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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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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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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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Threatening legal action ("talking tough") is, as you've rightly stated, merely a basic business tactic to get people to do things they might otherwise not, in this case presumably offering a refund. Until you receive an actual communication from their solicitor you've got nothing to worry about, and even then the odds of ending up in court ...


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You seem to be acting out of anger rather than considering the most sensible course of action, which is to briefly report your unsatisfactory experience with this client to whichever site he found you on, and then move on with your life. While you may gain some small measure of satisfaction from damaging their reputation or trashing their software product, ...


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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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