed to lose out on the only interview for a decent paying job in months by being over qualified so that hurt a bit.
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    Oh, so sweet. I'll buy you a drink if you come to...

    Oh, so sweet. I'll buy you a drink if you come to a meet.
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    Don't be a cock and I'm sure you'll be fine...

    Don't be a cock and I'm sure you'll be fine :violin:
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    Mate, I'm mid 30's, reasonably fit (A few years...

    Mate, I'm mid 30's, reasonably fit (A few years ago I ran several 10 mile cross country races with 15kg of weight) but I've been doing a lot of reasonably heavy DIY and it absolutely kills me. I...
  40. If the assets are in the Ltd Co then they aren't,...

    If the assets are in the Ltd Co then they aren't, by definition, "his". I mean, that's kind of the basis of the whole thing and we all know that Ltd Co contractors sit in this weird place. If UC...
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    "some people", eh?

    "some people", eh?
  42. Do you think using a story where the dog died is...

    Do you think using a story where the dog died is great for making your point?

    Bit harsh calling her an idiot for wanting to save her dog.
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    7 years on the forum and this is how it ends....

    7 years on the forum and this is how it ends. :igmc:
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    If I was Gricer, I'd be far funnier

    If I was Gricer, I'd be far funnier
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    Thank you!

    Thank you!
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    Out of the loop: WTF does FOG mean?

    Seriously!
  47. Thread: Bike rage....

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    Ooh, you're well 'ard

    Ooh, you're well 'ard
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    Literally started playing a bit this year - I'm...

    Literally started playing a bit this year - I'm diabolically awful and don't get out as much as I could, but I've had a few lessons and I am enjoying
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    I'm struggling a bit with this - in the past I've...

    I'm struggling a bit with this - in the past I've taken any kind of delay or slowness as a sign that the job probably won't come off. Literally every contract role I've had has been seriously rapid -...
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    Poll: Never heard of her

    Never heard of her
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