Questions tagged [contracts]

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

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Client wants to pay a percentage of revenue generated by website

I recently came in contact with one of my Dad's friends who is looking for a website. This guy gave my Dad a job when we first moved to California and has been a really good "family friend" ever since....
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Where can I find good contract templates?

When a new freelancer works with a small client, neither party may have experience with contracts. This community wiki provides starting points they can use to think through the issues that should be ...
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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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When is it ok to ask a client for more money?

I am pretty good at estimating my time on a project. For this question, let's say it is for a simple WordPress website with a custom theme development. I have quoted and set my contract with my ...
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Project based freelance project requiring multiple unexpected “redos” from client

I've got a project based contract to build a software app. The planned contract initially stated an aggressive 8 week release plan, and it was stated that the designs and API were at or near ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an mobile app?

I know that there are other similar topics but I want to ask differently and I hope you answer differently too. I developed some apps and I have some experience. I created some apps as freelancer for ...
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Bad rating has decreased my chances of getting work - How can I recover from bad feedback?

I been in freelancing for like 2-3 years now, and earning my bread and butter via freelancing on sites like oDesk etc. Mainly I use oDesk as I had many projects and ratings too. But now, I have hit a ...
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How do I estimate the cost of building an Android app?

I am new to Android development. I have developed an app in Play Store and then I got approached by a client in Facebook to build a translation of a religious word as an app. He said he will give me $...
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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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Should I use a written contract when working for small businesses?

I’m working mostly for small businesses and I’ve never used a written contract. No client has asked about it yet. The only paper involved is my offer and invoice. When I started my freelancing, I ...
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How do freelance web developers approach security and liability?

Liability How can clients expect small teams and individuals to be liable for a security breach when the news is filled with governments/corporations with huge ITSec budgets getting hacked? We're ...
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Retainer Agreements

I am a developer / designer, and I'm interested in establishing a retainer position. How do you structure a retainer arrangement? Is a flat monthly rate preferred? A client will likely want to know ...
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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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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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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

A client of mine is thinking to hire me full-time for a 1-year project and told me to let him know about the costs. Now, we all know that I cannot calculate my price as "my freelancer hourly price" *...
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Do I risk anything if I shut down a product that hasn't been paid?

I have been working on a "big" advertising website for a known company in my country. The job wasn't much paid but interested so I did it. I also worked lot of overtime to build everything they needed,...
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What's the best way to 'sack' a customer

Bearing in mind the saying that 5% of your customers cause 95% of your hassles... I've identified my 5%, i.e. one customer who really annoys me on a regular basis. So what's the best way to 'sack' ...
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Client threatening legal action constantly

I have a client who is constantly threatening legal action against me even though I don't think I have done much wrong. I have done EVERYTHING I possibly can to keep the client happy, but it is never ...
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Contractor going Full time - what do I do with my incorporation?

I live in Canada and for the last 2 years I was doing contract development under a federally incorporated business. But now I am full time and wondering what I need to do with my incorporation. I ...
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Monthly Fee vs. One-Time Payment for a Large Project with Difficult Client

PROBLEM: A client of mine has asked me to prepare a quote for a rather large project that will take several months to complete. I've worked with this client on multiple projects in the past, and I ...
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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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Client refusing to pay

I recently did some web design samples for a client. The client was looking for an e-commerce website and wanted to see samples of what I intended to make the site look like. They were very adamant on ...
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Who own the “copyright” or intellectual property for the code you have written?

Assuming it has not been exclusively spelled out in the client contract, do the software developer own the rights to the code that he has written for the client? Can he reuse the code in other ...
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How can I write a contract based on intellectual property?

I am contemplating an offer for the design and development of some themes for a CMS. The payment option is reimbursement based on the sale with a commission after the reimbursement for time spent in ...
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What are the pro and cons of working directly with a client versus through a consulting agency? [closed]

Never have done any consulting or freelancing work I'm curious what the advantages and disadvantages are. Obviously a consulting company takes a cut on your pay check and may provide some business ...
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What to look for in an overseas equity agreement

I am a US web designer currently negotiating a project with a Chilean company that would pay in equity. I have never worked with anyone outside of the US, nor have I worked for equity, so my question ...
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Is it common to demand deposit/retainer to avoid payment disputes?

I am in a position where I am negotiating the terms of a contract with a client overseas. They agreed to biweekly (every two weeks, twice a month) invoicing and payment via direct deposit into my ...
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Must the customer mention the existence of my own company to the final customer?

I'm working as a freelance for 5 months. I signed a contract between my own company and a headhunter; this contract dealing with my mission to the final customer. So there's also a contract ...
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How do repairmen bill for time and money spent on something only then to find out it's un-fixable?

Diagnosing a washing machine I thought it was the belt\idler pulley. They were purchased and installed but did not solve the problem. I have come to understand that it may be the drum bushing, clutch, ...
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Do contract role recruiters generally work on an open percentage basis?

I'm looking at IT contracting roles at present, based on a day rate, for a set duration, usually between 3 to 12 months. At least here in the UK, these roles are only available through recruitment ...
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Unexpected additional work

I have a client that asked me to write code for them. Specifically (from the contract): The Client is hiring the Developer to do the following: Point a form to send a user entered text field to ...