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Is it right to charge for work done incorrectly?

There is no clear cut right or wrong; it all comes down to your working relationship and which processes the two parties agree on contractually and during the project. Since you seem to want to ...
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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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How tightly to guard pricing

Am I being unreasonably paranoid/protective about my pricing? - Yes Do you try to protect your price information from getting into the hands of your competitors? - No How would you handle this? Just ...
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How to convert employment opportunities into consulting jobs?

When I receive recruiter emails, I politely respond with my situation (I work from home, do hourly consulting, won't relocate, always have people knocking, etc.) and say if that doesn't work for them, ...
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How to convert employment opportunities into consulting jobs?

I found my longest term client by offering the consulting at the time they were looking for a perm. YMMV. There is another way looking at this: if a lead is looking for expanding their business, they ...
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How to talk to a company as a prospective contractor vs. employee

Having been down this path before, here are some thoughts: Resume Since you are not an established contractor and likely can not share any work from your current employer, your resume is the next ...
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How to prepare for freelancing?

I've got 20+ years consulting within IT behind me so I would hope that counts for something. Hopefully a prior answer I supplied might help: https://startups.stackexchange.com/questions/8576/how-to-...
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Learning that my first bill will be paid after two months instead of one

Since you have DONE work and have not been paid before, you cannot do much but wait. Check the contract between you and your intermediary and push on him. If he has screwed up, let him pay you and ...
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I grossly under estimated my costs for a job and want to renegotiate compensation. Should I?

No matter how you present it, that is blackmail. And I very much doubt a bank did not let you sign an NDA which prohibits you from using this data elsewhere. Fixed price is exactly what the name ...
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How to structure an agreement for training a junior developer?

I understand where you're coming from: you aren't doing as much work in your opinion, so you don't want to charge your full rate. I'm going to tell you though... CHARGE YOUR FULL RATE Why? Because, ...
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Should one still be paid for troubleshooting when nothing was found?

Tough question. Seems like the real issue here is what are you being compensated for? And what value are you providing? I find it best when those two are aligned closely. tl;dr: I think your best ...
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If I need to use more expensive software for one service offering than another, is there a standard way to build this into my rates?

Software fees are the cost of doing business, thus overhead and not the responsibility of any client to pay for directly. I don't charge each of my clients for Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign although ...
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Away from hourly work to a prepaid package of hours

I used to do something similar for one of my clients. They paid in advance for a package of hours. I liked it because I wasn't invoicing for such small dollar amounts all the time, and they received a ...
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Client changes contractor halfway through project

Nelson's answer is spot on. I would add the following advice: Always have all terms in writing (I don't know that you didn't but that is paramount in any business dealing) If you are pricing per ...
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Part Time On Call rate

I would ask them for an offer and see what they are thinking. Assuming you only get paid when they use you, I would charge significantly more for consulting than I would for an employee type position....
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How to prepare for freelancing?

Freelancing is a big leap when you decide to take it. You have to remember that as a new graduate you don't have much "real world" experience. My suggestion is to start out working in a professional ...
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I've started freelance consulting. I want to ask an old colleague to join as a fellow freelance consultant. How?

Why don't you hire him instead of "showing" him your clients and connecting him to them? This way you can earn a bit from his work. And of course, suffer negative consequences in case of troubles. ...
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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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Difference between consultancy and agency

I am not aware of any official or legal definitions of the words - but in my humble opinion I would regard 'agency' and 'consultancy' as synonymous. A 'project company' is different from a 'product ...
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What will you do if your site is hacked?

I've actually had this happen before with a personal site. My host was nice enough to actually give me a chance to get my data off the site, before I wiped it The very first thing they did was cut ...
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Client changes contractor halfway through project

Since he is changing the condition of the contract, you will have to re-negotiate what your current work is worth and go from there. Request payment for what you have done so far since you've been ...
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Should I charge a client who does not come to a code help appointment?

Wow, this thread really does strike the cord of all freelancers, doesn't it? Hot button issue: the cancellation! Anyone who endorses a "slap on the wrist" is automatically, and immediately, weak in ...
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What 'technical skill-sets' do you need to know (or be willing to learn) to be a successful freelance web application developer (coder) and why?

If you are going to be a successful freelance developer, then you need to be very competent across the entire web stack, from manipulation of data right through to presentation in the browser. You can'...
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What 'technical skill-sets' do you need to know (or be willing to learn) to be a successful freelance web application developer (coder) and why?

Honestly you are selling yourself, and your ability to create something, your clients likely will not care what technologies you use in the process. Therefore I would say being competent with at least ...
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Can I get paid for notice if my fixed term contract is not renewed?

Ignoring the non-existent expiry date, it seems they have no obligations after February 2016. The renewal was anticipated but not guaranteed - and since there apparently have been no talks regarding ...
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Should one still be paid for troubleshooting when nothing was found?

Charge an Inspection Fee It takes time to determine whether an item can be repaired and how much it will cost to repair the item and it's reasonable for you to charge an inspection fee whether the ...
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Essential elements on contracts

Payment Terms Payment terms are imposed to ensure that payments are received by you within a reasonable period of time of finishing the work. Many freelancers miss this important component. I ...
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