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Changing the estimate as a freelancer

I have a repeat client who recently sent me a brief for a project, reading for the first time it sounded simple and as I am new to this, I rushed and provided an estimate. After writing down a list ...
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Good practices for dealing with clients in more distant timezones

I'm based in New Zealand and in previous years I was freelancing in Australia. I've done work for US clients on the west coast in (PST/PDT) and the timezone difference (it's about 4 hours difference ...
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Freelancing as Physicist / Mathematician

I am looking for freelance jobs that would allow me to work remotely and part-time. From what I see, apart from coding jobs (most of which seem to be full-time), only jobs as scientific editor come up....
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Where to find VBA projects for freelancer?

Is there any VBA freelancers? Hope you've got enough work for you! Which freelance-websites do you use to find work (if that's not a secret)? I do VBA development, various files-processing macros, ...
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How to get Fiverr jobs at the beginning

I am using Fiverr for one month but I did not make lots of orders up to now. I think I should improve my gig with some attractive way for the users so what are the key things that can be used to ...
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Comparative retention rate in variosu European countries?

I am an experienced software developer, currently on GBP £55/hour and have, for several decades, been able to pick & choose where I work. I am considering returning to Germany, Holland, ...
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Signed contract to complete work that I can no longer provide

I signed a contract to produce technical training content and videos at a time when I was available to complete it. I have about 10% of the work completed. Due to circumstances that I cannot ...
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Firing a client due to difficult ongoing work relationship

I have a Web & graphic design client that I've been working with since July of this year. Initially, the project was supposed to be completed, and launched, in full at the end of September. The ...
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What is “midlancing”, and what is the catch?

I currently work for a quite large company that is well known in the business, and has quite a good name. Before that, I only worked for small companies with highly specialized products, and therefore,...
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How to do projects to promote my self and create better portfolio?

I am a fresh graduate with a Software Engineering degree but I don't have lots of projects to show my abilities. So my portfolios don't give me the power motive to attract customers. I like to work ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

I'm about to start my first consulting gig with my first client. The things is, I've spent 10+ hours already just scoping the project and estimating how many hours each task takes before even ...
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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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Start at Freelancing work [duplicate]

I'm an Electronics Engineer having 3+ years of experience. I tried to register in Sites like Upwork and Fiverr and all. Followed every instruction to get freelancing opportunity. But I have not go ...
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How to make sure I will get paid by my sibling

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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Should I remove the VAT column from my invoice?

I have a client whom I suspect is just attempting to find ways to not pay invoices due, asking me to remove and change details continually on my invoices. Today they have requested that I remove the ...
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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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Social Media Portfolios

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, on my prefered platform which is Twitter. My main area of work ...
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How much should I charge to backup a NAS drive to my server every night?

How much should I charge my client to backup the data from a synology NAS drive to my home windows server which is used as a FTP server for backups? I dont want to seem expensive or charge too little ...
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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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Mass cold-emails to get work — unethical?

I'm planning on returning to self-employment (graphic design) full time. In the past, I used to get most of my work with the following two approaches: Meeting as many new people as possible — a lot ...
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How to efficiently find graphic design opportunities

I am looking to do some freelance work as a graphic designer. I've been in the industry for 10+ years. I can make whatever a potential client is looking for. Where do you go when first starting out?...
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How to learn about MSA, SOW, RFP? (consulting)

I recently started consulting and I was wondering how does one learn how to write a: MSA (master service agreement), SOW (statement of work), RFP (request for proposal), etc. I have a big client ...
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Should I work for free if client's requirement changed

I have a client. There was one specific limitation of the solution we were implementing. I made sure to tell him about it, and he said it's fine. Now later when it's implemented that way, he feels, ...
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Freelancing for Fixed System Development?

I am interested in specializing in the area of Fixed System Development. This type of project involves user interactions and process simulations in which every aspect that is going to take place can ...
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I am leaving work to go freelance - can I contact my employer's clients once I leave?

The title pretty much says it all: I am working for Company A and am now leaving. Their clients, Client A, B, C and D all really like the work I do and have personally commented to me about how ...
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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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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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Freelance working for a company - what should my contract include?

I started working for a media company as freelance production manager/video editor two months ago, and I just received a contract that doesn't explain anything but the pay I will earn per hour. The ...
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How can I start freelancing and get online projects to work on?

I have good experience in PHP and I want to start freelancing. I have opened accounts on Elance, freelancer, oDesk and have been trying to bid on projects for the last 2 months, but I still didn't get ...
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How do you know if a client is serious about your service?

I am new to freelancing work, currently have no client and been in touch with two clients who show interests on my service. We met couple times already but both client seems not moving the process to ...
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Risks of giving friend-clients a discount: price discrimination?

It seems normal to charge friends, relatives, neighbours, etc. a lower price than people you don't know at all. However, wouldn't that be price discrimination, and isn't that a crime? I don't want to ...
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Agree to stick to agency at interview stage already

A few days ago I had a phone interview with a client over here in Belgium, arranged through an Irish agency: but before the phone call I had to reply to a mail confirming that I agreed to the terms of ...
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Car expense claim options

Hello all I am new to this so I hope I am not asking something too silly. I am also a pretty new freelancer around a year... I bought a second hand car for £1000 to a private individual for my daily ...
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How to handle creating and migrating accounts of many third-party services for clients? [duplicate]

I’m trying to start a small web development freelance company that specializes in custom lower-cost static websites for local businesses. By the nature of static sites, or at least the stack I’m using,...
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Can a client deduct additional work from my price?

I finished a recent website project which took too much time for a low price. I delivered the project completed (without excluding potential minor bugs). After delivery, they informed me of something ...
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Client misled me on workload, and now I'm hosed

My client needed someone to gather confirmed residential addresses and put them into an Excel file, and then to upload that into BingPlaces to help out his business. We spent two days talking, with me ...
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Using A Blog To Create A Portfolio

Not sure this is strictly on topic but it may be something that some freelancers have experienced or may know something about. I'm used to be a freelance website /graphic designer, but I'm new to ...
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Gaining experience and confidence whilst developing coding abilities

So I have recently been teaching myself to code in various languages in order to create some responsive and attractive websites. I am growing in my abilities and could happily build some smaller ...
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Transfer Wordpress website to client that stops

I developed a Wordpress website for a client. I also bought a Wordpress Theme (on Envato) and activitated its license to get the latest theme/plugin updates. What if a client stops with my services? ...
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How to run several projects simultaneously?

Many times through my career I bumped into the situation when I had to run several projects simultaneously. Is there any techniques available to keep track on them both? My main concern that when ...
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Police Checking Service

I have been asked to get a police check prior to being awarded an I.T. Dev Contract. I really want this job, but need to provide this check as soon as possible to. So my question where can i go to get ...
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How can I be paid as founder of a LLC?

A group of friends are going to create a non-resident LLC in the USA. My question is how can we be paid as company founders? Would be possible to be registered as self-employed in our respective ...
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How can I send an agreement in midst of a project?

I have made an indeed silly decision to not send the agreement upfront to my new client, before starting his Web development project... I actually didnt send it because he is a very close person and ...
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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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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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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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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features

Customers always want a quotation of the amount of time it will take to write a certain feature (printing a new report, adding a new form, importing/exporting data, etc). Suppose I estimated the ...
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Fixed price or per hour for a web developer?

I am a starting freelancer in the webdevelopment sector. I focus on both personal or one-man business full websites and websites for advanced users for which I write plugins or add features (but don't ...
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When do I ask for an advance/upfront payment

I have the project agreement ready which I will send to all my clients before website development begins. But I am confused about when to ask for an upfront payment? Generally, when I send ...
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What is the freelancer's responsibility regarding software bugs?

I just started my career as an online freelancer and even though I try to do my best I have this constant stress & anxiety about what will happen if there is a huge unwanted issue/bug in my code? ...

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