Taffthedigger

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  1. 39 minutes ago, evildudette said:

    Freelancers are not the difficult side of the marketplace to attract. Those are easy because as you said, they need more work to do.  The difficulty comes in finding the businesses to post there, and what you will offer them beyond the many many competitors in this space. Why would people go to you instead?

     

    There are many competitors from general ones to ones for specific tasks, trades, skill sets etc.  I think before you go any further you need to do a real competitor analysis (given you weren’t aware of MyHammer which is a typical example of this business model for tradesmen, there are many others for designers, consultants, other professionals etc) and work out where you would fit and what your value proposition is.

     

    " Why would people go to you instead? " Well, in the sector I'm looking at, this model is not used. I've looked at this from different angles and I cannot see why this is the case. The local market is dominated by a few big names who are happy doing what they have always done - and the same is true at national and international level. 

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  2. 3 hours ago, engelchen said:

     

     

    Unless you already have all the necessary contacts and more offers than you can fill, I doubt your venture will be profitable. You don't seem to already possess the legal knowledge to write all the contracts that you'll need and I can't see how you can cover your legal and marketing costs along with earning something for your time while only charging your freelancers a small commission. 

     Thank you engelchen.

    I have enough contacts - freelancers - to kick off with and something I did not mention in my initial post - it seemed irrelevant to main pitch - is that freelancers, no matter how skilled, will have blank days in their schedule, have a client cancel at the last minute. This system potentially works well for those who would rather earn something on that day than nothing.  Few things start off on a large scale do they? It is generally a case of trial and error.  

     

    As for covering costs, well I do have other work - this is another pie to have a finger in. As for being profitable - I reckon it only needs to be reasonably so to make it worth my while. This is not a get rich quick scheme.  Legal knowledge - well there you have me... but then if I thought I had that, I would not have bothered asking on here for opinions. I don't claim to have it. Believe me, I'd love to find a business mentor to discuss this with

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  3. 1 hour ago, catjones said:

    How do freelancers find work now without you?

    Well, in my sector, many typically work through bigger firms. Some will get nearly all their work from one firm - which is dodgy. Having another option - like my proposal - potentially helps to mitigate against accusations of Scheinselbständigkeit since the work carried out is for diverse customers, not me.  When I first moved here, a lot of colleagues were taken on as self-employed but got "cosy" in the routine of just working for one firm. The firms knew that this was detrimental to the freelancers but for the firm, this was a way of getting cheap labour.

     

    Further, such firms often take a very healthy cut. I mention being ethical in my post - the amount I propose to charge is miniscule in comparison. The freelancer is under no obligation to take a job if they consider it not to be worth their while. They also have a chance to up-sell themselves: A client might want X, might only now about X. The freelancer can say ok, I'll provide X for so much. But have you considered Z? I can offer you X and Z for the great price of Y.

     

    I am trying to create something where the client, the freelancer doing the work - and myself - wins.

     

     

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  4. Corona has had a huge impact - and this will continue to be the case for a long time to come.

     

    With so many people in so many sectors out of pocket, I looked at the question of how I could provide clients with better value for money, without stiffing those who are actually doing the work: I want to try and be ethical.

     

    My model is simple enough but this is Germany and nothing is ever simple here:

     

    A potential client has a budget of X for product A. I have a pool of (legally registered) freelancers and I tell them a job has come up and that the client is offering to pay X

     

    The pool are under no obligation to to take the job. They only do so when the amount offered and the job specifics work for them.

     

    If a budget is seriously below what may reasonably be considered the going rate, then a member of the pool could say "Ok, I can do this job in the time frame specified, but X is too low. Call it Z and I'll supply the service/product".

     

    When both parties agree on basic conditions, I take a set fee* - an admin charge from the client. This amount is deducted from the overall price - so even though the client is paying up front, the fee is in reality being paid by the freelancer. The fine detail, including, the remaining payment details is carried out between freelancer and client: I will have done my bit.

     

    (*In theory, the freelancer could pay this fee, but I hate the idea of asking people to pay to work, even though it makes no difference in terms of their take-home at the end of the day)

     

    So that is it. I'm not actually offering a physical product - I am connecting clients with those who are.

     

    A concern is this: if the person actually doing the job is paid in cash and tries to get away without declaring it, am I in any way liable? (remembering that the only money I will have received is my admin fee. I'm not taking the full amount off the client, having it sit in my account to collect interest for a month... I'm not doing any payroll stuff. I'll have knowledge of the agreed price between client and freelancer - but that is it. This should, hopefully be fairly hands-off - as far as I am concerned - transaction)

     

    If, after paying the admin fee, and through no fault of my own, the job somehow falls through, am I liable for any claims from either the client or freelancer - or would having a box to tick with "I have read the terms and conditions" be sufficient?

     

    Any other thoughts or comments are much appreciated. 

     

    Taff 

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  5. On 22/11/2018, 13:43:53, franklan said:

    Yes.

     

     

     

    Yeah, right. Kids from Amsterdam have a spotless reputation of always obeying what the teachers say. After all, they're from Amsterdam. 

    Thank you for your concerns last year Franklan. I should report that your fears were completely unfounded. However, if in future I have any questions regarding beer and/or kids I be sure be sure to defer to you.

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  6. 2 hours ago, franklan said:

    16 or 17 year old trying foreign beer? My guestimation is a pukeability of 10%-15%...

     

    Does the bus driver (or whatever way of transportation is choosen) know about that? 

    Who's gonna clean the mess up? Who's gonna pay for that?

     

    What about the situation that the bus driver (or whatever way of transportation is choosen) refuses to transport "tipsy" kids? 

     

    Well these kids are from Amsterdam. You know Amsterdam?  I really don´t think that a beer is going to put them over the edge. As for transport: if they need to, they use the S-Bahn. I´ve seen plenty of people puke up - but never kids.  Not that the kids are going to be tipsy - as I said my initial post: the object is not to get shit faced - the teachers would hardly allow that anyway.They want to say they tried a Munich beer - it is after all a big part of the culture. Thank you for your concerns though, it really helps answer my question.

     

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  7. 19 minutes ago, lisa13 said:

    call around?

     

     

    I´ve sent out emails to several - awaiting replies. I just thought someone might have first hand experience of somewhere kids can get a beer as long as they were with an adult. It is not something I really considered, being the wrong side of 40 with a cat. He is 16 but never wants to drink beer

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  8. I recently had a request from a pal who is a teacher, asking if I knew of any beerhalls where she can take her group of 16 and 17 year olds for their final dinner before going back to Holland.

    They recently had dinner in the Augustiner Klosterwirt and assumed that since the teachers were the legal guardians, it would not be an issue for the students to try a beer.(Try - as opposed to having a monster session and getting ratted) The waiter explained that, yes, while they can legally get a beer, it was a house rule that no-one under 18 could drink, regardless of whether they were with a legal guardian or not.

    Any suggestions?

    Taff

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  9. Dark History will be running grisly evening tours between the 26th and 31st of October.

     

    Your guides Hans von Spanker and glamorous sidekick The Wench will regale you with fascinating tales about the ancient history of the area, Medieval life, trade, the Black Death, "justice" and persecution. A bit of sword play maybe. We will also be sampling some Medieval booze :-)

     

    Where and when?: We start in Marienplatz, just by Mary´s Column. Look for the "Dark History Tours" sign. We start at 5.15 except for the 31st when we have a 3pm kick-off - this gives folk ample time to make their party afterwards, get to their coven etc.

     

    Duration: give yourself about 3 hours - but the time flies by. 

     

    How much? Regular:  €20, €18 concessions (Students, seniors 65+, serving or ex-military and/or first responders)

    Very young kids*: you decide

     

    Reservations not required but an indication of interest on here would be useful so we know how much beer to bring. 

     

    Come in costume and win a (liquid!) prize :-)

     

    *Note: While we love talking to kids about history, some of this really is a bit grisly (But sadly, all too true). If you are bringing youngsters just let us know beforehand.

     

     

     

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  10. To coincide with the foundation of the city in 1158, Dark History Tours will be running a evening tour next Saturday and Sunday.

     

    Your guides Hans von Spanker and glamorous sidekick The Wench will regale you with fascinating tales about the ancient history and archaeology of the area, Medieval life, trade, the Black Death, "justice" and persecution, defences and military history. There might - if you are good - even be a medieval beer tasting thrown in as well.

     

    When and where?: Next Saturday and Sunday in Marienplatz, just by the fish fountain. Look for the "Dark History Tours" sign. We start at 5.15 - this gives folk who have never been here before time to see the Glockenspiel.

     

    Duration: the tour runs to about 3 hours - but the time flies by. 

     

    How much? Regular:  €16, €14 concessions (Students, seniors 65+, serving or ex-military and/or first responders)

    Very young kids*: you decide

     

    Reservations not required but an indication of interest on here would be useful so we know how much beer to bring. 

     

    *Note: While we love talking to kids about history, some of this is a bit grisly (But sadly, all too true). If you are bringing youngsters just let us know beforehand.

     

     

     

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  11. Disgraceful:

     

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5629013/Jew-films-hit-man-belt-Berling-anti-Semitic-attack.html

     

    *Although it is being reported that he is not Jewish but an Arab-Israeli who wanted to make a point about how safe it was for Jews in Berlin (obviously this did not quite work out):

     

    https://www.vosizneias.com/295673/2018/04/18/berlin-man-attacked-in-berlin-says-hes-not-jewish-wore-kippah-to-make-point/

     

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  12. On 19/02/2018, 15:08:26, gaberlunzi said:

    Save your bad conscience. Your mother mat have had a bad time, but not you. Wars are bad for anyone who's got shot at or bombed and the shortage of everything and the daily uncertainty hanging over your head. Enough said.

    I have no bad conscience thank you. I am only incredulous that some people do not value cultural heritage. Once it has gone, it has gone. As an archaeologist I know only too well about maintaining the balance between preservation and progression: one cannot save everything and certainly neither myself or my colleagues would suggest otherwise. Were that so, most of us would be out of work, since it on construction sites that the majority make their bread and butter.

     

    The powers that be in the Landesamt für Denkmalplege might be respected civil servants but they are only human and like any person can make bad calls. Only recently a very senior person suggested my site - which was full of Roman artefacts (a site of ritual deposition. Offerings included 2000+ coins, sculptural fragments, weapons etc) be excavated by JCB, the soil to be sifted through in a warehouse. It would be a treasure hunt, rather than a methodical excavation. Thankfully, this ridiculous idea was not pursued. I am still shocked that someone I held in high esteem (Who shall remain nameless) would make such a suggestion.

     

    For sure, this house was surveyed - and "preserved by record". However, given the uniqueness of the site, one must question the motives behind such a decision.

     

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  13. On 16/02/2018, 21:59:41, gaberlunzi said:

     

    On 16/02/2018, 21:59:41, gaberlunzi said:

    You most likely weren't alive then so you were spared the trouble.

    Spared the trouble? My mother was born during a Luftwaffe raid in 1941 while my grandfather had to go up on the roof to kick the incendiaries off. This was shortly after they were evacuated from London - and the day they moved, the house was taken out by a mine. Another family member flew (and died) with Bomber Command, so this is something I am quite familiar with thank you. But I digress. The house which was demolished was not just an old house - it was the oldest. In a town like Donauwörth which has been fought over many times - in 2009 I found a cannonball and a musket flint during an excavation on the site of Burg Mangold - original Medieval structures of this age do not grow on trees.

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  14. On 13/02/2018, 05:39:48, gaberlunzi said:

    There are to many old houses/buildings. They need another war to make room for new houses.

    The house I was born in and grew up in was built around 1400 and is ready for demolition as it can't be rebuilt where it is now.

    It is in a flood plain and water every 20-30 years in the house won't improve it. I declined to claim it.

    There are some houses the Romans and the Kelts lived in 2 000 years ago. The Roman's are still kept up but the Kelt's houses went with the times.

     "Too many old houses"? Are you serious? What part of the RAF and USAAF bombing campaign are you unfamiliar with? 

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  15. I was researching something else when I came across this article - in May, in Donauwörth, the oldest Bürgerhaus in Bavaria was demolished ahead of what will no doubt be a *very important development* which will benefit not just the town but the wider region, ushering in a new period of global peace and love. 

     

    Or maybe not. Is nothing sacred? :angry::

     

    http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/donauwoerth/Wagenknechthaus-Der-Abriss-hat-begonnen-id41362826.html

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  16. To coincide with the foundation of the city in 1158, Dark History Tours will be running a evening tour this coming Saturday and Sunday.

     

    Your guides Hans von Spanker and glamorous sidekick The Wench will regale you with fascinating tales about the ancient prehistory and archaeology of the area, Medieval life, trade, the Black Death, "justice" and persecution, defences and military history. There might - if you are good - even be a beer tasting thrown in as well.

     

    When and where?: Saturday and Sunday in Marienplatz, just by the fish fountain. Look for the "Dark History Tours" sign. We leave at 5.15 - this gives folk who have never been here before time to see the Glockenspiel.

     

    Duration: we did a test run on the weekend and this ran to about 2.45 hours - but the time flew by. Weather permitting, the tour will end in the Park Cafe - the Old Botanical Garden has a few secrets...

     

    How much? Regular:  €15

    Concessions: (Students of any age, Seniors aged 65+, and serving or ex-military and first responders)  €12.

    Very young kids*: you decide

     

    Reservations not required but an indication of interest on here would be useful so we know how much beer to bring. 

     

    *Note: While we love talking to kids about history, some of this is a bit grisly (But sadly, all too true). If you are bringing youngsters just let us know beforehand.

     

     

     

     

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  17. 32 minutes ago, kiplette said:

    Oh no, that's terrible. Sorry for your loss, Taff. He's beautiful.

    That was taken a few months back. Today when the vet came he was just skin and bone. 5 minutes before he came, Daffy had the biggest puke I have ever seen him do... all the food and liquids we had been getting into him over the last few days... he just could not process anything.  If ever there was a sign that it was time and that we were doing the best thing for our boy, it was this. It is some small solace that our boy is not suffering anymore.

     

    People may scoff and say "its just a cat" - but we don´t have kids - will never have kids... sounds silly but Daffy was like a child for us.

     

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