Questions tagged [contracts]

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

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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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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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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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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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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 can I mitigate not being part of a big team?

Freelancing has its advantages - don't get me wrong; however, many people want to be reassured that they are dealing with a big company. Since I can't possibly provide this, how can I mitigate these ...
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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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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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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 to estimate the hourly rate for senior developer?

I'm considering looking for contractor jobs (in Western Europe). I have the experience of senior developer (Java) so I'm confident of the high quality of value added I can provide to the client. But I'...
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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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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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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 ...
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How to not burn bridges when turning down a contract

I've got two offers on at present, and I certainly don't have time for both. How can I turn down the second one without ruining my chance to work with them in the future, should the opportunity arise?...
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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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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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Contributing back to open source projects you've used and improved on the job?

Update: Sept, 2 The answers of @mysterycommand and @Hiroto gave some good insight and prompted me to be more clear. I've rephrased my question with explicit details; the intent is the same, hopefully ...
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Who owns the result of my contracted work?

I am currently working for a company on a contract-to-hire (eventually) plan. Apart from tax forms, I never signed an official contract. Do I maintain all rights to my work? I am by no means planning ...
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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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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 determine which type of contract to use?

I have seen multiple types of contracts: Independent Contractor Agreement Master Services Agreement Statement Of Work Verbal Agreement Are any/all of these types of contracts applicable for ...
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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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Should bug fixing of a finished project be free?

Lets say I finished an app recently - was hired to develop it. By the end the client tested features, paid me and the development was over. The question: what to do with the bugs which can appear ...
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I.T home support - protecting myself

I'm looking to get some extra work and start my own I.T support business for home users only. Examples of work: - Working on computers in front of the client - Clients drop off computers, I fix them, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Formalities and steps when getting from an initial contact to a contract (and templates of documents used during these steps)

I have actually been looking for information on how to do consulting work (software development) as a small business. In this case I would be the sole owner of a company (or a sole proprietor). What ...
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Freelance Web Developer Stationary for Estimates, Proposals, Contracts

I'm about to start my freelance web development/design business, as a sole trader. My website is set up, and ranking well, and I've already received quite a few requests for estimates/quotes on a ...
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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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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 should I handle contract cancellation fees?

If my client decides to discontinue a project that I am working on part-way through, or wishes to cancel work, how much should I say my client has to pay?
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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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EU-citizen working as contractor in Switzerland?

If I'm an EU-citizen and want to work in Switzerland as contractor, what should I do, if I have company registered in EU? Can I work in Switzerland as contractor and invoice my client company as EU-...
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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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Am I charging my client too much for my SLA - Service level agreement?

So I have secured a project worth 6 figures for an employee management system that will manage his employees for 4 of his companies. This employee management system will integrate a biometric hardware ...
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Should I charge a client who does not come to a code help appointment?

I agreed to help a new client refactor a piece of code. This is a simple task that should not take more than a couple of hours. He agreed to pay me my hourly rate. He didn't come to the meeting, ...
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Asking Clients to pay Advance Payment?

I am a freelance Android Developer in India. Normally I get local clients, from India only. When I talk about the payment, I ask all my clients to make 50% payment before initiating the project, ...
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How much cost can be charged for an hour in web development.?

I am a freelance web developer in India, charging between 250 and 300 rupees/hour for domestic clients. Now I have discussions ongoing regarding certain projects in the Middle East. How much can I ...
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Formality of contracts

I'm currently taking on one or two odd jobs, but without formal contracts. While these two in particular won't likely require contracts, I still would like to present one. Is there a particular ...
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Telling a client they won't have priority

Is it appropriate to warn a client that they will no longer have top priority because they have not renewed a retainer in a timely fashion?
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Is it unreasonable to withhold completed work if a contract hasn't been signed?

I'm doing a small bit of work for a client. I sent a written estimate and a written contract for both parties to sign; both were agreed to verbally, but I haven't received a signed copy of my contract ...
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The Freelance Lifestyle: How to manage travel, overtime, and family

I have been working on a contract for around 6 months now. I telecommute from my home office, and am very settled with a wife and kids. I constantly am looking for new work, and often hear of ...
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Evaluating short term contracts and pay rate

When considering freelance opportunities I've always considered that for shorter contract terms, a higher rate should be charged, and for longer terms up to an indefinite full time commitment (ie, a ...
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How to handle prospective clients asking for a meet up?

I am in this situation where people inquire about my web development services asking for a meeting. The problem is they are not giving giving any details on work needed and their budget. I receive ...
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Should client requirements be included in a contract?

A contract between a client and a freelancer is very important, and it covers things such as boundaries, your pay (hourly or set amount), cancellation terms and limits (hours, deadlines, etc). Should ...
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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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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 ...