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In Topic: Disasterous Firing, Work Looks Salt Fired

18 September 2014 - 11:24 AM

why can't u post pictures?


Right next to the 'Post' button on the lower right hand corner, is a button that says 'More Reply Options' click that and you get the reply box with more options. 'Attach Files' is right below the reply box. Below the 'Attach Files' label is a grey box and a button next to it called 'Browse'. Click the 'Browse' button and find the picture file you want to upload. When you select it is should now have the computer directory listed in that grey box. Now you must click the button that says 'Attach This File'.


The FAQ that is pinned on the main forum screen may do a better job of explaining and I attached a screen shot of what you need to be seeing when you attach the file.


Good luck I want to see your fix, must be exciting to re-fire with good results. Our re-fires hardly ever yield decent results.

In Topic: Employing The Homeless

16 September 2014 - 11:25 AM

True, but almost everything in business CAN turn into a liability nightmare. Most things don't. If you never get on an airplane you will never die in a plan crash ;-)


I had a new driver once who claimed that he injured his breast plate when he was standing by his truck yawning. My service manager and I were both amused quipping there was no way to see that coming. He actually found and attorney and sued us but of course offered to settle for 20k. We stood firm and he went away before it got too expensive.


I would argue that you should take reasonable precautions, buy appropriate insurance and as John says, follow labor laws and then go about your business. No amount of overly cautious positions will cover all the potential BS that can come at you as a business owner. I am not trying to say Johns concerns are not valid I am just saying do what's right for your business and hire help if you need it. I personally cannot imagine how one person could accomplish all that has to happen to sell enough pottery to make a living. It is going to take help and as a very small business it takes a while for that need to fit neatly into full time positions and that's where part time help shines. I know this thread is about helping out a down and out person with some paid hours each week but I assume that also means you need the extra few hours of work. If you classify employees correctly, file the proper paperwork, withhold properly from their paychecks and carry good insurance part time employees can be a real asset in growing your business. The insurance is not that expensive and the payroll paperwork is not that big of a deal.


And hey if it helps out a good person down on their luck all the better. 

In Topic: Employing The Homeless

15 September 2014 - 12:10 PM

well you can certainly just 1099 them at the end of the year and give them task that they can come and do at their scheduling with just the guidelines that they need to pre-arrange the time and you will pay them after the project is completed. This way its very low key and the person will rise to the occasion and it will work out for you both or they will flake out. I am assuming that at least right now you feel like this person is trustworthy or you would not have even started this thread. Look I hear everything everyone has said but if you approach it kind of along the lines you would hiring someone to do lawn work around your house it does not have to be a big deal and the person will have a chance to make it something more or squander the opportunity and you can pull the plug.


I would also make sure you do truly treat them as independent contractors as long as you are 1099ing them and if you decide to move them to a part time employee status then do it right and file the necessary paperwork. It is not really that big of a deal and can mostly be done on-line these days. Not real sure about the pit firing thing though. if someone gets the clay bug it is not that hard to start working in clay in a cheap way although they may have to join a community program to access some things if you are not willing to offer them as a perk.


I vote yes if the guy seems OK and you have the work. Over the years in non-clay businesses I have had mixed results but when it works out it's a really nice situation where everyone wins and you were able to give someone a helping hand in life. 

In Topic: New To Me Skutt Km 818-3

11 September 2014 - 11:51 AM

congratulations! what did you have b4?


The slow ramps and 15-20 minute heat work has really made a difference in our glazes. 

In Topic: Well Taken Care Of Alpinehf24 Updraft

09 September 2014 - 12:53 PM

sounds like you nailed it, I am going to try and find an old 1027 to do for kicks and hopefully start learning how to do more than hit the start button on a pre-programmed electric. U going to keep an eye out for an old Alpine or do you have other ideas now?