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Can learning a new technology be a paid task for a client?

If you do not know how to build an iOS app... How in the world do you know how long it will take you to learn how build one? How would you know how long actually building the app would take? How ...
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Can learning a new technology be a paid task for a client?

I would argue that there are cases where you can ask your client to pay for education. I'm not sure that something as general as iOS development would qualify however. For example: I was hired a ...
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Someone contacted my client and created a conflict, how do I handle it?

Needless to say that I was in a similar situation. A company owner created a contract with me and then assigned a lead person to handle all team members. The lead person apparently never liked me, ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

It is perfectly acceptable to work from the US for a UK company. You will need to invoice the UK company from a US entity (either Inc or self-employed), paying the taxes at a state and federal level ...
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Computer maintenance: Whats the difference between charging a retainer and hourly rates?

A retainer is a set monthly fee for you to take charge of a service or for responding to and fixing/repairing/updating/sorting your customers' issues/problems/changes out. An hourly rate is where you ...
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How often I have to update my progress working freelance?

This is something that the client has to answer, not us. It depends both on the client and the project. For example, with one client, I was simply reporting each day what I did. That was voluntary but ...
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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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Does remote working for a US Company qualify you for a SSN?

Generally speaking, no you do not need a SSN. You will not be able to even apply for a SSN since you did not mention you have a visa to work physically in the US. The most common request for a SSN ...
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Someone contacted my client and created a conflict, how do I handle it?

Your work with current client is temporary, yes? As is your relationship with Randomguy? However your reputation is more permanent. I would do two things. Contact the Company directly and let them ...
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How should I get paid

Don't do this. You're being set up. You should be getting paid in milestones, and not waiting till the end. Or, get a retainer up front, just like attorneys would do. Here's why. Payment At End ...
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Risk assessment of remote assistance project with high expectations

In my experience, the only times I have made money on a fixed price contract were when I had built a solution for that problem already and I only needed to tweak it for a new client. I had to price ...
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Can learning a new technology be a paid task for a client?

It he asks you to hire a team of professionals and you would like to become a professional yourself for his money that's not fair at all. If he would like you to build the app and initialy you were ...
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Can learning a new technology be a paid task for a client?

If the client wants to hire you to use a skill they know you don't have, then it might be in order for them to pay for some sort of training. If they want you specifically rather than hiring ...
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How do you refer out projects that aren't in your area of competency?

Provide contact information for someone you know that does do the work necessary. Most the people I directly refer clients to know that if I haven't specifically mentioned this client to them, then ...
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Should I request a down-payment if I'm paid by the hour?

Down-payments are a legitimate means of gauging a client's seriousness about the project and ability to pay. While there is nothing inherently wrong with requesting a down-payment, some clients might ...
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Clients with 1-2 days long project asking for daily updates since I was offered the project

Varun, It is important to keep your clients updated, even when there isn't much to report. In general, if you don't tell clients what you are doing they assume you are not doing anything. It might ...
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Clients with 1-2 days long project asking for daily updates since I was offered the project

You should set client expectations at the start when terms are agreed. You control your time not them. If they don't like your terms then they don't have to hire you. Don't be afraid of saying, "I don'...
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Computer maintenance: Whats the difference between charging a retainer and hourly rates?

A retainer is a way for a client to book (reserve) you for a certain amount of hours per week or month in case something urgent comes up in his project. He will pay you monthly reservation whether ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

The regulations that tend to apply are typically guided by where the work is performed. Since you would perform the work in the US, then you are applicable to US laws (thus ensure you register ...
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How to avoid regular obstacles when contacting agencies for work

I work with agencies (in Denmark), but my situation may not be comparable to yours. It's been 7 years since I last got a contract without an agency of some sort being involved. The difference compared ...
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Remote job. Why don't want to work with freelancer?

There are many people who want employment with the flexibility of remote work. These people do not want the overhead of invoicing, getting payments, government forms, insurance, and other aspects of ...
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Remote job. Why don't want to work with freelancer?

bureaucracy and taxes when the company uses an EOR service, they just need to register the employee there with the correct salary and approve the bills every month. when contracting, that varies ...
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How can I secure my payment with remote work client?

The only way to guarantee payment is to be paid IN ADVANCE. I'm currently awaiting payment from a client for whom I performed work remotely; we had a contract, but I'm getting one excuse after another ...
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How can I secure my payment with remote work client?

In order to secure my payment term, I am thinking of creating a contract which will be renewed monthly. Is the contract sufficient or do I need to get some other proof before starting my work with ...
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How can I secure my payment with remote work client?

This is the part of freelancing that always makes me question my life choices. lol. Past experience has taught me to always write up a contract. I don't do any work until the contract is signed and ...
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Safety/privacy as an online tutor?

It depends. Are you a woman? Yes, regardless of how attractive you may think you are or aren't, you should be concerned if it's trivially easy for hundreds to thousands of adult students to find ...
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Safety/privacy as an online tutor?

Truth of the matter is, at least in the United States, anyone's address is public record if they've purchased a home and easily discoverable online with only a name. Even if they haven't purchased a ...
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Someone contacted my client and created a conflict, how do I handle it?

Ignore it unless asked. If the client is in any way bothered or troubled by randomGuy's comment they'll surely ask you. If they never say anything... they don't really care. If asked, merely state: ...
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Someone contacted my client and created a conflict, how do I handle it?

I think is simple: RandomGuy is not professional, but in terms of intelligence. He/her didn't want to mess with you, just lack of intelligence. Be clear with random guy and tell him/her about what he ...
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