Hey there folks. So, listen. Late last year, October-ish, I was in some pretty dire straits. I had just gotten a new girlfriend who comes pre-packaged with a son. The key things to keep in mind with this post is that one: I love them to bits; two: we got bills, and they're multiplying; and three: I have serious, serious problems with dishonesty, disrespect, theft, manipulation, extortion, exploitation, you know, traits you might find in a lowlife shitfucker.
I don't have a lot of skills. Jobwise. I don't have a lengthy resume, I don't have any continued education, on paper I don't have a lot going on. If I were to say I was good at anything, it'd be computer repair and IT stuff. I'm no pro, but I do stuff and other people get the idea that I'm some kind of expert. So I met this guy in November who wanted to give me a job, he said. I go in and I find that it's contract. Basically $30 per job that yields $99 +tax or more to him (that rate was adjusted to $149 so that he'd still make more money after paying me), and $25 that yields $50 +tax to him. This is of course already unfair. Regardless of whether or not he gets paid for my work, certainly I should get paid, no? I would if I were hourly.
His idea was that he wanted me to do at least 10 jobs a week, which would come out to roughly minimum wage. I don't know of any computer repair shop that pays its people minimum wage. Nevermind that, I never had the opportunity to do 10 jobs a week because there were never that many to do. I'd crank out as many as I could, but what's always been the case is that I'd finish all the work, nothing left to do, still not having met the quota to make minimum-equivalent.
Here are some other things that bother me. My contract stated I was to provide my own tools, equipment, training, work my own schedule, and do the job however I wanted. As long as the end product made him money, that's satisfactory to the contract. Problem was he insisted on "giving advice" which seemed like training but was not beneficial, I had to use his tools, his shop, I had to work 9am-6pm, I couldn't take any work home. I worked 48 hours a week (at least, on one instance I stayed to 2am and another I stayed to 6am, one of these times was to do networking for a different company, a job I was not paid for but was made to do) and got less than minimum wage for it. That's hardly an independent contractor.
I would write my invoices and he'd pay them out in cash, unreported. That's shady. That's a fine for each instance. And that's if he pays them out. He still owes me $300+. Now, remember, I'd only get to bill for the jobs that paid out to him, so no matter what, the money should be there. Well, after I do all these jobs, he doesn't have the money to pay me, because over the weekend he went out of town, did some womanizing that he was more than happy to brag about, went on a shopping spree, and has the nerve to tell me that the company's broke and he can't pay me. Meanwhile, my girlfriend and I are broke and counting pocket change to make sure the baby has food.
-This guy is almost never there. I do the work, he gets paid, he spends the money on him, can't make rent, can't pay me.
-This guy sold a stolen laptop. I say stolen; we were asked to repair a number of units and make them ready for use in a work setting. The best of the bunch was repaired and sold to a different customer (for too much), the original customer unaware of its absence.
-This guy, on multiple occasions, charged customers for doing almost nothing. A flat-rate service fee for a service that neither he nor I provided.
-This guy cannot stop talking shit about my girlfriend. The first two times I told him that it wouldn't be tolerated. Friday evening was the third time, and that's when I decided that I'd had enough.
So, I have to go find a job. Any job. Literally anything legit will pay more. But I'm also gearing up for war because I want to tear this guy down. I considered sabotage, but that is beneath me. I want to report him to whoever I can. I want him to pay me what he owes me. I want to make sure he doesn't rip off anymore customers or employees/"contractors" and on a more personal note I want him to know that I am resilient and will not be intimidated by him.
I'm doing my research on what options I have, and remembered that this community has been super helpful to others in the past so I thought I'd just poke some feelers out there and see if anyone could help out.