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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I dispute anopther freelancer correctly with upwork, as a freelancer?

First off, our condolances for your loss. In normal situations, as a Freelancer, I give the client clear details up front - It will cost between $XXX and $YYY. If it is projecting to go over $YYY, ...
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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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Best Management tool for self-employed: Tasks, Calendar, Multiple Customers, Multiple Project, Invoice, Time-Track

Google Calendar, Google Spreadsheet and Google Drive are great for these tasks, are free and accessible from desktop and apps anywhere anytime.
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Guides for clients to learn to save files to online cloud storage

I consider it part of my job to make it as easy as possible for clients to send me anything. The last thing I want to do is make it uncomfortable or unusual for any client to send me anything. I may ...
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How do I charge for project management?

You double your hourly rate and charge for two people. This means that all of your invoices are now double. You detail everything as you did before, but now the client has hired two. It doesn't matter ...
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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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As a solo, freelance, web developer/designer, should I bill for project management?

I would agree with joeqwerty in that you should bill for all of your work. I don't believe however it would be necessary to draw it out as separate billable time for "project management". I personally ...
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As a solo, freelance, web developer/designer, should I bill for project management?

I'm conflicted regarding whether or not to bill separate hours for these types of tasks... especially since I have nowhere near the skillset (as it pertains to PM) of an actual Project Manager ...
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Trade off between project code and timeline.. room for future extensions

I don't really understand. If you don't have time to do quality work, then you don't have time to do the work. Any "balance" comes from not taking on more projects than you can handle in a quality ...
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Should I work for free if client's requirement changed

Do you have a contract and a scope of work for the original work up to this point? If so, then this is your "proof" as to what the client originally agreed to and you can ask for payment for services ...
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How to run several projects simultaneously?

Try using a Gantt Chart. You can keep it relatively high level but being able to visualise the timeline makes it easier to identify bottlenecks and tasks that can happen in parallel. It also forces ...
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How to effectively handle obsessive personal client calls during regular office hours

"I'm sorry to cut this short, but I need to attend to other things. We'll speak again later. Thanks." If you let someone run over you, they will continue to do so. Take control of your own business.
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How can I send an agreement in midst of a project?

If you are already in the middle of the project, you need to decide if it's worthwhile bringing up a "formal" agreement then, or at the end. The agreement does not need to necessarily contain all the ...
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