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

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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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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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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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How should I determine whether to charge my client for converting iOS 6 app to iOS 7 app?

I am working on an iOS app as a freelancer. I am confused whether or not to charge my client for converting the app so that it's compatible with iOS 6 and iOS 7. How should I determine whether or ...
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Acceptable terms for sales contract where I'm the sole developer

I occasionally have offers from people to help me get contracts. In return, they want to be paid a commission or a certain percent of the net profits. I have always had a hard time trying to figure ...
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How do you give feedback on a contract from a client?

A client has given me a contract that needs some changes before I'd sign it. I have no problem reading and doing basic research for a few pages of legalese. Most of the contract is fine but there are ...
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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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Approximate cost of bookkeeping for contractor in Western Europe?

I'm considering contracting in Western Europe, with the most probable target - Germany or Switzerland. I'm making cost analysis, so I'd like to know what is the approximate/average cost of bookkeeping ...
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Impact of long pause in CV on finding job as contractor?

I'm planning longer pause (about 1 year) after current contract (IT - programmer). I have about 8 years of experience, and I haven't made such a long pause yet (maximal - 3 months). However, there are ...
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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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How can I write a contract based on intellectual property?

I am contemplating an offer for the design and development of some themes for a CMS. The payment option is reimbursement based on the sale with a commission after the reimbursement for time spent in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Should I Track/Group Receipts and Expenses as a Freelancer?

My question is in two parts: (1) I am swimming in all kinds of receipts and after at least 5+ years of working as a freelancer and this is not good for my taxation. It has been easy to state at the ...
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What information should be on a formal purchase order?

I have a vendor who has offered to sell me supplies on net 30 terms. The vendor has requested a formal purchase order for any supplies delivered before delivery. Why do I need to do this? More ...
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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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What guarantees do employers/freelancers needs to take for big projects?

If you plan to be involved in a project that is relatively big, costs a large amount of money, and extends for over a month, what kind of guarantees and planning ahead do you need to do to protect ...
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Effect on employee-periods in CV on finding contractor jobs?

What is the effect of being employed full-time for longer period of time on finding job as contractor afterwards? As far as I know, when companies are looking for contractors, many short- and medium-...
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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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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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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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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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Company registration when working in many EU countries?

Normally, if you work in single EU country as contractor, you are treated like its tax resident and you are required to register company there. (This at least apply to Germany in Poland, where you are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the pro and cons of working directly with a client versus through a consulting agency? [closed]

Never have done any consulting or freelancing work I'm curious what the advantages and disadvantages are. Obviously a consulting company takes a cut on your pay check and may provide some business ...
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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. ...