Questions tagged [contracts]

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

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Is it good to get paid in advance and then start project development?

Most of the clients are prompt and pay the money on completion of the project. While some companies agree to pay the amount as soon as project delivery, it never happens as expected. The reasons they ...
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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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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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What is reasonable time to allow to pay invoice?

I'm putting a contract together. I had a previous verbal agreement with my client that they pay my invoices within 2 weeks (issued on a weekly basis), but it feels too long. So I want to have a clause ...
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Client refusing to pay

I recently did some web design samples for a client. The client was looking for an e-commerce website and wanted to see samples of what I intended to make the site look like. They were very adamant on ...
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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 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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How do companies sustain by working on freelancing sites?

We were asked to do a few jobs via oDesk, elance and guru freelance websites. While working via these services, I noticed that there are many "companies" there who basically use these services to find ...
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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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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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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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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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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

I learned a valuable lesson today the hard way. I know what to do in the future, but for right now, I want to know what my options are for collecting payment, and maybe some advice on how not to get ...
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Are proposals and contracts the same thing?

I've been freelancing as a UX designer for a year and a half, and I'm now in the midst of writing more project proposals. My previous round of proposals was nearly a year ago. I followed the format ...
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Project bigger than what was initially planned. How to tell the customer the higher price and different contract conditions?

I agreed with a customer to import data from excel files and build a report with them. Since it was not a big project I did not charge too much. I also asked for an annual fee for bug fixing and ...
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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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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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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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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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Bartering - client has cancelled and is asking for money

Nine months ago I agreed to exchange my services as a designer in return for free consultations from the client (who is a doctor). We agreed that we would exchange our services by matching hours for ...
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Client threatening to sue me

I have a client with a freelance website. We agreed on $125 to finish a project. He agreed to a contract as an hourly job. It was $3 per hour including the website's charge. So 41 hours per week would ...
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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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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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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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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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Deciding budget of a project which does not have exact requirements

Let's say there is a project which does not have an exact set of requirements. And then the clients ask for an "tentative" quote. There is no way to decide that, for example, an iPad app for a hotel ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do I not lose an otherwise good customer over a minor misunderstanding?

A very good customer of mine, gave me various digital media files on USB sticks and CDs to put on this newly created website. One CD in particular was an unpublished song of his and he told me this ...
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How to charge for software design

I have a prospect with both an idea and an existing customer of theirs who want to pay for this idea to be implemented. The customer want to pay only when the implementation is complete. My prospect ...
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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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How to combine the general advantages of “work for hire” and retain my right for reuse the code?

I'm an independent software consultant and I want to create a framework that lets me solve a wide variety of problems in a niche area. The purpose of the framework is to have existing building blocks ...
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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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Freelancing rates for students

For students, age 18-22, pursuing engineering, how are the hourly rates, or freelancing rates, determined? For example, I am 20, have 2 years of experience in making iOS apps and have about 10-15 ...
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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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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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Web design copyright norm

I’m getting started doing some freelance web design and front end development, and had a question about what is the norm for copyrights in the US. When you create a custom web site for a client, do ...
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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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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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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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How many hours of free transition/exit time should I give a client who just ended a long term contract?

We recently came to the end of a 6 month hourly contract (at about 25 hours per week). The client and my company discussed renewal, but the sticking point became our hourly rate. The client wanted ...
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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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Do all clients requests, some off them or none at all?

Let me start off by saying I made a lot of mistakes on my end taking on a project. Now I am in a position where I have a software development project that is a bit of a nightmare and suffering from ...
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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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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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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, ...