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What criteria should my web application contain in order to be sold to companies

I'm developping a web application in my free time and i'm planning to sell it to companies, starting with the company in which i'm working for as Web developer. One of the biggest advantages of this ...
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Mass cold-emails to get work — unethical?

I'm planning on returning to self-employment (graphic design) full time. In the past, I used to get most of my work with the following two approaches: Meeting as many new people as possible — a lot ...
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How do you know if a client is serious about your service?

I am new to freelancing work, currently have no client and been in touch with two clients who show interests on my service. We met couple times already but both client seems not moving the process to ...
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How to scale yourself with the client being comfortable?

I've been freelancing for a few years and can manage 2-3 clients at any time. I do have a S-Corp and plan on building a business. I have a few people who can help me out when there's overflow of work. ...
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Tips For Freelancing & Wordpress Workflow

Im looking to start freelancing using Wordpress. However I would love some advice on my workflow. It's my first time doing this, so Im sure its lacking. What my plan is so far: 1) Send email to ...
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How to become a freelance programmer without knowing much about Web Design?

I am an aerospace engineer, but I'm quite adept at programming I believe. I am very strong with C, C++ and Python. However, I use it for computational simulations and embedded systems in the aerospace ...
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Advertise through email

So I'm starting a basic business of consulting for web, mobile, desktop, games development. I have seen some business website around my neighborhood that really need rework or upgrade, so i was ...
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How to attract customers in the special field?

I am a freelancer in the design field for a while and now I want to go deeper with this profession but in the field of the blockchain. I feel this is a special and potential job so I want to invest ...
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How do I market myself as a specializing generalist?

I have been a freelancer / IT consultant for the last 20+ years I still have trouble coming up with my brand or specialization. The closest description to what I do is some kind of a generalizing ...
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Viability of a plan to get experience and to grow portfolio

I am a young iOS programmer with a good amount of experience. I have been doing iOS programming for five or six years I have a couple finished apps on the App Store that are very aesthetic and that I ...
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Does email domain affect the chances of getting clients?

I am not in a position to buy my own domain right now. I have no other option, but to use a free email provider. Can that affect my chances of getting hired by clients? Unfortunately for me, first....
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Using “DIY” quality product images on website

I'm not 100% sure this is the correct place to ask this but I guess I'll find out. I am trying to startup up my own and my first business. Its a webshop which sells 3D prints. I offer both physical ...
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I want to work as a freelancer in data entry. What skills are required and how can I make my profile attractive?

I want to work as a freelancer in data entry. What skills are required? and how can I make my profile attractive? I also want my fees by Paytm. What can I do?
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Site created for agency…can I show it in my portfolio?

Previously my agency have created few websites for a marketing agency. They put their site link on these sites: "Site by " Can we put these sites created, in my agency portfolio? There is no NDA ...
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How much projects need to get the first web development job?

I am fresh graduate in computer science with no industrial experience, other than tutoring. But I have decide to work as a freelance web developer. I am trying to build portfolio in-order to showcase ...
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How should a backend developer showcase his/her projects?

I have registered as a freelancer and yet to start my career. In all the proposals, I have been questioned to showcase my skills(Mostly sql and PLSQL) with some sample work. I have no idea what kind ...
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How can I build a base?

I've been coding for a few years, and have a decent C.V. I've been on 2 internships, but never actually been payed for my work. I'm going off to university, and figured freelance development would be ...
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Experienced IT contractor to become a freelancer

How can I make the transition from contractor to freelancer? As a contractor my job is developing web sites, databases and apps. Although I have my own limited company, contractors in the UK still ...
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How do I advertise my freelance services effectively?

I've attempted a couple advertising campaigns on Facebook and Yelp, but after $250 on Yelp and $20 on Facebook I have nothing to show for it. What can I do to get more clients? I specifically do IT ...
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How do I respond to someone wanting to “purchase” my reputation?

I answered a job posting on Upwork, and in response, "David Lee" asked me for my Skype ID. Because of a number of "issues" on my end, it took several days before we were both on Skype at the same ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

In short words: I am a web designer / developer (front end and back end). I do that proficiently since more than 10 years, and I am appreciated and good skilled in designing and programming. I work ...
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Team based Consulting contracts [closed]

I have been working remote for the same client for nearly 10 years. I was a full-time employee and someone I worked with previously presented me with the opportunity (Primarily C# Stack). Sadly the ...
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What is a 3-quote process?

I am quoting for a potential new client, and she has said that they need to go through a 3-quote process... does this mean that they are looking for a quote from me and two others? Or does it mean ...
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Best practices for starting as a freelancer with little time to prepare?

I am a software developer in the USA with a lot of focus on .Net I've been doing it for fun since I was a kid and am about 10 years into a career now, but I've only worked as a corporate programmer. ...
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I am leaving work to go freelance - can I contact my employer's clients once I leave?

The title pretty much says it all: I am working for Company A and am now leaving. Their clients, Client A, B, C and D all really like the work I do and have personally commented to me about how ...
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What's the best cold call pitch for a freelancing software engineer?

When I cold call a hiring manager for the first time, what exactly is the best thing for me to say after they answer? I've been a contract software engineer for 25 years. Times are always changing. ...
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How should a freelance software engineer use Linkedin to find clients?

here are what I've been trying. Which is most effective? I send a LinkedIn invite to every potential hiring manager that is not a 1st connection. In the invitation, I say I'm an available contractor, ...
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Services to find very large project?

Is it realistic to think that there are services where you can find large projects of over $500k? They are of course for teams of 10+, not for individuals or small teams. So far, all projects I saw ...
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Asking client for shares

So I have identified a local business that has been having a lot of success in the local brick and mortar retail market and I believe with my help on the technology side they could expand to become a ...
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Enquiries from overseas

I'm not sure what it is about this time of year, but I often get people from foreign countries emailing me with work requests (I'm a UK based graphic designer). I've only ever done work for those ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I am aware that I am not so good at interact with clients, but I am also aware that I am a skilled programmer with years of experience in many fields, actually my work rates are higher than the ...
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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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Cold calling / emailing companies for work

Ultimately, a freelancer from the Western world is only going to succeed financially if they can source clients away from sites such as Upwork. That's where the big money lies and where successful ...
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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?

How important is it to be a nice guy to my clients? Specifically, I'm wondering if I need to make efforts outside my work responsibility. The other option is getting the work done and leaving. The ...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

I've received requirements for a project, from a possible new client. Thing is, he expects it all wouldn't take more than 2 weeks. After spending some hours doing an estimate, I know there's no way a ...
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What to do about negligent clients

I have a client that has on 4 separate occasions scheduled then canceled appointments to meet. He claims to be ready to sign a contract and get started, but we are left waiting. I've suggested having ...
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Revealing tactics to customers

Is it ok to reveal your tactics and techniques to customers? If not, what would you say? If yes, how much would you say? I work in digital marketing, it this helps.
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How to successfully niche and differentiate as a freelancer?

As a freelance software developer (mobile/web), I'm curious how others have successfully niched their services, and how I might go about finding a profitable niche. What is a good strategy for ...
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How to increase reputation/value and reduce prejudices for freelancers working out of home offices

I have been working in the web design & development field since 1995 and during the years I have been working as apprentice, then employee in big internet provider, founder of small company then ...
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Writer/editor: Building presence and social media sites

For at least a couple of years I have been trying to build awareness of my writing/copyediting communications business. I have even tried offering my services in exchange for referrals, but without ...
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Is it advisable to contact a company and offer your services based on job advertisements?

I'm currently working as a freelancer and came across an interesting job advertisement that perfectly matched my profile. Since I do not intend to quit as a freelancer, one could argue that it makes ...
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Beta testing experience in portfolio

I'm an online freelancer that has established a reputation in my niche. Because of this, I have received and participated in Beta testing opportunities. I'm trying to figure out how I can showcase ...
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Cutting out the middle man and selling to clients directly

I along with my wife run an animation studio for promotional and explain videos, so far we've been selling on Fiverr and Upwork. We want to start selling directly to clients so I built a landing page ...
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What should I know before freelancing as a web developer?

I've read a lot about some of the general skills needed for web development like HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and MySql. But what I have not been able to find is what are some specific skills a ...
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How can I reposition myself as Back-end Developer coming from Front-end Web dev?

So I have been working on a few projects as a, I suppose more Front-End oriented, Web Developer, customising Wordpress themes, styling plugins and the like. I would like to get some meatier projects ...
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Attracting clients who want web developer not designer

I'm currently a web developer, generally with the Python Django framework. What I do could be called full stack development. And, I'm looking to go freelance! What I'm interested in learning about is ...
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Upwork - including a link to online resume in the cover letter

Recently I have created a personal website to help me in my effort to find more clients. The website already appears to attract clients (I have been contacted once through the contact form), but ...
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How to build up long-term clients

I have been making website as a hobby since the late 90´s, I have been working as a front-end developer between 2013 to 2014. I have finished a 1 year program at University in the subject of Web ...
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How do you collect credit card payments online from your customers? [closed]

What are the easiest ways to collect payment online and i prefer a way to get the cheapest rates online as well, so i get to keep most of my hard earned money! Edit for more context - i am starting a ...
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My newbie mistakes and how to communicate with clients

For the past few months I've been doing a lot of freelancing projects for people for little to no money. I figure it looks better on my portfolio if I make stuff FOR other people, rather than just ...