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

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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 ...
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When to inform client that a contract extension is not possible

I'm currently working on-site as a contractor in a bigger software project. The client and I have closed a contract which run's until the end of the year. Now I've gathered from talking to coworkers ...
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Contract vs no-contract

What is the use of signing a contract? Can the client sue me for poor quality work if we don't have a signed contract? (Emails are the only sources of proofs for invoices and payments)
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How to deal with cross country contracts?

If I were to sign a freelancing contract with a person (client) from another country, which country's jurisdiction should we agree upon? I don't want to agree upon his country's law and he doesn't ...
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How to ensure the person signing the contract is authorized to do so by the company?

This might be a stupid question, but I want to cover all my bases, after all, that's the whole point of having a contract, right? I've prepared a contract for my freelance work. When I approach a ...
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If you are hired via a recruiter, how long should you wait before going direct?

Say you get a 6 month contract via a recruiter. Now you finish that contract. How many months should you wait before approaching the company directly? Or should you never do this? What is the ...
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How much can an iOS developer charge?

Based on my research, I have determined that an iOS programmer can earn 4000 EUR / month in the EU in a full time job. This is 25 EUR / hour. How much of a premium should a programmer charge for ...
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Hired as a contractor to start Monday, recieved unsigned contract Friday before with unmentioned terms

My wife is a music teacher with lots of experience, but she recently moved to NYC. She was introduced to a music school earlier, who finally got around to contacting her to teach. They were impressed ...
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Pay consultancy invoices via Bitcoin?

It is usual / possible that a consultancy contract contains hourly rate in Bitcoin unit and not in EUR or USD? And so payer will pay via Bitcoin and not via regular bank transfer?
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What is the way to prove termination of a contract?

The competition clause of my consultancy agreement contains that The resignation means that the consultant is ineligible during 1 year after the retirement date to begin, take employment with, or ...
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How do I ensure payment on international projects?

I was recently contacted by a small design studio in Canada to do some freelance design. I live in Nebraska, which they said is not an issue to work with them. What is the best way to ensure payment ...
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How to best tier consulting rates for different aspects of one’s skill set?

So, I used to do freelance/contract work consistently for years. Mainly full LAMP stack developing. Now I am doing purely Linux/Unix system administration work with dabbling in development when the ...
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How do I determine support rate if not previously negotiated?

Last night, I provided support to a recent customer by setting up their small business's email address to be read within an email client. I had already done this on one of their devices as part of the ...
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Learning I undercharged -- now what?

I took on a side-project as an experiment of sorts and I'm learning I grossly undercharged, in addition to providing a level of technical support I definitely did not sign up for. I'd worked up a ...
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IPR assigment for freelance work [closed]

I've been asked to sign an IPR-Assignment by someone who is paying me to do developer work for them on a freelance basis. I'm new to all of this and I'm just unsure whether it's appropriate to sign ...
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Is it OK to refer to work performed as a subcontractor?

I've been working with Bob (name changed) as a subcontractor. He's always had some interesting projects with well-known companies and well-known people. However, since I had been working as a ...
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How can I calculate the estimation cost of my developed software?

I have developed a Windows based application in Visual studio C# and MS access. The client is asking me the estimated cost of software. How can I calculate it, as I have never done it before? The ...
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In web design and development, should design come before contract or vice versa?

I have done many website design and development as a freelancer and over time, I have my own set of "business procedures" to properly (or so I thought) determine project scope and budgets before ...
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Having a client sign a contract

*This is in regards to me providing a website design/development I have a potential client which is now simply waiting for me to provide my job proposal. In terms of the contract side of it, what ...
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How to quote & bill as a subcontractor

I'm curious to hear if anyone has any experience as a subcontractor partnering with another business/contractor and if so how you go about setting parameters around each project. I've been approached ...
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Give code (scripts) to statistical analysis or not?

I'm new to freelance consulting. I'm performing a statistical analysis in R. I've been hired to perform a specific analysis and give a specific predictive model. I've only agreed to give the analysis ...
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