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What to do about negligent clients

I'd just be "busy" myself and be unavailable. This kind of interaction is a harbinger to how quickly he'll pay and how important he'll see any requests on your part to complete any projects. One ...
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Get freelance contracts and not only hired contracts

If your services as a freelancer are valuable, it makes sense for the client to prefer to hire you on a permanent basis - so you cannot really blame them for trying. All you can do is inform them that ...
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Attracting clients who want web developer not designer

When someone needs a website, in most of the cases, they have no idea that there is a designer and a developer, or someone who can do both things, they just look for "someone who builds my good ...
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Can I modify clients testimonials?

This answer is based upon my 20 years experience of having legal departments review testimonials and approve/refuse edits. I am not a lawyer though. Almost every piece I design has many, many ...
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I am leaving work to go freelance - can I contact my employer's clients once I leave?

It is a grey area. If you do not have a non-compete, send out an email to the clients thanking them for the time working with them and let them know you have left to go on your own and appreciate ...
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I am leaving work to go freelance - can I contact my employer's clients once I leave?

If you have non-compete clause (NCC) in the contact, then it's illegal indeed. If not, then it's not morally right. And if I am the client, I would never break relations with my contractor, I am ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I understand your problem. What helped me to develop a profile is the following: Make clear from the beginning your prices and years of experience. Don't justify it, there are always jobs/projects ...
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I am leaving work to go freelance - can I contact my employer's clients once I leave?

You might want to consider the message you'll send to these clients..... If you're willing to "stab your employer in the back" by trying to steal their clients, clients might consider that quite ...
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Get freelance contracts and not only hired contracts

Offer to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement Maybe the company is reluctant to ask, risking offending you and souring the relationship. There are many sites (1, 2, 3, 4) which offer free templates. This ...
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How to reject a project that does not fit with my skills or goes beyond my skills in order to keep your client for future projects?

The best way to keep that client is to find a subcontractor who can do the job. In that way, you move from being "a programmer" to "someone who solves computer problems." When you ...
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Is getting software development clients really harder?

First off, every freelancer is different and will wind up with different strategies for getting new clients. (That is why questions like this might be closed as unanswerable.) The most important thing ...
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Is it advisable to contact a company and offer your services based on job advertisements?

I've used a similar strategy and have found success. On my LinkedIn I note that I am a freelancer and it's clear that I have been so for quite a few years. I get contacted by at least 2-3 recruiters (...
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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected

While the answers provided effectively address the bulk of your question, I wanted to address your last statement: "I really don't want to lose this client since it looks like an excellent long term ...
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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?

Mutual kindness, gentleness and thankfulness is very important to keep long term good relationships with clients. I have many clients who could go to any other freelance but they always wants me ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

The short answer is 'yes', you can start with a higher rate. People who participate in the race to the bottom form a separate layer - you don't start there and then work your way to the top. By ...
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Best practices for starting as a freelancer with little time to prepare?

This may come across as a bit harsh. It's honestly not meant to be. It is however a realistic answer. The best approach if you don't have a financial cushion to fall back on, is to get another job. ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

First of all keep in mind that freelancing always is a risk. Sometimes things are going well, sometimes not. Sometimes I love to be free and having no boss, but sometimes I really hate the ...
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Leaving my full time job for 1 client

Basically, this will come down to your personal circumstances. There are a few factors one generally needs to consider when going alone: Your financial situation The reliability of the first client (...
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Starting a startup?

Let me start with the easy answer: "Hard work and commitment almost guarantees success?" No. All that does is to give you either bigger muscles or callouses on your hands. I recommend ...
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What to do about negligent clients

At this point, I would remind him that he already cancelled four times, and I'd ask him to pay a retainer in advance before I'd move forward with any more tentative appointments.
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Beta testing experience in portfolio

Most beta tests for software have a non-disclosure agreement which often prohibits even stating one was part of any beta testing. If your agreements permit disclosure of the testing, then merely ...
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Revealing tactics to customers

It is a tricky one. What we do as freelancers is to deliver a service that has value to the customer. We hope that value far exceeds the value of the time and effort it actually takes to achieve that ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

In the litigious environment we operate in today I would be very careful to use a logo of a firm on your website. I agree with Brian K Haney's discussion with nominative use above. Going forward, as ...
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What's the best cold call pitch for a freelancing software engineer?

I try to keep things quick, to the point, and professional - saves everyone time. I've never written down a script since each project/company can vary a lot, but something along the lines of: "Hi, ...
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Best practices for starting as a freelancer with little time to prepare?

Can this help you: How do I get my first job at a freelancing site? ? Aside of this, majority of us started freelancing having full-time job. No one waited to get fired, but we gathered crumbles and ...
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How do I advertise my freelance services effectively?

The standard approach of picking up jobs online, coupled with some good linkedin will serve you well. Also, general networking and industry conferences are a great way to meet other people in your ...
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How should a backend developer showcase his/her projects?

Could you showcase how you've been efficient? A customer had a query that ran for over 3 minutes to retrieve the data. After detailing the requirements, I was able to run a query to produce the ...
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How should a backend developer showcase his/her projects?

For a back-end developer, I believe your portfolio would be the enterprises and the scale of the projects you worked on. Even though I am a front-end developer, I'm not really focused on integrating ...
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Does email domain affect the chances of getting clients?

If you're not in the position to buy a domain (most available for under $15/yr), then you may need to look at other options. For the longest time, I used [email protected], and clients didn't seem ...
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