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There are some contest sites that operate under similar terms -- everyone sees the design description/brief, everyone works and submits designs, only the chosen design (winner) gets paid. So yes, in some cases things operate how you've described. These sites are customarily (but not exclusively) populated by hobbyists or non-freelance workers. In terms of a ...


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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 that the rate and quality go along. In that case, he can try another project with the medium rate or go with the high rates from contractors closer to him. This ...


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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 we have 'knowledge economies', i.e. our people have access to better education and should therefore be able to deliver higher quality of work in the non-...


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As someone who has hired people to write copy for me, the tests can be useful. I want someone who can write good English straight away. It is a pointless exercise if I hire someone and then have to fix their English!


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The standard approach of picking up jobs online, coupled with some good linkedin will serve you well. Also, general networking and industry conferences are a great way to meet other people in your field or looking for people in your field.


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I think the role you're trying to fit, because it is moreso task oriented and not product (deliverable) oriented, is not a good fit for the websites you're describing in the comments. Aside from that -- consider something else. I run a business. Now, please keep reading - but this is not a personal slight to you, okay? It'd be a rare, rare, RARE ...


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While reading the title I thought you meant programming language and was about to edit the title. I think even in Denmark, English is a must. That's also the case for "bigger European countries". As a matter of fact, in the IT-World it is the de facto language. Without you won't go far. As a plus to English the native language (or at least enough of it to ...


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Simply tell him your feelings. If he doesn't understand, turn down the work. I don't know enough about the situation, but it looks like he's simply trying to exploit the eagerness of students. As you said, the prize is hardly worth the effort.


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Whilst impossible to state that 'no that site does not exist', I can say that no such site exists that has significant market share and thus would not suffer from the same problem as the PeoplePerHour UK site. Essentially your question is centred around two issues; needing higher quality (ideally UK) clients, and differentiating yourself from $5 per hour ...


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Well, they are useful but on the long run. Even if they don't praise you for good results on these tests, in my experience I learned a lot from them. So solving them is like reading a book: you find something unknown and you educate yourself on that topic. The other good news for you is that many large companies who hire freelancers DO respect results on ...


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I'm slightly cynical of most of these tests, because they are usually on sites that exist to sell you training... plus in the Real World you have to ask yourself whether hiring managers will know what they are, or what a test proves. However, anything that you may consider a positive addition to your portfolio is worth pursuing. Ultimately, it is ...


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Yes, the tests are very helpful, especially when you are new to the portal and don't have any portfolio, reviews or rating on your profile. In this scenario the Tests act as a proof of your skills and education and helps client to gain confidence in your skills. In-fact for established profiles also clients consider this as a factor, including other factors ...


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If you are talking about selling your source code, then look at this question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/206793/how-do-you-put-price-on-your-source-code If you are talking about selling the right to be the only user of the app (and later resell it himself) without selling your source code, then things getting more complex. Do ...


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Why can't you work any more? I have 3 kids and I can still work full-time freelancing. Obviously, you want to work less and earn the same or more as before. The only answer is to make a company. Or maybe an agency and take a percentage for each project. The cheaper option is to have your own men, but you must have projects each month. The less to earn is ...


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It would likely depend on your current contract of employment. Your contract (assuming you have one) may restrict the amount of work you do outside your main employment, for example. If your employer is abandoning a product, the non-compete clause may not apply as they are no longer in that particular business. As Canadian Luke says in the comments, you ...


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Is computer maintenance your real gear? If not, you may have problems settings the price. The reason for this is that you know your hourly price for programming, but you do not know then what should be the price of maintenance. Obviously, it will be cheaper but will it be 80% of your hourly rate, or 40%, or... I had the same problems when I had to set the ...


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Does your client care about their data and the ability to recover it and do they care about making sure that it's secured in transit and at rest? Do you care about doing what's in your clients best interests? If the answer to both questions is yes then find them a solution that doesn't involve transmitting their data to your home server and storing it there.


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You have answered your own question... as mentioned explicitly by my contract You have it in your contract, you have both signed it, you have the upper hand. Demand payment by the due date, as per the contract. Remind them that failure to pay is breach of contract, the implications of this should be clear to them already.


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Yes and no as the answer above states of you were hired and did sign a contract stating you are going to recieve payment for each logo then yes you should be paid. Now in the case that you listed it sounds like there was no type of agreement so to answer no. The main thing I would say in a situation like yours is to find out the fine print of the job or ...


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https://xkcd.com/1174/ See #1. Also, a good way to talk a non-technical client out of anything is through budget and headaches. Explain that it will be more expensive and frustrating in the long-run to make a mobile app instead of a website, as you will be slave to Apple's policies, paying $99 a year for a developer license, forced to update to keep up with ...


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It's usually impossible to tell a client who is set on a project and is unwilling to listen to other viewpoints that something is A Bad Idea™. In that case, you can either go with a client's insanity (but if they're being unethical, you should usually just get out of there fast) In this case, however, I'd argue that your client's idea is actually ...


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I think a contest such as this is a bad idea in general, because no-one, not even students should be subjected to spec work. http://www.nospec.com/ explains this very succinctly, but it's geared more to graphic design than coding, but the principle is the same.


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The tests vary based on industry. I've taken tests for marketing, development, and English skills. I make sure to take the English tests so potential clients know that when I say I'm native they know it's true. As for other tests, some sites have outdated tests that go against industry best practices or don't realize how the industry works. For example, ...


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These tests are just a little bit of information that shows how good you know of your field. Usually, if you have experience then these will not be that hard. Don't expect people to hire you just for your great results but when having to choose between 2 freelancers the clue to will surely choose the one with the high score on the tests. So in short: no, it ...


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