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How can experienced contractor survive outside Elance/oDesk/Freelancer?

I have never used any online freelance service to acquire work. Ever. Not even for one project. Without any direct experience as a worker, they all seemed like a less-than-ideal business venture for ...
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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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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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How to make the jump from normal employee to higher level freelancing

Here's what I tell others in my industry - design - which may be related. In general, age never matters to any real degree. Most of my clients have no clue how old I may be - and they don't care. ...
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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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How to land a client who contacted me directly?

The person requesting your services asked this: Hey, person X told me that you designed her website. I'm starting up a company, how much would you charge me for something similar to that site? ...
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Is it ok to communicate with client only through email?

Okay? That's 80-90% of my client communication. It's perfectly fine to communicate through email. But I do have a few suggestions: Spell properly - poor spelling in emails reflects poorly upon you ...
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How to build up long-term clients

Good clients are generally not the clients looking for the cheapest workers they can find. They are customarily more vested in abilities than actual price points. Good clients know that quality ...
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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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When to stop working for free?

I know this isn't the best answer, but you should essentially never "start" working for free. I know the saying goes "hardest part of freelance is the 'free'". Be professional, but also understand ...
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Is it ok to communicate with client only through email?

Absolutely! It's written communication, and does not require you to "speak" to the client with your voice. The greatest thing about written communication is that you have a paper trail of what was ...
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Why participating in open source helps freelancing?

Assuming you're a programmer... It shows you have hobbies or interests you are willing to work on in your "down time". People with hobbies tend to be really excited when they get to also get paid for ...
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Bidding for a new skill (without any history)

Don't be a guy with no projects. Projects don't have to be paid ones. Have you created projects during the learning phase? You must have had so put those into portfolio. Also create a few more ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

No logos. Putting someone's logo on your site without permission can be seen to imply endorsement by that company. You can end up in hot water. If in doubt, get permission.
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

It's always safer to ask, right? But if you want our opinion, then: Yes, you can use it. Just be professional there as well. Do not give project names or project specifications, but rather only ...
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Marketing new skill or line of business

What I did was I offered to do something pro-bono for a community- or non-profit-organization that I believe in. Even if it's given to them, it fills up my portfolio, and I'm remembered. Great, you ...
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How can experienced contractor survive outside Elance/oDesk/Freelancer?

This may not be 100% ideal, but one idea would be that you could take up some contracting work for a while in your local area. Have a recruiter (or search yourself) hook you up with one of those 3 ...
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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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Determining when to turn down business

I have limited experience but going through something similar at the moment. Any new clients I receive will be politely asked if they know exactly what they want and if the have a relatively detailed ...
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Can I use logos of companies I have worked for, directly & indirectly, on my website?

IANAL, so I cannot give you advice. I can only tell you how I would use a trademark on a web page of my own design. First, I referred to Wikipedia and found a description of Nominative Use in a ...
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How to determine switching to regular job after no contracts for a while?

Such question can only be answered by you. I also had a gap and I am still now earning as much as I was earning in the last quarter of 2013. I solved this gap by working real low wages (30% of my real ...
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What to do with regular work disrupted by a sudden, unexpected offer

Be very, very careful putting all your eggs in one basket. No matter how shiny and sparkly that basket may be. If you already have deadlines then you should honor those. Prior commitments should ...
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