6 votes

Complicated situation with client and a never ending project

Why do you allow being treated like this? "Calling me every 2h and messaging every 15min + threatening" - WFT bro???? I would never, NEVER, N E V E R allow being treated like this. Now, aside of ...
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How to deal with a client who calls a lot?

I hate and decline all project instructions over call as well. I simply tell them something like "In a call, we can discuss plans and ideas at the very high level. However, if you need to explain any ...
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Being asked to sign a NDA for a very short-term project with tiny scope, should I?

I don't understand why you would even hesitate to sign an NDA unless you didn't intend to keep the IP secret. If someone needs 5 minutes of work done and they want to ensure their IP is protected, an ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

Only answer you can get to this question is it depends what you can offer and how much this is worth to someone: There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. ...
5 votes

How feasible is it to work fixed price and parttime for a client as a freelance software developer?

Assuming it's only a small slump, I would look for more clients. You need food on your table, and that's your first priority. It's good you want to work with your client, as opposed to only for ...
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4 votes

What should I look at to determine whether or not I should charge by the hour or by fixed price?

Here is my Entrepreneur/Employer's perspective: If you don't know well your client, your first goal is to build relationship of trust. In my view, the best way is to fix price a small job first, that ...
4 votes

Fixed price or per hour for a web developer?

If you don't know well your client, your first goal is to build relationship of trust. In my view, the best way is to fix price a small job first, that is easy to estimate and deliver on time. This ...
4 votes

Client willing to pay more...but I am refusing

Accept the money and keep this client. The client may recognize that at the beginning, he asked for 10 requirements, but over time he realized that he was really asking for 100. Accordingly, he's ...
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Should I discuss price of underestimated fixed price job?

Always and always, in case of miscalculations, talk to the client first. Explain to him why you missed estimations and how you worked much more than you initially thought. Ask the client if he is ...
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How should one convince the client to switch from hourly pay to fixed cost?

There are a few solutions to this dilemma. 1 - If your platform allows it, you can answer to the client without specifying an amount in your answer. This way, you avoid being discarded on price only ...
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How should I write a professional response for more money?

First, If you are a native English speaker, check your grammar. It's pretty bad. If you are not a native English speaker, but deal with native English clients regularly, you may want to have a friend ...
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How to deal with a client who calls a lot?

You state that: He can't assign tasks in Asana because this is a fixed price project. and We use slack for communication. The very simple answer is to invoice him for the time spent calls, as ...
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How to set a project completion deadline for a project that already got extended out?

Communication If you are friendly with the client, speak to them, expressing the concern. I would not simply provide an ultimatum. That will often be seen as "demanding" and "unfriendly". Instead ...
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How to estimate project costs - Mail (Postal) survey?

This is something I've done myself... First, make sure you've got "letter stuffing" as part of the costs. Some places are happy to print, but won't stuff envelopes. I managed around 4/minute at peak ...
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3 votes

Risk assessment of remote assistance project with high expectations

In my experience, the only times I have made money on a fixed price contract were when I had built a solution for that problem already and I only needed to tweak it for a new client. I had to price ...
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How to determine pricing for bug-support only contract?

You're getting the right idea, never offer your "on-hold" status for free, especially if you're expected to work on bugs within one business day of being contacts. Although I only did one of these ...
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A specific case of not knowing how much I'm worth?

Okay, you kinda hosed yourself on this first project. Fine, hammer them out, make them nice, and make it clear that you were doing these to build their trust, so they knew you were worth what you're ...
2 votes

Applying value pricing to consulting services for NGO

Another way of thinking of value-pricing is as "fixed price contracting, with the price based on benefit and ability to pay" rather than "fixed price contracting, with the price based on my input ...
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2 votes

How to deal with a client who calls a lot?

When you're quoting projects you should add these hours into your quote for your client. Expect a few hours for communication. This way when you do have over excessive communication going on you have ...
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2 votes

What are the essential parts I need to include in a fixed price contract for services?

Details of work to be done - is really important and should be really detailed. Since the contract is fixed price, your definition of 'done' will be quite different from that of the client, as it is ...
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Evaluation Task to find good development company

Asking someone to complete unpaid work as a freelancer in the hopes of landing a job isn't going to go down very well. If it's for web design, it would be better to ask for samples of previous work (...
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What is a good way to handle correction loops and clients which delay or deny project acceptance in fixed-price projects?

So I do a combination of strategies 2 and 3. I outline the scope and everything included, set the number of revisions (usually 3), and then have a separate section that outlines what may incur ...
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What is a good way to handle correction loops and clients which delay or deny project acceptance in fixed-price projects?

1 Deliverables and scope of work are set forth in a contract and the goal is to complete said deliverables to the client's satisfaction. If the client is abusing this stance with continual, repetitive,...
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How much should I pay for a simple android app

From the information you provided: Your app does just ask 50 multiple choice questions, has no user accounts or logins, does not validate or visualize or send this data anywhere, the questions ...
2 votes

How can I keep a client who doesn't have consistent work, while usually working fulltime per client?

As I see it, there are three possible solutions to your problem, noting that the client is (evidently) perfectly happy to keep you on a permanent retainer waiting for the next assignment to drop. Use ...
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How should present to my clients how much I'll be charging them as a beginner web developer?

There is always a constant tension between a developer and a client over pricing. You have to charge enough to cover your business expenses. But clients want the least expense and want assurances of ...
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How to determine pricing for Freelance Web Hosting For VERY Large Corporation

Website hosting can be basic, or very advanced. Does your client have the requirements from their site's developer as to what is required/recommended? If not, get that information before you even ...
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1 vote

Should I discuss price of underestimated fixed price job?

Providing a fixed-price quotation is really hard, for anything which includes work one haven't done before, preferably several times. It also requires a really mature client that is used to provide ...
1 vote

Installing complex software at customer site

Are you being paid to deploy the project as well? It sounds like you are, but check your contract. If it is going to take lots of time to deploy something for a customer, you need to be the expert in ...
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Can't satisfy client's need in fixed-bid project

I think there is a serious chance you won't see the money / will be asked to pay back, if you don't deliver. That's the thing with fixed price projects: you agree on a deliverable, a specific ...
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