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How can experienced contractor survive outside Elance/oDesk/Freelancer?

I have never used any online freelance service to acquire work. Ever. Not even for one project. Without any direct experience as a worker, they all seemed like a less-than-ideal business venture for ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

Where do I start? Why I almost didn't read this question? Why most of guys on this group probably skipped reading your question? Why I would not hire you based on this bid? Bad English You addressed ...
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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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Can a Western IT software developer make it in online freelancing?

I believe that being a 'Westerner' definitely works to your advantage for many reasons. Let me share part of my experience on the subject, as a freelance developer who started in London, then moved on ...
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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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How to setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

Most often what I do is send the client a link.... Hi Client, Here is a link to the hosting package you'll need: (insert link here) Please follow the steps to sign up, including paying ...
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Should I become a freelance web developer or a freelance software developer?

I think you should shoot high. The sky is the limit for you. You already have a lot of skills for your age. I think it is totally possible to make some money with freelance web development to pay ...
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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 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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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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How to find good jobs on freelancing sites

When you say freelancing, are you talking about working part time from home, or working for a period of weeks or months possibly on the clients site? I've been a contractor/consultant since 1994 and ...
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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 setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

I will usually recommend a domain and web hosting provider for my clients, since they normally do not have any existing hosting, and don't usually know enough to choose one themselves. I will ...
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Freelance rate based on my country

I think it all depends on your skill set and portfolio. It also depends on what segment of the market you're targeting. It also depends on where you're finding the work (elance etc.) If you're ...
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How to land a client who contacted me directly?

The person requesting your services asked this: Hey, person X told me that you designed her website. I'm starting up a company, how much would you charge me for something similar to that site? ...
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Why am I not getting hired on UpWork/oDesk?

Getting hired on Upwork is easy and hard at the same time. Most of the freelancers have everything perfect from the 100% profiles, good in their field (Skills are there) etc. From what I have come ...
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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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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 setup client ownership of domain name and hosting

I have a friend who is part owner of many hosting companies throughout the USA and Canada (he has dual citizenship), and he is able to have the customers sign up directly through him. I assume this is ...
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What should I do about a client threatening to call the police for me taking down an app?

Are you his regular employee paid monthly or he hired you to code him this app? If you are full-time employee, then you had no right to remove the app. You should have filed a complain to the court ...
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On a web site gig, who pays for the domain and hosting services?

That's completely up to you, and what risks you're willing to take. I'm a huge advocate for hourly billing and that (along with a few other key concepts) defines more than just what I charge for. ...
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