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Contracts do not prevent exploitation. If a project relationship starts to argue over the words of the contract, that relationship is already soured and the best thing is to get out of it as fast as possible. The only thing contractually is to make sure that the contract has a simple "get out of this mess" process. The way to prevent exploitation ...


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Me personally, I don't pick up a pencil, mouse, turn on a computer, put on my glasses, etc..... nothing unless a fee has been determined for the work I'll be doing. In some cases, a deposit may be required before I start work. Imagine... you put in 10+ hours of work and then the client says something like, "Well, we thought $15/hr was a good price."...


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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 escrow.


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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 freelancers, good money can make micro-management bearable. Only you know if that applies to you. I'm assuming the client pays you on time, so that is not an ...


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Realistically, the only clauses that are of any importance in the contract are... Price/spec (e.g. what are you doing and what are you being paid for it) Payment schedule (e.g. how and when are you getting paid) Start/finish time and deadlines (e.g. when does the contract start and when are the deliverables) Kill fee (e.g. how much they're going to pay you ...


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Preface: I'm in the Unites States... I dislike and do not use any crowdsourcing site to acquire new work or clients. To answer why rates seem low on some crowdsourcing sites.... Exchange rates $10 in the United States is equivalent to ... 726 Indian Rupees 156 Egyptian pounds 1,090 Japanese Yen 65 Chinese Yuan 143,619 Indonesian Rupiah Rates may be low to ...


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In any creative venture, be it artwork, fiction writing, markup writing, coding, music, film.... the "work" is copyrighted and owned by the creator the moment it is created. There are only 9 ways the author "loses" rights to the work. William Fisher, of Harvard Law, has an excellent lecture on copyrights. Specifically Lecture 5 part 3 ...


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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 paying for you, which means that every resource he asks for that you need to use, has to be paid for. Is he paying for your blogging skills only? I don't think ...


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The answer is: not much You need to know the bare minimum to accomplish the tasks, the more you know, the more you charge. Experience: I've got an hourly rate based on my experience, I'm a very seasoned person with cloud, security and development experience, so I'll be able to spot errors and avoid some paths that would lead to disaster. Therefore, by base ...


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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 the solution about 7 times what it cost me to tweak in order to make money. I cannot do custom development on fixed price. Clients like fixed price. They want to ...


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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 at what price point. You are finding out that marketing is a lot of work. Exactly. That is why businesses spend so much money on marketing. In my experience, ...


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You can try site focused on offering freelancer services, which you can find out making a search on Google. References: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=data+warehouse+freelancer Just a suggestion: but if you wish to freelancing the best advice I can give you at the moment is to try change your skillset to Web Development focused on Wordpress ...


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The moment a client says you will hear from their lawyers, tell them you will wait for their call. Shut up, and don't talk to that client anymore - they are over you. If it is worth fighting for, get yourself a lawyer. Likely, the first contact will result in payment (not many companies want to be the defendant in a court). If not, the lawyer will guide you ...


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The business may not in itself be illegitimate - but the problems involved with international business are easily underestimated. If you are merely passing money on, you might risk being flagged by an Anti Money Laundering scheme. Ask yourself why the foreign clients are going through you and not directly targeting the end client. That could be a question ...


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It is worth trying! The corporate culture with a boss and a deadline is very frustrating when company is paying you in penny In Freelancing the most difficult job is to find clients when you are a beginner. But once you have build our portfolio with good clients then this freelancing becomes fun todo job. Also then there would be no boss, you can work ...


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To remain a freelancer means that you have to build a business. A business consists of numerous parts including marketing, sales, administration, legal, accounting, etc. When working with platforms such as UpWork, they are acting as your marketing team. To go outside of them, you need to build your own marketing team. If you don't know how to do that, you ...


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Actually, it depends on the skills you currently have and your area of interest. You surely need to improve and learn a major skill in order to get into freelancing. You have to excel in one of the major fields in Python in order to be a good freelancer and to get good projects. If you have covered the basics in Python, and you are interested in Web ...


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How do you define the website is done in the contract as-is? Does it need to have feature X, Y and Z to be considered done? Or does it need the client to say "OK, you're done"? What you're looking to get is an exit clause. Put it in all your contracts. It's the definitive way to make sure you and your client know when the current job is completed. ...


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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 price. When you have not done such before, you don't know what your costs are. However, in the field of website development, you can look at what other people in ...


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Yes, you can. There are few things that you need to keep in mind: You have to be completely confident about the languages from/to which you are translating. You need to have completely grammatical knowledge of those languages. It's good to have some prior experience of translations. You'll need to manually translate every sentence, as machine translations ...


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This question assumes that the banks are independent actors. In most countries, banks are private institutions that act as agents for the government in helping to manage the money supply and flow. For this reason, the government stands behind the currency and props up the banking system. So, your question is really "which is better, a government backed ...


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I was dealing with this problem for 13 years. I think PayPal has restrictions for non-US or non-European citizens to have an account and even more restrictions if your country is a third-world country. Online payments websites have more restrictions for you because the money can be illicit, so they put this kind of restriction to avoid money laundering. this ...


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Maybe my answer can help you especially involving the blockchain technology and working freelance. I wrote a answer about the use of blockchain technology for freelance work and how this could help for avoid internet scams using multi-signature wallet or maybe some crypto a good smart contrack: Escrow System Alternatives or a Smart Contract For Working ...


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I still believe that the banking system is safe and I will continue to use it. In general, most bank users rarely lose money. While blockchain sounds more effective for transactions as it can reduce costs and transaction time, there are still many hackers trying to challenge themselves by attacking the money stored on the blockchain platform. Besides, ...


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There are many aspects that you should remember on or while dealing with the customer. Before dealing out with the client, you should always remember what is the budget and requirement of the client, as these will be the threshold on which you will be stacking your expense. You can consider things like distribute your website work into tasks like - UI (...


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You can send screenshots/images/mockup of the design instead of sharing design files and code.


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Generally, clients prefer fixed price as it fits into their illusion of financial predictability. To the freelancer however, fixed price can at times be detrimental - not only financially but also to the client relationship. I agree with the comment that states that the only time and place for fixed price is if the project is a complete clone of a previous ...


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First off, people who post projects on UpWork get many proposals (between 50-100 on some projects) and they have to quickly figure out which proposals to toss away. Those that appear to be "standard proposals" often get tossed first. Adding your "standard proposal" to the pile of "toss this quickly" is not a good way to get ...


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Several answers here assume US law. The OP asked specifically about international law. (I am not an expert in international law.) A better way of looking at this situation is to ask how enforceable are any rights? In the US, contracts and rights to software realistically have power to the extent that you are willing to go to court to protect them. If you can'...


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That depends on your needs. The popular opinion about freelancing is to earn extra money ( "not a real job, use for extra money" ). However, see this article of Forbes magazine could change that bad opinion about freelancing: "Survey: For Many, Freelancing Pays Better Than Traditional Jobs The line between freelancers and traditional workers ...


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