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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 I brand myself?

I'm starting a freelancing business and wondering how should I brand the new business: Sole Freelancer. Expert in field. A small studio. Company. No "Personal" brand. I understand that there are ...
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Offsetting own labour as 'allowable expenses' when accounting

I'm a web developer. When I buy a Mac I put it down as an allowable expense and receive a tax break on it. When I buy business cards, they go down as an advertising cost. My broadband is an 'office ...
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Project based freelance project requiring multiple unexpected “redos” from client

I've got a project based contract to build a software app. The planned contract initially stated an aggressive 8 week release plan, and it was stated that the designs and API were at or near ...
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What are proper manners when delivering project after agreed date?

Is there some general rule to follow when delivering a project after the date that was agreed upon? Let's say you have one month to prepare the project but you deliver it in six weeks. At what point ...
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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 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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Working simultaneously for multiple clients

I am currently working for a client i like and i would like to maintain, but at the same time, being a freelancer, i would like to work for other clients in order to have a more diverse professional ...
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Should I work for free for non-profit organizations?

I have debated whether or not doing pro bono work for non profit or community organizations is a good idea or not. On the one hand, I would view it as a 'donation' of my time and services to a cause I ...
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Freelance Consulting while Employed

What options do IT consultants have if they're interested in expanding their skillset with engagements outside of their corporate employer? I'm interested in the fast-paced lifestyle of freelance ...
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How to politely stop doing free work for people

I run a small consulting company, mostly paperwork for immigration, starting a business, and a range of other things. I quite often get a lot of people stopping by to ask questions, leaving, doing ...
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Can I modify clients testimonials?

Should I or can I edit my clients testimonials to make them more grammatically correct? Am I allowed to use snippets of them, rather than the entire thing? Or am I better not to edit them at all? I ...
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Should bug fixing of a finished project be free?

Lets say I finished an app recently - was hired to develop it. By the end the client tested features, paid me and the development was over. The question: what to do with the bugs which can appear ...
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I.T home support - protecting myself

I'm looking to get some extra work and start my own I.T support business for home users only. Examples of work: - Working on computers in front of the client - Clients drop off computers, I fix them, ...
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Contractor going Full time - what do I do with my incorporation?

I live in Canada and for the last 2 years I was doing contract development under a federally incorporated business. But now I am full time and wondering what I need to do with my incorporation. I ...
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To talk with client or to chat with client and the effects on landing contracts

Most times, clients ask me to talk in Skype. Since I do not like talking as I may say something unplanned, I always direct them to message rooms where they ask questions, and I reply after thinking ...
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How to respond to “Are your rates negotiable?”

What is the best way to tell a client that your rate is non-negotiable when they ask? I am looking for way which will not offend the client and would also ensure that I don't end up decreasing my ...
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My client wants me to use pirated software. What should I do?

I have been in negotiations with a client over the past few days about a large job he needs me to perform. It requires the use of an expensive piece of software. When I asked about the licensing, he ...
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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 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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Bad rating has decreased my chances of getting work - How can I recover from bad feedback?

I been in freelancing for like 2-3 years now, and earning my bread and butter via freelancing on sites like oDesk etc. Mainly I use oDesk as I had many projects and ratings too. But now, I have hit a ...
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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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How do you motivate yourself when you're your own boss?

I've been working as a freelance developer for almost two years now, and I've managed to find myself in a pretty good situation. I'm working part time for a great client who loves me and has enough ...
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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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How do freelance web developers approach security and liability?

Liability How can clients expect small teams and individuals to be liable for a security breach when the news is filled with governments/corporations with huge ITSec budgets getting hacked? We're ...
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How can I reassure a client who is scared of me stealing their idea?

I've been in the situation many times where a client has a "unique" idea for a website and they fear that if they tell myself or any other developer about this that we "evil developers" will go and ...
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How do you explain a higher rate in person than what you've quoted in an email?

At the time of answering an email, I quoted a company overseas by X/hr based on the assumption that I would be building with ABC technology stack. During discussion over the phone, it turns out we ...
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How do I answer the “How much will it cost” question when researching a development task that has unknown variables?

If I have a client who is asking me to solve an automation problem that involves integrating different software solutions, like a payment gateway and a form builder tool, for instance, and we don't ...
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How to manage a client's expectations

So I am running in to a bit of an issue, and although there are similar questions on FL nothing this specific: How do I manage a client's expectations for a new website? The issue arises when they ...
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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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Client asked me to remove copyright and name from licensed code

I have a client who used a licensed script as a foundation to their site. They paid for the license and it is a lifetime, single-site license. There are no more details than that concerning the ...
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How Do I Start my Own Freelancing Company?

I am a Web developer with over 4 years experience, and I currently work for a company. Now, I want to start my own company. How can I get work and clients? I know about few sites, like freelancer....
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How to back out of a freelance project that has gotten too big?

Last August I took on re-doing an e-commerce website. At first she only wanted a re-design, but it ended up being completely redone. Since I'm a student, I didn't charge her a whole lot for it, but we'...
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Is an agreement by email reply enough to act as a signature in a legal contract?

I am about to start a contract with a remote client and want to start quickly. Rather than sending a signed contract by "snail mail" for them to sign and return, would it be enough to email the ...
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Phone or e-mail when attracting clients?

I'm starting as a freelancer in the web development sector. I'm constantly searching for new projects on (Dutch equivalents of) websites like oDesk. Many clients add both an e-mail and a telephone ...
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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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Sorting out the time wasters from serious clients

I have only happy clients so far, and of course I'd like to increase this number, but I feel I'm losing a bit too much time in finding serious clients. I have a lot of requests; asking about what's ...
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How can I prove my competence without working for free?

I want to work online. I've tried freelancer.com, but most of the buyers seem fake. At first, they talk as if they'd like to give you projects, but they have to test you and ask other questions or ...
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How to utilize charity work for building a business

One thing I have noticed is that many successful web designers and other consultants do a certain amount of charity work on an ongoing basis. Given that many of these do not need further portfolio ...
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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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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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Formalities and steps when getting from an initial contact to a contract (and templates of documents used during these steps)

I have actually been looking for information on how to do consulting work (software development) as a small business. In this case I would be the sole owner of a company (or a sole proprietor). What ...
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Part-time freelancing in Germany

I am considering to work as a freelancing engineer additionally to my full-time employment, maybe even reduce the full-time employment and work more as freelancer. With my education I qualify as a ...
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Out of State Lawsuit for Payment

I'm at the point that I have to sue a client for non-payment. It's large enough that I can't afford to write it off, but small enough for small claims. According to the U.S. law I've researched, you ...
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Freelance Web Developer Stationary for Estimates, Proposals, Contracts

I'm about to start my freelance web development/design business, as a sole trader. My website is set up, and ranking well, and I've already received quite a few requests for estimates/quotes on a ...
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How does one transition a job offer into a sale?

I work as a contractor with one full-time client, and I also have an S-Corp that I funnel my freelance work through via subcontracting and delegation. I get a lot of phone calls and LinkedIn messages ...
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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

A client of mine is thinking to hire me full-time for a 1-year project and told me to let him know about the costs. Now, we all know that I cannot calculate my price as "my freelancer hourly price" *...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

I have a small business client who I freelanced for before getting my current full-time php development & server administration job. Let's call the client "Joe's Pizza" (not actual name). Joe's ...
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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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Dealing with an Irate Client that wants Free Work

I'm involved with a situation where I am getting close to finishing a project and the client is irate because not everything he wants is in the project. We have a signed proposal listing all the ...

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