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How am I supposed to bill the company?

We do not have any kind of official contract That's a problem because this type of question is typically answered within the contract that the two parties agreed upon. We can't possibly answer your ...
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How to know when you are a competent enough programmer to charge clients

The question really boils down to: when can I consider myself "competent" enough in a skill that I can take money for it. And the answer is really simple: You can take money for it when someone is ...
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How am I supposed to bill the company?

We can't answer this as the details of contract positions vary quite a bit from one person/company to another. What you need to do is contact the manager at the company and clear up whether they are ...
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How to know when you are a competent enough programmer to charge clients

TL;DR: Fake it until you make it. Position yourself as a consultant who can solve business problems with technology. Don't just say that you are willing to learn new skills, but also prove it by ...
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How to setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

Most often what I do is send the client a link.... Hi Client, Here is a link to the hosting package you'll need: (insert link here) Please follow the steps to sign up, including paying ...
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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

First off, I'm sorry to hear of your endeavor and that you had to deal with a nightmare client like that. I think we've all been there at least twice. Now then, hindsight is 20/20, so let's be ...
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Should I charge the client when I get stuck on stupid mistakes

I couldn't help but leave my own insights on this matter as two existing answers are all implying a client shouldn't be charged for his employee's mistakes. If this question is about the right of ...
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How am I supposed to bill the company?

Generally speaking you wouldn't expect to be paid to do nothing, and they wouldn't expect to pay you to do nothing. The reason you're paid hourly instead of salaried monthly is precisely so that they ...
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How to setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

I will usually recommend a domain and web hosting provider for my clients, since they normally do not have any existing hosting, and don't usually know enough to choose one themselves. I will ...
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How to bill client for rendering time?

Charge your normal rate - because, as you say, it prevents you from doing other work. Clients generally accept they're buying your time - so having varying rates could potentially open up a whole new ...
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Charging for meetings/conference calls with a client

Traditionally as a freelancer it is your time and skill that is hired. So yes you bill for conference/meeting times. It is customary to build in a few hours for discussion with every bid. Some ...
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How to setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

I have a friend who is part owner of many hosting companies throughout the USA and Canada (he has dual citizenship), and he is able to have the customers sign up directly through him. I assume this is ...
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When is a job too small for meetings?

I like this question: I struggled with the exact same thing with meetings in general. Clients one hour away asking me to join in on a meeting. I usually ended up spending an afternoon with 2 hours ...
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Should I charge the client when I get stuck on stupid mistakes

Delays which are due to your business/working practices are typically not the clients responsibility. Let's look at the situation with a similar scenario..... You're working along on a client's ...
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How do you bill for on-site work? What do clients expect?

Right up my alley! I worked for a company that charged even for my travel time, x2 (one for each way). It pissed off close customers, but I had to do as I was told. When I started working for myself,...
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Is it fair to charge client for FontAwesome pro license as development charges?

If I have a client which needs to run something requiring a license, they purchase a license (through me) so they can continue to use the licensed product. If I purchase a license, it's so I [my ...
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Should I bill for setting up my work computer that they sent me?

There are three issues here in terms of billing and expense: The setup time for the laptop itself: If you're billing by the hour and they've sent you equipment that needed to be set up to allow you ...
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How am I supposed to bill the company?

When you work as a contractor, the idea is that you are responsible for all your taxes, health insurance and so on, that you don't have a safe job and usually don't have twelve months of work in a ...
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How to handle computer processing time when billing client?

A way to do it, is to estimate the value of the CPU processing time against your gross margin on a regular (monthly/yearly) basis, versus a previous period (month/year). Example: Last month you've ...
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Clients ask quick jobs, how to bill

I typically tell customers that these jobs will get fit into my schedule when possible, and that 1 day lead time is not sufficient. However, I have also on occasion charged more for bumping other work....
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Underestimated project: Do you charge the excess time?

Well, if it was indeed clearly understood by the client that you provided an estimate, then yes, it's okay to open a discussion with the client about additional time. Ideally, you should do this as ...
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Having clients abroad as a LLC

Probably the best thing would be to negotiate a rate in Euros. As far as their accounting is concerned, it wouldn't be much different from using a local freelancer. They can send you a check in Euros ...
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How to know when you are a competent enough programmer to charge clients

Here's an alternative viewpoint to the other responses: You can start freelancing when you won't be embarrassed about somebody coming in behind you and reviewing your work. Let me elaborate a ...
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Need help with moral dilemma of first client

First off, if you failed to get approval of the design before building the design, well, the onus falls on you. To keep a happy client always get approval at milestones before moving forward. If you ...
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Charging for meetings/conference calls with a client

You've been hired for your expertise and ability to do a specific job. Certainly sitting "alone" and working on it, whether it's coding, design, or something completely different is expected time on ...
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