The owner/partners of ModusVarious are a bunch of roommates that are all involved to some extent in web and computer technologies. ModusVarious is our vehicle to market our services, and those of our friends and associates (affiliates).
Some of the services that we can provide are system administration, computer repair, web design, perl scripting, Excel VBA, and small database design and maintenance.
Because we're here, and ready to work! ModusVarious affiliates have a broad variety of skills to offer, and don't have a big fancy office and bureaucracy to wade through to get your work done! Look through the resumes and skill lists, and if you see something you need, give them a call. Make your own arrangements with that person for hours and payment.
<Shudder!> No. We are simply a services consortium, with individual affiliates making their own agreements and working for themselves! We eventually may offer office services, but not yet. MV affiliates are free to work through other agencies as they wish. We simply provide a single location for them to post their qualifications and services offered.
Right now, an umbrella name and a small web presence and/or link. Eventually, we hope that affiliates will be able to purchase small business office services from us on an a la carte basis, but that's a long way off.
Currently, nothing. IF we ever get to the point where we are offering real, tangible services that cost us money, THEN you would pay for whatever services you were signed up to use.
Ethical business practices, judged (possibly somewhat arbitrarily) by the owner/partners of ModusVarious. We want the name and reputation of the company to be unimpeachable, and we will do our best to insure that it stays that way.
Right now, no. Your business is your business, and other than web linkages, we do not provide any financial, advertising, or legal services. We encourage you to advertise and promote your services independantly, and refer your clients to other ModusVarious affiliates for things that you can't provide for them.
No. You are strictly 1099, and you handle your own billing and collection. If you have doubts about a company's willingness to pay (or pay promptly), you might want to work with a more traditional contract house as well.
We make money??? Seriously, right now ModusVarious exists to act as an ad-hoc advertising vehicle for small consultancies to "group" their services in one convenient location. Eventually, we would like to be able to provide a "business framework" for small consultants so that they would not have the burden of providing everything up front.
Services that we *want* to include would be answering service, a referral database, and e-commerce/credit card processing. Currently this is strictly a bootstrap operation, but inquiries from VCs wouldn't be taken amiss.