Questions tagged [contracts]

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

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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. ...
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Client is being extremely slow with final payments

I have a contract with a local, small town that calls for a 50% payment in advance and full payment on completion after inspection. The inspection was done 2 months ago and I have still not been paid ...
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Is it wise for a contractor to agree in writing to a recruiter's request that the recruiter may exclusively represent them for a specific role?

I am presently looking for IT contracting roles, and since I am in the UK, this means I am obliged to make use of a recruiter. I am not particularly price-sensitive when it comes to a daily rate, and ...
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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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Can a contractor generally terminate a day-rate contract with no consequences?

I am considering starting out in IT freelancing by taking some day-rate contracts via recruiters. As I understand it, the recruiter is paid an additional fee for the duration of the contract, on an ...
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Developing an app for someone but retaining ownership of source?

I've been asked to develop some apps for people and I was wondering what the common procedure is in relation to ownership of source. Ideally, I'd like to retain ownership of the source so I can reuse ...
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Relicensing work

I'm developing a system for Company A, the code for this system is split in to two parts. Part 1 is a general use framework that I've created and licensed to Company A without charge, Part 2 is code ...
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How to balance milestone payments with 30-day terms?

I'm a web application developer in the UK and am looking to start out in freelancing. I'm in the progress of writing up a Terms of Engagement (ToE) and am making some decisions about how best to ...
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Freelancer refuses to be paid. What to do?

This is probably the most awkward question asked. What to do when a freelancer refuses to be paid? Let's provide more details. I requested anyone with a video camera to record an event. I write the ...
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Contracts involving clients in the adult industry

I've recently been asked to make a website for an escort service, I was wondering if anyone personally has any rules involving any websites or freelance work involved in the adult industry. I'm ...
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Contract that stipulates “take new project from me any time I send it”?

As far as I understood, Retainer Contract is signed only when a client does not need you any more, but he wants to reserve a portion of your monthly time. so he pays for the reservation. Is there a ...
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Freelance job sites? Good or bad?

I've recently made the jump from a commercial full stack developer to a freelance full stack developer, I notice a lot of stigma attached to job sites. I'm using these job sites quite frequently ...
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He doesn't have the budget, do I return the deposit?

I've recently acquired a client from one of the more well known freelancing websites that has an Escrow service, inside that Escrow service is currently a deposit for my time, equal to one hour of my ...
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Got a contract, but the code isn't the best, how do I proceed?

I've recently gotten a contract for me to integrate an API with an AngularJS frontend, I'm quite new to freelancing and I've only got roughly two projects under my belt, all be it larger than normal, ...
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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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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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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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Where to find contract jobs? [duplicate]

I am a C++ software developer. What are the best places to find a contract job (one where I am working on a fixed-length project and not working full time)? I have tried Dice, Careerbuilder, Indeed, ...
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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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Finding contracts; Losing out to foreign bids

I live in the United States. i have used dozens of bidding websites to try and win contracts. However, I keep losing out to foreigners charging vastly less. I currently price using data from Dpt. of ...
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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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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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Partnership vs. Contract Work

I've been freelancing for a while and would like to step up my game a little. As my client base grows, I find myself employing the help of close associates and enjoy consistently working with them and ...
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How much my Android app costs?

I'm working as an android developer in a company for full-time but I'm never worked as a freelance per project, and now someone wants to hire me to make an app, and I have to decide how much does it ...
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“Verifying” employer's company

I've been contacted by someone who found my posting on job search website. They claim to be "overseas" (meaning EU/USA) company hiring people. For my region, pay is very good (actually, it is ...
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Starting as sole trader / limited company in the UK

I've recently moved to the UK and plan to form a limited company so that I can seek contract-work. However I already need to invoice one of my (overseas) clients as I already have a contract with ...
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What is a ballpark daily rate for a senior freelance front-end developer in NY?

I live in London, and prices vary from £300 up to £500+. Can anybody tell me what are the rates in New York? Thanks!
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Intellectual Property/Contract Protection for Overseas Developers?

I am going to be working on a software product and I want to use overseas developers to help build, however I am not sure how/if I can make a real agreement with them with regards to protecting IP. I'...
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What is a good way to determine pricing for a maintenance contract?

Over the last few months I have developed and put into production a software system for a client. Development was paid by the hour. Now the system is more or less finished, and the client wants to ...
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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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Am I okay to use a client-provided laptop and work phone with IR35?

I'm using a client-provided laptop to carry out work on a day-to-day basis. However, another contractor is using a personal one for IR35 reasons (ie, using his own demonstrates that he's not an ...
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How can intellectual property protected in an software developer agreement?

How can client protect his business interest, prevent developer to sell software to client's existing partners? How is it incorporated in a software developer agreement? My precious contract included ...
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Legality of providing freelance support for a product which my current employer previously supported

I currently provide technical support for a very niche product sold by a relatively big-name company (at least within this particular industry). However, they are planning on ending support in a ...
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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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How much should I charge for iOS Application? [duplicate]

Since this is my first time developing iOS application for client, so I don't know how much should I charge from them. And how long should I give them a free maintenance? (Salary Rate as iOS App ...
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How do I prove my source of income?

I intend to freelance with a client. It is a one-to-one (person-to-person) contract. What all should we mention in the contract to prove that I'm earning money legally by freelancing (and ...
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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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Client non-responding on official email but talks only on skype

I just had a project that was like bad dream - finally we settled for a refund amount. Along with the same, client also allowed me to have complete control over my code. The problem is, above ...
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Away from hourly work to a prepaid package of hours

I am working with a number of small clients that often request small changes, once every 2-4 months at least, and the constant task-switching of working 1 hour for this client and 2 hours for that ...
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Legalities of client making modifications to source code under a non-exclusive license

If I make a website for a client and all the coding is original work and I sell them a non-exclusive license to use the material in their business, would they be allowed to modify the source code in ...