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How do I tell a client that I'm working fewer hours because they pay me much worse than my other clients?

Simple, either raise their pricing or drop the client. It's business. There's little point in working even a few hours for less money than you could earn with another client. Businesses typically do ...
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Should I accept a low hourly rate while in between contracts?

Don't do it. Clearly they don't value your work, a 60% discount is what you ask for haggling in a North African marketplace, not development work with a freelancer. And keep in mind that although ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

He said he wanted to talk about the website. We agreed to contact again the week after to fix a meeting date and hour. This didn't exactly happen, did it? You drove across town, and back, to sit ...
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Client wants free and half-rate meetings

I think you know the answer to this, but may be a bit apprehensive about losing the client if you fail to attend these meetings. That's always a possibility. It's your business. Your pricing and what ...
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Raise price of hourly rate for existing client

Every one of us has come to this point. In my case, at some point when I got "too many" clients, I started filtering them on those keep working and those that simply take my time. I sent circular ...
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Complicated situation with client and a never ending project

Why do you allow being treated like this? "Calling me every 2h and messaging every 15min + threatening" - WFT bro???? I would never, NEVER, N E V E R allow being treated like this. Now, aside of ...
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I grossly under estimated my costs for a job and want to renegotiate compensation. Should I?

No matter how you present it, that is blackmail. And I very much doubt a bank did not let you sign an NDA which prohibits you from using this data elsewhere. Fixed price is exactly what the name ...
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How do I tell a client that I'm working fewer hours because they pay me much worse than my other clients?

In 5 years of working with this client, your skill level has probably increased: you definitely do the same job faster than 5 years (and even a year) ago and most likely you do your job better. This (...
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Should I accept a low hourly rate while in between contracts?

If someone would ask me a 60% discount off my hourly rate it would be offensive to my worker's dignity. I would not even keep up a telephone conversation with someone like that. I would consider a 5%...
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Freelance programmer's monthly fees, expectations too high?

Ah, the good old fashioned "stuff works and never breaks" assumption from a non-it manager. First up, DBA requirements. Advise them that if they do not wish to procure DBA support from you, they will ...
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What's the proper way to ask the recruiter for a certain hourly rate?

I always provide a hard number and never a range - but that comes down to my weakness as a haggler. Instead I prefer more or less stating a price as an ultimatum. When I quote a range, I feel I seem ...
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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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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

It sounds to me like he treated your interview as if he was interviewing a potential new employee, rather than interviewing a freelancer. He most likely wanted to meet you and get a feel for you as an ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

He does not look odd to me. Just another overpotent I-am-the-smartest CEO. He is busy and you are some geek programmer who is doing something that his nephew could do, but just a bit better. Would I ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

Whether or not the guy was "rude" is really your call. That's often more of a percieved thing. While what you've detailed doesn't really sound so much rude as possibly inattentive, his attitude really ...
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Is there a way to delegate bureaucratic tasks or social interactions?

Flat: assign a realstate company to rent it for you. They will take a considerable chunk of the rent, but 100% of the problems. Taxes: I'm sure there are sass that will handle invoicing and taxing for ...
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Essential elements on contracts

Payment Terms Payment terms are imposed to ensure that payments are received by you within a reasonable period of time of finishing the work. Many freelancers miss this important component. I ...
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How to write technical offer?

Not sure what you mean by a technical offer. Perhaps this will help. You write down what you are going to do, how long it will take, what the customer will get delivered at the end of it. This is ...
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How to sell a project to your competitor? Documents, Warnings, Considerations

From a business college student's point of view, you will need to do a few things to sell your idea to your competitor. Protect your idea. Good job on thinking about this. As a market researcher, ...
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What is implicit common practice in licensing software (client Javasript) for evaluation?

OK. Your client doesn't want to sign a licensing agreement. Here's how to look at this: If the work has not already been performed, and you do the work, it's technically a work-for-hire, and the ...
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Should I discuss price of underestimated fixed price job?

Always and always, in case of miscalculations, talk to the client first. Explain to him why you missed estimations and how you worked much more than you initially thought. Ask the client if he is ...
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Advertise through email

Have you ever, for any reason, answered a marketing/sales email from a sender you did not personally recognize? I get about 6-10 of the, "Hi, I'm a web developer that can improve your site" emails ...
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Advertise through email

If you really can create something and then sell it, and you need to convince others that you can do it well, it's much better to really create something and show the world what you've got. No need to ...
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Advertise through email

Cold calling is hard work. I have had some success emailing potential clients by: making it clear I am a web developer in the same geographic area describing a specific (non-trivial) problem with ...
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Advice when pitching a day rate to maximize billable time

My day rate is considerably more than merely 8 x hourly rate. Day rate means I can't take calls, answer emails, etc. and am exclusive to that client for that day. Being entirely exclusive to one ...
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How to convince customer to buy its own products

You shouldn't have put yourself in this situation in the first place. We order PCB's from a dozen places across our product lines. We sign multiyear staggered shipment contracts when we don't want to ...
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Which one brings more benefits to community? Blockchain or Traditional bank?

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 ...
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Client comparing estimates

If the guy isn't complaining about the price, stick to it. If you change it, you send a message that you might have been (unintentionally or not) ripping him off/unnecessirily over charging, and it ...
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Rude and confusing client but possible important job

Should I contact him again? Yes, you should. Whether you are interested in working with him or not, do contact him and let him know as (effective) communication is one of the key elements to ...
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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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