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Questions tagged [evaluating-clients]

Questions about evaluating new clients and their reliability when working as freelancer.

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Is there any service to outsource reading job offers I get and negotiating with potential employers?

I have been looking for something like that but I couldn't find anything. Below are details of what I am looking for and what I have tried so far. This question is not a duplicate of Finding talent ...
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How to hurry a client into a decision?

I've been dealing with a potential client lately, and they are very slow with their correspondence and decision-making. We've had several meetings going over my proposals, but they're delaying their ...
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Direct PayPal invoicing or contract through freelance website for new client

I applied for a job through Guru three months ago and then had a detailed conversation regarding the project. The client was happy with the rough solution presented by me but disappered after some ...
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Be fair if client offering more work, but owe money to person that paid you for previous work?

Ok, the title is silly as I am not sure how to formulate it. This is the case. A very cool guy, programmer, introduced me to his client and asked that I code something for his client, while he will ...
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Should I request a down-payment if I'm paid by the hour?

I'm considering a freelance offer for a startup in the US (I'm European) and I'd like to know if I should request some sort of down-payment for these initial hours. Basically I don't want to get ...
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What is implicit common practice in licensing software (client Javasript) for evaluation?

I am negotiating to provide a javascript front-end, for evaluation only. Instead of licensing software, the client asked for a not-disclosure agreement. As a purpose, it is clearly written for ...
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Enquiries from overseas

I'm not sure what it is about this time of year, but I often get people from foreign countries emailing me with work requests (I'm a UK based graphic designer). I've only ever done work for those ...
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Can I modify clients testimonials?

Should I or can I edit my clients testimonials to make them more grammatically correct? Am I allowed to use snippets of them, rather than the entire thing? Or am I better not to edit them at all? I ...
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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?

How important is it to be a nice guy to my clients? Specifically, I'm wondering if I need to make efforts outside my work responsibility. The other option is getting the work done and leaving. The ...
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“Work faster and I'll pay you higher,”?

Has anyone experienced having a client tell them this? My motive is to find out if clients still want to work with you even if you increase your rates. Has any of you have any experience with this? ...
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How do I balance the risk of pricing myself out of a job vs. not getting any work at all?

I'd like to get some experienced freelancers' thoughts on this... Recently I've found the amount of work coming in running very low, to the point where I've been having to consider taking at least a ...
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Judging sincerity of freelance job offers

Question: how do I distinguish between insincere freelance job offers on the one hand, and sincere offers on the other hand that may have defects, but can lead to a beneficial longer-term working ...
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How to decide what Upwork projects to bid on?

There's a lot of answers about how to be a high-quality Upwork freelancer. But with a limited number of Connects each month, how best to high-value projects to bid on? The Upwork forums (which I don'...
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When to stop working for free?

I am in the middle of a interview but it has prolonged for about 4 days, not entire days, but the client is getting free value from a lot of sources. Comments come comments gone, each nugget of ...
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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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Content planning and wireframing. Many clients don't want to hear about this?

Sometimes I'm faced with clients who run away or avoid the content planning or wireframing. I hate to work with lorem ipsum, I need the content, I need to plan everything to design it, isn't this ...
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Convincing a non-technical client that a product/service is a bad idea

I have a client that wants me to post a competition for a large group of student freelancers to build an iOS app for an alumni group. The problem is that I have looked at the basic spec and it really ...
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I have a meeting with a potential client tomorrow and I have no idea what to do

A friend of mine has put me in touch with one of his co-workers who wants a website for his business. He simply requested that we meet up in person the next day. I have no idea what to discuss during ...
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Unprofessional to leave before project ended for better paid project?

I just recently started freelancing (software development) for a new client; they're a start-up and my old boss is the CTO. They gave me a 3 month freelancing contract which doesn't specify how many ...
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How can one identify if a lead is genuine or not

I receive a lot of leads requesting quotes for work to be done. Most of these leads end up fruitless. I've started to think that most of these come from other upcoming freelancers who are looking to ...
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The client is asking for too much work for the money

I have a client. I need to create a Wordpress template for him (as he told in the listing). He shared two HTML pages in the initial meeting. He said mistakenly he sent that file then he shared a ...
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Two contracting offers what should I do?

My role as a contractor for a US firm is about to start on Friday and I also have another local startup company with an offer and don't know which to choose. The US firm has done background checks, ...
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Should freelancers seek long-term clients or not?

Companies are forced to seek long-term partners (term) if they think to live for years and keep up with all costs. Are we, freelancers, forced to do the same? Or since our costs are at the minimum ...
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Can someone suggest how I can improve my freelancer-to-client communication?

Usually a client does not know as much as a developer about software, that is why we are hired. The issue I run into is terminology. How do you communicate with a client that has limited computer ...
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How to turn down freelancing projects due to ethical/moral dilemmas without upsetting client or referring party?

Regular employees can choose what company to work for and stick with it. Freelancers meet new clients everyday - repeat businesses, referrals or simply new people. How can you pick and choose, ...
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When working with another freelancer, how do we resolve disagreements on what projects to take?

Two freelancers have partnered up who both specialize in different aspects of Web development. They bill the client for all of the work done and then split the profits evenly, so both parties spend an ...
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How can I improve my Research & Analysis process for my future projects as a Web Developer?

Briefing: I'm a freelance web developer and I charge by the hour. I realized that my previous Research & Analysis process was very inefficient and I'm looking to improve that to save more time ...
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Is scope creep before work has even started a warning sign?

Awhile back, I was approached by a prospective client with a project. She had a pretty grand vision of what she wanted, but I managed to get her to agree to a limited scope for a first iteration. ...
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How to get paid and figure out if I want to keep this client

I have a client who is not paying on time, but it looks like the specifics don't match similar questions on this SE site. I got a call from a client I did website work for years ago. I had not done ...
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How to screen potential new clients? [duplicate]

How can I screen potential clients to remove those most likely to give me more trouble than they are worth? (This is a generic question, anyway my area of expertise is software development)
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What's the most important consideration when accepting a new client?

I'm a freelance developer who started over 20 years ago. I need to improve my ability to avoid clients that can be considered a bad use of my time. So I'm asking you (developer or not): what is the ...