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Out of State Lawsuit for Payment

I'm at the point that I have to sue a client for non-payment. It's large enough that I can't afford to write it off, but small enough for small claims. According to the U.S. law I've researched, you ...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

I have a small business client who I freelanced for before getting my current full-time php development & server administration job. Let's call the client "Joe's Pizza" (not actual name). Joe's ...
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Should I charge for idle services as a freelancer?

In my freelancing; I am currently working on a project where I need to upload files so i'm sitting here waiting for the files to upload so I can continue to work on the project. As a freelancer; is ...
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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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Is it convenient for me as a freelancer to ask for Amazon gift cards as payments?

In my country, which is Venezuela, it is somewhat complex to get money from outside, so one of the best options is Amazon and its gift cards. Is it feasible for me to ask for payment in that format ...
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How to manage project requests from clients who offer partnerships?

I'm starting my own business as freelance Web/Application Developer and I get a lot of requests from clients to design mobile Apps or web Applications. They try to convince me that their idea will ...
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Why create invoice as a freelancer

I am a student and a part time freelancer. My income is not even considered taxable at this point. Most of the time, I work at crowd sourcing sites like oDesk and some time I work directly for client ...
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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

I learned a valuable lesson today the hard way. I know what to do in the future, but for right now, I want to know what my options are for collecting payment, and maybe some advice on how not to get ...
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What is the correct steps in resolving lack of payment?

I have a repeat client. However, they have fallen behind on invoices, albeit at relatively small values. They are now overdue on some by two months. I have a clear contract with them outlining that I ...
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What is reasonable time to allow to pay invoice?

I'm putting a contract together. I had a previous verbal agreement with my client that they pay my invoices within 2 weeks (issued on a weekly basis), but it feels too long. So I want to have a clause ...
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Pay - How To Claim Expenses

I have been told by a client that they will pay me £500.00 for a week's work, "which includes £50.00 to cover my travel costs / expenses" (their words). When it comes to "that time of year" and I am ...
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Client ghosted after delivering results, no payment

About 20 days ago, I got a job. I don't know what country he is. I worked harder and almost done. He wanted to see the result. So I sent my work data. He sent me some issues. So I corrected the issues....
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I am aware that I am not so good at interact with clients, but I am also aware that I am a skilled programmer with years of experience in many fields, actually my work rates are higher than the ...
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Paying another self employed person if we work together (UK)

Suppose I am self-employed. I join forces with another self-employed person. I can provide a service that he can't and vice versa. We produce and sell a single product. Suppose we agree to split ...
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How do I accept international payments using Stripe as an Individual?

I have recently started doing freelance work and received my first commission, I have completed my artwork and send a payment link using Stripe, but stripe seems to not accept international payments ...
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Should I charge my client for mistakes I make?

I'm starting out as a freelance designer (not long left university), thus I'm continuously learning new techniques and general business etiquette. I've had a couple projects for clients but I've ...
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Handling client extras on the fly

I sell a B2B software that I developed which is customized for each client. I offer a maintenance agreement with the software that covers technical support, updates, etc. Most of my clients take the ...
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Logo designer and I cannot agree on final product. Do I still have to pay?

I worked with a logo designer to create a logo for my small business. He came up with several designs that I didn't think were anywhere near on par with what he presented in his portfolio, and in the ...
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Client hasn't paid in full can I take down the site?

I did a website for a client (2 other sites) and they talked me into accepting monthly after they paid me a little of what was owed. So after 6 months, they had a sob story about money and they ...
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What the best payment form to be paid for clients from foreign countries?

I would to know which the best payment form to be paid for clients from foreign countries? For example, is Paypal a good option for it? Any useful tips or other options are all welcome.
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Small claims court for unpaid small invoice? (UK)

I'm having trouble getting paid for an invoice that a client owes me (just £100). He has started ignoring my phonecalls and texts and has never been very good over email to begin with. I'm starting ...
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How should I get paid

I'm about to develop an app for Android and IOS to a company of lawyers, the process, meeting, etc will be online since I don't live on their country. The app only will be available on their country (...
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Client does not pay - Should I turn him in?

I have finished some work for a client, he paid 50% for the work done. After the work was finished and delivered he failed to pay the rest 50%. Legally there isn't much to do with it, it will end up ...
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How can I secure my payment with remote work client?

I am planning to work with a remote client. The only way to communicate with my client is by a phone call or message. In order to secure my payment term, I am thinking of creating a contract which ...
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Company want me to invoice them through an Umbrella company, and not directly- how can I ensure I get paid?

I am an IT professional/ software developer, and have been self-employed since October last year. When I first went self-employed, I only had the one client, and was working for them full time. After ...
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Which one brings more benefits to community? Blockchain or Traditional bank?

The blockchain is becoming more and more popular. It has become a double-edged sword to the bank. On the side, its power is the ability to save billions of dollars in cash by reducing transaction ...
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Should I charge the client when I get stuck on stupid mistakes

I work for a client for a few hours a week as a freelance web developer. I'm a mid level developer, but sometimes I make easy stupid mistakes, like spending around 35mins wondering why the addon I ...
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How do I prove my source of income as a freelancer?

Recently I've been doing some banking paperwork in which i had to submit my proof of income. I work as a freelance graphic designer on Fiverr Freelance Marketplace and Istockphoto, so i wonder How to ...
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Learning that my first bill will be paid after two months instead of one

I have worked as a freelance for 1 complete month in company XXX (end client in their building). In my contract, it's written that I will get paid 30 days after my bill transmission. I just ...
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Is it okay for customer to pay less than invoice amount because of their wire charges?

Is it okay for a customer to send me less than the amount I invoiced because of their wire charges? For example, I invoice $380 and they send me $365. I understand I may have additional charges from ...
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How do freelance coders persuade clients of the value of software tests?

My question is a sort of inverse of this one, where the OP asks whether a client may expect software tests as automatic deliverable in a software project. To me, that would imply a knowledgeable ...
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Should I ask client for a upfront with whom I have worked earlier?

I've had clients I've worked with who I'm pretty sure are not going to cheat by skipping paying. Two options in cases of doubt is to put money up front in escrow, which nearly eliminates non-payment ...
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Should I warn client that I'm going to have to threaten legal action?

I've been chasing annoyingly small invoice of £100 for over a month now. The client keeps ignoring my emails and phonecalls. Twice he's texted me to apologise with some kind of excuse for why he's ...
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Client willing to pay more...but I am refusing

I have a situation which is generally opposite case in most projects. I am working on a client project, which I estimated would complete in 2 months max. But even after 5-6 months, the project is ...
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Should I charge less for online lessons if I feel that I'm less efficient at them?

For nearly one year, I've been giving mathematics lessons to a high-school student. I think I have good knowledge of mathematics as I graduated from a French top engineering school and I specialized ...
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If using Gumroad, is there still a need to become self employed in the EU?

I'm about to start selling software online and I'm planning to use gumroad for it. (it deals with the card and paypal payment, invoices and deliver of the files) I was reading the gumroad article ...
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Which software can I use to do partial / progress invoicing? I.e. "Installment invoicing?"

I own a small photography business. Once the client decides to go with my services, I charge them 50% off the full cost of service, to be paid within 5 days upon agreement. This payment secures their ...
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Easiest ways for a US LLC to receive payments from UK clients

I currently have a UK based consulting business but I have just moved to the US. I have retained some of my UK clients so I've been looking for the most tax efficient way to manage clients in the US ...
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What are "payroll companies"?

I just got off the phone with an English recruiting agency, discussing a job in Germany. They said that payment will be done through a "payroll company", which will pay my taxes. Apparently, this is ...
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Asking client for shares

So I have identified a local business that has been having a lot of success in the local brick and mortar retail market and I believe with my help on the technology side they could expand to become a ...
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Client changes contractor halfway through project

I have a client who I've been developing a site for. I've spent about a week on the job; it's a small project. After 1 or 2 iterations the client settled on a design he liked, and so the work began. ...
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When to take legal action against client for outstanding payment?

I have an hourly-rated contract with a client (small tech company, ~5 people + a few contractors). The first 7 months went well - payments tended to be a week or two late on occasion, which I ...
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Client not Responding from more than last 36 Hours

I recently got my first project on Up Work, i had a lot of communication with two of the people from their side on Skype and i have been working on their project from previous week, i have developed ...
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Client non-payment for client's client hosting (UK)

Context: web development for a bigcorp via an intermediary sole proprietor, specifically: I have performed contract work for a Client (A), who was doing the sales & PM, and sold it to bigcorp (B) ...
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A client who ignored me for a year decided to contact me again. How do I ask for outstanding payment?

I used to have a client who pays me $3000 every year to maintain her small office's computer, network, email and static website. There was no written agreement for this since she was recommended to me ...
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Accepting a job outside of expertise

I was offered a contract to build a hybrid mobile app, but I've only ever done native development. Essentially, my question is this: Is it ethical to accept a contract if you will need to essentially ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

I see developers regularly charge $100-200/hr but as I've been researching personal branding, contractor strategy, and best practices, I've come across several alarming figures. In one YouTube video I ...
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Pay consultancy invoices via Bitcoin?

It is usual / possible that a consultancy contract contains hourly rate in Bitcoin unit and not in EUR or USD? And so payer will pay via Bitcoin and not via regular bank transfer?
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Refund policy for left project

There is some guy x. Who wants to make a game. He hired y. This y can't develop unity game. Just based on years of experience he was hired or something. Now y hired me. The project was split into many ...
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Client started a web development contract, and then disappeared

I'll briefly state the situation. One of my clients just started a contract on a freelancing site regarding the development of a web app. She provided a website link and asked to develop a similar ...