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

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What is fair compensation for handing my freelance contracts to my new employer?

I am changing from freelance software development to working in a small new consulting group. As part of the transition I may be moving my freelance work (for one client) under the umbrella of this ...
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How to get Fiverr jobs at the beginning

I have been using Fiverr for one month, but I did not make lots of orders up to now. I think I should improve my gig with some attractive way for the users, so what are the key things that can be used ...
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Another client wants to buy a challenging work I did for one client

Sometime ago, I did a challenging project for a client as a freelancer, and he uses my work as core of the software he sells. Basically my work is the main feature of that software, and he just ship ...
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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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Expectations for system support

Im based in the UK and a couple of years ago I agreed to write a small application for a local company. As it was supposed to be a quick small thing, we didnt have a formal contract in place (big ...
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How to Respond To Casual Agreement

This is part of a conversation from a help forum Asker: Anyone got any idea how I should approach this challenge? Responder: This is quite complex but I should be able to solve the problem. I’ll ...
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How can I secure my payment with remote work client?

I am planning to work with a remote client. The only way to communicate with my client is by a phone call or message. In order to secure my payment term, I am thinking of creating a contract which ...
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Signed contract to complete work that I can no longer provide

I signed a contract to produce technical training content and videos at a time when I was available to complete it. I have about 10% of the work completed. Due to circumstances that I cannot ...
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Firing a client due to difficult ongoing work relationship

I have a Web & graphic design client that I've been working with since July of this year. Initially, the project was supposed to be completed, and launched, in full at the end of September. The ...
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Freelance working for a company - what should my contract include?

I started working for a media company as freelance production manager/video editor two months ago, and I just received a contract that doesn't explain anything but the pay I will earn per hour. The ...
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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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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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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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How to request digital signing of contracts

In cases where a physical meeting isn't possible and all client communication is done through email and phone, how can we request the client signs contracts? Sending physical copies through the post ...
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Setting Rates - What ratio should I use for my Hourly : Daily rates?

In Brief: I have a short-term, part-time software consulting contract (200-300hrs over 2-3months) for which the client has specified hourly and daily rates. What is a typical ratio between hourly : ...
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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 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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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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Is an agreement by email reply enough to act as a signature in a legal contract?

I am about to start a contract with a remote client and want to start quickly. Rather than sending a signed contract by "snail mail" for them to sign and return, would it be enough to email the ...
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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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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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Acceptable terms for sales contract where I'm the sole developer

I occasionally have offers from people to help me get contracts. In return, they want to be paid a commission or a certain percent of the net profits. I have always had a hard time trying to figure ...
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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 much payment should be required up front?

When accepting a job and negotiating a price, how much of this should be required up front before starting the work, especially when you haven't dealt with the client before? Should it be a flat ...
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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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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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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 can I calculate the estimation cost of my developed software?

I have developed a Windows based application in Visual studio C# and MS access. The client is asking me the estimated cost of software. How can I calculate it, as I have never done it before? The ...
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What guarantees do employers/freelancers needs to take for big projects?

If you plan to be involved in a project that is relatively big, costs a large amount of money, and extends for over a month, what kind of guarantees and planning ahead do you need to do to protect ...
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How to back out of a freelance project that has gotten too big?

Last August I took on re-doing an e-commerce website. At first she only wanted a re-design, but it ended up being completely redone. Since I'm a student, I didn't charge her a whole lot for it, but we'...
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Dealing with “friend” who won't pay after delivery despite signed contracts

I need help dealing with this situation. I have a (person who claims to be my) "friend" who did not pay upon completion and delivery of project, despite a signed contract last May. The project was ...
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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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Including cost of materials in quote

My colleague and I were hired as freelancers by a small company to build their company website. The website included Home, About, Products, Services, and Contact pages. When our client asked us about ...
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At what point is it no longer a “Free Change”

I am a freelance web developer. I have built many different websites for all sorts of people. Once my client signs off on a project as complete I am still willing to offer little updates and things. ...
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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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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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Should I ask every client to sign a contract?

Should I ask every client to sign a contract? In other words, does it show professionalism or does it turn people off? Should I ask for a contract if the job is a certain length or certain ...
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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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Sending a bill without delivering a product

I got a question about sending a bill, without actually delivering a product. I have made a complete new website for a client and it is almost ready, but now the client is very busy with a fusion of ...
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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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When is it a good idea to start considering an LLC or incorporation?

I've done freelance work as an independent contractor for years, which works well-enough for sporadic freelance work. But as I get more gigs and an established portfolio, are there benefits to forming ...
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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 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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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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On a long contract, when is it ok to ask for a raise?

I started working at my current position nearly 6 months ago, and am paid per-hour, per-project at a flat rate. It was originally going to be a 3-month contract-to-hire, but the company lost a major ...