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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

Realize that if you are tied up, full time, for a year, you'll most likely lose all your other clients. So, if that's okay you need to make it worth your while. If you are financially in good shape ...
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To expand business or increase rates?

To get right to it, you want more cash. One of the simplest ways to do that is to just raise your rates, like you mentioned. The biggest problem when doing this is, naturally, the fear that your ...
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5 votes
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Decision and negotiation of long term time-consuming job

Well from what I can see, you are a good photographer and you have more work than you can handle. So this is a good position for expansion. The same happened to me in the programming field. ...
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3 votes
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Must the customer mention the existence of my own company to the final customer?

In many cases, no. But it all depends upon your contract with the agent/headhunter. Unless your agreement with the headhunter specifically states they must disclose your company to all the clients ...
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3 votes
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How should I get paid

Don't do this. You're being set up. You should be getting paid in milestones, and not waiting till the end. Or, get a retainer up front, just like attorneys would do. Here's why. Payment At End ...
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How can I make a good "Memorandum of Understanding" (MoU) to work with a long-term client?

If the intent is to simply lay out a set of terms for a gentleman's agreement or an MoU (e.g. that you will make best effort to be available for the required hours each week and provide him at least x ...
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Decision and negotiation of long term time-consuming job

You've already answered your own question.... " I don't feel like disregard or abandon other clients because if this client will go elsewhere (as already happened) I'll remain with no other clients." ...
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2 votes

Company stability

I will answer with a question: are you willing to grow your company by yourself? If that's a yes then read on. If that's a no, then I'm afraid that you already know the solution, the partial buy-out ...
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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

Like most others I try to avoid discounts - but if giving a discount seems unavoidable, I would need some guarantees added to the contract. Many things can happen in 12 months. Companies may be ...
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2 votes

Leaving my best longterm freelance client for a Job offer, what's the best way to end this?

I would hire a friend of mine who can take the freelance job or someone who can, and any task given I forward them, but I will do revision after my hired guy finish to make sure quality is still in ...
2 votes

Leaving my best longterm freelance client for a Job offer, what's the best way to end this?

In situations like this, I like to imaging I'm the client, and someone else is a freelancer. How would that make me feel, and how would I deal with any mess? First off, as much notice as necessary. ...
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1 vote

Can a software development contract have a minimum term stipulation?

I used to have rebated service contracts where I would reserve a certain number of days per month for a client and he would pay me a monthly fixed fee. These had notice periods, which was appropriate ...
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Can a software development contract have a minimum term stipulation?

Generally, you can put anything both parties agree to in a contract. I have never heard of such a clause and it does seem to go against one of the primary reasons for using freelancers - flexibility ...
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How should I get paid

I also think that you should opt for mixed payment, i.e. they should pay you for work done when you deliver predefined milestone, but also you should ask for percentage or monthly fee for support and ...
1 vote

Decision and negotiation of long term time-consuming job

Do the math. Try to find creative ways to free up some more time. What if scenarios can help. (What if I do X on the weekend, can I free up some time for Y during the week?) If you can manage that you ...
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Decision and negotiation of long term time-consuming job

Have the client send the products to you. I assume you have some sort of lightbox/room or you can make one or if the demand is so high have the client rents you a small space nearby. The products get ...
1 vote

How should I get paid

You should opt for a mixed type of payment: a one time discounted payment for finished product plus a percentage of their sales. But, only if you are very sure that they will sell the app, because if ...
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long-term freelancing, pay rate calculation

Did the client really ask for for a fixed price for two years? It is my experience that long-term contracts are payed based on your rate per hour, day or month. As for your calculation: Why would ...
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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

While @Scott is right that you can't expect to maintain business relationships with the numerous small clients you (presumably) are currently working for if you do a full time contract for a year with ...
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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?

The only time I've ever offered a discount for a long term (12+ months guaranteed) contract is if bonuses are worked into the rate. My rate is $30/hour not because that's the number I chose out of a ...
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