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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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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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Essential elements on contracts

What kind of essential elements should I ask to have on my contract? I can't afford an actual lawyer right now so I am using online services. I will, of course, have them check it. Anyways, here are ...
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Fees for travel

I work mostly from home, but I do have some clients that want me to commute to their homes for updates. How should I handle these fees? I would love to hear from people who have experienced this ...
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Contract: open source and “prior inventions”

I have an open source project. A client contracted me to, among other things, develop new features in my project. The contract is a typical one which states my work belongs to the company, etc. And ...
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“Work faster and I'll pay you higher,”?

Has anyone experienced having a client tell them this? My motive is to find out if clients still want to work with you even if you increase your rates. Has any of you have any experience with this? ...
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Starting a joint project with someone

I run my own small business - basically building websites. I am always on the lookout for side projects, where I build and manage a site and the other person brings something equally valueable to the ...
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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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Client asking for a refund of advance payments for an uncompleted project

I am from India. I have worked on a project from a software consultancy company here in Mumbai, India. I started the work after receiving an advance payment, but soon the client started to change his ...
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How do I calculate NET amount after taxes for the contract job taken in Toronto in year of 2016?

How do I calculate NET amount after taxes for the contract job taken in Toronto in year of 2016? Let's say, for example, I did my job for 50 CAD/hour before any taxes. I am residing in Toronto since ...
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Client wants to sue me, but we haven't signed any contracts. Should I be worried?

I've been working on contract jobs for this client for about 3-4 years. He's never given me a W2 and just told me to file my own taxes as a freelancer. I've worked on 3 projects for him, each time he'...
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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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Are more corporate doors open for incorporated freelancers?

I am aware that some companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage the ...
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What to do when you are offered the same project but different stage of work by different clients?

What should you do when you're offered to do different stages of work from two different clients (i.e. agencies) for the same project? By different stage of work, I mean the working stage and the ...
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Shares in the business

A close friend has decided to hire me to do some web developing work. In addition, if (when?) the project is successful, he is interested to have me onboard as a business partner overlooking the ...
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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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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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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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Applied for position A, the employee replied for position B? How to deal with the situtation

I am in a situation: I applied for iOS developer, but then the employer sent me an email says: Thanks for apply for PHP position. Do you have time for an interview...blah. What should I ...
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How to handle the deal with client in case of heavy illness, accident, etc?

For precaution, I always set the deadline longer than the time it actually takes; e.g. for a 30-days work I promise the client it will be finished in 45-days. So in case something bad happened, I have ...
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Charging for meetings/conference calls with a client

I am recently hired as a freelancer for a software dev company, which will potentially lead to a FT position. Question: Should I bill for the hours spent consulting with the client facing portion? I.E....
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Contract was fixed fee, now they want to cancel and are asking that I send them an invoice for hourly work completed.

A company asked me to send them a quote for a project, and very specifically asked for a fixed or flat fee. I specified the deliverables, broken down by category and provided a project cost, which ...
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Can I fire my client without being liable for legal fees down the road?

I am a freelance application developer. I currently have a client who I began working with in January. A contract was signed stating the project was to be completed in March and that mockups and full ...
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What Discount to Give for A Retainer Contract

I'm a web developer from Dublin and a web development agency whom I used to work with as a normal employee has asked me to quote a day rate to them. However, they've asked for a discount as they want ...
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Advice writing my first SLA

I have been a web developer for quite a few years now, all my clients being acquaintances or similar. I now have a more formal client that I have recently created a website for. They are interested in ...
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Can I get sued if we didn't sign a contract?

I was hired to build a website for someone for $2500 - So I got a $1250 deposit and after 2 or 3 weeks things fell apart as they were rude and refused to corroborate. Now he threatened to sue, ...
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What's the best way to follow up on potential work from a client?

I am a web developer and a sales guy. I am confused about how to ask a potential client about moving forward on a project we've discussed, such as if it's been awarded to someone else or it's dumped ...
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Client thinks a certain feature is included in the price, but it isn't

My client hired me to build an iPhone app. The contract states that the app has to work on all iPhones that can run iOS8 or higher. He just sent me an email asking why he cannot install it on his iPad....
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Worked while contract expired; am I liable for lost profits?

I had been working for a client with a contract in place, and the contract stipulated that I could not be held liable for damages or lost profit. After the contract had expired, I mistakenly continued ...
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Should one still be paid for troubleshooting when nothing was found?

I am looking to quote for a gig to troubleshoot and possibly repair some circuit boards, and this got me thinking: what if I can't find the problem, or the problem isn't there, how should I be ...
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Client wants to hire a full time employee under my company/contract

So here's my situation. A client hired me for a part time job and we signed under my contract. Now they want me to go and find someone who can work full time on the same job I do. However I'm not sure ...
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Can I get paid for notice if my fixed term contract is not renewed?

I recently had a major client terminate their Service Level Agreement (SLA) with my company in Canada, and I'm trying to assess what rights as a contractor I have since my fixed term SLA has what ...
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What are the consequences of opting out of EAA Regulations in UK?

I am a contractor in UK with my own LTD company. After 4 years contracting I have been contacted by an Agent for a role. Apart of the usual stuff he has requested me two uncommon things: My NIN ...
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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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Validity of a signed PDF (England)

An agency from the UK sent me an agreement as PDF with a signature in it. I wonder, is this legally enough? My field is of course still blank also. I remember a while ago somebody sent me a contract (...
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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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Contract with agency

I'm a client and a digital agency (in the UK, I'm in Germany) will do some graphic designs for me. Which kind of contract is usually used for this? Who makes it? Which laws do apply for payment, ...
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Charging interest or penalties for late payments in the state of Maryland

This probably varies from state to state. Does anybody who does IT contracting work in Maryland understand the best way to legally put a late payment clause in their contract? Net 15 / Net 30 ? .. ...
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Can a Canadian contractor work for a UK based company? Tips / input are welcome

I'm looking into a contract in IT (specifically software development), and the work would be done out of my home in Canada for a company based in the UK. My questions are: Is this arrangement ...
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Client willing to pay more…but I am refusing

I have a situation which is generally opposite case in most projects. I am working on a client project, which I estimated would complete in 2 months max. But even after 5-6 months, the project is ...
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Finder's fee (or percentage) for a 6 months contract

A person I know -- I could call him client or business associate, depending on the project --, who has more seniority than I do, was approached by a big institution looking for a consultatn-programmer ...
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Accepting a job outside of expertise

I was offered a contract to build a hybrid mobile app, but I've only ever done native development. Essentially, my question is this: Is it ethical to accept a contract if you will need to essentially ...
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Contract for a client in a different country

When I offer services, I generally use a contract template that I've used for all of my dealings. This handles payment terms (hourly rate or project rate, payment net 30, etc), deliverable terms, and ...
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How do you collect credit card payments online from your customers? [closed]

What are the easiest ways to collect payment online and i prefer a way to get the cheapest rates online as well, so i get to keep most of my hard earned money! Edit for more context - i am starting a ...
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Should an agreement with software engineer contractor include a clause that the engineer is not liable of any company's losses?

I've got a job offer from the company in Ireland to work as an independent software engineer contractor (not an employee). The Agreement contains clauses that I indemnify the company from lots of (...
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Is it reasonable to leave full time job and do freelancing instead?

I have been doing part time freelancing for that last 3 years. I generally work 2-4 hours daily as freelancer. I have another full time job in professional company. Now some time I feel that I should ...
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If I transfer the work to my friend without notify the client, is it ok?

I just wonder that if I got too many jobs which I can not handle at the same time, can I transfer some of them to my friend? if so, should I notify the client? of course I will make sure the finally ...
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Yet another question on potentially being sued

[In canada] A small company recently asked me over email if I could do some work related wordpress blog posting for one of their clients. I never signed anything, just said it would be about $200. We ...
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Client requires that I register as a business

I am drafting a contract with a potential client (French university) for a yearlong remote consulting job. When I wrote my own name and my personal bank account info on the contract, the admin from ...
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Consulting Contracts

So I started working with a new client on a web application starting this summer. Verbal agreements, nothing on paper. Did a few pages for them until they started asking for things outside of scope. ...