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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?
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How to grant a license to others to use your app

To my understanding, a person must always have a license to use an app. If I get a contract to build a small, simple app, must I still explicitly give a license or is it implied when I send the ...
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Should I accept “work for hire” terms?

I read in a lot of posts online that "work for hire" is considered a bad thing from the freelancer's perspective (software developer). I'm an independent contractor for a US company in California. ...
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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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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 ...
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What are simple ways to have a remote client endorse an agreement?

I have quite simple contract terms so far. I don't expect that any legal actions are possible (the money is not that big and we're always around the globe). It's more for the client to be aware what ...
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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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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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Making promises in a proposal for something that might not be possible

I met with a client recently in order to gather her requirements for a project. All sounds quite do-able... except for one request with regards to doubling the lengths of user visits on her website. ...
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Possible to challenge contractual invoice time limit?

I recently did a job for a large organization. The job was not a long-term one, so the terms were that I would complete the work and then submit my invoice after completion of work. I was fine with ...
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Code ownership in web dev subcontracting

I've been working with an agency to develop a web site for their client. I had a contract with the agency, not the end client. I was unfortunately off my guard on this one and the contract didn't ...
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Am I shooting myself in the foot with a 99% availability SLA?

I'm a web developer, and I charge my clients "hosting and maintenance" fees. This covers my raw hosting costs, but it also includes overhead for server maintenance and handling the occasional "...
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App Dev contract does not guarantee app store approval

Am a freelance app developer. Should my contracts include a clause to protect me from guaranteeing that the apps I build for clients will be approved? As long as I for client specs, I shouldn't be ...
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Can't satisfy client's need in fixed-bid project

I have been hired as a freelancer to build a video splitting utility that's supposed to split video clips at certain points as indicated by the user. I am using ffmpeg as a library and it produces ...
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Determining fixed price app dev contract before or after review of specs

I have a potential client who has sent me the functional spec for their app idea. The spec is a PPT, which does a pretty good job at specifying the features, design and flow of information within the ...
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Signed Contract Unpaid Client just won pitch product @ Major TV Show

I have an unpaid signed contract from last year that still bothers me a bit. I recently found out that this person has won a contest to pitch the product on TV. As I understand, financially, the ...
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Does remote working for a US Company qualify you for a SSN?

I worked for a few months as a contractor (from India) for a US company. I was located in India the entire time. While applying for a regular job in India, the Indian company is asking for my US ...
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Freelance contract for international clients

I've recently picked up a client in Australia, while I am US based. When outlining the work to be done and setting up the contract, is there any differences that need to be made? Will the contract be ...
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Should I keep my IC wages the same even though I have a salaried job?

United States Software Designer/Dev Scenario: I have a salary job, lets say 100K a year, and I now also have opportunities to work for other companies as an independent contractor in addition to that....
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How to work faster without earning less?

As long as it's not detrimental to the quality of the final product, I believe all freelancers should be able to deliver projects as fast as they like. Having said that, I find myself earning less ...
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What to include in contract to identify the end of work?

This is my first time making a website for someone else who will be paying me. I am writing a contract to have him sign but am stuck on one part. The question is so simple I have trouble phrasing it: ...
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What should be included in a contract?

I'm new at this and making a simple website for a person. It will mostly be HTML and CSS (no fancy scripts). I'm considering having him sign a contract. What exactly should be included in a contract? ...
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How to deal with non-respect of payment-terms?

I'm working as a Freelance for 2 months (4 months remaining). The contract between my headhunter and me mentions 3 entities: My own company Headhunter's company End client's company I just learnt ...
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I'm okay to take equity but no written agreement?

Someone that I met recently offered me an equity-only position for a non-existing business (only ideas, nothing started), and I accepted that. However, the business person insisted we wouldn't have ...
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Can you still charge a person money if you used a trial version of a software?

I am brand new at this. I'm making a person a website and I'm currently prototyping. I'm planning on using Balsamiq and have installed their free trial. I red through the licence agreement to the best ...
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When is a job too small for meetings?

As a graphic designer, not all of the jobs I take on are that big. A lot of the time it may just be a couple days work. But I find a lot of clients want to meet up to discuss the project in detail. I'...
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Copyright - Teaching propietary framework for customer who has the licence

Framework (x) is under propietary licence, it's API and documentation is publicly availbale for anyone. Commercial use without permission is prohibited. Customer (A) is licensed to use the framework ...
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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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Doing business in Australia as freelancer located overseas but with the Australian Permanent Residency

I am a French Citizen with the Australian Permanent Residency. I am currently in Australia but I am moving back to France in a month for family reasons. My company is proposing me to keep working for ...
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What does contingent payment mean?

I have received a contract that has a two part payment. I'm not sure what to make out of the writing as it says the second part of the payment is contingent upon (i) COMPANY closing of debt or equity ...
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Declining freelance job after already accepting

Yesterday I met with a potential SEO client. We verbally settled on a price and both walked away happy, but now I'm having some serious second thoughts. I don't think that I can meet the promised ...
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Providing a Solution - Best Contract Form?

Our company, a small team, may be providing a software solution to a larger client. The solution, a website, resides entirely on our servers and is branded for our customer. We have total ownership of ...
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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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Do I have to pay tax for contracting work in US

I'm from Vietnam and a vietnamese citizen. A startup in the US wants to contract me for 50 hours of work. They gave me an IRS form and suggested I fill it out. The form name w-9 So I have 3 questions ...
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What is implicit common practice in licensing software (client Javasript) for evaluation?

I am negotiating to provide a javascript front-end, for evaluation only. Instead of licensing software, the client asked for a not-disclosure agreement. As a purpose, it is clearly written for ...
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How could I get an idea of how much a freelance Data Associate should make?

The issue is that the position location can be anywhere in the US, depending on the freelancers location. It is not as easy as just picking a job description from some website list based on location. ...
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What kind of contract and where to get it from?

Where is the best place for a freelance software developer to get a contract? Is it necessary to get a lawyer or is it sufficient to buy a contract online? I am in England. How much should each ...
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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 should I get paid

I'm about to develop an app for Android and IOS to a company of lawyers, the process, meeting, etc will be online since I don't live on their country. The app only will be available on their country (...
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Contract work- what are the advantages of setting up your own company/ incorporating yourself?

I live in the UK, work in the IT industry, and have recently started working as a 'contractor' in my own right for the first time. Over the last few years, I have had a few 'fixed term contracts' ...
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Are pay penalties for late delivery standard practice?

I'm thinking of bidding on a freelance editing job through a freelance job website. The employer wants people to agree to a bonus/penalty pay deal: You get extra money for finishing the work early, ...
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What are the essential parts I need to include in a fixed price contract for services?

I'm in the process of switching from charging by the hour over to fixed price contracts. I only charge for labour, not any materials. In creating a contract for a fixed price what terms do I need to ...
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Long term client regularly pays late

I currently work full time for a client. I know that isn't the definition of freelance, but certain characteristics of our relationship lead me to believe that I'm still a freelancer. That being: I ...
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How to ask for a contract extension

I've been contracting at the same place for 1.5 years, and it's coming to an end on October 28th. There's a rumour going round that no contractor's are being extended and, although my client hasn't ...
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Contracts for clients in different jurisdictions

There are many contract templates out there for software development freelancers. However, most are written for the US jurisdiction, and are worded so as to be enforceable in a US court of law. Now, ...