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Questions tagged [working-from-home]

Use this tag for situations where the regular base of operations is at the worker's home, and the related issues (logistics with family, home office tax write-offs, etc). For remote work questions that aren't about a home office, see the "remote" tag.

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How can I be successful as a digital nomad?

I have been reading articles on digital nomad-ing. Here are some of them: Being a digital nomad in Bali This guy built his business by the beach Joel Gascoigne of Buffer (11 cities in 3 months) ...
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How to combat the isolation which can become prevalent when freelancing?

Forgive me if this is somewhat subjective and feel free to close if it's too broad. I've been a freelance designer for a bit more than a decade. I work from home. I don't really have any complaints ...
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How can I edit my cover letter to get more clients?

My source of income has been coming from freelance sites, such as oDesk. Things have been slow for me since the start of this year. As I mentioned in my other post about slowing down, I got a response ...
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How should I deal with clients wanting to meet me, but I work at home?

I have a decent client base now, after many years of hard work however increasingly clients are saying they will come to meet me. This is a change from what I am used to where I would always go and ...
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Working from home while dealing with significant other

I have been freelancing from home for about a year now. On the work side, things have been going very well; I am making good money and having a blast. On the personal side, however, things are getting ...
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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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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?

I have 3.5 years of experience in an IT company at the position of senior Web developer and I want to start work as a freelancer. If I don't get enough work, then what? What are the risks if I do ...
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How I can be hidden from my current working company?

I am working in one good company as a senior iOS developer and have some good experience in it. I have some free time in personal and I want to earn more money by doing freelance work online And I ...
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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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Where, other than home, can freelancers do their work?

When working on a solo project, sitting at home on your own can get a bit depressing after a while. I can go to Starbucks, but feel a bit awkward sitting in Starbucks after an hour or so (even if I ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

What are the ways of protecting your income while working as a freelancer? I did contract work for a company day and night for 4 months, full-time. They were supposed to pay those 4 months of fees ...
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Is it possible to make money while giving software away for free?

I hope this is on topic, if it isn't, please let me know and I will delete. I am a CS student and I love to make useful and fun software. I was in the process of putting together a website to use as ...
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How to deal with sudden health problem

I'm a single web designer / developer freelance and I work in a home office, my target clients are small to medium local businesses, shops, hotels, etc. I have several clients and I am available to ...
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Could I theoretically make money by creating software Linux distro needs? [closed]

I have an idea to listen to what the Linux community needs and to create some simple applications for it. Basically, I would start off with one of the most popular Linux distros at the moment, and ...
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How to determine percentage of time home office used for freelance

I work freelance approximately 40-hours a month as part-time work. When determining my taxes how should I calculate the amount of time I use my home office for working? I do not use the home office ...
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How an EXPERIENCED programmer can switch to freelancing?

First off, sorry for the caps in the title, but I did that for a good reason. Most sites and blog articles out there go something like, "How a beginner can start freelancing with no experience". ...
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Freelancer.com Milestones/Escrow

I've recently signed up for Freelancer.com and when bidding on projects you are asked to break down your proposal into milestones. Why would I want to do that? If I enter just a single milestone and ...
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Finding partners for development startup (preferable Germany)

I am in a difficult situation currently. I am an experienced C++/Qt plus Embedded C/C++ developer. Together with a good friend I planned to open some development service business here in Germany. We ...
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How do I know my freelance team working at home?

I am a Freelance web designer and developer with a small team of freelancer. I had an office for last three years. But I felt that as a Freelancer I can do better work. So I hired various team members ...
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How to avoid 'Pretending' to work?

I have been self-employed semi-successfully for a little under a year now. My partner works in education and now has most of the summer off. I normally work in the living room, but as I feel it would ...
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How does a freelance copywriter determine the right price-per-word to charge?

I worked 6 month for a german company, writing the content for their italian website. Aside for this experience, I'm an absolute beginner with no qualification at all. The only reason I was offered to ...
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Are there platforms to find partners for a startup project? [closed]

I'm starting to ride their own little project, but I would do it with someone else who could like him. Now I would be doing myself Frontend/ Backend and design, but in many of these things I'm a mess,...
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How to effectively handle obsessive personal client calls during regular office hours

I have a new local client who simply won't stop calling me during my office hours. I do attend to calls of all my clients. But he calls me and discusses everything about the project over phone only, ...
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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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A solid structured learning path and approach to go from PHP 'Novice' to PHP 'Cutting-Edge Master'?

I'm a freelance web designer and developer. I've very strong on the front-end (HTML/CSS/JavaScript), but need to work on my PHP skill-set. As I work from home and independently, its up to me to ...
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Underage Freelance working

As a Teen, I can say I would like to participate, learn and most importantly, work as early as possible. But here comes a dilemma. In freelancing or even outsourcing, most company pays using credit ...
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How to get the client the review the contract if the workload has changed

A year ago I agreed a fulltime contract which was convenient for us both. As the project grew the workload became higher and the customer had financial problems leading to decreasing of working hours ...
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Freelancing in highschool?

I am currently a high school student and I'm looking to start working. I am not able to drive myself around yet so I have my eyes on freelancing right now. So far I have these certifications: ...
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How much money should one save up before freelancing full-time?

I was curious; how much money (in terms of months of expenses) should someone save up before quitting their day job and freelancing full-time?
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On a web site gig, who pays for the domain and hosting services?

Client or freelancer? Do I send a payment link to him or does the client reimburse me later?
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Is it unacceptable or not wise to email clients during the weekend?

This Exchange question here: Staying in contact with clients when I have a different sleep-wake rhythm (being a night owl or living in a different time zone) deals with the subject quite well, but it ...
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Billing Work from Home Long Running Task

I am working from home this weekend. I am a developer and I have created a program that purges records at the click of a button. The entire process take after clicking about 12 hours to complete. I ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay v2

I have the same story as this, but I do have time logs in google docs like: an NDA signed by me (don't have a copy signed by the other party, though) + email correspondence. We had the project back ...
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Should a new freelance photographer visit businesses without appointments

I've started work as freelance photographer since 6 months. I've been doing photography since 2 years but just recently after gaining much knowledge I prepared a good portfolio for architecture/...
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Managing Someone else's Social Media

I've been asked if I can manage social media for someone whose business is in another province - which means I cannot easily travel to them to gather images/content/videos/etc. How can you best ...
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Companies VS Clients

So let me tell my backstory. After graduating college, a few months after, I found a work-from-home job through Craigslist. It was my first ever job. It paid $15/hr and I was supposed to get about 20 ...
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Most effective freelancing for beginners?

I'm currently in the process of learning Android app development, web design, and web development. I haven't quite gotten enough experience to the point where I would be able to sale myself as a true ...
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Finding clients and marketing myself

Im a fresh graduate from uni and im trying to enter the freelancing word, however im not sure how.. its such a big community with many experienced people. How can someone such as me face and get ...
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I'm an able web developer with advanced knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and (My)SQL.. where to go from here? [closed]

To start off with I'm 16 years old, and I do know these languages sufficiently enough to produce a finished product. I've made a few community based websites in the past, and they were fairly popular ...
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UK company hired me, threatened to file charges against me

I am a freelancer based in the Philippines, and was hired by a UK-based company towards the beginning of September. While I was hired, I neither signed a contract nor signed an NDA. After a month of ...
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Do you bill for time waiting for client to respond within a single shift/day?

I do motion graphics and editing. A lot of my "time" is waiting for the client to respond to the last version I sent, or to answer a question about how to proceed. Client is claiming I should only ...
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How do I set up a contract for a IT company's logo?

So I'm kinda new on the whole 'do works for companies' thing, I'm artist, have been drawing for the past 6y and mostly I do art from person to person, but I was approached by a client who wanted to ...
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Who is responsible for documenting a freelance business website?

I have designed a website for one of my client's and this is my first freelance work in which I have designed the complete front-end look of the website, he is just asking for some documentation, I ...
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Competing with experienced people on freelancing websites

I'm trying to enter the freelancing world while finishing my degree, in order to get more experience in my field and make some money. How can I compete with people on the freelancing sites, since ...
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Can I Become A Freelancer And What I Need Too Know

I'm a student I love coding as a hobby and am confident in python and some of its common addons, I have also learnt and can program some C++ and have begun learning basic. I am familiar with using ...
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Is there a freelance / contracting website that mostly focuses on the United Kingdom market and caters mostly for UK remote-based IT workers?

As an experienced Software Developer in the United Kingdom, I am looking for a mature Freelance or Contracting website that caters mostly for United Kingdom based companies and remote-based IT workers ...
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Balancing life with productive work with study and research

I am a web designer / developer (front end and back end). I do that proficiently since more than 10 years, and I am appreciated and good skilled in designing and programming. I work alone in a home ...
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how do I get more repeat business from existing clients?

I'd like to get more repeat business from clients. Aside from asking them "are you looking for any more work done" is there any other way to approach them to secure more work?
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skills needed to do and find freelance web design work

I am considering learning the skills needed to become a freelance web programmer or web designer. I have confidence in back-end development but am learning more about front end. I live in India and ...
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Freelancing sysadmin

I live in South America. I am working as Linux / Unix sys admin since 2005, still in the same path, but I would like to do it as a freelance now, offering service locally and outside my country, too -...