Questions tagged [payment-terms]

Payment terms are the statements by a business about *"when"* and *"how"* it should be paid for goods or services that it has supplied.

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Is there any way I can attempt to recover 16k from a client who doesn't feel it necessary to pay because they elected to not use my content?

I am an advertising Freelance Copywriter. I asked for all the content so I could quote on writing copy for a website. The client said they're satisfied with my hourly rates and that I should just keep ...
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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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Client wants to pay a percentage of revenue generated by website

I recently came in contact with one of my Dad's friends who is looking for a website. This guy gave my Dad a job when we first moved to California and has been a really good "family friend" ever since....
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How can I make a monthly maintenance pricing structure work?

I am a full-stack web developer interested in freelancing full-time. I am planning on billing clients monthly recurring payments for providing general maintenance of an application or website. For ...
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How can I organize my payment procedures to assure that I'm getting paid without excessive pressure on the client?

Briefing: I recently decided to get serious about establishing my freelance web development business and one of my biggest issues thus far is with the payment procedures. In the past, I used to ...
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Should I offer to refund an upfront payment for a job I failed to complete?

I work part time as a freelancer at odesk. Recently, I got a fixed price job of around 6 hours. I requested a 10% upfront payment for the job. However, after spending 1:30 hours trying to do the job, ...
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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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How much should I charge as a late fee?

When a customer does not pay within 30 days, what fee should I charge? What models exist out there that are common to the software development world? How would VERY late payments work, such as 6 ...
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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 much payment should be required up front?

When accepting a job and negotiating a price, how much of this should be required up front before starting the work, especially when you haven't dealt with the client before? Should it be a flat ...
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What should be on an invoice?

When I send an invoice to a client, what should I put on it, apart from the obvious amount? If, for example, I do not have a registered company, should I just put my name on it? Are there any ...
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What should I look at to determine whether or not I should charge by the hour or by fixed price?

Many freelancers charge their clients by the hour, and many others charge their clients a fixed price for the project. I've worked on a few contract projects on the side and have only charged a ...
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Implement features in case the employer doesn't pay

I had this case once where I delivered a test release to an employer to show if it met his requirements. He paid a few rates for this work. In the following months, I got a few calls to change parts ...
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Working per hour, where do you draw the line?

Take for example a (software development) project that has been estimated by the freelancer as N hours on a pay-per-hour contract. From the perspective of the commissioner, how much buffer should be ...
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Does the type of payment method reflect the implied professionalism of a freelancer?

There are many options available for accepting payments (Paypal, Authorize.Net, personal/business check, escrow, etc.). Is there a good way to decide which option (or combination of options) should ...

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