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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

In my experience, a website will - in itself - give you nothing. Clients are only found by actively seeking them. When you have lots of face time with a potential client, a website should make no ...
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Why anybody would work without a contract?

This is a common scam on Upwork. Well, not a real scam, but here is the thing: You CANNOT rate him before he finished the work. So if he is not sure he can finish the work, he will work on it, but ...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

Generate an invoice marked "past due". Send certified. That's all you can really do in your case, at this step, without getting an attorney involved. The $10,000 is probably more than any state's ...
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Making quotations out of thin air

Don't provide anything. Avoid these clients. Seriously, don't even consider working for clients such as this. If the client can not take the time to at least attempt to describe their issue as ...
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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?

Plain and simple.... If you don't have 6 months to 1 year of savings to live off of, you aren't adequately prepared to start freelancing full time. You can do it part time and keep your job. However,...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

I'm going to assume that you're asking because you're new to either Upwork or freelancing altogether. There are many reasons as to why you might not be hired often. Personally, I used to get hired on ...
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Employer Via Freelancing Platform Threatening To Take Legal Action Against Me

Sounds like you're using Upwork? If not, let me know and I'll adjust this. Personally, I've been using Upwork for over a year and pretty much stopped using it because of low-quality clients. If there ...
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Upwork taking 20% of my money. Alternatives

Agreed! Upwork charges a hell of a lot of the Fee. On the top of that Freelancer had to pay withdrawal fees, currency conversion fee, bank fee, etc. and the actual amount which a freelancer receives ...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

Unless you receive payment, I don't believe you are obligated to do anything. It's your fault to some degree for letting outstanding invoices "build up over time". You should never allow that to ...
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Why < $10 per hour for freelancing?

I used to charge around that when I started. I was a student back then, working during the night and studying during the day. These were my thoughts: Not Possible to get a job at night where I live, ...
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How can the online freelance IT market be segregated?

On the surface, it is just as you have described it. But the reality is different. Every fresh client will go with the lowest rate in his project. And eventually he will be burnt and will realize ...
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How to work with a micro-manage client

Sometimes the money is not worth it. I offer discounted prices for well-behaved clients, and I overcharged the ones that are, well, no good people. Here's how you've got to look at it, the client is ...
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Employer Via Freelancing Platform Threatening To Take Legal Action Against Me

Ignore it. If escrow was used for payments, they had to relinquish their hold on the escrow.... if they did so without approving of the work, it's not your problem. Bullying you into more work, or a ...
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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?

Since now I was very rarely contacted by clients that found me from my website, and consider that I am online with my website since 1996, each 1-2 years I renewed it making it tecnically and ...
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Freelancing as Physicist / Mathematician

A third area, in addition to @MichaelLai's first two, might be financial services. But, alas, that would also be lots (and lots) of programming. However, you'd also be developing models requiring lots ...
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Ex-employer wants to hire me after I send him a design

No money, no final design. Full stop. You can meet with them to discuss what they're looking for, or refer them to your portfolio. You NEVER release a final product until you get paid or money is in ...
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How to work with a micro-manage client

Generally, you cannot change clients; you can merely select the ones you want to work for and those you don't. The only factor where you are in full control is how you handle a client. For some ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

You should be applying for fewer jobs. It's not about the quantity of jobs available. You need to find the jobs which suit your skills, your experience, and your expected rates - and then focus more ...
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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

I have been a part time freelancer for the last 6 years. Nowadays it is very hard to get new work. Recently I started using this chrome extension, which is very helpful for me to get new job ...
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How do I get my first job at a freelancing site?

I hire on UpWork, so can answer this from the other side of the equation. As a general rule, 80% of applicants will send generic applications that may as well come from a robot. By sending personal ...
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Income tax when working as freelancer through Upwork (UK)

good idea to start a bit of freelancing on the side! There are some rules but they are easy and shouldn't scare you off. I'm in the UK too: the income is taxable in the same way as your normal ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I understand your problem. What helped me to develop a profile is the following: Make clear from the beginning your prices and years of experience. Don't justify it, there are always jobs/projects ...
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How to respond without hurting a potential IDEA business guy's business proposal

I met some guys like this one in my work career til now. What I usually do (and would do in your case) is: Enstablish the right mutual work positions: I am the professional in my area, you are the ...
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Is it unacceptable or not wise to email clients during the weekend?

Here's my opinion and practice.... I never respond or contact clients during any time I want to myself, ever. That is to say.. I don't respond to or contact clients before 9am, after 5pm, on ...
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What can I do if underestimated the project ?

Finish the project for the agreed upon amount and learn from your mistake. Ask for more money or stop working on the project, and create an unhappy client which will probably have other ramifications.
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How to deal with a customer who get work and didn't gave payment?

Most freelance sites have an arbitration clause for this type of thing. Screenshot the logo being used and contact the proper support channel on said freelance website. It'll take a while but they ...
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Safest way to send Credit Card information when communication is through email

A zipped archive is only helpful if it is encrypted with a password, and the password is not sent via email. As well, the customer would need to ensure they're following the instructions exactly to ...
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How can I write a good proposal on Upwork.com?

On a platform such as UpWork, a client who posts a project will get anywhere from 50 to 100 proposals and invite 5 people to interview. Turning the numbers around yields that it takes 20 proposals to ...
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How can the online freelance IT market be segregated?

It's called globalization and doesn't restrict itself to the online freelance market: you can't compete on price, it needs to be quality. 'The West' stands out not because we're cheaper but because ...
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