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Is "contractor will indemnify and fully defend" with no cost limit reasonable for a software developer contract?

I'm a sole proprietor in the US contracting for a few months to make changes to a mobile app for a medium sized company. They want me to sign this clause under Delaware jurisdiction: Consultant shall ...
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How can I start Mechanical Design Freelancing? [duplicate]

Being a design engineer, how can I start freelancing. Some friends suggested upwork and fiverr, I tried there, but I didn't succeed. I use SOLIDWORKS for 3D Modeling and Keyshot for rendering. I use ...
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Desktop software for screenshot time tracker

I researched in this SE and I found this and this, but this is not what I am looking for. I have various computers so 1 time tracker for 1 desktop doesn't work if I need Linux for some task and each ...
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I am about to start bidding for SQL Server/database projects on Upwork/Fiverr but not sure if my software is compliant

I will mostly be doing report development using SSRS and Crystal Reports. And some SSIS and T-SQL query writing. Maybe some performance tuning of their systems. I have the free 2019 SQL Server ...
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licensing after installing for Client (not Work-For-Hire)

I built a very successful app for a client. There was no language as to ownership in the contract, and no "Work-for-hire" language. The project creeped way out of scope, but I had an hourly ...
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Does anyone know of any free time tracking and invoicing software geared toward freelance software developers?

Currently I am using Clockify but I would like to know if there exists any free time tracking and invoicing software geared toward freelance software developers? All I am finding is "paid" ...
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Starting a startup?

For young developers out there.Is it a good idea to start there own startup or get a job while university education. For someone young startup is counted as experience? For a single guy is this a good ...
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Building an entire platform yourself - What's the ONE thing you could point to? [closed]

If it weren't hard enough being a freelancer, some crazy people like myself choose to be a true 'one man show' and develop entire platforms themselves rather than just a piece of a platform (eg front ...
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How to offer software license discounts to students with confirmation?

I hope this is the right place. I'm a few months away from releasing my first software product that is not SaaS, but downloadable (engineering visualization tool) and am working on ideas about how to ...
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Financial software for new 1099

I will be starting to work as a 1099 independent contractor at the end of the month and I am looking for convenient software / website to help me manage tax returns (I am based in Brooklyn, NY), keep ...
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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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Is this software developer contractor agreement a red flag?

I received an offer from a company to work as an independent software developer contractor. The agreement contains some clauses that specify that I should indemnify the company. This one agrees to ...
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Can I charge for refreshing my knowledge in a certain technology?

I just took a contract with a company that reached out to me for development help. Had 2 people contact me and they seemed really eager to have me on. Can I charge for my time spent refreshing my ...
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Is there any freelancing site that allows workers from Iran?

Are there any (international/non-iranian) websites that allows Iranians to freelance? I tried a few but they don't let me register due to US sanctions.
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Service Contract for a Software Product

I built an app for a client recently. He has a bunch of new features that he wants to incorporate into the delivered app in subsequent releases. He asked me for a service contract for the app. I am ...
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Freelance as software developer without travelling?

I'm a physicist, but I've been working as an employed software developer for several companies in the past seven years, and I've already been a part-time programmer during my university studies. For ...
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Jack of All trades syndrome

Had no idea where to post this... Hoping someone can give me some advice. I have a rather broad set of IT skills. Ranging from helpdesk support, server support, desktop support etc. All the way ...
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Best ways to start a career in software development?

New developer here and struggling to get around the old Catch 22 of can't get a job without experience and can't get experience without a job. Does anyone have any recommendations as to how to ...
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How would a contract look like for allowing developers to reuse source code in other projects?

Say you get hired to build a company some software. The company wants the source code, but it is OK with you reusing the source code in your other projects. What kind of terms should be included in ...
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How much should I pay for a simple android app [closed]

I want my own quiz application on android, with just about 50 multiple choice questions. How much should I pay to the developer?
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How to become a freelance programmer without knowing much about Web Design?

I am an aerospace engineer, but I'm quite adept at programming I believe. I am very strong with C, C++ and Python. However, I use it for computational simulations and embedded systems in the aerospace ...
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What to do once the project goes live?

I'm looking for advice on the best way to service my client once their project goes live while avoiding any potential pitfalls. The product is a custom software solution that is cloud hosted. During ...
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Convince client not to want my software

I'm the primary author of an open-source software program. I was contacted by a client who wished to contract me to add a (major) feature to the program so that it could be used in their company's ...
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How to specify a "deliverables after payment" clause?

I am keen to avoid situations (as I have had in the past) where I hand over source code, and am not paid until significantly later. I'm perfectly happy to demonstrate that the work has been done, but ...
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Securing source code

I am delivering compiled libraries to a customer. This customer wants a guarantee that whatever happens (say if I disappear unexpectedly), he will remain able to use the software when compiler ...
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Quote for source code review as expert witness

I've been contacted on LinkedIn by a lawyer and his clients. They asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a piece of source code and answer specific questions they have about it such as whether ...
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Is a hosting party a 'third-party'?

I'm creating a new privacy document based on the GDPR. I have a site which collects some personal data (first name, last name, location, etc). My site (including database) is hosted by a hosting ...
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Is it compulsory to mention my postal address in an invoice I create?

I've seen this question about the confusion on using a residential address, but my question is that since I'm a software professional and I don't expect the company to deliver anything to my postal ...
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Experienced IT contractor to become a freelancer

How can I make the transition from contractor to freelancer? As a contractor my job is developing web sites, databases and apps. Although I have my own limited company, contractors in the UK still ...
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Should I charge my clients for software fees?

When initially starting my business, I took on many different tools to improve my service to my clients as a website developer & digital marketer. I've reached a point where as I diversify my ...
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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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Consulting contract (Developer) - Indemnification

I was offered to sign a contract for Consultant/Developer position working remotely for company in United Arab Emirates. Contract contains Indemnification paragraph that looks strange to me. Since it'...
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Setting Rates - What ratio should I use for my Hourly : Daily rates?

In Brief: I have a short-term, part-time software consulting contract (200-300hrs over 2-3months) for which the client has specified hourly and daily rates. What is a typical ratio between hourly : ...
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Ongoing software support UK - Should I charge a call out fee?

Following on from some completed freelance work, I have received a request for ongoing support to help in house resources build upon the work already provided. The company is approximately 1 hour ...
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Can't satisfy client's need in fixed-bid project

I have been hired as a freelancer to build a video splitting utility that's supposed to split video clips at certain points as indicated by the user. I am using ffmpeg as a library and it produces ...
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How to sell my software online and deal with VAT?

I have just developed a javascript which I am planning to start selling online through my website. However, all the legal procedures I need to take into consideration make even more confused than when ...
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Ensuring software modules I build aren't used for illegal purposes?

When freelancing with a client you know well or do not know well, when they ask you to develop your software functionality in independent modules that can be plugged into any project they create, how ...
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Team based Consulting contracts [closed]

I have been working remote for the same client for nearly 10 years. I was a full-time employee and someone I worked with previously presented me with the opportunity (Primarily C# Stack). Sadly the ...
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What should I do if a project fails?

I am a full time freelancer. Recently, I got a pretty large project. The project mainly depends on Facebook and Instagram API's. As we got started, I used Instagram sandbox and Facebook test account ...
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Should I provide information to the client before proposal is accepted?

So, there is some knowledge you gain from your career and this information is important and valuable because it save the client big money. For example, for OTP verification with a mobile number, ...
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Should I keep my IC wages the same even though I have a salaried job?

United States Software Designer/Dev Scenario: I have a salary job, lets say 100K a year, and I now also have opportunities to work for other companies as an independent contractor in addition to that....
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How should a freelance software engineer use Linkedin to find clients?

here are what I've been trying. Which is most effective? I send a LinkedIn invite to every potential hiring manager that is not a 1st connection. In the invitation, I say I'm an available contractor, ...
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How worthwhile is contractor insurance (esp. in Canada)?

I have an employer here in Canada wanting me to do a gig as an independent contractor, and start asap. Front-End web, fairly straightforward project. At the same time, they and/or the recruiter are ...
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How to stay safe online as a freelancer?

I have been freelancing for a while now and in some of the work I do I am required to visit a lot of different websites. This isn't an issue, but I worry about my safety online. I have Webroot, but ...
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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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Working as a travelling software engineer

Here's my situation at the moment - I graduated last year with a physics degree from a decent uni, and I have since been working as a software engineer on a graduate programme with an aerospace ...
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My client wants me to use pirated software. What should I do?

I have been in negotiations with a client over the past few days about a large job he needs me to perform. It requires the use of an expensive piece of software. When I asked about the licensing, he ...
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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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How do you refer out projects that aren't in your area of competency?

Most of our software work comes from referrals. As developers, how do you go about referring out projects that aren't in your area of competency?
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