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Telling a client they won't have priority

Is it appropriate to warn a client that they will no longer have top priority because they have not renewed a retainer in a timely fashion?
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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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Is it unreasonable to withhold completed work if a contract hasn't been signed?

I'm doing a small bit of work for a client. I sent a written estimate and a written contract for both parties to sign; both were agreed to verbally, but I haven't received a signed copy of my contract ...
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How to fire or salvage a problem client?

I have a client that I'm tired dealing with. Although we have a written contract, they often submit change requests that are not covered by the terms of the contract. When I remind about the fixed ...
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Should I charge for idle services as a freelancer?

In my freelancing; I am currently working on a project where I need to upload files so i'm sitting here waiting for the files to upload so I can continue to work on the project. As a freelancer; is ...
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Should an agreement with software engineer contractor include a clause that the engineer is not liable of any company's losses?

I've got a job offer from the company in Ireland to work as an independent software engineer contractor (not an employee). The Agreement contains clauses that I indemnify the company from lots of (...
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How do you explain to the computer illiterate what a web developer does?

I run into many small business owners who have played with a website builder from their webhost. When I tell them I'm a web developer, they think that all i do is use one of these builders. They ...
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Reusing freelance code for future projects

What are the ethical limitations of reusing existing code for a future, different client's project? I'm mostly thinking about generic low level code, not proprietary features, algorithms or designs. ...
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Can someone suggest how I can improve my freelancer-to-client communication?

Usually a client does not know as much as a developer about software, that is why we are hired. The issue I run into is terminology. How do you communicate with a client that has limited computer ...
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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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Should I remove my portfolio website from Google if it competes with the website I built for a client?

The title might be a little tricky, so I'll elaborate. I finished a website for a client, got it in Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools and is showing up fine and dandy in search results. When you ...
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Evaluating short term contracts and pay rate

When considering freelance opportunities I've always considered that for shorter contract terms, a higher rate should be charged, and for longer terms up to an indefinite full time commitment (ie, a ...
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How an EXPERIENCED programmer can switch to freelancing?

First off, sorry for the caps in the title, but I did that for a good reason. Most sites and blog articles out there go something like, "How a beginner can start freelancing with no experience". ...
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What to do when the client in proposal phase requests too much work? Should all our work during estimation be free?

We all had a situation when the client sends a paper with questions where you have to spend a couple of hours replying. Then he replies back with more question, and again you spend a couple of hours ...
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Can I be held responsible for HIPAA violation?

I am currently developing a web-application for a client in the US (I'm from Switzerland). The client's application will handle sensitive data which falls under the "HIPAA Security Rule" (patients ...
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How to handle prospective clients asking for a meet up?

I am in this situation where people inquire about my web development services asking for a meeting. The problem is they are not giving giving any details on work needed and their budget. I receive ...
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Freelance sites specializing in quick turn-around? [closed]

Sometimes I have some hours or days to kill, meaning I have time for a quick freelance job. The problem with most sites on the web is that they require a comparatively lengthy application process for ...
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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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Is it convenient for me as a freelancer to ask for Amazon gift cards as payments?

In my country, which is Venezuela, it is somewhat complex to get money from outside, so one of the best options is Amazon and its gift cards. Is it feasible for me to ask for payment in that format ...
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How to determine what to charge for building custom Android applications?

How do I determine how much to charge for building Android applications? In other words, how do I tell the client how much money I want? The client is asking me to tell how much time it will take ...
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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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Is there any service to outsource reading job offers I get and negotiating with potential employers?

I have been looking for something like that but I couldn't find anything. Below are details of what I am looking for and what I have tried so far. This question is not a duplicate of Finding talent ...
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Freelancing in Germany: am I a Freiberufler or Gewerbe?

I arrived to Germany recently and do not yet speak German. I would like to do some work in my spare time which consists of creating visual artwork. In Germany, it is important for tax purposes to ...
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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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How to manage project requests from clients who offer partnerships?

I'm starting my own business as freelance Web/Application Developer and I get a lot of requests from clients to design mobile Apps or web Applications. They try to convince me that their idea will ...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

In a nutshell, I've been doing freelance iOS development for a client on an ongoing basis since 2013. Originally my main contact with the business was, let's say, Person A. Recently the client has ...
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Developer Portfolio - screenshots and codesamples?

I'm a developer with extensive work experience in Web Development and a few years experience with Iphone (IOS) development as well too. Most of my experience has been full time with big companies, ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

A client called me at the telephone weeks ago, he said he is the CEO of a local big car dealer, my number was given to him by another of my clients. He said he wanted to talk about the website. We ...
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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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Should I charge the same amount while in skype call?

I'm doing Web development at a certain rate per hour. My client wants to chat with me almost every day and at the end of the month I end up with more than 20 hours of Skype call. Sometimes (not ...
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Freelance graphic design without true work experience or degree

I'm wondering if there are places where people submit jobs in graphic design and where people can submit results, all without the process of an interview or a hiring system. I feel that I'm a pretty ...
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Should I ask every client to sign a contract?

Should I ask every client to sign a contract? In other words, does it show professionalism or does it turn people off? Should I ask for a contract if the job is a certain length or certain ...
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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?

I have 3.5 years of experience in an IT company at the position of senior Web developer and I want to start work as a freelancer. If I don't get enough work, then what? What are the risks if I do ...
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Client threatening to take legal actions — How should I have prevented this?

I recently was in the mockup stage with a client (with whom I didn't enter any contract or anything) and provided him mockups of designs. I asked for an upfront (very small just because he was first ...
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What are the pros and cons of having fewer, smaller projects compared to larger, bigger projects?

With all other things being equal, let's say you could pursue getting 6 clients that would pay you $5,000 per contract, or getting 3 clients that pay you $10,000 per contract. Assume that the work for ...
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How do I start my Freelancer career?

I'm from Brazil, I have more than 5 years of experience with ASP.NET, and was recently certified as MCSD Web Development. There's no freelancer market here in Brazil, only full time boring jobs ...
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How much should I charge as a late fee?

When a customer does not pay within 30 days, what fee should I charge? What models exist out there that are common to the software development world? How would VERY late payments work, such as 6 ...
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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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Dealing with a customer that was satisfied with your services but is mad about the price

SUMMARY: A customer is satisfied with the quality of services she received but realizes, after the fact, that other service providers charge less. Although there is a difference in the quality of ...
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Employer Via Freelancing Platform Threatening To Take Legal Action Against Me

The long story short is I was engaged, hired and paid via an online freelancing platform to do some development work. I believe I performed to the best of my abilities, however the guy who hired me is ...
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When should you discuss getting paid?

I met this client three times already. first time I gave them a quote based on the email conversation and told them in person my rate. second time we met at the office with another business partner. ...
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Why create invoice as a freelancer

I am a student and a part time freelancer. My income is not even considered taxable at this point. Most of the time, I work at crowd sourcing sites like oDesk and some time I work directly for client ...
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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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Is it good to get paid in advance and then start project development?

Most of the clients are prompt and pay the money on completion of the project. While some companies agree to pay the amount as soon as project delivery, it never happens as expected. The reasons they ...
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Freelancer turned into an agency

I have a start-up project and I found a freelancer on oDesk.com. The freelancer agreed to my terms and conditions that she would work on commission base. All communication went well and when I ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

I am redesigning my website to show my skills and experience, and I thought it would be a nice idea to have the logos of companies I have worked for and with (directly and indirectly). I'm wondering ...
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Free support after selling a project

I'm working on a small engineering/programming project (~100kloc of code) which tackles many different areas of expertise. The program communicates with many external devices, has data processing and ...
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Can they sue me in this situation?

I have accepted a project on Freelancer.com. The project belongs to an agency that has a client. I have not signed any form of contract or written legal agreement. Despite the fact that I have done ...
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How to find someone to handle customer/commercial relationships on my behalf? (I'm a programmer)

I'm an unselfish, reliable, loyal, polite, clever, honest, resolute, shy man. These are remarkable characteristics for a programmer but they seem to be a great disadvantage for customer/commercial ...
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New client, hourly rate negotiating— should client still state first?

There is an old rule of thumb when negotiating hourly rate for salaried jobs, that it's best for the candidate to let the employer be the first to throw out the salary number and to negotiate from ...

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