I installed a standee once alone, the level was "moderately difficult" and it took me too many hours, but I learned things. A partner would have been helpful Then I accepted an assignment for one with the level "difficult". I had some emails and phone numbers of people on craigslist could help me move some furniture with their truck. None of them accepted that I pay them $20 for 1 hour and half of work with me.
Is there another section in craigslist where I could post an ad for a partner to install standee ? Or do you have another idea to help find one ?
This thread might be better in the Merchandising Companies and Discussions of the forum.
Over the phone at the request of a scheduler I took a super-bonused one that was rated difficult. I never, ever, ever would have been able to complete it without the help of a theater worker who was very experienced at setting them up, and who offered his help, and whose manager agreed that he could since things were slow. I was basically his helper, and it took us over 2 hours to complete. I went to an ATM immediately afterwards and got $20, returned and gave it to him thanking him profusely, then commended him to the manager.
Do those things even pay enough to justify giving someone else $20? After all, you will be paying taxes on the full amount, while theirs is tax free.
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You can deduct the $20 you paid him as contract labor, just like the MSC's deduct what they pay us in the same way. As long as it's under $600 you don't have to 1099 him, but you can still deduct it. Probably should get a receipt, but I'd deduct it even without one, just make a written notation in your records that you paid it. You'd lose it on an audit, but if you legitimately paid it, I'd deduct it. You could also deduct it as a business gift, since there was no pre-agreement about payment, and keep the ATM receipt as documentation, make a note on the receipt of what it was for.
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I know this is kind of out dated, but if you can put together something from IKEA, or an elaborate puzzle then you can do any standee. Anyone recall those massive Jack the Giant Slayer standees? Rated difficult. First ones ever done. I did three for a total of about 7 hours labor, alone. $40 each. If you put your mind to it you can do them on your own no matter how difficult.
I have done several standee's and imo there have been many that require a partner. Some of them only require a partner for a few steps but need one none the less. The most time consuming one I've ever been involved in was for the Disney movie "Tangled" It took 3 of us experienced installers 6 hours each or 18 "man" hours to complete it. It was 15 ft long and over 10 ft tall
I found the assistant manager at a theater was addicted to putting standees together — the harder and bigger, the better. So I'd text him a heads up and agree on a time before picking up the assignment and heading out there.
The Robin Hood standee was a real bear that needed three people! We took up a whole hallway in the 14 theaterplex and had a party!
The best way is to avoid the jobs that require an assistant. These are usually going to be big jobs that you and a partner will not be paid enough to do! Now if you have good negotiating skills, you might be able to make it work for you if they are desperate to get the standee built, ;-)