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How can I be successful as a digital nomad?

I am currently in the process of becoming a digital nomad myself. I have been investigating this for a few months now. You must sort out a few things Earn money: Ideally, you want several income ...
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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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Should I debug application on customer server if it wasn't previously discussed as part of the job?

I would have to say that this is an opinion based question and there is no right or wrong answer. My answer is based on my desire to do the right thing for my clients. I would say yes, but to a point....
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Pricing for a remote client when going against local freelancers

If your only edge vs other freelancers is price, you've already lost this battle. Why not offer some nominal service as a bonus, that won't tax you too heavily and keep the price consistent? Also -...
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Pricing for a remote client when going against local freelancers

As Scott said, in general you don't change your price or rules a lot. If you can get 5 clients with your rules, don't change them for the 6th client. Now, there are some situations that you WANT to ...
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What are the rules for Freelancing overseas with a US company but residing in the UK?

This varies from place to place and sometimes with time, as well as the relationships of the countries involved. In general, it is a reasonably safe bet that some sort of work permit is required to ...
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U.S. Citizen performing contract work globally for a U.K.-based company

If you're working outside the UK, you do not need a UK work visa. Visas are for those physically entering the UK — should you to travel to the UK you can find a definitive answer on the UK government'...
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U.S. Citizen performing contract work globally for a U.K.-based company

A company can contract another company to provide services from anywhere in the world so I can't see why you'd need a work permit to perform freelancing services remotely. If you physically travel to ...
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Client expanding the scope - now demands refund

Several BIG mistakes: No written contract (biggest mistake) No statement-of-work specifying deliverables (i.e. I don't think you probably agreed, before starting work, to be responsible for builds ...
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How can I evaluate whether or not a partnership in a Social Networking Project is a good idea?

You say your partnership is protected by a written contract. That's good. Now, you have to answer to this questions: Does the contract specifies ownership transfer of the domain name from just your ...
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Looking for junior full stack developer job

I do not agree with the comments. I've been working remotely for the past 3 years doing multiple lines of work ranging from full-stack developer to project management to devops. Certifications are ...
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Is remote work suitable for those with a mental disability?

Most software projects don't really need your physical presence if you think about it. For example a web developer just need an FTP access to start working. It wouldn't matter if the person behind ...
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Is remote work suitable for those with a mental disability?

Premise Any job that can be done remotely is doable by someone with a mental disability, unless that disability is so severe that they cannot function adequately enough for the job*, or where they'...
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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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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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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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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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Freelancer.com Milestones/Escrow

I think that Freelancer does not have money protection which means that you can do work and client can ask you (or threat with a bad feedback) to send him work/sources, and he then leave without ...
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Are co-working spaces worth paying for?

Paying for a co-working space as a sole trader is just like a business renting an office - it is quite normal. The social environment (either as a result of co-working or using a traditional workplace)...
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How can I evaluate whether or not a partnership in a Social Networking Project is a good idea?

With the utmost respect to you, this is a dumb idea. Running a multinational business is nothing trivial. Where will the head office be located? What is the business form? (corporation, etc). Who ...
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Client requires that I register as a business

Having freelanced in a number of countries, this is actually a fairly common requirement. If you interpret 'freelance' as "running a business", it's even understandable. Compare the realities of a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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