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Social Media Portfolio : Dedicated Professional or Personal Incorporation

I'm just starting to come round to the idea of using social media, and as I'm not a big fan, I want to use as few profiles as possible. My prefered platform is Twitter and as I'm a freelance writer ...
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Can a Western IT software developer make it in online freelancing?

I’ve worked reasonably paid (by Western standards) for 15 years. I'm wondering whether there is any point me trying to crack the online freelance market. I compete against thousands of people with a ...
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Very difficult client now seems to have lost interest

I've been doing a small identity design job for a new client who has been very difficult to work with and he has recently stopped replying to my emails altogether. The main problem is that trying to ...
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Best way to launch your mobile app

I'm looking to launch my mobile app soon, but I need to copyright it and I'm not sure what would be the best thing to do, how should I start, etc. Can I launch an app under self employment or I would ...
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How do I start freelancing in IT? [duplicate]

I'm looking to start freelancing as a C# programmer. I have worked in the field of IT for a while and have a BSc in computer science. But I am new to this and don't know where to start. Is there an ...
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How can a student be a freelancer?

I am a student of Computer Science. It would be great if i could do some jobs in the internet and make some money. So is there any tips for me to do so ?
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What/how to price project?

I have a project with a client and I don't know how to put a price on it. I mentioned that we can do either hourly or fixed price project. He said that it would be better to do everything in 2 week ...
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2k views

Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

I'm a one man band freelance company and have been using Upwork to supplement my income. I do it part time as well as working full time as a contractor for a government department. I want to start ...
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2answers
280 views

Client has cancelled the project and asking for refund of payment

I have agreed for a mobile Application project where everything has to be managed by me only as development and programming designing concern. The only Designing part has been given to another ...
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Is it okay to prospect my customer's customers?

Here is the situation: I have been working full-time for a customer (let's call him A) over the last month and most of this time was actually spent on projects from a single customer of them (let's ...
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Upwork - How much to charge for an hourly rate if I'm new?

I'm looking to try freelancing to do technical writing so I can pay for college classes over the summer. I'm a Biomedical Engineering student and have experience writing and explaining technical ...
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How can I begin with either volunteering or freelancing or online work? [duplicate]

I am ready to do either unpaid online volunteer work or freelance online with some payment or do an online job getting paid regularly. The problem is I don't know where and how to start. I was in the ...
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Asking client to pay bank transfer charges

This question is two-fold: Is it okay to expect a client to pay any bank transfer related charges when paying for services? Assuming 1., how would be a polite way of stating this on the invoice. I ...
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1answer
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Buying a software tool - should I buy myself or should the client do so

I'm working on a project as a freelancer. The project is already mature enough and the client wants to localize. I found a software tool on the web that will speed up localization greatly, but it ...
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4k views

How to backup declared income when the invoice is lost?

An invoice for some work I did awhile back seems to be missing and I can't find it, yet I want to make sure I am declaring that amount in my tax statements. If I get audited, what's the best way to ...
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Graphic designer tapped to work on multiple projects. Best way to charge? Retainer? Hourly? Per project?

I’m a graphic designer and I’ve been tapped by a previous client to work on multiple projects. The projects are mostly packaging design and product label — my role is to think of the concepts, make ...
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How to set a project completion deadline for a project that already got extended out?

I was hired to update a website for a client, based on a designated list of tasks. The client paid fully upfront, and we set a rough "loose" project completion estimate at 3 months. It was a fixed-fee ...
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Client wants more features near project end

I established a fixed price with a client for a website design project. I got underpaid because I couldn't show any experience in the area of the project since I didn't had permission from my other ...
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1answer
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How do I notify my Client that my Consultancy Agreement is expiring & also I want them to renew it

I am a Consultant to a company whose HR, PD & other people have not notified me that the agreement is expiring in a few days. I want to send an email to the CEO, HR, PD and do the following: ...
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How to make sure I will get paid

I am a web developer and SEO for my brother. He has an insurance company and specialises on a certain type of customers that I address with special websites and SEO for him. I'm doing this for ...
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What will a foreigner need to legally work as a freelancer (web developer) in France?

What is needed to work legally in France as a freelancer for a foreigner?, I'm specially interested in knowing what is needed when the person is not from the European union, the US, or countries in ...
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2answers
64 views

Trade off between project code and timeline.. room for future extensions

Most of the local clients has small timeline for a project and there requirement may be complete and straight forward. Every project need some setup time and in freelancing you always are short of ...
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197 views

How can a teenager start freelancing?

I've been freelance programming on a few niche forums for about two years now, and have a decent portfolio built up. I'd like to start working in other places and learn how to market myself better. ...
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How to combine the general advantages of “work for hire” and retain my right for reuse the code?

I'm an independent software consultant and I want to create a framework that lets me solve a wide variety of problems in a niche area. The purpose of the framework is to have existing building blocks ...
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How can I justify my opinion about app release?

I've started a new project with a college classmate. We wanted to develop a mobile app, which we thought wasn't invented yet. Doing some research, we found out that the idea already existed; and it ...
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Client hasn't answered nor read my emails

So I've been doing freelance design for this company and I work through email and my website with this one client. I have a Chrome extension that let's me track activity on an email after it has been ...
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If I worked for clients at a marketing agency, am I allowed to say I worked for them now that I'm freelance?

I’m making a website and would like to add their logos to a “happy clients” section. I won't be including any of the work I did for them, just their logos.
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How to sell a project to your competitor? Documents, Warnings, Considerations

I've created a simple SaaS (Software as a Service) project that helps small towns improve their tourism websites and apps easily, fast and paying a small fee each month. Why I want to sell it? I'm ...
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Acceptable terms for sales contract where I'm the sole developer

I occasionally have offers from people to help me get contracts. In return, they want to be paid a commission or a certain percent of the net profits. I have always had a hard time trying to figure ...
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Is frontend web development worth learning in 2019?

I have basic knowledge of HTML5, CSS 3, and Bootstrap. Shall I learn the frontend thing completely? Will it be worth the time and energy keeping the fact in mind that there are tons of frontend ...
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Tips For Freelancing & Wordpress Workflow

Im looking to start freelancing using Wordpress. However I would love some advice on my workflow. It's my first time doing this, so Im sure its lacking. What my plan is so far: 1) Send email to ...
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How do you keep track of the details for the different websites you maintain?

I have multiple websites, mainly in Wordpress, that I manage and I need to share the details of those sites and everything about the customer's online presence in a centralized location with the ...
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How to sell Android app to a general contractor for my desired price?

I have designed an app specifically for a certain contracting company on the Android Studio platform. I have recently looked over the regulations for uploading an app onto the Google Play store and ...
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Client doesn't give approval but changes expectation. What should I do?

I'm recently working with a very indecisive client who never seems to want to make decisions or give approvals to any confirmations I asked of her. I have had a question on this here a while ago. But ...
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Contract canceled after 90% of effort was expended - client pegs delivered value at 50%

I write reports that require a lot of data analysis upfront, followed by a small amount of writing. My client canceled after I had already invested most of the effort required to complete the project ...
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Can/Should I provide engineering services with a PO and no contract?

I have been hired by a client with a PO but no contract. Do I need to put a contract together to protect myself as an engineer?
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139 views

How to help a client understand that 16-hour effort doesn't mean deliver the next day?

I've recently quoted a client on a project for 16 hours of effort. I've told him that I can deliver the work in 3 weeks time. However, he took the 16 hours of effort literally and expected me to ...
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Client paid for project in full, canceled the project 4 months into it (nothing to do with me) wants refund for unfinished work

For this project we had no formal contract, just emails outline scope of work and partial usage rights for the images I was delivering. They decided to cancel the project about 4 months into it (once ...
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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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I added my client to WhatsApp, now I get messages from him at 11pm. How to act?

I don't know if I made a mistake on giving my client my personal WhatsApp number. Now whenever he has something to say about the service I delivered, he contacts me by that channel because he knows I'...
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Freelancers, do you have any advice when clients cancel the project?

I joined a website design project for a client. I asked him to deposit 50% of the project's money. I sent draft designs; they were almost complete. Suddenly, the client said he met a financial ...
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Disadvantages to incorporation/forming an LLC?

In previous questions there seems to be a general consensus to seek incorporation early and always. Are there any reasons not to? Are there additional burdens that hit LLC's, corporations, and the ...
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How to deal with indecisive clients?

I do freelance web design and development on the side. I have a client recently who appears to be flaky and indecisive. She isn't very willing to commit herself to make decisions. When I've the ...
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How to explain to client their other freelancer is incompetent?

I have been doing long-term software development with an out-of-state client. All of their dev work is done by myself and a handful of other freelancers, only one of whom I work with on a semi-regular ...
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What's the minimum billing period for Guidepoint Global?

As part of a signup as an advisor, Guidepoint Global asks for the hourly rate (Consulting Rate (per hour)), but nowhere is it specified what the minimum billing period is. Google reveals that most of ...
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Advice when pitching a day rate to maximize billable time

I originally asked this over on workplace.stackexchange.com: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/131342/40440 I read an article for contractors/freelancers about how to calculate a day rate, vs ...
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What expectations are there of support when handing development over to a different contractor after my contract is terminated?

This may be a better fit for a different site, but I couldn't really find one that served the intersection of software engineering and business norms. My primary concern here is about something I ...
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Should I give the finished work to a client before or after they paid me?

I have a new client that I met online for whom I have been doing some photo editing. We will be using paypal for payment. Should I give the finished work to client before or after they paid me?
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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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How to avoid working as an unofficial full-time employee?

I was proposed the following scenario as a freelancing opportunity: Work in their office 40 hours / week, M-F Using their equipment Work on multiple projects, not one ongoing project Following their ...

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