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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 small claims process. Other than that, don't lift a FINGER until you've been paid in full. You might hear your client trying to bargain with you, but you've ...


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It's not about advantages, it is about law and also about your clients. In some countries, it is illegal to work without invoicing (France for instance). If you work as a contractor for a company, it is likely that the company will need an invoice for its accounting. Otherwise it will not be possible to justify the expense to the tax authority, and then it ...


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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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I get many requests of this nature as others have mentioned and most of the time I tended to follow the advice given here about how best to say no to these project requests. However, 18 months' ago I was approached by 3 partners who were looking for a fourth to deliver a new startup idea. It was the usual approach of offering equity due to them having no ...


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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 absorbed into the billing. I also bill on a per hour basis and don't bill on shorter time units, (although YMMV for your field of work) and the client ...


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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 not provide individual pricing merely because you've been doing business with them for a while. Hi [client], As of [Month day year] pricing for my ...


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I have a couple forms of dealing with slow payments. 1) Repeat clients who have paid without issue previously. Allow them time. Send overdue notices and resend invoices every 15 days until payment is received. If nothing is received in 30 days, call and speak to them to politely ask, "Was there an issue with the invoice I sent on XXXX?" The thing to realize ...


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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 happen for any client. If they haven't paid you they don't own anything. I would not even entertain transfer of anything until payment has been made in full. And ...


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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 finding work on sites such as elance, don't expect to get higher rates. People use these sites to find cheap labor in foreign countries. If you're finding work ...


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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 wait until you have a clear, written, approval of terms.


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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 proactive. The Worst Customers The worst client a freelancer can encounter is hard to shove into one box as they come in all kinds. To name a few, there is the ...


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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 asking your earned money. But I guess, he hired you via some online service to make him an app. True? In such case, you did the right thing. He can complain, ...


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Don't assume that there is no contract. Your emails and verbal communications may be construed as one; It appears, based on your question, that you didn't define 'project completion.' If it was agreed that 'Acceptance of final design by the client and delivery of vector images to the client' constitutes 'project completion,' then, technically, you don't ...


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A similar thing happens with me as well. Let me suggest you a few pointers : Charge the client for the initial cost , no matter how low it is. Think till the point where you think it is affordable. Do not go below that point. The partnership terms should be profitable for you . Therefore, an ideal percentage would be in the range of 40-50% If you do not ...


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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 person in another part of the world. However you pay them is up to your business terms, and your contract (make sure you have a contract, especially if you are ...


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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 then he waits for the payment from this company. I dislike such behavior and this would be a great read signal not to work with this company or this intermediary....


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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 suggest allowing at least 72 hours before following up.


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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 (and not graduation itself) should be the main argument in the negotiations. Your client can now get from you per each hour more than before, and therefore it is ...


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I also get similar requests as a web developer and I tend to respond by saying I am not currently in a position to speculate and need to be paid in cash. I might be inclined to take a risk on someone else's business idea if it looked promising enough and if I was in a better financial position but this hasn't happened yet. I have a few business ideas of my ...


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Your question has to do with what a state feels they can regulate, and what other states will recognize regarding regulation. I would recommend discussing this with a lawyer who can look at the specifics and give you real guidance. This is mostly a response aimed at ensuring you get as much from such a meeting as possible. Additionally some of this is ...


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Preface: I don't work with crowd sourcing sites such as elance, odesk or similar. I work with direct contact clients and not through some middleman portal. For this reason I have direct contact information with the client, their accounting, etc as they do mine. I always charge a percentage up front of any new client which I've never worked with before - ...


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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. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Many years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible ...


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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 the contract. So for every call and request that comes from any company office I assume that the caller asked to the boss or the supervisor for permission ...


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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 that writing tests just takes longer (your average time taken to do something is at least 50% more), and clients don't value the return on investment given by unit/...


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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 that require skilled people, and projects that don't. Act accordingly to your experience. If you have many years of experience a portfolio with a few huge/hard ...


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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 clients are keeping the same rate for the next 90 days. I explained that after 90 days, the rate will be increased to the same amount new clients are paying. If ...


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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 Con: He sends you money that is "on hold" or a check... then you pay the third party... then the money he sent is revoked, or the check bounces, leaving you ...


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I put net 15 days on invoices. 15 days is customarily the minimum. Remember payment may need to be routed through accounting, or the mail if a check is sent. You can't expect or require immediate payment in most cases, even though it's nice when clients do that. For a weekly invoice, with 15 days you'll always be a week behind. The other option would be ...


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