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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

Act out of professionalism, not out of spite. That said, you can act professionally without making it easy for them. You need to get your resume out, NOW Start scheduling interviews ASAP, take time ...
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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

There are a number of reasonable responses you could make. That one is rather extreme. In particular, the way you've presented it it sounds rather like blackmail - something you might not want to ...
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What is the right way to think about doing lower value work when small talking with an executive?

Don't pass up a legitimate opportunity for visibility. Being seen doing good work is important for your career. My reaction to things like this is "It only takes a couple seconds to change the ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

This is not a commute, this is a necessary job function required by the client in order to perform the work. Would you be paid for your travel if you were required to show up on the job site once a ...
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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

Consider, the time to complete the project and your end date are not related in any way. My first position would be to develop a reasonable timeline for the project then present that to management, ...
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

No you don't strongarm or anything like that. You just politely send your invoice and ignore anything that doesn't include payment. Don't enter into a dialogue, they already know the issue. This puts ...
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What is the right way to think about doing lower value work when small talking with an executive?

It's simple. Instead of deflecting the compliment, accept it with grace. Executive: wow. I don't know how you guys do all this stuff. I wish I knew what you do about computers. You: well, I'm here ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

If it’s a core business function — do it yourself, no matter what. There's a wonderful essay written by Joel Spolsky called In Defense of not Invented Here Syndrome. I'll quote some of it here. ...
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Is it common to require employers' acceptance for private software developments?

It is quite common. But it is also quite common to negotiate such an agreement so that it doesn't burden either side unfairly. The company stated that these clauses are only to protect the ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

It's mainly about the stability/ duration of your needs. If you know you will need a full-time person to work for you over the next years, it frequently makes sense to employ one. By employing someone ...
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

Get a lawyer. Now. Take copies of all paperwork. They will probably advise you to stop work until all outstanding payments are made. "If you want to have this chat then I suggest we do it face to ...
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What is the right way to think about doing lower value work when small talking with an executive?

An important fact to realize is that no matter how simple a process may appear to you this is not the case for those lacking that knowledge. Sure, changing a Windows setting is easily done if you ...
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

Living paycheck to paycheck on contract work is nuts I am 26 and this is my first contracting experience. I was not the first to be late (me being late on deliverable items, my employer being late ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

In some comments, the OP has stated that I have no experience and idea about the project development needs after it successfully launched. and this is my first experience and don't know having ...
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As a contractor should I bill my hours even if there's no work?

You'd bill for the hours you worked. If you worked 10 hours this month, bill 10 hours. If you want to bill 10 hours a week whether or not they have work for you, that's something that you'd need to ...
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I didn't return company assets, now what?

I’m gonna ignore why you did what you did and focus on the problem at hand. The simplest way to resolve this is just contact the old company, say you didn’t realise you still had these laptops but ...
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When should a company hire developers versus outsourcing them?

From somebody who has done both: Don't outsource to save money. Do it because you need more talent than you can find in your own location. Outsourcing requires remarkable clarity on what you want, ...
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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

You should explain to your boss exactly why the timeline for this project is unreasonable. If they still decide that your end date remains unchanged then you simply do your assigned work to the best ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

This is not unpaid labor. Most work-from-home positions have some sort of requirement to report to an office on occasion. This is commuting for that purpose. If you don't want to make the drive, you ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

To give a different perspective (which isn't legally relevant since this is in the US): In the European Union these things are covered by the Working Time Directive which is quite clear on these ...
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App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem affecting considerable percent of users - says will give a token sum

There's no need to overcomplicate this. Just tell them that your fee to work on this project is $X. If they find that number too high, they are free to look elsewhere. There's no reason for you to ...
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How to tell client I cant do any more changes till they pay invoice?

Things like that (when the invoice should be paid, how many rounds of revisions are possible and how much time the client has to inform you about them) should be agreed on in the contract signed ...
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No contract extension because pregnancy?

If your wife is truly a contract worker there is nothing that HR can do. She doesn't work for that company. She is a contract worker. If it really was because of her pregnancy, but it was at the end ...
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Is it common to require employers' acceptance for private software developments?

As a freelancer I see this clause a lot. It's very common. It's usually a misguided attempt at a non-compete clause. What the company usually wants is assurance that you're not going to go run off ...
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Circumventing recruiter when client known beforehand

You can just tell him no thanks, I already know of this opportunity through my personal network. No need to be sorry, it's just fair that way - the recruiter did not add value on this opportunity. ...
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How can I receive payments from a US company as a UK resident for a project?

You start a limited company in the UK. You send your friend monthly bills, and he pays them. The bills would not include VAT because he is in the USA. He takes your bills and deducts them from his ...
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Is it common to require employers' acceptance for private software developments?

The reason you haven't come across this clause before is because the norm at most companies is: We own everything you create while you work for us, even if it is on your own time and with your own ...
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Contract Expired, carried on working for 3 years

The general position in the UK is that if both sides act as though you're an employee, you're an employee. In this case, it's pretty clear both parties were acting as you were an employee, so you ...
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Doing independent contracting during vacation time

There's a moonlightning clause in my contract. I'm obliged to disclose If I'm working on anything else. Does that include vacation? Yes it does. It doesn't matter when you are working on something ...
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Why does it seem like companies are biased against Corp-to-Corp (C2C) contractors?

They are, mainly stemming from their legal department. Despite all the caveats that one may sign legal departments find two main reasons to discourage C2C. The first is the Microsoft lawsuits of ...
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