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Declined project

You perhaps jumped the gun a bit. The way you describe it, I see no red flags - but a couple of orange ones. With a non-technical client, the potential for the exact type of disagreement you describe ...
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To expand business or increase rates?

To get right to it, you want more cash. One of the simplest ways to do that is to just raise your rates, like you mentioned. The biggest problem when doing this is, naturally, the fear that your ...
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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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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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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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Leaving my full time job for 1 client

The most of experienced freelancers always advise never abandoning your current job. If you wish to freelance only do it keeping your current one and working part-time as freelancer. At least it'd be ...
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Offering equity instead of pay -- yes or no?

Whenever offered equity I have informed potential clients/employers that accepting equity would make me an actual investor, meaning I will need to perform due diligence of their company's financial ...
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Shares in the business

Poppycock. Do your web development work, yes. Specify a price. And even with this friend, get a written contract specifying deliverables (with milestones, hopefully) and payment terms. As for this ...
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Company stability

I will answer with a question: are you willing to grow your company by yourself? If that's a yes then read on. If that's a no, then I'm afraid that you already know the solution, the partial buy-out ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

I'll start by saying the cold hard truth about websites - most companies don't see them as a way to get new business, or at least not as much as it would cost to build them. You're competing with ...
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Business plan for developers

We won't tell you what needs to be done for your particular needs, but we can help with a business plan. Essentially, you want a road map for how your business is going to succeed. How will customers ...
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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?

It's really annoying when things like that happens :( that happened to me too a few times... I work mainly in two offices (I would say 50-50), the main bigger home office and a second very small ...
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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?

If you're a nice guy, clients will like you. But they also want to try to take advantage of you. The more important is to be a professional guy. Utmost professional. When you are a professional, it ...
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How to ask for increase the budget for a freelancing project

"This isn't what was agreed upon. I'll need to re-scope the project and provide a new cost estimate." Be forthright, upfront, and honest about it. The client is certainly aware they've made ...
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How can I justify my opinion about app release?

First there's no way to know if you are wrong or right you need to release it to know. So the real problem when developing something like that is that most of the time when it take a long time to ...
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How can I sell to Big Clients?

You're right about their concerns, and they need those parts solved. Would you be able to hire an MSP-type agency until you grow more? 1 sell per month doesn't sound like a lot, would you be able to ...
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How do I start with my own IT outsourcing company?

Find the clients first. When starting out and coming from a developer background, the hardest part is the finding of clients. Part of the problem is that most developers don't understand the vague ...
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I have youtube channel, how do I convert requests in comments to income?

To generate income from comments, you need to be creative. There's lots of very successful developer teachers on YouTube. See what they're doing on YouTube. Look for CTAs (calls to action) See what ...
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I have youtube channel, how do I convert requests in comments to income?

There's a whole market on top of monetizing youtube channels. Mostly: advertisement You make money by running ads, either from youtube or any company that wants you to talk about their brand. vpns, ...
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How to offer software license discounts to students with confirmation?

You can use libraries such as this Github project that lists email domains for higher-education institutes. You can also look up some older SWOT repos (there are about 10 or so that are highly used).
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Is there such a thing as an "Idea Developer"?

First what you described is generally what a good business consultant does, if it is not a specialty consultant like IT, legal, tax, engineering etc. So you could just become a consultant. It´s hard ...
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How can I justify my opinion about app release?

Short Answer.. It depends Something I discuss with many clients, is the importance of Minimal Viable Product. Ideally your initial release should be at a point where the core features are viably ...
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Viability of a plan to get experience and to grow portfolio

I'll have to frame-challenge your premise. If a company has a crappy app, they either don't care enough to invest, or the don't know better. Now, even if you work free of charge, improving the ...
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Does the success of a website depend not only on the number of visits but on the target population too?

Parents see value in their kids education and if it's fun for the kids they will want to play/use your websote/app - so it's a win-win. You may want to target the parents in your ad campaign or social ...
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Inflated business area, what to do?

I don't do any marketing, clients come to me by word of mouth by other satisfied clients. Well, there's your problem. Word of mouth has reached its limit. Start marketing, or start using one of the ...
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Offering equity instead of pay -- yes or no?

Equity, stock options, health insurance... these are all benefits. They should not be used as a substitute for actual compensation. It's poor business. Get a line of credit to enable you to pay your ...
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Offering equity instead of pay -- yes or no?

It's not exactly bad practice, but most suppliers will not be willing to take that risk. Some startups make it big, many more fail disastrously. So unless Bob has a previous and strong business ...
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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?

I had an office with all the gear I needed, but struggled with too many random failures. Then I got a large UPS, which also conditioned the power line. Mysteriously, my hardware failures stopped. ...
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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?

Preparing for unforeseen equipment issues is a problem for any small enterprise, especially when it comes to critical hardware. The only answer is to not rely on any one piece of equipment. The net ...
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