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Should I work for free if client's requirement changed

Absolutely not! If you have agreed on terms, and delivered, then you should expect him to deliver on his part of the arrangement. Having said that... Did you give him status updates with the ...
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What are proper manners when delivering project after agreed date?

Well I also did some deductions after I was late in the project. I took down my hourly price 25%. In the end, the client was happy, but I am not sure I did the right way. After this event, I started ...
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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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How to effectively handle obsessive personal client calls during regular office hours

Bill him for the hours you spend on the phone. Those are consulting hours. No further work will proceed until the account is brought current. All future phone conversations will also be billed. I went ...
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What are proper manners when delivering project after agreed date?

For the best result, I think it's important to: let the client know as soon as possible that you may not be able to meet the deadline (this gives the client the maximum amount of time to make ...
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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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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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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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How do I reply back to my freelancer if he is not maintaining deadlines and delaying the project?

"Thank you for your work so far. However as I stated multiple times, I need a minimum of 1 article every 2 business days. Since you are unable to deliver this I am cancelling the project effective ...
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How to effectively handle obsessive personal client calls during regular office hours

If it were me, considering everything that you've told us, I would tell the client that I can no longer perform work for him and I would terminate the relationship.
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Client continuously asking for new logo concepts and he is not sure of what he wants. How do I deal with him?

You've done the work, a refund is not warranted in my opinion. It would be one thing if you failed to provide services. However, from what you've written, you have provided services. Imagine you go ...
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Creating a startup

How do I go about getting a group of members together for no pay, but a share of the profit if we receive any. Realistically, you either bring along a bunch of close friends who are experts in ...
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How to store Client Information?

Wow, I cannot say NO enough to some of the answers here! You need a password manager for your passwords! KeePass is a good free one, as is LastPass. Check out their websites for a comparison between ...
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Is it reasonable to leave full time job and do freelancing instead?

If the money you're making from your current clients will support you financially, and you're confident that they'll continue to consistently provide you with work, then it's reasonable to quit your ...
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How should I tell my side job that I quit my full-time job to work on their project full time?

Since the door to the full-time gig is closed.. forget that aspect. It's done, no turning back. As for how to relay the additional open hours to the side job... I'd simply let then know my ...
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How motivate yourself earn more money?

Unlike Stacey's reply, maybe you are like me and you charge enough, but have periods when you simply cannot sit and do tasks. If this is the case, then the only thing that works in my case is to set ...
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Can a project milestone be considered complete before revisions took place?

No, that's total B.S.! This sounds like a case of buyer's remorse. You contracted to get paid if you completed the work -- it's that simple. She is in breach of contract. As a matter of fact, it's ...
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Can a project milestone be considered complete before revisions took place?

I guess she is wrong. Unless there is some provision about premature interruption in the contract, they did order the works and have to pay their duty, in the terms agreed upon. In case they do not ...
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How to quote and justify an eCommerce solution to a non-technical customer

1. Decide the quote based on the job, and amount of work-hour it would take. Even-though you are not working per hour basis. Things to remember : - You can start with a lower rates if you expect ...
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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?

This is a great problem to have! While many freelancers struggle to keep there pipelines full, you've got your hands full, so firstly congratulate yourself on being so reliable and great at your job ...
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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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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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Charging for Project (Strategy) Research before signing a contract

I think the technical term for what you're doing is called a, "feasibility study." And it's not unusual to do this. Your expertise and analysis is valuable. The client should respect your approach ...
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Which IT fields / IT specializations are most suitable for 100% remote work as a freelancer/contractor/self-employed?

I've been a remote freelancer for twenty years now and it enabled me to travel the world. Personally, I'm a web/software developer and technical writer. Other opportunities for 100% remote work would ...
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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?

One of the best suggestions I've heard is to charge according to how busy you want to be. You book yourself full, then you raise your rates. A few clients will leave, but then you book yourself full ...
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How does one find a project management related freelance project?

Usually you need a manager if you have many people in a project, so the ratio managers:developers is already low. And then you have teams that have enough experience to manage themselves, means they ...
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How to act and charge as a project coordinator?

It is likely that this client has two goals: ensure the quality of the work (as you say in terms of code and style), ensure that the team communicates when necessary to avoid misunderstandings and ...
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Evaluation Task to find good development company

Asking someone to complete unpaid work as a freelancer in the hopes of landing a job isn't going to go down very well. If it's for web design, it would be better to ask for samples of previous work (...
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