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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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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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Do extra projects indicate extra pay for stipend contractors?

It seems to me that you are really still thinking like an employee. If you are a freelancer and have a contract detailing what you've been hired to do, then anything not included in that contract is ...
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Unexpected additional work

I'm not certain what you are asking. You have a contract stating you'll complete A for a specified sum. You later discovered completing A will take more time than you estimated. You have 2 options: ...
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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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Can I ask my full-time freelancer to help me with personal work?

If your intention is to treat your financial services freelancer as a Personal Assistant then there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, as long as you understand that they'll almost certainly quit ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

Generally, projects can either be 'fixed amount' or 'time and materials' where an hourly/daily rate is agreed upon. If the client seems to prefer a fixed amount, one usually adds the time used ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

In most businesses, the time it takes to write a quote is seen as a loss-leader -- the price you must pay if you want the actual work (which does pay). So no, you generally do not charge for the ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

It may be too late for this particular project, but when you figure out your hourly rate, you need to account for your "non-billable time" (i.e. business development - proposals, etc - and other ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

Generally speaking time you spend on a proposal is the 'cost of sales', i.e. the time and effort you spend on drafting proposals, doing presales meetings etc. In your case, scoping the project in ...
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What is the scope of freelancing in MATLAB programming?

Matlab is good for fleshing out system performance and designing system mockups prior to prototyping. It is NOT viable for production systems. Matlab is really good for the following: Imaging ...
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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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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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Can I ask my full-time freelancer to help me with personal work?

As a freelancer who provides "Financial Planning" services, that is, stock, precious metal or cryptocurrency trading consultancy and direction to my clients, I definitely won't be happy ...
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Desk Landline phone or VOIP phone for freelancing

We use VOIP because our workers can be out and about doing personal things and still answer the call if they want to. As a single business member, this may be something for you to think about as well. ...
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Desk Landline phone or VOIP phone for freelancing

I'd get a second cell... for business. Cell providers generally offer decent rates for a second line/device. Why even bother with a land line and another company in today's age. A second cell means ...
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Quote for a full week of sprint/workshop - How to price this?

I'd charge my day rate as a base. You can figure day rate, based upon desired annual salary here If work is expected to go into late hours of the day, and extend well past 8hrs per day, then I'd ...
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Unexpected additional work

I guess you're going to lose money on this one. If a client ever has the ability to add unknown requirements at a later time after you sign a contract, then doing a fixed-price contract is a very ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

I've seen someone considering this time taken to plan the scope of projects, summing it to the cost of planning projects refused by clients and spreading proportionally to the projects of the ...
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Consulting: Do I charge for the time I take to plan the scope of the project?

The answers above are pretty much what I'd write. The only thing I did not see addressed is the fact that this is your first client. Taking that fact into account I would work with the client and do ...
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Potentially unable to complete a project; what to do?

I would always go for option 2. When one undertakes month-long projects involving products or methods not used before in the given context or company, situations like this are bound to happen. So the ...
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