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Short answer, you don't. Longer answer ... Speaking poorly of other freelancers will reflect more upon you than on them. Yes, that seems backwards, but it's not. If you complain about other people it is you who will gain a reputation as being difficult or not being a "team player". You're the squeaky wheel who will garner all the bad attention... not the ...


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There are obvious benefits to the freelancer if payment is made up front: No chasing the money at the end Harder for a client to cancel the project if they've already paid There is also a big risk to the client: What happens if the freelancer dies or disappears before the end of the project? I have seen 2 reasons why clients are willing to take that risk:...


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I typically offer free support on a software development project for 60 or 90 days after the project goes live. After that, I offer fixed-fee monthly support to clients. This support includes bug fixes, answering questions and general troubleshooting via email. I generally find that my customers appreciate knowing that they can call and I won't be starting ...


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When you say freelancing, are you talking about working part time from home, or working for a period of weeks or months possibly on the clients site? I've been a contractor/consultant since 1994 and based on my experience, more money and more work is available if you are prepared to work on a clients site. It will also pay considerably more. I've been in ...


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"Test projects" are never acceptable to me. If you hire a contractor to refurbish your kitchen... do you expect him to do a "test project" by refurbishing your bathroom first? If you want a mechanic to tune up your car.... do you expect him/her to complete a "test project" by rotating your tires first? In my world there is no such thing as a "test project"...


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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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Accept the money and keep this client. The client may recognize that at the beginning, he asked for 10 requirements, but over time he realized that he was really asking for 100. Accordingly, he's trying to pay you what you're worth. YOU, on the other hand, seem to be very inexperienced. Not so much in your technical expertise but in your limited ...


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You should be applying for fewer jobs. It's not about the quantity of jobs available. You need to find the jobs which suit your skills, your experience, and your expected rates - and then focus more on your applications for those jobs. Here's what I would do: Go to several of your favorite freelancing sites and setup keyword searches. Don't just browse ...


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I have limited experience but going through something similar at the moment. Any new clients I receive will be politely asked if they know exactly what they want and if the have a relatively detailed requirement spec and concerns as to how things will work. It is important to see if they have any concerns because this highlights the fact they have thought ...


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A related thing happened to me too, the difference was that the other part was a web agency, they tried to put me in bad light with the client also with sort of sabotage actions, trusting on the fact that the client could be technically uneducated. It was a difficult moment between me, the client and that external company (you can read the story here if you ...


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I have been a part time freelancer for the last 6 years. Nowadays it is very hard to get new work. Recently I started using this chrome extension, which is very helpful for me to get new job notifications instantly from guru.com. So that I can place my bid before someone else applies for the same job. And it saves me time because I don't want to refresh the ...


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Why not, if you were told that you will be contacted? You are a professional and you probably reserved some of your time for this client. I would contact her telling that I am making work plans for this month (or next) and if she could update me if I shall still keep some time reserved for her. This will be professional and also pushy in a good way. The ...


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Some of the other answers have mentioned this but I want to clarify it: Define Free What does your free support period offer: Bug Fixes Minor Changes to UI Major Changes to UI (languages added for example) Dependant on system, installing on more servers or computers in different locations Changes to functions (major or minor) Training (no matter how ...


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Remember that nothing in this world is free, no matter what the price tag itself says. If I am selling a program, and I'm expected to give support, I would build that cost into the cost of developing the product, but likely at a reduced price for the support (in the event they don't use it, they shouldn't feel ripped off). It's going to vary greatly on the ...


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Yes. You are providing a service, investing your time ensure your clients are serious by investing their money. I ask for 50% deposit before any work, never had anyone dispute that.


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You have to make sure that the client pays some amount in advance. there is every reason that the client may decline the advance. So as a general level of strategy, before asking for the advance put up a mark in the client by establishing your credentials. Talking about your previous websites, deeds you have done , demonstrating your work etc.


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In regards to your question about including it in your CV: Absolutely! Your commute (or lack thereof) does not take away from the fact that you performed a service for your client. When including it though, it should either fill a time gap, or highlight some special skill or knowledge you posses, and not just be there to 'pad' your CV.


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1) You may try Assembla which is pretty much you'll ever need. You as admin can filter tabs your client can see. For example, leaving him Tasks tab only where he can make tasks for you, make comments on each, etc. 2) The other one is to try Trello which is visually richer. Yet again, he may not like drag&drop things, popups etc. So maybe Assembla may be ...


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Both the answers provided here are good. Here's my take. We don't always get to pick the members on our team. In this context "John" is your team member. What you need to do is figure out how to help "John" help you! Since your client chose both you and "John" it is in your best interests to prove that you can function in this environment. Casting ...


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A project on which I'm involved uses a 3rd-party library among its Maven dependencies. What the 3rd party did was to set up a Maven repository on the public Internet, protected by a username and password. My company pays a yearly fee to the 3rd party to have access to their Maven repo. We configure their repository in our Maven settings file, and that's it. ...


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My answer is purely anecdotal, but I am a software dev who worked for a distributer that sold civil engineering software. (It was an application rather than an API/library.) The model was a bit of a gray area: they would sell licenses per user but for larger businesses they would make per-business agreements that would mean they could get X licenses for Y ...


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Of course you can and you should. Even more, once you have finished working with him, ask him for a recommendation letter. You can also ask him if he is willing you enlist him into your reference list. Your CV represents your experience which can be verified (hopefully). It does not matter if you coded 10 project from company's premises or you coded a ...


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I use Kimai as a time-tracking tool and it works well for me, my clients can see exactly how much is on the clock at any time. You give them view-only access to their particular project. The Kimai documentation is a little poor but you'll soon figure it out.


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Yes, "hydroponic supplies" is the expression. He wants that string of text to appear at least 5 times in the article. My guess is that this article is for web content and he wants search engines to find this article when people search for "hydroponic supplies." So, as they used to say to us in English class when we learned new words - use it in a ...


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Look at how much other people are charging. Compare your work with their work. Think about how much time it will take to complete and how much your time is worth. If the customer/client wants work done very quickly, normally you'd have to put other things on hold, so you'd charge more. Remember that you can actually speak with your customer about it, also. ...


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Decide an hourly rate for yourself. Estimate how much work-hour it may take for the job. Consider any other expenses you want to cover. Sum all to know how much you should ask. hope this will help.


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Have you tried a video alternative? If the PDF manual is that important so that the client can use their website in ways they wouldn't be able to without it - then I would suggest creating a video showcasing all of the topics that would be in the PDF. The video could cut down the time it would require you to write out a PDF and will give better visuals ...


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Always and always, check in the scope document. But in general, tests are NOT part of the regular development as they are a story on its own. I never offer them and from 10 clients I mention tests, maybe 1 to zero will tell me to code them. But just in case for the future, always mention tests and ask the client if he wants them.


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Dangerous territory here... But I'll bite. If you can guarantee (likely with a lawyer's advice/help) that you developed it on your own time on your own equipment in your own home, you may have a case to keep it to yourself. Did you sign an Employment Agreement that stated the company owns anything you do? Check that out. Next, do you have it hosted ...


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