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Disadvantages to incorporation/forming an LLC?

In previous questions there seems to be a general consensus to seek incorporation early and always. Are there any reasons not to? Are there additional burdens that hit LLC's, corporations, and the ...
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Should I tell my client that software already exists to fill their need?

I have a client who wants a web app built for their business. I build web apps. We have had a couple meetings and I have put together some mockups. They are operating on the assumption that the ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

I've recently got back into doing freelancing jobs because I needed to get activity on a payment method in order to get private loads reactivated. I am using freelancer.com and even when I made about ...
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An employer hasn't paid me for months already. Should I keep working with them?

A little background: my employer has a client and this client is pretty big and they are using the system for many users and I'm the only resource person who knows the source code and everything in it....
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Why are the majority of my US clients so hesitant with contracting outside the US?

I would like to work as freelancer for USA clients, mostly because I am in the EU, and I don't want to wake up at the morning in my timezone. I've applied to several jobs (which allow remote work) in ...
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How Should I Track/Group Receipts and Expenses as a Freelancer?

My question is in two parts: (1) I am swimming in all kinds of receipts and after at least 5+ years of working as a freelancer and this is not good for my taxation. It has been easy to state at the ...
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Community for freelance webmasters who want to make portfolio with non-profit projects?

This question is inspired by How should I deal with my first clients who ask for my portfolio? Is there any established community for non-profit organizations and hobbyists looking for a freelancer ...
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Freelancer refuses to be paid. What to do?

This is probably the most awkward question asked. What to do when a freelancer refuses to be paid? Let's provide more details. I requested anyone with a video camera to record an event. I write the ...
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Is outsource.com a good place to find a job, or is it a scam?

I have seen lots of ads for outsource.com on facebook. I signed up, input my skillset (php, wordpress, front end technologies), and now I am getting lots of emails about new job offerings that fit my ...
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How do I communicate to a client that he's wasting time and money by using my services hourly vs. paying a monthly fee?

I recently "fixed" a Wordpress site for a client. He told me the site's host had "malware problems" and he needed the site restored from a backup. I did that, and didn't change anything else about the ...
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Cancelling a project on a client

So, I have found myself in a situation where I am working on a project that I want to get out of. A quick overview of my situation is that I underestimated the effort. Was also giving a good price ...
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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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What are some approaches for identifying your ideal customer?

I commonly get the question of 'Who is your ideal client / target audience?', and I am not sure to proceed in identifying and defining my ideal client. I do feel that it would lead to having a much ...
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Do I need to use SEO on my portfolio site?

I'm in the process of revamping my freelance brand identity and web presence in preparation for graduating, and I'm wondering whether I should think about trying to optimise for keywords etc, beyond ...
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Sending advertising offer letters to local businesses

I'm a professional software engineer in my late 20s with a MSc in Computer Science and 3 years work experience in small companies (7+ years programming experience). So, I'd like to develop custom ...
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How to manage clients and their projects?

How can I manage my clients and their projects, I was searching for management software or web apps, I couldn't find any with the features that I want, maybe because I'm searching the wrong way or ...
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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

I learned a valuable lesson today the hard way. I know what to do in the future, but for right now, I want to know what my options are for collecting payment, and maybe some advice on how not to get ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

What are the ways of protecting your income while working as a freelancer? I did contract work for a company day and night for 4 months, full-time. They were supposed to pay those 4 months of fees ...
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How to deal with client who makes constant changes to work

Working on a (tiny) fixed price, art based job. The initial design was fine, but have been a number of iterations of the design since. That number is getting... well, ridiculous for the amount of work ...
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Is it possible to make money while giving software away for free?

I hope this is on topic, if it isn't, please let me know and I will delete. I am a CS student and I love to make useful and fun software. I was in the process of putting together a website to use as ...
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What are the rules for Freelancing overseas with a US company but residing in the UK?

What are the rules for visas while freelancing? I am specifically asking about the UK. Typically, to stay in a country like the UK for longer then a few months, you need a work visa. This usually ...
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How and when to abandon a client?

I have a particular client who hired me a few months ago to take over a very large project. He had a huge amount of work for me at first, and I made plenty of money in the first few weeks. Once we ...
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Legal ramifications of walking away

I'm about at my wit's end with a particular client. The project I've been working on for them for almost the past year is in a constant state of flux. The first sticking point is totally on me and my ...
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How do I convince clients not to use irrelevant pictures on their site?

When I work with clients as a web designer, I often have conversations like this. Me: The first thing a visitor sees when they come to your window cleaning website is a picture of a kitten. How does ...
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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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How to talk to a company as a prospective contractor vs. employee

Background: I am a software engineer. Throughout my career I have been a salaried employee. My brother's company has some imminent deadlines and they could use some extra help with things that I have ...
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How to properly make Retainer Agreement for IT company?

Andrew in his reply showed us what should Retainer Agreement hold. I started writing a Retainer Agreement and it became more complex that I thought it would. For example, Immediately write ...
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Are proposals and contracts the same thing?

I've been freelancing as a UX designer for a year and a half, and I'm now in the midst of writing more project proposals. My previous round of proposals was nearly a year ago. I followed the format ...
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Shall I count my management work hours if I outsource the project?

The questions is simple. I am outsourcing a project which I cannot handle. And I am taking percentage on every hour my contractor worked. I am closely monitoring this project and do all project ...
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How can I determine my rates as a freelance Wordpress developer?

I am a front-end and Wordpress developer and after a while of undercharging to attract customers, I am ready to raise my rate. As a freelancer, how can I determine what I should charge clients? What ...
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Starting out as a private tour guide in a large North American city, how can I find customers?

I currently do IT consulting but would like to try working as a private tour guide. I live in Toronto, Canada, and have been here for most of my life. I have a few bicycles, but no car. I do not own ...
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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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How do you negotiate your fee in equity?

I was contacted by a startup to build an iOS app for their prototype hardware product. I quoted my hourly rate, but they said they didn't have any funding yet and offered me equity. At this point I ...
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how can I get references from my freelance editors when looking for a job?

I currently work as a freelance writer in addition to doing a 9-5 in another field. An opening as a full-time writer has come up, and I would like to apply. However, to get references I will almost ...
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Do I charge sales tax on consulting and programming in Pennsylvania, USA?

I live in Pennsylvania (in the United States), and I am not sure if I should be collecting sales tax for my part-time consulting and web development business. I'm registered as a Sole Proprietorship ...
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Choosing the right partners

I've started an initiative with two of my co-workers a year ago. We kicked off great but after a couple of months, they both started to skip work with no reason. I don't want to throw away our 3-4 ...
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How can I get started as a freelance writer?

I decided that I wanted to do journalism, so I looked into and then I settled on freelancing. I hear it's a hard field to make money in, but I want to see just how hard. I've found freelancing a ...
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When working with another freelancer, how do we resolve disagreements on what projects to take?

Two freelancers have partnered up who both specialize in different aspects of Web development. They bill the client for all of the work done and then split the profits evenly, so both parties spend an ...
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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?

I'm a one-man shop. Have a few separate computer systems: Primary desktop workhorse where 90% of my work is completed. Laptop, capable of some work (apps installed), but in general used for ...
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Should I add VAT to an invoice for 2 days freelance work in the UK?

I've worked for two days as a freelancer for a company in the UK. They've asked me for the invoice, but I see on the internet that UK invoices require a VAT number. I don't have a VAT number as I'm ...
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Which country is the best to incorporate business for a freelance developer?

Most of my clients located in USA, however I have ability to open business in Europe, Asia or USA. Which country is the best in terms of taxation? Thanks,
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Valuing My Freelance Business

I have been a full-time sole trader in the UK for 2.5 years. I build websites for both agencies and direct clients, and over these 2.5 years I have built up a good reputation, contacts and client base ...
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Doing business in Australia as foreign freelancer located overseas

I am currently located in Germany and do not have permanent residency nor citizenship in Australia. I have potentially been offered a contract with a company in Australia. I will stay in Germany ...
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What is an appropriate follow-up time with clients?

I'm just starting out as a freelance developer and I've reached out to clients who were referred to me and they don't have work ready for me yet. How often would it be appropriate to follow-up with ...
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Freelancer working in Asia for EU/UK companies

I am a German citizen who has been working in the UK for the last ten years. I am considering moving to Thailand and freelancing, with my current UK employer as my primary client. Now, what sounded ...
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Working as a self employed in US for a EU client

A client from EU is asking me, "Will you invoice them including VAT or local equivalent (sales tax)? If so, what will be the rate?" Should I tell them to prepare a IRS form? Do you know if there is ...
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Legality of providing freelance support for a product which my current employer previously supported

I currently provide technical support for a very niche product sold by a relatively big-name company (at least within this particular industry). However, they are planning on ending support in a ...
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Security work as a freelancer

I am confined to a wheelchair (paralyzed) so I have very extensive care needs. I’m very interested in computer security, but I am not able to work a traditional 9-to-5 job onsite. Is it possible (how?)...
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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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Subcontracting freelance work in Germany to non-EU students

In Germany, if you are a non-EU student, you are not allowed a paid job, and so it's not possible for a non-EU student to freelance in Germany. However, as a student you are allowed to work certain ...

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