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what to do when a vendor/sub-contractor breaches contract?

I'm kind of like an long-time, in-house it/marketing shop for a small startup. I bill them monthly but for whatever hours were put in that month... no min or max, contractual-speaking and this has ...
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What the best payment form to be paid for clients from foreign countries?

I would to know which the best payment form to be paid for clients from foreign countries? For example, is Paypal a good option for it? Any useful tips or other options are all welcome.
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Do I return money for a canceled work?

I was working on a project and I received a part of the payment from the client as a first payment, and did work on the project.. the client viewed the finished work but for some reasons the project ...
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UK self-employed, not VAT payee, EU client wants EU VAT number

I am a UK-based self-employed consultant, not registed for VAT An EU-based client wants EU VAT number otherwise they won't pay If I register for the number, is it just a paperwork hassle, or do I have ...
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Is this software developer contractor agreement a red flag?

I received and 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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How do you handle confusion / disagreements with changes during projects?

Can you share some experience on how to deal with frequent changes / additions during a project? Here are some common experiences I've had in my not so long freelancing career, (edit) primarily ...
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Landing a ReactJS gig with no work experience

I've been looking into ReactJS and I really like it. I've done the tutorials and worked through some apps of my own. In short, I am confident that I now know it well enough that I am ready to tackle ...
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Which non-immigrant visa is required to work as a freelancer from the EU in the USA?

I am a freelancer registered in Germany and I am interested to take a freelance contract in the United States. I couldn't get my question answered from the web page of the U.S. Citizenship and ...
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Billable hours when doing passive task

If I'm doing a passive task (i.e.: Generate & download a database dump), is ethical to pass that time as billable hours? I'm not working, but in that moment I can't do any other tasks for my work (...
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What should I charge for a custom shirt builder web application?

After doing some graphic work for custom shirts for a local business, the owner asked me if I would be able to design a website that would allow customers to visit and design their shirts. The web app ...
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Freelance Programmer - Tax Write Offs in New York City

I'm a freelance web programmer and I work from home in my apartment. I'm wondering what I'm eligible for as far as write offs? I had generally heard that you need to prove exclusive work-related use ...
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What are better ways of saying “retainer”?

Freelancers, lawyers, and other professionals, can take work based on a retainer. However, the word "retainer" can be confusing, as it has differing definitions: A retainer can be a upfront ...
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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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How am I supposed to gain an audience/customer database with two empty hands?

I'm not saying that it's impossible for everyone, because some people clearly do make it. However, it seems impossible for me. I've been at step #1 for 20 years: I have two empty hands and no audience/...
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What's the smallest unit of time I should charge for when clients request minor changes?

If a client needs a tiny amend making to their website (e.g. a phone number needs changing, a user profile needs to be updated in a way the site doesn't allow, etc.) I usually will not charge my ...
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How should an independent contractor's resume differ from that of a candidate seeking a permanent position?

How should an independent contractor's resume differ from that of a candidate seeking a permanent position? Are there things that should be emphasized on a resume for an independent contractor? Are ...
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Emailing an Invoice for small freelancing work

I recently started doing some small freelance work (USA). I need to email an invoice. It is just for one job. How should I do that? I do not have a company or anything like that.
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Planning payment milestones

Lets say that you are putting up a rfp for a software project and you have clearly defined the scope and budget. How do you plan the payouts/milestones such that the freelancer does not desert you ...
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How can I work freelance in spain, whilst living in Australia

I have been offered a freelance position in spain from the company which I used to work for. I lived in spain for a year on a student visa, but now I am back living in Australia. The company were ...
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How do I put freelancing in my CV?

After I finished my CS school, I had an accident which took me far away from the industry for approximately 4 years. After that I worked on my dad's business, and I didn't do much in the way of ...
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Is pet business insurance required for a dog walking business?

My fiance has decided that she wants to start a dog walking business here in Florida. We've already discussed her forming an LLC to protect her from liability but she also mentioned having dog ...
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Client started a web development contract, and then disappeared

I'll briefly state the situation. One of my clients just started a contract on a freelancing site regarding the development of a web app. She provided a website link and asked to develop a similar ...
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Are unit tests and continuous integration part of web app delivery?

I offer high quality fast web app prototyping services. As part of the interview process, the client, a non technical bootstrap founder brought in a backend developer/consultant to ask me questions ...
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How to manage my client's Facebook ads?

I wish to manage some of my client's Facebook campaigns and Google Ads campaigns. However, I don't want the responsibility of needing to manage those using their own accounts. On Google, I'm planning ...
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Are mockups free of charge?

As a web developer freelancer sometimes clients ask me to give them a mockup for some new pages or ideas they have in mind and want to build, this takes time to achieve so should I be asking them for ...
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How to create urgency for clients to provide content, answer e-mails, etc

So as the title says, how do you (freelancers, or the company you work at) create some urgency feeling so that clients don't take forever to come up with content or to reply to your e-mails? There are ...
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When Cold Pitching is Too Successful

Last week I sent out cold pitching email to a few websites with three article ideas. In the past, I've sent out tens of emails and only received one or two responses. This time, I sent out six ...
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How to work as a pet sitter with low self-confidence?

I want to take care of various pets for various (even dirt-cheap) prices just to be sure I can get any client to accept my offers. If I make prices unbelievably low, people will likely want me because ...
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As a new freelancer, how can I improve my communication with the clients?

Recently I've become really frustrated after moving from a regular office job to freelancing. Since I am new to freelancing, I decided to do some low-quality, cheap jobs to get some stars in my ...
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International Employer Initiated PayPal Buyer Claim Without Any Reason

I worked for this employes for a month, and he only paid me for half-month then suddenly replaced me after I delivered the MVP. And he was okay with the result. then he immediately cut me off without ...
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Could it be illegal to send freelancer business offers by postal mail? [duplicate]

Can freelancers legally send an 'unsolicited' paper letter ('snail mail') containing a business offer to prospective clients (whose postal addresses are freely given online)? Or is this also illegal (...
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How to sell a technical training course online

I have worked as a technical trainer and had made several technical trainings during that period. I wanted to know the following: I have theory modules (in ppt format) and practical modules (...
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Is there any guideline for invoice numbering?

If I create an invoice for client1 with invoices numbered 0001, 0002, 0003, then do I start invoicing client2 with invoice numbered as 0004 or 0001? I'm assuming that there would be some logic behind ...
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Questionable Client tries lure of “large white envelope filled with cash”

Does anyone know if "large white envelope filled with cash" is some sort of trope or an acceptable initial payment term? (Is it awkward to ask clients to NOT pay in cash? I use online banks anyway.) ...
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How to legally cold mail prospective clients under the EU opt-in law

Can any freelancers out there tell us about being legally prosecuted for sending (single but unsolicited) emails to prospective clients (in the EU)? In the EU of course there is the 'opt-in' law on ...
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Client feels he is doing a favor on me by paying invoice because his requirements changed

I was working for a client for a while until April. Because of the lockdown and also some family problems on my side, we stopped working together. At that time, there were two payment pending worth $...
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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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Work order money refund : Freelancing with an college friend

I was employed by an old college friend for building an App. I was paid an advance of 25 percent of the total amount agreed as an advance to start working. Later, I went to his office for a few days ...
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Freelancing while being Employed in Germany

I am an expat living in Germany for 2 years now. My question is how to report one-time freelance earnings and how to register as a part-time and one-time freelancer, considering my situation: I am a ...
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Freelancer taking away a client from a full-blown media agency: How to price the work?

I am asked to make a proposal to a client who is moving on from working with a digital media agency (wasn't happy with the services) to working with me, after I demonstrated a proof-of-concept of a ...
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How can I circumvent consulting agencies and work directly for the company

I've been working as a consultant for the past 4 years in a country in Norther Europe. Most of these years were through an agency and only the past 6 months were directly with my current client. ...
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Should I bill my clients for bathroom breaks or other various interruptions?

I use Toggl for time tracking, and I'm pretty diligent about starting a new task for pretty much every thing I'm working on. Recently, while working at home, I had to use the restroom, and afterwards ...
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Is it ok to charge a (always late-paying) client for hours i haven't worked yet?

I have a client who always pays my invoice around at least 1 month after i send it. This is very inconvenient for me as i, a one-man company, heavily depend on this money to be able to pay my bills ...
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Desktop software for time tracking

Unfortunately I often have situation that I often need to go to another task or stop working for a while. That's why I need time tracking software. I prefer desktop software for Windows with one-time ...
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Should I become a freelance web developer or a freelance software developer?

I am 17 and will hopefully be going to university in a year and a half. I know basic syntax for quite a few languages but the only languages that I would say I know (that I can build an application in)...
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How does one know if their pricing is inline with market trends?

I'm not seeking dollar amounts nor how to calculate pricing. I'm curious how freelancers determine if their own pricing is within a good range of current market trends. I can have a conversation ...
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Prospective client asking to see briefs from other clients

As a freelance copywriter, I often take on freelance jobs for advertising agencies. I contacted one recently to offer my services (a small local agency) and we had a Skype call to discuss further. ...
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Is there such a thing as an “Idea Developer”?

I think this is the right spot for this: I have an engineering background, I've done project management, and I'm currently working on helping my group become compliant with a new standard for us. I'm ...
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Should I be less paid for an online lesson?

Since nearly one year, I'm giving mathematics lessons to a high-school student. I think I have good mathematics knowledge as I graduated from a French top engineering school and I specialized in ...
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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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