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Taking advantage of retail discounts if contracting at an educational institution

I am currently contracting at an educational establishment and wondering about the legal implications of taking advantage of the educational discounts offered by some of the larger retailers such as ...
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How much bookkeeping or accounting knowledge is necessary when going freelance?

I have recently been asked how much accounting knowledge someone should have when becoming self-employed. I am somewhat biased since I write accounting software, and so I am afraid of overestimating ...
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Should a contractor charge a higher hourly rate for a shorter term contract? Rules of thumb?

I was approached some time back by a recruiter who had a 1-week contract opportunity. I'm guessing the client anticipated a quick fix to a single problem. Anyway, the rate quoted by the recruiter ...
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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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Donating my work to charitable organizations without incuring legal liability?

From time to time I’d like to work for free for local charitable organizations. I wonder how I could/should do this? (If this depends on the country, I’m interested in Germany.) bill my work as ...
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Charity or Nonprofit Support Services - What are the possible options?

If I wish to start freelancing with the sole purpose of providing support services (in this case, IT), to Charities and Nonprofits what are the possible options under which I can provide these ...
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What are the best ways to get to a decision maker at the owner, CEO, or CFO Level?

You have already established a proposal to your target clients/business, and someone from them already acknowledged your proposal. Next, you must determine how to keep the ball rolling by finding a ...
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What should I look at to determine whether or not I should charge by the hour or by fixed price?

Many freelancers charge their clients by the hour, and many others charge their clients a fixed price for the project. I've worked on a few contract projects on the side and have only charged a ...
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Implement features in case the employer doesn't pay

I had this case once where I delivered a test release to an employer to show if it met his requirements. He paid a few rates for this work. In the following months, I got a few calls to change parts ...
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Working per hour, where do you draw the line?

Take for example a (software development) project that has been estimated by the freelancer as N hours on a pay-per-hour contract. From the perspective of the commissioner, how much buffer should be ...
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How to approach local shops to offer them my service?

In my city there are many shops that don’t have a website. I’d love to explain why they should have one and offer my service to them. However, I’m unsure how to approach them. If I’m a regular ...
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Freelance authors: building a reputation; generalize or specialize?

I'm just getting started as a freelance author and it seems like I'm not getting enough attention from editors to make this financially viable as an exclusive arrangement, so I'd like to build up my ...
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How much time should I spend on open source work to advertise myself?

I am an indy dev, and am wondering how much time I should spend developing open source components that might have a large user base, in order to increase my visibility. I have been developing iOS ...
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Best approach to finding clients in your own city?

I am working as a Software Engineer, but I want to add to my pay by freelancing. What is the best way to find clients in my own city? I am open to doing small projects (like for schools or small ...
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Effect on employee-periods in CV on finding contractor jobs?

What is the effect of being employed full-time for longer period of time on finding job as contractor afterwards? As far as I know, when companies are looking for contractors, many short- and medium-...
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Does the type of payment method reflect the implied professionalism of a freelancer?

There are many options available for accepting payments (Paypal, Authorize.Net, personal/business check, escrow, etc.). Is there a good way to decide which option (or combination of options) should ...
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Claiming use of home as office allowance if the work is unpaid

Can I claim the use of home as office allowance if the work that I perform there is (currently) unpaid? I am currently working on a web project that I'm developing in my office at home. I'm spending a ...
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How can I negotiate barter for a contract?

If I have a client who is interested in bartering their goods or service for my service, how would I propose negotiations that would protect myself, my client, and my work? The client is offering to ...
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Staying in contact with clients when I have a different sleep-wake rhythm (being a night owl or living in a different time zone)

I’m a night owl. I’m most productive/creative at night. I go to bed in the morning and sleep until late afternoon. Being self-employed, this gives only a small timeframe for contact with clients, as ...
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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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Should I lower my per hour rate to be competitive with overseas firms?

I was recently invited to bid on a mobile development contract for a company in South Africa. After doing my research of firms that are local to South Africa, I'm noticing that my hourly rate is ...
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Filing taxes quarterly

Do I need to file taxes quarterly if I am self-employed (no matter what), or are there circumstances in which I can file at the end of the year? For example, if I were employed at another job for ...
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How can I mitigate not being part of a big team?

Freelancing has its advantages - don't get me wrong; however, many people want to be reassured that they are dealing with a big company. Since I can't possibly provide this, how can I mitigate these ...
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Where can I find good contract templates?

When a new freelancer works with a small client, neither party may have experience with contracts. This community wiki provides starting points they can use to think through the issues that should be ...
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Formality of contracts

I'm currently taking on one or two odd jobs, but without formal contracts. While these two in particular won't likely require contracts, I still would like to present one. Is there a particular ...
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How to screen potential new clients? [duplicate]

How can I screen potential clients to remove those most likely to give me more trouble than they are worth? (This is a generic question, anyway my area of expertise is software development)
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What's the most important consideration when accepting a new client?

I'm a freelance developer who started over 20 years ago. I need to improve my ability to avoid clients that can be considered a bad use of my time. So I'm asking you (developer or not): what is the ...
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How can we prepare for “getting hit by a bus”?

As a self-employed person working for a client (e.g. creating a website), you have a bus factor of 1: The bus factor is the total number of key developers who would need to be incapacitated (as by ...
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How can I advertise myself?

Advertising has a lot of effect in attracting big clients to a business. Is there a way (conventional or unconventional) to advertise myself as a freelancer so that I can attract good clients and ...
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How to deal with 'Scope Creep'?

I am creating an online education portal for a client who pays on time and likes the work which I'm doing but after a day he says "Hey, I liked the work you did to the ABC section but after discussing ...
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How to learn copyright laws affecting freelancers and self-employed people

I've been considering starting my own company or doing some freelance work. I've heard through mainstream media that copyright law affects lots and lots of different types of work, especially the ...
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How do I deal with clients who ask me to change the design every few days?

I was working on an Android project. The client asked me to change the app design every few days, but it was very difficult to change the design in the middle of a huge project. How would I deal with ...
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How do I get my first job at a freelancing site?

I am in the software development industry and I'm an experienced software engineer. I am new to freelancing websites. The problem is I have zero rating and I can't get any projects even if I bid the ...
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How to find clients beyond sites like oDesk/Guru/Freelancer? [closed]

I have been freelancing for more than a year now. It's been great in terms that I get paid decent amount for hours I have put in. My issue is I'd like to diversify risk and find new clients beyond ...
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Language requirements for IT-contractor working in Denmark?

What languages are required (typically) for IT-Contractor who wants to work in Denmark? Usually in bigger European countries (such as Germany, France) you are required to know its native language, ...
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EU-citizen working as contractor in Switzerland?

If I'm an EU-citizen and want to work in Switzerland as contractor, what should I do, if I have company registered in EU? Can I work in Switzerland as contractor and invoice my client company as EU-...
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Company registration when working in many EU countries?

Normally, if you work in single EU country as contractor, you are treated like its tax resident and you are required to register company there. (This at least apply to Germany in Poland, where you are ...
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How do I determine which type of contract to use?

I have seen multiple types of contracts: Independent Contractor Agreement Master Services Agreement Statement Of Work Verbal Agreement Are any/all of these types of contracts applicable for ...
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How should I handle contract cancellation fees?

If my client decides to discontinue a project that I am working on part-way through, or wishes to cancel work, how much should I say my client has to pay?
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Should client requirements be included in a contract?

A contract between a client and a freelancer is very important, and it covers things such as boundaries, your pay (hourly or set amount), cancellation terms and limits (hours, deadlines, etc). Should ...
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How to not burn bridges when turning down a contract

I've got two offers on at present, and I certainly don't have time for both. How can I turn down the second one without ruining my chance to work with them in the future, should the opportunity arise?...
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How do I calculate pay rate if I've never freelanced before?

I've been working full time in the field (software) for about 5-6 years. However, I've never done any freelancing work before and am new to this entire process. At my job, pay is easy, since it's ...
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Finding the first client [closed]

I am currently working full time, but interested in doing freelance work. I don't want to drop everything and jump right into it not knowing if this is what I want to do. How can I go about finding ...
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Who owns the result of my contracted work?

I am currently working for a company on a contract-to-hire (eventually) plan. Apart from tax forms, I never signed an official contract. Do I maintain all rights to my work? I am by no means planning ...
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The Freelance Lifestyle: How to manage travel, overtime, and family

I have been working on a contract for around 6 months now. I telecommute from my home office, and am very settled with a wife and kids. I constantly am looking for new work, and often hear of ...
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When is it ok to ask a client for more money?

I am pretty good at estimating my time on a project. For this question, let's say it is for a simple WordPress website with a custom theme development. I have quoted and set my contract with my ...
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On a long contract, when is it ok to ask for a raise?

I started working at my current position nearly 6 months ago, and am paid per-hour, per-project at a flat rate. It was originally going to be a 3-month contract-to-hire, but the company lost a major ...
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How close do end client work locations need to be to fall foul of the 24 month travel and subsistence rule?

I already understand the nature of the 24 month rule in regards to a single contract that lasts for more than 2 years. To recap: From the point at which you know that your contract will be longer ...
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Is there an ideal state in which to incorporate in the USA? [closed]

I've formed the impression from reading business news articles for several years that Delaware is often the state of choice for any small business to incorporate within. I guess there's something ...
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Starting a business without filing government forms

I've learned through discussions with various people I've met in Rhode Island that there are many co-ops operating throughout the state that have never filed any kind of paperwork with the state ...

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