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Questions tagged [business-plan]

A list of overarching goals for a company, along with an outline of how the company plans to accomplish those goals.

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Planning to open a print shop/graphic design studio

Hello fellow designers, I'm a new freelancer, but I am also thinking to open up a graphic design studio and print shop. Currently, I only have one recurring client and I'm struggling to find ...
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Viability of a plan to get experience and to grow portfolio

I am a young iOS programmer with a good amount of experience. I have been doing iOS programming for five or six years I have a couple finished apps on the App Store that are very aesthetic and that I ...
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How to ask for increase the budget for a freelancing project

I have agreed to work complete the mobile App project. The client had spoken to me expressing the idea of the App. to give some Technical structure for their idea had designed supporting Database ...
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Does the success of a website depend not only on the number of visits but on the target population too?

I think of building a website (may be with an android app too) that has games for kids (to train the brain, memory, attention ...etc). In case all goes well, how would the economic model be? I don't ...
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Freelance Business Plan

I plan on working as a Freelance developer. But here in the UAE, one has to acquire a Freelance license. For this to be granted, you have to submit a business plan. The question is, how should a ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

In short words: I am a web designer / developer (front end and back end). I do that proficiently since more than 10 years, and I am appreciated and good skilled in designing and programming. I work ...
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Business plan for developers

I hope this is the right piace to ask my question. I'm an electronic developer with knowledge in hardware, firmware and a bit of software. Ten years ago I began my own freelance activity. I never ...
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Can a given USPS address be eligible for CoA?

I have had experience in the past that working for a big company, where after using company's address for some personal mail, I was not able to do a change-of-address with USPS to ensure that I'd get ...
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Offering equity instead of pay — yes or no?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I was wondering if it is a fair exchange to offer equity instead of payment for services in business. For example, "John" signs a contract stating ...
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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?

I'm a one-man shop. Have a few separate computer systems: Primary desktop workhorse where 90% of my work is completed. Laptop, capable of some work (apps installed), but in general used for ...
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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?

How important is it to be a nice guy to my clients? Specifically, I'm wondering if I need to make efforts outside my work responsibility. The other option is getting the work done and leaving. The ...
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Making a product that sells without a hassle

I'm planning to make an electronic toy for kids. I was wondering if I'm allowed to sell it if I decide to mass produce. I'm guessing electronics goes under some kind of safety license. The voltage ...
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Shares in the business

A close friend has decided to hire me to do some web developing work. In addition, if (when?) the project is successful, he is interested to have me onboard as a business partner overlooking the ...
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What do I have to do as a freelancer to make sure my work is legal? [closed]

I am a freelancer who works in a variety of different fields doing odd jobs for multiple people, usually weekly. Right now I make about $50 a week, however, I have been considering contacting more ...
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is NDA valid just because you signed it and had no further work

i got in touch with a person last year regarding one of his projects, and he wanted me to start working after we sign the NDA, and so i did as he seemed very assuring about the project and all. but we ...
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Next skills to learn?

I'm an engineer looking to future-proof my earning potential and open up some freelancing opportunities. My degree is in electrical engineering, but most of my professional experience involves working ...
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A specific case of not knowing how much I'm worth? [closed]

I'm a web developer. I'm 19 years old. I've been working for a year as a contractor doing full-stack development for...$12. Yes. $12 an hour. I decided to take my destiny into my own hands and start a ...
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Could I theoretically make money by creating software Linux distro needs? [closed]

I have an idea to listen to what the Linux community needs and to create some simple applications for it. Basically, I would start off with one of the most popular Linux distros at the moment, and ...
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Next level of freelancing and growth

I have been doing freelancing as a developer for last 6 years. Initially I started while I was on job but now I am doing full time freelancing. There was a time when I was getting more work than I ...
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Which country is the best to incorporate business for a freelance developer?

Most of my clients located in USA, however I have ability to open business in Europe, Asia or USA. Which country is the best in terms of taxation? Thanks,
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How to look for new business / clients [duplicate]

I am new to the freelancing and need some pointers about how to search for new business or clients. My area of expertise are in Web Application Development both Client and server side which includes ...
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How to wisely spend money on improving my freelance business to result in a steady stream of income?

I want to spend some part of my monthly freelance income in a smart way to promote my services, build a stronger personal brand and do other things that will help me in finding higher-profile clients, ...
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What legal benefits are there to working as a sole proprietor vs. a freelancer?

I do not have employees, but I may hire independent contractors in the future. I am currently working as a freelancer. but I am contemplating becoming a sole proprietor. It's really cheap, so I figure ...
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When hiring my first employee, what should be my main “HR” concerns?

I've been a solopreneur for a number of years now, and when my son was old enough, I got him involved in helping with my business. But he is off to college soon and I will need to hire a replacement ...
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Company stability

I am the owner of a small company, self-employed and working with freelancers every now and then. Working in a high-tech area (IT), selling a software packet and delivering development services. I ...
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Freelancer: Business Entity or Individual?

I am a freelancer front-end web developer based in India. I have worked with clients in Canada, US and India. I have been freelancing full-time since the past three months and the projects are getting ...
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Hiring another freelancer for help

I'm starting to run into a small situation. I am a freelance web developer to build websites, build web applications and fix mistakes of past projects. I make pretty good money now doing this, but I ...
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Lack of Sleeping for Projects

This is my habit issue, which a lot of my technology friends say is a bad idea: For me to finish a small project, that takes me about a week, I do not sleep for up to three days to get it done as ...
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Are there any disadvantages of taking work based on a retainer?

I normally just charge an hourly rate of time and materials. A potential client has asked to perform work on a retainer basis. I'm slightly concerned that since my business is mostly based cash upon ...
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How to effectively gain constant income [closed]

this is my first time posting in here, so please let me know if this kind of question is inappropriate. I will be an IT graduate this coming April, and wanted to be a programmer since I entered ...
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Seeking advice on web design startup

Can anyone with experience in running a start-up software/web design business give me a few solid recommendations on how your general client experience works? I'm interested in what sort of ...
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Choosing the right partners

I've started an initiative with two of my co-workers a year ago. We kicked off great but after a couple of months, they both started to skip work with no reason. I don't want to throw away our 3-4 ...
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How to build passive income instead of just selling work hours?

As freelancers we mostly sell work hours. The income is directly affected by the amount of work we put in. Is there a better business model? Something that will gradually grow into a stable passive ...
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How can I improve my Research & Analysis process for my future projects as a Web Developer?

Briefing: I'm a freelance web developer and I charge by the hour. I realized that my previous Research & Analysis process was very inefficient and I'm looking to improve that to save more time ...
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How can I organize my payment procedures to assure that I'm getting paid without excessive pressure on the client?

Briefing: I recently decided to get serious about establishing my freelance web development business and one of my biggest issues thus far is with the payment procedures. In the past, I used to ...
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Freelance Consulting while Employed

What options do IT consultants have if they're interested in expanding their skillset with engagements outside of their corporate employer? I'm interested in the fast-paced lifestyle of freelance ...
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Writing my first business plan. How do I know what to put in the pro forma balance sheets and financial targets?

I am writing my first business plan. I have gotten through the marketing and operations sections but now I am into the financial section and feel a bit lost. I haven't really gotten my business ...
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How do I write a good business plan? [closed]

There are several benefits to writing a business plan, but as someone who never wrote one up, I would like to know, for a small, one man business: How should I approach writing one? What should it ...
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Do I need a formal business plan to run a successful freelance business?

In the UK, HMRC have created some tests to determine whether you are in business of your own account, one of which is that you have a business plan that gets updated regularly. Initially in response ...