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Questions tagged [negotiation]

Negotiation is the act of trying to reach an agreement or compromise by means of dialog and/or discussion with others.

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Advertise thru email

So I'm starting a basic business of consulting for web, mobile, desktop, games development. I have seen some business website around my neighborhood that really need rework or upgrade, so i was ...
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How do I tell a client that I'm working fewer hours because they pay me much worse than my other clients?

I have a client that I have worked with for 5 years. We have a great working relationship. However, since I've graduated university and found other clients, I've noticed that I'm severely underpaid by ...
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What is a good way to handle correction loops and clients which delay or deny project acceptance in fixed-price projects?

As I have been into business for a long time now I know that this is one of a real freelance nightmare (maybe also for companies, but especially for freelancers). It can be even worse in case that ...
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Should I ask for the remaining amount of money owed to me when client extends deadline?

Basically I'm designing a Shopify website for a client, we agreed to have them pay me in three installments and the site would be done in 21 days. With the last installment paid when the project is ...
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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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How do I secure an idea when approaching a company?

The website of a major webservices company could benefit from a simple additional feature. Technically, it would be straightforward to implement this feature (they don't need me for this). ...
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Complicated situation with client and a never ending project

When I talked with the client for the first time, we didn't set well stablished limits for the project. The project is a mobile app. The agreement was that I was going to copy a Web App he was ...
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What's the value of exclusiveness?

I am negotiating a contract where the customer wants an exclusiveness option. The project is about development of software and exclusiveness means that I am not allowed to resell it to third parties ...
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Should I discuss price of underestimated fixed price job?

I work as a full-time programmer and about half year ago. I also started to work on freelance; so I have pretty much experience as a programmer, but I feel that I lack some organisational skills ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

A client called me at the telephone weeks ago, he said he is the CEO of a local big car dealer, my number was given to him by another of my clients. He said he wanted to talk about the website. We ...
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Raise price of hourly rate for existing client

I took on some work for a client when I first started using Upwork and I was also in a full time job. The rate I quoted for the work was low ($55 AUD per hour) but I felt it was a good price at the ...
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Decision and negotiation of long term time-consuming job

About 6 years ago I worked as a freelance web designer, developer and products photographer for a local company (15 minutes of car distance from my office) that works in the fashion industry. At some ...
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Freelance programmer's monthly fees, expectations too high?

Recently I started freelancing as a full-stack developer in Brazil and it's been very good so far, but I am a little stuck on this one client. By far my biggest client yet, they want a customized ...
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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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How to sell a project to your competitor? Documents, Warnings, Considerations

I've created a simple SaaS (Software as a Service) project that helps small towns improve their tourism websites and apps easily, fast and paying a small fee each month. Why I want to sell it? I'm ...
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Should I accept a low hourly rate while in between contracts?

I'm fairly new to freelancing, but I have an active online presence in my community, which a startup company noticed. They approached me for an ongoing project and requested a 60% discount off my ...
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Missing the benefits of freelancer's association or union

I have not been able to find any freelancer's association or union to join in the country where I am currently residing in, Indonesia. This means that I have been freelancing since forever without ...
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How to write technical offer?

I'm a freelancer, recently I got a client for a mobile app, the matter is I don't know how to write a technical offer for the app, can someone help me please ?
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What concessions could I make for a client who's getting stressed about their budget?

I have a client I've been working with for a few months and the job has paid well. I've been working at an hourly rate and the development has been very incremental. At all times I've been completely ...
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Accepting a Freelancer project

I've been offered a project on Freelancer, but I don't know how to accept it. How do I accept the job and start working on it? This is the email that I received:
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Increasing rates and liability

I am a fast learner. Right now, I am a entry-level online marketer. I am trying to determine how much I should charge my client because their industry is different than the usual ones. My clients are ...
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Essential elements on contracts

What kind of essential elements should I ask to have on my contract? I can't afford an actual lawyer right now so I am using online services. I will, of course, have them check it. Anyways, here are ...
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How do I decide how much to charge for low-level (year 7) maths tuition?

I'm a year 11 student (Victoria, Australia) who typically excells at mathematics, science, etc. and have been asked to tutor a younger student in mathematics who is around average performance (C's), ...
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What's the proper way to ask the recruiter for a certain hourly rate?

I'm currently looking at new W2 positions that make around $80,000. According to http://www.rate-calculators.com/ -- I should be making $50/hr as a 1099. What's the best way to tell the recruiter this?...
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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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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 much do I charge?

I'm doing a freelance gig for a doughnut shop that has 3 locations and is about to open up a 4th making an android and iOS app. They want me to show all locations, have the app link to the nearest ...
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How does a freelance copywriter determine the right price-per-word to charge?

I worked 6 month for a german company, writing the content for their italian website. Aside for this experience, I'm an absolute beginner with no qualification at all. The only reason I was offered to ...
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How can I get paid more despite disclosing my hourly rate?

I've been working for a client on several programming projects in the last few months. The client always paid regularly and left positive feedback for me on the platform I'm using to find work. ...
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How to politely turn down a client's request for a free test job?

I'm a graphic designer and in the course of my work I often come across a situation when clients ask for free tests before hiring me. If the budget is sufficient and the tests seem reasonable I ...
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Monthly Fee vs. One-Time Payment for a Large Project with Difficult Client

PROBLEM: A client of mine has asked me to prepare a quote for a rather large project that will take several months to complete. I've worked with this client on multiple projects in the past, and I ...
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Polite way to schedule future work

I'm new to freelancing and I'm wondering what, if any, would be a polite way to tell a client that I've got clients ahead of them and that I can't start their project till a certain date?
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How to elaborate functional documents (or samples)

I have doubts regarding the process of collecting customer expectations and turning then into a functional document that we both can follow up to measure if the project reaches expectations. I have a ...
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How to reply a job interview while accepting it

This question is the second trickest question that need to be answered. When you get a job invite on oDesk or elance, what is the right way to reply so the job is yours? I typically reply as Thank ...
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How do I bring up me charging for work?

I have been working on my drawing skills for over a year now. Yesterday, I received an email from a chap who saw an illustration I did and loved it. He asked if I wanted to design a tattoo design ...
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How should one convince the client to switch from hourly pay to fixed cost?

I often see great requests for proposals which are provided with preferred hourly rate range. Sometimes the hourly rate itself isn't comfortable for me (honestly, far too low), despite the project is ...
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Customer and I have different opinions about scope

I've been developing a web app for a customer where we agreed on a fixed price for a set of requirements, but now in the final stages of the development they want me to add a new feature, which is ...
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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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Should a string musician pay to play at a high-end Bridal Show?

My wife, a violinist, used to play weddings where we used to live. She was plugged into the local network, and would sometimes be at bridal shows, paying their nominal charges to local vendors, ...
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Is it right to call a client who didn't hire you to ask for the reasons he/she didn't?

I had an interview with the manager of a small company who sought a web programmer. He told me he was glad to have had the interview because he ended quite happy whith me. Nevertheless there were ...
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Approaching a company with an idea

A few years ago I did 2 consecutive summer internships at a company. The company has a core system X which is used for many ‘events’ (I don’t want to give too much away about the companies involved ...
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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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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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How to respond to “Are your rates negotiable?”

What is the best way to tell a client that your rate is non-negotiable when they ask? I am looking for way which will not offend the client and would also ensure that I don't end up decreasing my ...
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Why so many cancelled projects on all freelancing websites? [closed]

I am new to freelancing, I have just started with a new account on websites such as freelancer.com, oDesk and elance. I see that a major percentage of projects getting closed without any freelancer ...
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How to talk to a company as a prospective contractor vs. employee

Background: I am a software engineer. Throughout my career I have been a salaried employee. My brother's company has some imminent deadlines and they could use some extra help with things that I have ...
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New client, hourly rate negotiating— should client still state first?

There is an old rule of thumb when negotiating hourly rate for salaried jobs, that it's best for the candidate to let the employer be the first to throw out the salary number and to negotiate from ...
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Valuing My Freelance Business

I have been a full-time sole trader in the UK for 2.5 years. I build websites for both agencies and direct clients, and over these 2.5 years I have built up a good reputation, contacts and client base ...
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Client comparing estimates

A potential client requested an estimate for an pretty large e-commerce website with ~20 pages pages, item customization plugin, live chat, newsletter, slideshow, automated e-mails, payment processor ...
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How to deal with this unknown person call who is asking for help

This has happened with me multiple times that I got from some unknown person who gives reference from my known indirect contacts.. And start directly putting his/her needs that I want so and so ...