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Should I bill for setting up my work computer that they sent me?

The company I'm billing sent me an Apple laptop which is necessary to do this job. Unfortunately, I've never owned one, so I had to buy a bunch of accessories to use it comfortably at work: a docking ...
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Is it ok to publish job openings on my LinkedIn profile to try to earn hiring commissions?

I receive many contacts from recruiters on LinkedIn. Some of them genuinely ask if I know somebody who could be interested in the position(s) offered, and they sometimes mention that I could get a ...
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Is it ethical/effective to apply to full-time positions when looking for a freelance work?

Hypothetically, if I saw a full-time job I would be a perfect fit for, would it be ethical/effective to apply and later explain that I'm only interested in working as a freelancer? Assuming the answer ...
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Can I ask my full-time freelancer to help me with personal work?

I am a first-time employer, and recently hired a freelancer for a full-time job with the job title "Need assistant for a monthly contract requiring stock trading/finance-related work". In ...
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What are some techniques to get past Human Resources to talk to the person that needs help

First of all, if my approach to this is a waste of time (mine or the client's) or unethical, let me know because that's more important to me. I'm a programmer with management, product management, and ...
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Client is asking me to add an item to an invoice that I haven't charged for or work for, it is right for me to add it?

I have a client for which I designed a presentation for a fixed price. I sent an initial invoice and got paid. No problem there. Sometime after he requested an editable version of the invoice because ...
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Prospective client asking to see briefs from other clients

As a freelance copywriter, I often take on freelance jobs for advertising agencies. I contacted one recently to offer my services (a small local agency) and we had a Skype call to discuss further. ...
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(Employer) UK Freelancer quit without notice after 2 days. Recruiter is invoicing us for those days. Where do we stand?

looking to understand the legal and ethical standpoint here. We took on a contractor for some work, expecting it to be a month long +/- piece of work. We started having issues early on (didn't show ...
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Is leaflet dropping bad practice?

I'm considering dropping off / posting leaflets to local small businesses to advertise my web & graphic design services. Is this kind of promotion acceptable or might it just result in people ...
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Should I tell my client that software already exists to fill their need?

I have a client who wants a web app built for their business. I build web apps. We have had a couple meetings and I have put together some mockups. They are operating on the assumption that the ...
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Is it ethical to close a project where there is no output without any pay

I wanted to get some processing work done so I hired a freelancer for the same Before the contract started, I clearly mentioned 8 key things I want the code to do. I deposited the contract amount in ...
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Is it ok for an employee to claim credit for work done by contractor?

This is more of an ethical dilemma. I am working as a contractor for a state agency. For last few years, the top brass has changed and very arrogant people have stepped in. Their first order of ...
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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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Billable hours when doing passive task

If I'm doing a passive task (i.e.: Generate & download a database dump), is ethical to pass that time as billable hours? I'm not working, but in that moment I can't do any other tasks for my work (...
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How to politely stop doing free work for people

I run a small consulting company, mostly paperwork for immigration, starting a business, and a range of other things. I quite often get a lot of people stopping by to ask questions, leaving, doing ...
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Is it unprofessional to approach a business, unsolicited, based upon technical problems you see on their website?

I don't know why it would be bad to approach a business per se, but there are times I am incredibly frustrated with sites I know are easily fixable. For example, a small Mom-and-Pop business whose ...
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How do I respond to someone wanting to "purchase" my reputation?

I answered a job posting on Upwork, and in response, "David Lee" asked me for my Skype ID. Because of a number of "issues" on my end, it took several days before we were both on Skype at the same ...
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Different world opinions with my client, quit or stay?

For few months I have been working for one client and after that time I have realized something, that was not visible at first sight - my client is a person, who dislike people of other race and ...
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Ensuring software modules I build aren't used for illegal purposes?

When freelancing with a client you know well or do not know well, when they ask you to develop your software functionality in independent modules that can be plugged into any project they create, how ...
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Who owns the excel template I made? (not legally, ethically)

For the current situation I would like to know if I am morally wrong, not whether I would win in a court room. So it's primarily opinion based, but that's the point: I don't believe I have done ...
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