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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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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