Questions tagged [consulting]

Consulting is the practice of providing expert/professional advice on a given topic

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EU freelancer, UK client non-paying and full of it

I started freelancing for a UK client, myself being based in the Czech Republic, about a year ago. I stopped working for them in April, after not having been paid for five months. This is specialized ...
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How do I notify my Client that my Consultancy Agreement is expiring & also I want them to renew it

I am a Consultant to a company whose HR, PD & other people have not notified me that the agreement is expiring in a few days. I want to send an email to the CEO, HR, PD and do the following: ...
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How can I justify my opinion about app release?

I've started a new project with a college classmate. We wanted to develop a mobile app, which we thought wasn't invented yet. Doing some research, we found out that the idea already existed; and it ...
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How to avoid working as an unofficial full-time employee?

I was proposed the following scenario as a freelancing opportunity: Work in their office 40 hours / week, M-F Using their equipment Work on multiple projects, not one ongoing project Following their ...
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advice on consulting with a team

tldr; I was consulting alone and I'm not sure on how to do it with a team. My consulting business (software, independent) in a niche field is going well. Up until now I have winged it, since there is ...
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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance?

I am a Mechanical Engineer, currently employed full-time for a large multinational. I am considering the option of leaving my full-time job to do similar work freelance, for various reasons: mostly ...
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What can I do to earn money, with the fleet of Virtual Private Servers I own?

I own a lot of servers, Virtual Private Servers in specific. Those resources are being wasted. How do I put them to good use to earn a substantial amount of money? Please give me detailed ideas and ...
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can I isssue an invoice to a client, on my future business name, before I register as a sole trader with HMRC?

I am about to start a consulting project and do not yet have a registered business name. I am thinking of registering as a sole trader. can I issue a invoices for my services or they can only be ...
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How do I market myself as a specializing generalist?

I have been a freelancer / IT consultant for the last 20+ years I still have trouble coming up with my brand or specialization. The closest description to what I do is some kind of a generalizing ...
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What/how to price project?

I have a project with a client and I don't know how to put a price on it. I mentioned that we can do either hourly or fixed price project. He said that it would be better to do everything in 2 week ...
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How to learn about MSA, SOW, RFP? (consulting)

I recently started consulting and I was wondering how does one learn how to write a: MSA (master service agreement), SOW (statement of work), RFP (request for proposal), etc. I have a big client ...
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How to determine the price of writing an iOS curriculum

I am working with a client where I will have to write the curriculum for an iOS course. The curriculum will consists of the flow of the iOS course (4-5 weeks) course and also the assignments. The ...
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I grossly under estimated my costs for a job and want to renegotiate compensation. Should I?

I've been self employed providing data collection/analysis services for two years and landed my biggest client, a bank, about two months ago. I agreed to collect, clean and tag 10,000 (public domain) ...
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How much should I pay a previously salaried employee to stay on as a consultant?

I just bought a company yesterday that has been run for the last six years by the owner's sister ("Sue"), whom I would give the title of "Business Manager". It's a small business, but we do government ...
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Consulting contract (Developer) - Indemnification

I was offered to sign a contract for Consultant/Developer position working remotely for company in United Arab Emirates. Contract contains Indemnification paragraph that looks strange to me. Since it'...
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Team based Consulting contracts [closed]

I have been working remote for the same client for nearly 10 years. I was a full-time employee and someone I worked with previously presented me with the opportunity (Primarily C# Stack). Sadly the ...
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How to offer services when organization is looking for an Employee

I am an independent contractor and recently saw a job posting for the same work I do as a contractor. I do not want to be an employee but would like the organization to know that I specialize in that ...
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How can I find an app developer to guide and assist me?

A client has asked me if I can make an app (because a company asked him). He knows I've never made one before. They have a long list of specifications that they want it to do. There's no hurry: I ...
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Should I provide information to the client before proposal is accepted?

So, there is some knowledge you gain from your career and this information is important and valuable because it save the client big money. For example, for OTP verification with a mobile number, ...
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I've started freelance consulting. I want to ask an old colleague to join as a fellow freelance consultant. How?

I've incorporated as a solo freelance consultant. I have 1 client at 20 hours/week. My marketing plan is through content-marketing via a technical blog. I'd like to ask an old coworker to join as a ...
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Who owns the excel template I made? (not legally, ethically)

For the current situation I would like to know if I am morally wrong, not whether I would win in a court room. So it's primarily opinion based, but that's the point: I don't believe I have done ...
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Finding clients and marketing myself

Im a fresh graduate from uni and im trying to enter the freelancing word, however im not sure how.. its such a big community with many experienced people. How can someone such as me face and get ...
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Learning that my first bill will be paid after two months instead of one

I have worked as a freelance for 1 complete month in company XXX (end client in their building). In my contract, it's written that I will get paid 30 days after my bill transmission. I just ...
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How to prepare for freelancing?

I am about to finish my Graduation ( B.Tech - Computer Science) very soon. I do like the idea of working with freedom like freelancing provides. Honestly, I noticed quite a significant difference in ...
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Hourly or daily rate for consulting?

I have started my own consultancy business and have been asked to do two things for a client: Provide assistance around how to manage data in an existing system Provide training around database ...
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How to write technical offer?

I'm a freelancer, recently I got a client for a mobile app, the matter is I don't know how to write a technical offer for the app, can someone help me please ?
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Essential elements on contracts

What kind of essential elements should I ask to have on my contract? I can't afford an actual lawyer right now so I am using online services. I will, of course, have them check it. Anyways, here are ...
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Cost estimation for an e-commerce Web and App development

I want to start an e-commerce, but I don’t have web/app developing background. I took several courses to get me started so I can communicate with developers. I need the web to be done by end of Dec, ...
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Can a consultant be placed in a Director position as a 1099

I have for the past 7 years been employed as a consultant by a non-profit association managing an annual event. Over time I have assisted in marketing the association as a whole and now they would ...
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Getting consulting jobs by submitting CV to company's spontaneous applications page?

It may sound trivial, but maybe it's not. If I'm looking for a job then I look to a company's website open positions page and I send a CV (curriculum vitae). In this case the company would be my ...
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Is it right to charge for work done incorrectly?

We recently hired a consultant to help develop some new features for our website. He did a fantastic job, but we ran into a little issue. One of the features he built out for us only half worked. ...
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What's the best way to follow up on potential work from a client?

I am a web developer and a sales guy. I am confused about how to ask a potential client about moving forward on a project we've discussed, such as if it's been awarded to someone else or it's dumped ...
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Should one still be paid for troubleshooting when nothing was found?

I am looking to quote for a gig to troubleshoot and possibly repair some circuit boards, and this got me thinking: what if I can't find the problem, or the problem isn't there, how should I be ...
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Can I get paid for notice if my fixed term contract is not renewed?

I recently had a major client terminate their Service Level Agreement (SLA) with my company in Canada, and I'm trying to assess what rights as a contractor I have since my fixed term SLA has what ...
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What's the minimum billing period for Guidepoint Global?

As part of a signup as an advisor, Guidepoint Global asks for the hourly rate (Consulting Rate (per hour)), but nowhere is it specified what the minimum billing period is. Google reveals that most of ...
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Demand for jQuery or jQuery UI freelancers? [closed]

I have the following experience: Four years experience in PHP, MySQL and WordPress Proficiency in jQuery and jQuery UI Is there demand for freelancers with experience in jQuery and jQuery UI?
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Charging interest or penalties for late payments in the state of Maryland

This probably varies from state to state. Does anybody who does IT contracting work in Maryland understand the best way to legally put a late payment clause in their contract? Net 15 / Net 30 ? .. ...
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Part Time On Call rate

I've been considering consulting in my field - I have a graduate degree and four years in the field. My experience has been accelerated due to the nature of my career position. I've been approached ...
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If I am working on an hourly project with variable hours per week and I am blocked on a task, should I bill for the time spent blocked?

Background I am a designer with a previous background in software development, and I'm currently working on projects for two clients as well as side projects. Both of the client projects are hourly. ...
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Finder's fee (or percentage) for a 6 months contract

A person I know -- I could call him client or business associate, depending on the project --, who has more seniority than I do, was approached by a big institution looking for a consultatn-programmer ...
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Do I need errors and omissions insurance as a freelance (1099) programmer?

This question is regarding working in the USA. For the past year and a half I've just worked as a contract (1099, a 1099 contract worker is someone who is self-employed and works for another company) ...
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Applying value pricing to consulting services for NGO

How would you apply the value pricing model to an NGO or non-profit? In other words, how would you calculate the value of services based on expected impact on revenue and/or cost, risk, and ...
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What will you do if your site is hacked? [closed]

Did you know most hosting companies do not take backups of your website? What will you do if your site is hacked?
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Client changes contractor halfway through project

I have a client who I've been developing a site for. I've spent about a week on the job; it's a small project. After 1 or 2 iterations the client settled on a design he liked, and so the work began. ...
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Away from hourly work to a prepaid package of hours

I am working with a number of small clients that often request small changes, once every 2-4 months at least, and the constant task-switching of working 1 hour for this client and 2 hours for that ...
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Is it reasonable for a client to expect automated test scripts as project deliverables?

Our company is currently halfway through a software project with a consulting firm. As someone who will be taking ownership of the project after the consultants finish, is it reasonable for our ...
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Pay consultancy invoices via Bitcoin?

It is usual / possible that a consultancy contract contains hourly rate in Bitcoin unit and not in EUR or USD? And so payer will pay via Bitcoin and not via regular bank transfer?
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Taxation and salary for a sole proprietorship in Canada

I've started a business doing IT consulting, and I am the sole proprietor of that business. I charge HST for each invoice. I went to an accountancy to calculate my business tax for the past month. ...
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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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How tightly to guard pricing

I do custom computer programming for businesses and I usually end up working very closely with my client's IT director. Often my proposals all go through the IT director. I have a new client whose ...