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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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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

IANAL, nor any form of professional regarding law, let alone Australian law. However, from what I've found from a quick google of Australian copyright law, it seems to conform with most copyright ...
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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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What should I charge for a custom shirt builder web application?

Some of the first considerations would be: How many times have you done similar work, what were your costs, time, difficulties. How much will you have to charge just to break even? What profit is ...
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Is it okay for customer to pay less than invoice amount because of their wire charges?

No. If you invoice for $380, you should receive $380... then if your payment processor has fees, they are deducted from the $380. In no instance is it "okay" for a client to send less than ...
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When making a website which activities do you normally include in invoice?

Generally, clients buy a freelancer's time. Using that logic, all time spent on client work is invoiced, regardless of the work. I never heard of clients wanting different rates for work on prototype ...
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How do I prove my source of income as a freelancer?

Tax returns. Neither Fiverr nor istockphoto are your employers so they aren't obligated to track your earnings or send you records. It's up to you to maintain income records. Since these sites are ...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

The single worst mistake I ever made as a contractor was agreeing to provide source code before payment was made. Don't do it. This doesn't pass the "smell test" at all.
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Date on invoice?

the invoice date: last day of the previous month when work was completed (March 31) send invoice the same/next day (March 31 OR April 1st) doesn't make a difference yes: invoice is always generated ...
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Is it fair to charge client for FontAwesome pro license as development charges?

If I have a client which needs to run something requiring a license, they purchase a license (through me) so they can continue to use the licensed product. If I purchase a license, it's so I [my ...
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Should I warn client that I'm going to have to threaten legal action?

First, from looking at your first question and reading this one, I assume you've already pandered to the clients apologies and promises of payment too much. As well as this, I'll be assuming you're ...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

Simple down to earth advice: unless you have a contract or document that explicitly includes the requirement to supply the source code before payment, I think you are right not to change the existing ...
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Can I take my client to court for non payment of invoice before invoice is due?

I am NOT a lawyer. It is my understanding that in the United States, if you have evidence of an intent to default on payment or a contract, you can start the legal processes of repercussions due to ...
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When making a website which activities do you normally include in invoice?

There is more than one way to bill clients for creating websites. Many freelancers view it as a product, and thus charge a flat rate for what they believe the full value of their time + expertise is ...
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Does anyone know of any free time tracking and invoicing software geared toward freelance software developers?

I've been using an MS Access app i put together to track hours, clients, create invoices from hours entered, payments, etc. Since last year i have it connected to MYSQL backend in cloud.
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Non- Vat Invoice? How to invoice?

That gov.uk link is a very good one. There are some non-government sites which also give advice on running a small business and others which have templates for invoices. This Google Doc lists all the ...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

I would simply write an email to Person B explaining how you and Person A did business before, detail how the work flow process worked before and how it can be beneficial now. Ask the right questions,...
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New project manager suddenly demanding source-code prior to payment

I'm not familiar with Australia's laws, nor am I a lawyer. But here's what I'd do. Stick to your guns - do not send source code! First, take into account any payment terms that apply to the invoice....
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How to notify a client of costs that increase beyond the estimate

In my experience clients appreciate transparent and frequent updates about the project. I use a simple template that I send out weekly or biweekly that includes updates on planning and budget estimate....
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Should I include gratis overtime on an invoice?

Though I understand your view, I would strongly advise against displaying free hours on your invoice. It could just as easily be viewed as a passive-aggressive move, which is the exact opposite of ...
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Is it compulsory to mention my postal address in an invoice I create?

In order to create a legal business entity in the United States a location (address) must be on file and is public record. With the above in mind, what additional harm could come from putting that ...
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Including Extra Work as 100% Discounted Hours

I always include every discount on any invoice. Even if the discount amounts to 100%. Why? Well... The client see the added value they are receiving. If I should have trouble collecting the amount ...
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Intra-EU freelancer / contractor invoicing rules (taxes)

I used to do the same thing (Part-time employed in country A, as well as self-employed invoicing other clients in country B in a different currency), so I'll tell you what I did. Create a self-...
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I charge hourly, but services used by the client have monthly costs

I would merely add a line item to my invoices. Service ............... $xxx Service ............... $xxx Service ............... $xxx Service ............... $xxx Hosting ............... $xxx I don'...
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Can I take my client to court for non payment of invoice before invoice is due?

There is nothing stopping you from getting in touch with a lawyer now and getting things set up proactively. They will be able to give you better advice that is tailored to these circumstances. Much ...
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What should I charge for a custom shirt builder web application?

To avoid being underpaid: You want to own as much as possible of what you make. If you are only selling the guy a license to use the thing then it's less important if you get paid a little less than ...
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What should I charge for a custom shirt builder web application?

If you license it, you own it. In the US, if the client decides to walk away from the deal without paying you, your recourse is to take back your software. If you write it as "A Work Made For Hire" -...
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Is it ok to charge a (always late-paying) client for hours i haven't worked yet?

Most corporations or business use net 30 for payables. That is, they always pay 30 days after receiving an invoice. This is pretty much standard and you should honestly expect 30 days between ...
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