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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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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 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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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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Who owns the excel template I made? (not legally, ethically)

You are no longer at Company A, correct? You have nothing to worry about legally and they know it which is why they used the word "ethically". They sound like petty bullies to me and if an excel ...
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How to write technical offer?

Not sure what you mean by a technical offer. Perhaps this will help. You write down what you are going to do, how long it will take, what the customer will get delivered at the end of it. This is ...
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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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How to learn about MSA, SOW, RFP? (consulting)

Proposal writing in response to RFPs can be quite a difficult endeavor. The best way to learn is having a good mentor, who’s an experienced proposal writer. If you know someone has this experience, ...
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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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What are some techniques to get past Human Resources to talk to the person that needs help

As you've correctly determined, you're speaking to the wrong people with the wrong priorities. HR's problem is that they've been given a job that needs filling. Their task (as they see it) is to find ...
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How can I find clients and communicate with them directly

You are asking how to be in business. According to Peter Drucker, a business needs two things, marketing and innovation. Marketing is what we do to identify who to sell to, what to sell to them, and ...
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Can a consultant be placed in a Director position as a 1099

"1099 employee" is an oxymoron. You can't be a 1099 worker and an employee. By definition 1099 indicates an independent contractor or freelancer. So, no. Employees are traditionally never 1099 ...
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Learning that my first bill will be paid after two months instead of one

I find it amazing that it has taken your headhunter a month to discover that the end-client would not be signing a document. However, it seems that the headhunter simply does not have the liquidity ...
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Is it right to charge for work done incorrectly?

No project ever is completed in perfection. Just look at the updates from your own operating systems. Expecting that is unrealistic. If money in closed projects is an issue,create a separation ...
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I grossly under estimated my costs for a job and want to renegotiate compensation. Should I?

Since I don't get paid until I give them the database there's nothing really forcing me to stick to the (unfair) agreement I naively made (except morals) Not true. If your client has made any ...
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Should I provide information to the client before proposal is accepted?

This is indeed tricky question and no one can give you a proper answer. I am always in doubt when I am faced with such dilemma. If I tell them, they may use this information and hire someone to do it, ...
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How much should I pay a previously salaried employee to stay on as a consultant?

In all honesty, engaging "Sue" at a rate based on her previous salary is probably low-balling her (unless she was paid an insanely, extremely over-market wage). Benefits or not, Federal 'payroll' ...
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How much should I pay a previously salaried employee to stay on as a consultant?

I have seen that many companies offer full-time rate as 50% of their real rate. Based on this, it looks like you should offer her $36/h. And she should be happy with it. If you cannot afford $36, ...
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How to learn about MSA, SOW, RFP? (consulting)

This isn't a complete answer, but a properly written RFP will describe exactly how they want the proposal done (sometimes specifying the font type and size, and page count limits). I suggest getting a ...
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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance?

There's no way to gage anything without trying to get work in the market with your skills. You can guess based upon opportunities out there, but just because there are opportunities, that won't ...
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How to avoid working as an unofficial full-time employee?

That, as you posted, is a full-time employment position. It doesn't matter what they "call" it. To you, it's a full-time job with no benefits. Do you want a full time job with no benefits? If you want ...
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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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What is the freelancer's responsibility regarding software bugs?

Regardless of what services you provide to your clients, you should invest in Professional Liability Insurance and General Liability Insurance, or their equivalents. Will I be held responsible? ...
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What is fair compensation for handing my freelance contracts to my new employer?

Are the other group members also handing over their clients? If so, then maybe that's a necessary part of building a viable cooperative and you'll benefit in the longer term. Have you discussed a ...
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How can I circumvent consulting agencies and work directly for the company

for some reason the client prefers to pay an agency a lot more than go out and look for developers The reason is very simple, and is the same reason because companies prefer head hunters instead of ...
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Which non-immigrant visa is required to work as a freelancer from the EU in the USA?

First of all, the ultimate source to consult is the US embassy (or its nearest consulate) in your country - mostly its web page, since embassies rarely engage in lengthy and abstract discussions over ...
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