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Hiring freelancers who are a couple?

I hate to say it but I don't think you should hire her at all. If you hire her it seems you have only 2 options: Talk to her about her husband and your concerns. By the sounds of it the husband ...
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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?

I've run into exactly the same problem. I left a web design firm where I was an account exec, went out on my own, built teams and won some large scale contracts, and made great money with some great ...
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How to quote & bill as a subcontractor

You quote the hiring company exactly like a customer, be it fixed price or hourly fee, and you bill them. It may be the case that the hiring company takes a commission, don't be worried (but don't ...
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To expand business or increase rates?

To get right to it, you want more cash. One of the simplest ways to do that is to just raise your rates, like you mentioned. The biggest problem when doing this is, naturally, the fear that your ...
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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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Is outsource.com a good place to find a job, or is it a scam?

I've been a freelancer on Outsource.com for a few months and have actually had some success. I've been hired twice so far. It's a different setup from other sites... you pay a subscription fee to ...
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Difference between consultancy and agency

I am not aware of any official or legal definitions of the words - but in my humble opinion I would regard 'agency' and 'consultancy' as synonymous. A 'project company' is different from a 'product ...
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Markup on a subcontractor's fee for WordPress development

Quick question for you, does the client care how it's done, or that it gets done? Clients typically hire you for your skill, and for results, without caring how you do it. I have brought in sub-...
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Are more corporate doors open for incorporated freelancers?

I find this question really difficult to answer because it's really a 'yes' and a 'no'. Yes, you can get work with larger companies because often large companies and agencies will only work with ...
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Are more corporate doors open for incorporated freelancers?

You have the ability to get into more opportunities when your business is registered as a corp or LLC, because it removes a threat of liability (for paying statutory employees under-the-table) for the ...
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Paying another self employed person if we work together (UK)

Why would it be illegal? It seems you are buying a service (that you cannot provide) from your partner. Nothing wrong with that. Whether your company structure is optimal, is another matter that ...
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Hiring freelancers who are a couple?

DO NOT HIRE THEM This looks like business and personal got mixed. The husband lied, he's out. The wife leaked information to her husband, she's out. They are out because the core foundation of ...
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Hiring freelancers who are a couple?

Pass on them. Realize any bond the wife has will be much stronger for her husband than any client, including you. If he's involved now in an undesired fashion, he will be later as well. Even after ...
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Is outsource.com a good place to find a job, or is it a scam?

I have not used Outsource.com, either, but I don't care for their blanket statement regarding IP rights assignments. I prefer to negotiate these rights separately myself. For graphic design/...
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How to handle pricing and design for logos on small scale web projects?

Why running away from outsourcing the design phase? This is something I do all the time, as well as 90% of other freelancers. Pros: - you have more time for coding - a client will get professional ...
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Pricing a Wireframe Project

15 years as an independent consultant (IT), and 99% of the time I bill hourly. I hate to go against your 'no hourly' constraint, but if it's a short wireframe project with no scope but expected ...
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Is there any difference between outsourcing and subcontracting?

When I use (or hear) the terms: Outsourcing: Something you do with a project or task, you sent it to an individual or organization outside of your company, and the expectation is that they will ...
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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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Using work I was subcontracted to in portfolio or on social media

This is always tricky. You can see Metis experience. In cases like this my first point of contact is the person who contracted me. I inform him that I want to use the project in my portfolio and if he ...
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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?

One of the best suggestions I've heard is to charge according to how busy you want to be. You book yourself full, then you raise your rates. A few clients will leave, but then you book yourself full ...
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Is outsource.com a good place to find a job, or is it a scam?

I was bamboozled by Outsource.com — bought credits, bid on jobs and was actually "hired" by a client who still has not paid. She said she loved my design but was expecting me to provide copywriting ...
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How to hire junior developers under me and convince clients to let them work on project

Agency is like a company right? Would you monitor juniors? If yes, then you have better chance of clients trusting you. Firstly, be open with clients. Secondly, do offer lower price. Don't expect ...
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Hiring freelancers who are a couple?

I dont think this couple comes as "package deal". Further you are free to choose wife over husband I dont think you need to look at relationship aspect of this at all. But you could drop a brief hint ...
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Subcontracting freelance work in Germany to non-EU students

As a non-EU student you can work "120 days or 240 half days per year." (source) If you're a German citizen concerned with compliance, consider asking the freelancer to incorporate as a business in ...
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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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Using work I was subcontracted to in portfolio or on social media

On virtually every project, I work as a freelancer/subcontractor through a third party. In my LinkedIn profile, I never mention that third party; only the fact that I was freelancing and not employed ...
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Is managing U.S. projects for foreign freelancers a legitimate business?

The business may not in itself be illegitimate - but the problems involved with international business are easily underestimated. If you are merely passing money on, you might risk being flagged by an ...
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What can I offer to subcontractors and should I even be subcontracting?

Instead of focusing on being a parasitic middle-man, focus on having a role that both sides appreciate. When you use sub-contractors, you are providing a service your client probably cannot do by ...
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