Questions tagged [freelance-websites]

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Need help with moral dilemma of first client [closed]

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationary and a ...
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Had gotten bad review; should I close my account to start getting projects again?

I had been working on a client's project through UpWork, but due to a health issue, I had to stop working on the project. The client got angry and left bad feedback. To the present day, I have not ...
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Can a slow developer really succeed in the web developer business?

I am currently a trainee web developer and hope to go freelance once I have learnt the ropes and am confident enough in most areas. One problem I have noticed is my speed with working and coding. I ...
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Is giving Debit card number to freelancer.com secure? [closed]

I am new to work as a freelancer online. Recently I found a website freelancer.co.in. I want to work as a freelancer on it. But it is asking my Debit card number. I am afraid to give the details of my ...
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Best way to find projects in a new field

I want to start freelancing with Rails on Upwork, but I don't have any completed production level projects in that field yet. I've been working with PHP for a few years now and have a decent portfolio,...
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Employer doesn't answer and doesn't close the project

This was my first job on freelancer site. The project was to add some 'feature' to the C# application. Budget was 10 - 30$. My bid of 20$ was accepted and then it turned out that I was supposed to add ...
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Paying Taxes on Work Done Via Internet

I work full time at a company but on the side I also do freelance web design. This year I helped a friend, who lives in Australia, with his website. We never did a formal 1099 but he did send me ...
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How does one find project details on Freelancer.com? [closed]

I will often open up a project, such as the this one, and see an extremely vague description. However, people are giving bids for the project, so that means that they approximately imagine what it ...
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How many completed projects is good for a portfolio for a new freelancer?

I finally committed to becoming a full stack web developer about a year ago. I have progressed very well, but am not an expert by any stretch. But I am happy with my progress. It is time now to ...
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Best freelance site to use as a writer? [closed]

So, I've worked as a freelance copywriter for almost a year for different agencies, corporations and friends/family. I am having health issues and bad luck, so I am considering doing some freelance ...
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Charging for additions to a client's website?

So I have a client that I built a site for a few months ago, it's an online leather goods store and they're launching ten new products over the next ten days for christmas that they want me to add to ...
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What is correct time for freelancer to increase hourly rate?

I have been doing freelancing since last 2 years. When I started My hourly rate was $5 , After 6 months I have increased to $10. Now 2 years completed and I have successfully completed 60 projects , ...
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How do I gather requirements about our project from non IT people?

I've always worked under an IT manager, so I don't know how to interact with end users. I have a problem now, because someone has asked me to develop a program. My situation: He has limited time to ...
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Client said she would email me in x weeks, but didn't, do I contact her?

A client I made a website for last year, which was must appreciated on her part, contacted me in this October to tell me about a possible new project (an organization she is a member of needs a new ...
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Is there a way to work free for experience? [closed]

I had never been hired at upwork, I don't know why. I am willing to work for experience! Just simple data entry jobs, just for my experience. Because I think I need experience to be hired by an actual ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

In many of the freelancer's sites, they ask you a quotation for a bid that you need to provide just to "enter the pipeline". But at the same time, you get little or no details on the task at ...
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Having trouble getting hired on Upwork, how can I get hired?

So basically my cover goes like this: Hello Sir or Madam, I am writing in response to your advertisement for someone who can organize and transfer data's. After carefully reviewing the experience ...
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What if I feel client is over-charged

This is a hypothetical question. Generally bids on platform like Upwork revolves around the client budget. Suppose I got the job offer and during the job, I realized client is roughly paying me twice ...
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Invoicing Upwork clients for UK registered sole trader

I'm using my own accounting software use it for tracking time and create invoices as well. I have clients through Upwork and privately without an agent. For the clients in Upwork, I track time in both ...
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Development project going awry. Is this part of the development process or should I be charging more?

I am a designer with a 1-2 years experience with front-end development. I don't offer that service very often as a freelancer, so I wanted to get some advice on a freelance situation. I developed a ...
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Should I charge more to develop an app that my client will be leasing out to others?

Whilst I have experience in app design and development, I'm somewhat new to the business side of freelancing. I'm creating a web-based app for a client that will be used to manage his customer ...
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How do you collect credit card payments online from your customers? [closed]

What are the easiest ways to collect payment online and i prefer a way to get the cheapest rates online as well, so i get to keep most of my hard earned money! Edit for more context - i am starting a ...
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My newbie mistakes and how to communicate with clients

For the past few months I've been doing a lot of freelancing projects for people for little to no money. I figure it looks better on my portfolio if I make stuff FOR other people, rather than just ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay v2

I have the same story as this, but I do have time logs in google docs like: an NDA signed by me (don't have a copy signed by the other party, though) + email correspondence. We had the project back ...
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Elance closes my account [closed]

I am working as full time freelancer since 2013 as mobile app developer. I mostly work on Upwork,Elance and couple of other sites. Recently Elance closes my account even though i have 5 star ratings ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

What are the ways of protecting your income while working as a freelancer? I did contract work for a company day and night for 4 months, full-time. They were supposed to pay those 4 months of fees ...
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What to charge for Freelance Project for fiance's company

I recently started a project for my fiance, who told his company about it and wants to pay me for it (great). However, they want me to give them a cost, but have expressed they don't want to pay an ...
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How much would you charge for the css layout of a site like this [closed]

I was asked for a price by a client to layout a PSD that is very similar to this template: http://the8guild.com/themes/html/kedavra/v2.1/2015/index.html The layout would be built from scratch. Of ...
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non-scamming job-matching sites

I am coming from the other side: I am an employer. I am looking for a site that screens developers for me. yes, I actually have some jobs. freelancer.com seems, for the most part, have turned into ...
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Paypal account is a barrier

I am currently unemployed and have a family to support. I have been looking for some freelance work that includes content writing and social media marketing. I have been searching Internet and came ...
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Registering as self-employed in the UK

I am a student in the UK who is doing some social marketing for a local company and have been told to make a monthly invoice. How do I pay taxes on the money I receive? I don't want to do anything ...
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What is the Elance business model that allows workers from any country to work for firms based in the USA?

What permits companies like Elance to employ freelancers from foreign countries without a visa requirement? Normally one needs a special type of visa to work for a company in USA.
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How to be a freelance creative writer?

I have done a small amount of research on the internet about freelance writing. Almost all of the articles I have read relate to freelancers that write articles about a specific topic or a range of ...
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Should I use UpWork.com for payments so that I can build profile on Upwork/Elance as it will show hours I worked?

I have a startup outsourcing company and I got my client through a friend reference. My client has hired three developers in my company so he is paying me for his three projects. He has hired our ...
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Freelancing & establishing a limited liability company - portfolio ethics

I'm planning to start a web/app development business - I want to operate as an LLC for the limited liability, but don't plan on taking on any other members or employees. I will really need to build up ...
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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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Being asked to sign a NDA for a very short-term project with tiny scope, should I?

I'm sure my case is quite generic, and details are: I got a project lead on Upwork (formerly oDesk). Fixed budget. The project is as simple as ≤4 hours of work, plus ≤2 hours communications. The ...
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How to resolve a potential conflict of interest

I have recently began developing websites on my own. It is going well but I have run into a problem with a project I am pursuing. A family member would like me to create a website for the company he ...
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Are there platforms to find partners for a startup project? [closed]

I'm starting to ride their own little project, but I would do it with someone else who could like him. Now I would be doing myself Frontend/ Backend and design, but in many of these things I'm a mess,...
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What are the best websites for freelance jobs? [closed]

I'm relatively new to online jobs and stuff, I have already started to make accounts on the freelance websites I know about, like LinkedIn, Sourceforge Jobs, and some local sites. And in my field of ...
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Freelancer.com and Invoices [closed]

I've recently signed up for Freelancer.com and I'm trying to get how the system works. This is not about Freelancer.com per se but applies to all similar web sites. Let's say I won a job and ...
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Freelancer.com Milestones/Escrow

I've recently signed up for Freelancer.com and when bidding on projects you are asked to break down your proposal into milestones. Why would I want to do that? If I enter just a single milestone and ...
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How can I attract more clients when I only have two projects under my belt on this freelance site?

Last month, I had joined a freelance website and found a job immediately. My client was highly satisfied with my work, so he hired me for other projects. Unfortunately, his account had an issue, and ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

I'm having difficulties getting hired on oDesk (UpWork) when bidding on projects, and I think it has to do with my cover letters. Here's an example of one of my cover letters that I've sent: Dear ...
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How would an independent web developer land a large commercial job?

I'm an independent web developer and graphic designer who mainly prospects small local businesses and independent artists found online. When I'm out doing cold calls in person, I look for buildings ...
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Reporting tax to IRS when working for foreign clients

I recently started freelance graphic design in the US. I read that if you are self-employed, earning $400 a year, on etsy, anything you have to report this income to the IRS. What does this mean ...
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Getting projects from the Internet [duplicate]

I'm an Android developer with about two years experience. I want to get Android projects from the Internet, but I don't know how to get clients. How would I get clients online?
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How to deal with clients trying to blackmail you?

I'm in an unfortunate situation where a client I'm currently working for is threatening to provide bad rating and feedback to my profile on a popular freelance outsourcing site (not sure if I can ...
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Web development: how to convince clients to invest in upgrading their sites

I manage about 30 company websites with Joomla 1.5, 2.5, 3.4. The reason why I did not migrate 1.5 and 2.5 to 3.4 is because the owners didn't want to invest in rebuilding their websites from scratch ...