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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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Am I supposed to be paid even though my work isn't used?

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 ...
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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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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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Should I charge for idle services as a freelancer?

I do contract work and also charge by the hour. What I charge for is my time to complete the job given the tools that I have, and if that includes waiting on a file to up load then so be it, it gets ...
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What to do when a client cancels project 1 day before delivery?

First off, I'm sorry to hear of your endeavor and that you had to deal with a nightmare client like that. I think we've all been there at least twice. Now then, hindsight is 20/20, so let's be ...
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Should I charge the client when I get stuck on stupid mistakes

I couldn't help but leave my own insights on this matter as two existing answers are all implying a client shouldn't be charged for his employee's mistakes. If this question is about the right of ...
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Client non-responding on official email but talks only on skype

There is nothing wrong with explaining to a client that Skype (or phone calls) are not sufficient and you need to have written approval of something either via email, fax, or postal mail. I would ...
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Freelance rate based on my country

I think it all depends on your skill set and portfolio. It also depends on what segment of the market you're targeting. It also depends on where you're finding the work (elance etc.) If you're ...
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Client ghosted after delivering results, no payment

If you have given everything away, there might be very little you can do. All you can do now is hope that the client for some reason returns. If that happens, you have some leverage you MUST use. This ...
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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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What should I do about a client threatening to call the police for me taking down an app?

Are you his regular employee paid monthly or he hired you to code him this app? If you are full-time employee, then you had no right to remove the app. You should have filed a complain to the court ...
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6 votes

Risks of paying freelancer / subcontractor in Iraq / Kurdistan?

First, kick the notion that people in a part of the world are all linked to terrorism, somehow. It's completely baseless, racist, and xenophobic. You're getting legitimate business/services from a ...
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Learning that my first bill will be paid after two months instead of one

Since you have DONE work and have not been paid before, you cannot do much but wait. Check the contract between you and your intermediary and push on him. If he has screwed up, let him pay you and ...
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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 charge the client when I get stuck on stupid mistakes

Delays which are due to your business/working practices are typically not the clients responsibility. Let's look at the situation with a similar scenario..... You're working along on a client's ...
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6 votes

Client hasn't paid in full can I take down the site?

If you are paying for the hosting server, I would say you have every right to pull the site down for breach of verbal contract, if only for hosting it. But as others have said in the comments, your ...
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Safest way to send Credit Card information when communication is through email

A zipped archive is only helpful if it is encrypted with a password, and the password is not sent via email. As well, the customer would need to ensure they're following the instructions exactly to ...
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How do freelance coders persuade clients of the value of software tests?

Unless your client is high-profile and huge, or the software is mission-critical, you're going to have a hard time justifying the extra time taken for tests to clients. Most clients tend to think ...
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Handling client extras on the fly

Personally, when I have a contractual agreement with a company, signed from the legal representative of the whole company as a single entity, I assume that every request coming from it is regulated in ...
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How much can a specialized software engineer really make as a consultant/independent contractor?

Only answer you can get to this question is it depends what you can offer and how much this is worth to someone: There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. ...
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How to enter freelance websites with high rates since the beginning

I understand your problem. What helped me to develop a profile is the following: Make clear from the beginning your prices and years of experience. Don't justify it, there are always jobs/projects ...
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Client not Responding from more than last 36 Hours

Unless the client made assurances to be immediately contactable during this period, they have no urgent need to respond. There are anumber of things that might be diverting their attention. I would ...
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Increasing hourly rate for an old client

Here's what I did, and you can tweak it as you need it. I sent out a letter (using postal mail, even for my local clients), explaining that the rates have increased for new clients, and my current ...
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5 votes

An unusual request

It's a scam Anytime an unknown third party is involved regarding payment, it's a scam. Especially, if it's along the lines of "I'll pay you, then you pay them". Just pass on the project. The ...
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Client changes contractor halfway through project

Nelson's answer is spot on. I would add the following advice: Always have all terms in writing (I don't know that you didn't but that is paramount in any business dealing) If you are pricing per ...
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