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Questions concerning contracts between a freelancer, agent and a client.

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Transfer Wordpress website to client that stops

I developed a Wordpress website for a client. I also bought a Wordpress Theme (on Envato) and activitated its license to get the latest theme/plugin updates. What if a client stops with my services? ...
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Doing contract work for a foreign client

I'm a US contractor that typically does software development work for companies here in the United States. I was recently contacted by a foreign client who wants some software written. Typically I ...
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Can client demand a refund for software that fails specifications?

I delivered software which failed to meet the client's specifications. I followed 90% of the specs, but not 100%. Client is asking for a partial refund, for the features which were not delivered. He ...
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How to price speculative enquiries

Hello I have a small business that makes bespoke products for a very niche market. My expertise is broadly in making/coding. I get a lot of inquiries from people who want me to realise a particular ...
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Is there any service to outsource reading job offers I get and negotiating with potential employers?

I have been looking for something like that but I couldn't find anything. Below are details of what I am looking for and what I have tried so far. This question is not a duplicate of Finding talent ...
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How would a contract look like for allowing developers to reuse source code in other projects?

Say you get hired to build a company some software. The company wants the source code, but it is OK with you reusing the source code in your other projects. What kind of terms should be included in ...
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Can/Should I provide engineering services with a PO and no contract?

I have been hired by a client with a PO but no contract. Do I need to put a contract together to protect myself as an engineer?
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Freelancers, do you have any advice when clients cancel the project?

I joined a website design project for a client. I asked him to deposit 50% of the project's money. I sent draft designs; they were almost complete. Suddenly, the client said he met a financial ...
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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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How to combine the general advantages of “work for hire” and retain my right for reuse the code?

I'm an independent software consultant and I want to create a framework that lets me solve a wide variety of problems in a niche area. The purpose of the framework is to have existing building blocks ...
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How to formulate contract for component to be paid on a “per product sold” basis

I am planning to develop a part of a software running on a hardware+software product. The idea is to be paid about 10% of every item sold on a free contract basis (no corporation creation). I would ...
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Non-billable hours if you're expected on a bench with unclear timelines

Somewhat related to 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?, but if you have a corp-to-corp client that ...
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Hiring Contractors for Lead Generation

I want to hire a few contractors to help get leads for my business. I am planning on paying the contractors commission only. (i.e. I get $X in sales from there referral and they get a fixed % of $X.)...
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When hiring freelancers, do I give them contracts?

As a startup that isn't a company yet and still starting out. Do I need contracts to sign up freelancers? This is for digital projects and haven't seen need to start a company yet without revenues.
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Project which has potential and is important to me but going to fail because of budget

TL;DR I'm working on a software project. The whole thing took a while because both parties were somehow unexperienced but now some milestones are finished. The customer is statisfied and wants to go ...
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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

I learned a valuable lesson today the hard way. I know what to do in the future, but for right now, I want to know what my options are for collecting payment, and maybe some advice on how not to get ...
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What is a good way to handle correction loops and clients which delay or deny project acceptance in fixed-price projects?

As I have been into business for a long time now I know that this is one of a real freelance nightmare (maybe also for companies, but especially for freelancers). It can be even worse in case that ...
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Should I give my customer a chance to make a counter offer?

I'm currently working as a freelance software developer during 2 days a week (long term) for a customer close to my home. A few months ago I told them that 2 days is not enough for me and I'll be ...
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Calculating 1099 hourly rate based on a w2

I've been on a w2 pretty much forever, but am negotiating with a company that wants me to work on a contract-to-hire 1099 basis. Is there a straightforward way to calculate what my 1099 hourly rate ...
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How the ideas are protected on freelance world?

I'm new to hiring freelancers for work. I'm having few ideas but I'm not sure what are methods/mechanisms available in freelance world to protect my ideas. What is preventing a freelancer to listen ...
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What is the best way to promote yourself as a specialist in a specific field?

My questions are for freelancers that have active twitter, blog or any other social platform that gives them good clients. Does it worth to have an active twitter account, or constantly writing to ...
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Is it ethical to close a project where there is no output without any pay

I wanted to get some processing work done so I hired a freelancer for the same Before the contract started, I clearly mentioned 8 key things I want the code to do. I deposited the contract amount in ...
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What to do once the project goes live?

I'm looking for advice on the best way to service my client once their project goes live while avoiding any potential pitfalls. The product is a custom software solution that is cloud hosted. During ...
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How do I tell a client that our contract isn't being upheld?

Back in March a friend of mine reached out to me for graphic design work for a crowdfunded project him and a small team were working on. Because I had worked with him in the past on some projects I ...
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Convince client not to want my software

I'm the primary author of an open-source software program. I was contacted by a client who wished to contract me to add a (major) feature to the program so that it could be used in their company's ...
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What to do If I suggested and implemented wrong infrastructure for a client

I'm an IT freelancer in Italy, with experience in software development, web design and recently system administration. Around three months ago I got a new client to work for and signed contract to ...
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Do all clients requests, some off them or none at all?

Let me start off by saying I made a lot of mistakes on my end taking on a project. Now I am in a position where I have a software development project that is a bit of a nightmare and suffering from ...
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How to specify a “deliverables after payment” clause?

I am keen to avoid situations (as I have had in the past) where I hand over source code, and am not paid until significantly later. I'm perfectly happy to demonstrate that the work has been done, but ...
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How to Push Back on Client Overstepping Contract?

This is a contracted job to cover a maternity leave. The contract states 30 hours a week maximum at at a certain rate, anything over would be actually a lesser hourly rate, and even so, they will ...
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How much detail do you provide a client wanting to improve an existing site?

My friend and I recently went into freelancing a few months ago. We've had a couple of clients we completed projects for so far, all of which for people who did not have a site. Recently we had a ...
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Weekly pricing, help with structure of deal

I'm trying to structure a deal for my consultancy and would like the opinion of others about whether the following is a standard approach: I'm thinking of doing billing weekly with bi-weekly ...
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Exclusivity of work

If the client owns the code and IP for the work I'm doing for them, does this automatically grant them an exclusive license? Can I resell the solution or part of it to other clients?
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How to estimate as self-employed for gov't contract?

I am a new start-up, I am self-employed (working as an sole proprietor, LLC), for a government agency and they are wanting to give $X for my services of software. I need to figure out how much that ...
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I did some freelance work for someone who is a sole proprietor, how do I report on my taxes?

So, I recently finished a job with a friend who runs a business through his Sole Proprietorship (sp), and the sp is in his name (we both live in Pennsylvania). The job cost $6000 total, which we split ...
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Being safe as a client

The title may not be the best thing to describe my question and I apologize for that I am a client with a project that is basically a private social network, the project is aimed at a certain family ...
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Contract-to-hire with no end date

I have been working a supposedly 6-month Contract-to-Hire C2H position on W2 for an agency for about 8 months now. Coming into the position having previously been a full-time permanent position with a ...
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Client has my signed copy of contract but they haven’t signed yet

A client who I’ve worked with before sent me a work contract. I signed it and returned it to them expecting them to return it signed immediately. However it’s been almost two weeks and they haven’t ...
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Can I sue my client for not paying?

So, I got a client through Freelancer about a year and a half ago who was not willing to pay me on the site because he said he had an accountant and company process that didn't allow that, but he was ...
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Site created for agency…can I show it in my portfolio?

Previously my agency have created few websites for a marketing agency. They put their site link on these sites: "Site by " Can we put these sites created, in my agency portfolio? There is no NDA ...
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Can you perform/receive freelance work anonymously?

I would like to start doing and receiving freelance work, however I don't want to give my name away to random people. Obviously I don't want to compromise on the legal front, either. Is there a way ...
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How do I charge for project management?

I run a design small business and I have to take on an creative resource to handle an increased workload from one of my clients. How do I calculate my project management fee? I estimate I will spend ...
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Can a software development contract have a minimum term stipulation?

Can a software development contract have a minimum term stipulation? Say, can a 'minimum' one year term after, say, one month of acceptable work be included in the contract? I'm interested to hear ...
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How to charge complex development environment as a freelancer?

A project manager (client owner) hired me to work on his project w/o a signed contract. I gave him a quote about certains tasks. I started working on the project and it turns out the environment (...
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An unusual request

I have been in contact with a prospect that is asking an unusual request. We started communicating through text and email, and after I gave him an estimate he accepted which was great. But before ...
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Maintenance contract as a Full-Stack developer with big company

I know the question have been debated here, but I didn't quite find a lot of informations about developement (most was about CMS aka WordPress, Drupal) So I did a mission of about 3 months with a big ...
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Client refusing to pay, threatening to involve lawyer

After working on a freelance Graphic Design project in New York for an individual wanting to start a magazine I had to return back to the UK for visa reasons. I did not manage to complete the project ...
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Agreeing a cost before sending a proposal + contract

Is it acceptable to agree a quote first before going to the effort of typing up a proposal and sending a contract? I often find myself typing up a proposal only to end up losing out on the work to a ...
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Leaving my best longterm freelance client for a Job offer, what's the best way to end this?

I'm a full stack software engineer who have been freelancing for a client for 2 years, it turned to a remote job but we never agreed on any contract she just keep sending tasks and I do them and bill ...
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Best alternative to get revenue from a mobile application

An acquaintance has asked me to create a Mobile Application for his business. There are two alternatives to get revenue from the application. Get paid one time OR Get a certain percentage of ...
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Should I add in the contract that all communication hours are billable hours?

Should I add in the contract that all communication hours (emails, answering questions) are billable hours? Is this standard?