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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?

Plain and simple.... If you don't have 6 months to 1 year of savings to live off of, you aren't adequately prepared to start freelancing full time. You can do it part time and keep your job. However,...
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Should I charge for idle services as a freelancer?

I do contract work and also charge by the hour. What I charge for is my time to complete the job given the tools that I have, and if that includes waiting on a file to up load then so be it, it gets ...
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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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Freelancing as Physicist / Mathematician

A third area, in addition to @MichaelLai's first two, might be financial services. But, alas, that would also be lots (and lots) of programming. However, you'd also be developing models requiring lots ...
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Is it unacceptable or not wise to email clients during the weekend?

Here's my opinion and practice.... I never respond or contact clients during any time I want to myself, ever. That is to say.. I don't respond to or contact clients before 9am, after 5pm, on ...
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How do I make money in a legal, moral way from home with my computer, without interacting with humans or uploading photo id?

You can try freelancing as you don't need to engage with anyone directly with this type of work, and a photo ID is also not essential. Here are some of the tips that may benefit you. You can start ...
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How do I prove my source of income as a freelancer?

Tax returns. Neither Fiverr nor istockphoto are your employers so they aren't obligated to track your earnings or send you records. It's up to you to maintain income records. Since these sites are ...
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How to avoid 'Pretending' to work?

does anyone know the causes or potential solutions that have worked? Maybe you feel guilty for making money more easily than your partner. Perhaps you know she would be jealous or disturbed by ...
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How to deal with sudden health problem

Get the help ASAP! A help that you can monitor and see (ideally in the same town as yours). Let this guy handles urgent work until you are better. If need-be, pay him so much that your margin is at ...
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Who is responsible for documenting a freelance business website?

Ask the client what they mean - and get concrete answers. If the website includes some sort of content management system, the client probably wants a document including screen dumps describing how to ...
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Fees for travel

I generally don't charge unless there are unusual costs involved. What that means, is... If I have to drive 150 miles, I'll rent a vehicle and charge the client for the vehicle rental then 50ยข/mile ...
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How do I set up a contract for a IT company's logo?

Logos are different than other artwork. Yes you need a contract. However, it is not customary for the artist to retain any rights or have any stipulations on usage for a logo. A company needs to be ...
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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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How an EXPERIENCED programmer can switch to freelancing?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Freelancing! First, you need to get a portfolio of your successful projects and problem-solving skills available. This is why most tutorials start with Wordpress - ...
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How do I make money in a legal, moral way from home with my computer, without interacting with humans or uploading photo id?

If you develop mobile or desktop apps... you can sell them online via the Google Play Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, etc. For example, the following monetization options are available for ...
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How do I make money in a legal, moral way from home with my computer, without interacting with humans or uploading photo id?

At least when you are a writer or a programmer you can do it. Some of the most popular options as of now: Writing at stacker.news where you can sign up anonymously with a lightning network wallet ...
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How can I get customer on mobile app development?

While starting your career on Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancer, you need to keep your pricing a bit low at the start as you acquire your first clients. And no one is going to give a large project to ...
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How can I get customer on mobile app development?

From my experience, you have to change the way you think from how do I get a job building apps to... first, think about which businesses already have enough income to afford to pay you the kind of ...
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Billing Work from Home Long Running Task

Test actions in developments states is also a developer job in order to release or apply for approval, I wouldn't feel guilty at all, you did the code before (I suppose) and now you're at test phase. ...
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How should I deal with clients wanting to meet me, although I work at home?

There are more options than the 3 you listed. Maybe your client doesn't want to meet at a coffee shop because he doesn't want to discuss business in a public place where everybody can hear every ...
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Competing with experienced people on freelancing websites

I'd suggest looking for other potential leads for work. Two of which have worked very well for me in the past. 1/ Networking events. Get yourself on meetup.com or similar and join local entrepreneurs/...
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Freelancer to Entrepreneur

Having done both: Startup is to freelancing like - take your administrative overhead and multiply by 100. Also take your responsibility and your worries and multiply by 100. If you are good at your ...
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Do you bill for time waiting for client to respond within a single shift/day?

You bill for 3. Communication with clients is part of clerical work and not directly billable. You are not on staff as an employee, if you are freelancing. Unless you have a specific contract which ...
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Freelancing as Physicist / Mathematician

I think that two of the areas that you can definitely look into would be in the area of AI/machine learning for something more specific, or you can brand yourself as a data scientist if you just want ...
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Balancing life with productive work with study and research

I think you need to find a balance, which can be easier said than done. No doubt, your earlier routine may have worked at one time, but when you get older you have more commitments, and different ...
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How do I make money in a legal, moral way from home with my computer, without interacting with humans or uploading photo id?

With all the restrictions the OP puts on the question, I'm going to say it's nearly impossible to make this work. It could work for someone who is already wealthy and trying to get more wealthy, as in ...
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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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Is it possible to market myself if I dont want to reveal my real ID online?

Yes - it is possible to market oneself anonymously. Whether it is a good idea, is another matter that could depend on geographical location, culture and line of business. If you provide a product that ...
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Is it possible to market myself if I dont want to reveal my real ID online?

Anything is possible. Whether or not it is a good idea is totally dependent on your market. Our clients determine what our freelancing business will be. Trying to force them to accept what they do not ...
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