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Subcontractor (me) is getting "70%" of the payment given to main contractor. Is this a good deal?

I work as a subcontractor for a freelance IT firm. I have specialized work that they don't do, but when such work comes up, they hire me to do it for them. I was told I would be paid 70% of what they ...
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What's the line of legit vs shady in outsourcing?

Outsourcing can be quite legit. Sometimes a client want to give the entire project to someone else to handle the hiring and quality assurance. But the usual assumption is that the client knows the ...
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Outsourcing projects: is there a threshold on how much I can deduct from taxes (IRS)?

Suppose that: I have a $10000 project. I subcontract the entire project to a subcontractor and pays that person $9999. This means my net gain (or profit) is $1. If I submit that info to the IRS when ...
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What's a reasonable discount to ask for when prepaying for development services?

I currently have a contractor working for me via an agency. The contract is rolling on a weekly basis and I can end it whenever I like. I have suggested to the agency owner that I could prepay for ...
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Difference between consultancy and agency

I want to create an agency that subcontracts specialists to companies. Just wanted to clarify the terms. What is consultancy and agency difference? What is then different from a project company or ...
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To expand business or increase rates?

I'll preface this by saying that this isn't my exact situation, but it's close and it could be some day in the not too far off future. But mostly it's something I think about a lot and am curious how ...
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What can I offer to subcontractors and should I even be subcontracting?

I'm a freelancer in machine learning and I've lately been getting overwhelmed with work. I've considered "subcontracting" but I have some doubts which I'd like to get help with: Why should ...
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Is managing U.S. projects for foreign freelancers a legitimate business?

I have been contacted by multiple Software Developers on LinkedIn offering to partner up on contracts on Freelance websites. The proposal is straightforward: As a U.S. Citizen, I get contracts for ...
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Hiring Contractors for Lead Generation

I want to hire a few contractors to help get leads for my business. I am planning on paying the contractors commission only. (i.e. I get $X in sales from there referral and they get a fixed % of $X.)...
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Two sole traders tending for jobs together who don't want to be partners

Perhaps this is a numpty question: I am sold trader in a specialist field and have a colleague with whom I would like to work with regularly who is also a sole trader. For various reasons we would ...
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As a subcontractor, how long should it take to get paid?

It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the consulting firm I work for to pay me after I bill them for a month of my labor (I am a software developer). I currently have 3 outstanding invoices, and the oldest ...
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Can ghostwriting be listed on the resume?

I have several health care and science articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals that I wrote or copy edited under contract or as part of my employment at an academic medical center. I am ...
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Using work I was subcontracted to in portfolio or on social media

I'm a development freelancer/subcontractor (if it's not the same within the described question) and I provide web frontend and backend development on a couple of popular open source CMS. I run my own ...
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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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Are more corporate doors open for incorporated freelancers?

I am aware that some companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage the ...
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Markup on a subcontractor's fee for WordPress development

I am a WordPress designer/developer and have little experience working with subcontractors but I want to start subbing out dev work to free up time to explore new avenues. I had a dev job to make a ...
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Client wants to hire a full time employee under my company/contract

So here's my situation. A client hired me for a part time job and we signed under my contract. Now they want me to go and find someone who can work full time on the same job I do. However I'm not sure ...
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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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What are the consequences of opting out of EAA Regulations in UK?

I am a contractor in UK with my own LTD company. After 4 years contracting I have been contacted by an Agent for a role. Apart of the usual stuff he has requested me two uncommon things: My NIN ...
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Subcontracting freelance work in Germany to non-EU students

In Germany, if you are a non-EU student, you are not allowed a paid job, and so it's not possible for a non-EU student to freelance in Germany. However, as a student you are allowed to work certain ...
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Hiring freelancers who are a couple?

I’m in a situation where I wanted to hire 2 freelancers, and they’re a couple. After a few interviews and investigations, I realized the husband totally lied on his resume and experience; all he did ...
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How to hire junior developers under me and convince clients to let them work on project

I am an experienced developer and I get enough work for my self. I get more work then I can handle my self. So I am planning to hire junior developers under me, start an agency and assign work to them....
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Is outsource.com a good place to find a job, or is it a scam?

I have seen lots of ads for outsource.com on facebook. I signed up, input my skillset (php, wordpress, front end technologies), and now I am getting lots of emails about new job offerings that fit my ...
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Is it OK to refer to work performed as a subcontractor?

I've been working with Bob (name changed) as a subcontractor. He's always had some interesting projects with well-known companies and well-known people. However, since I had been working as a ...
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How to quote & bill as a subcontractor

I'm curious to hear if anyone has any experience as a subcontractor partnering with another business/contractor and if so how you go about setting parameters around each project. I've been approached ...
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How to handle pricing and design for logos on small scale web projects?

I often do small projects, complete web sites, in the $1500 - $2000 range for small business owners. Where I get stuck is in the pricing for designing logos (I can do it - I've got some skills, but I'...
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Pricing a Wireframe Project

I have been asked to subcontract a wireframing project. I do not bill by the hour. What is the best approach to arrive at a fixed fee for the project? Budget is unstated, but the timeframe for ...
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Should I charge my client the same rate for support services as I do for development, especially if I subcontract the support work?

I charge X as an hourly rate for development, and I will subcontract the support. My subcontractor charges X/2. I am the one signing the agreements, so I am responsible should the contractor screw ...
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If I pay for and have sole control of a digital service and have no obligation to provide the service for gratis - Can I close the service?

Background I did some pro-bono work for a community organisation a year back which involved establishing a website prototype built from commercial third party services. Some services had a yearly ...
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What ICT companies fill a locum by a freelancer?

A locum, in NHS parlance, is a professional standing in for another. What companies in the Information/Communications Technology domain use locum to fill positions on their technology (programming, ...
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Is there any difference between outsourcing and subcontracting?

Just what the title states. How does outsourcing differ from subcontracting? Is it merely terminology that is different?
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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?

For the last 3-4 years I have been both a freelancer and the client. I'm the client mainly when I outsource projects I cannot handle myself, or when I seek a specific expert as a part of a project (...
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What is good share ratio when you outsource projects due to lack of time?

Many times in past I had more projects that I could handle myself. Most times the clients are so pushy that you simply cannot tell them that you don't have time. They like your work and they want to ...
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