25 votes

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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11 votes
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Working from home while dealing with significant other

I am in the totally same situation. Instead of 8 hours I need to focus for 15+ hours a day recently in order to improve my skill in short period. Got complained? Yes for sure. But finally I made some ...
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11 votes

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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9 votes

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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9 votes
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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 ...
  • 114
7 votes

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 ...
7 votes

Could I theoretically make money by creating software Linux distro needs?

First off, remember that Linux is marketed as very robust, open source, and free (with a few exceptions). Can you keep that philosophy? The reason distributions become popular are for different ...
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6 votes
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On a web site gig, who pays for the domain and hosting services?

That's completely up to you, and what risks you're willing to take. I'm a huge advocate for hourly billing and that (along with a few other key concepts) defines more than just what I charge for. ...
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6 votes

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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6 votes

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 ...
6 votes

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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5 votes

Working from home while dealing with significant other

I have gone through the same situation something like 10 years ago, the girl could not understand that even if I was working from home I had a work schedule and hours, the fact that I was not in an ...
  • 2,044
5 votes

Where, other than home, can freelancers do their work?

From my experience, Coffee shops - I try all the coffee places in the area. There are some good small restaurants I discover too. I love it when I get to check out places other than Starbucks. Try ...
5 votes

Where, other than home, can freelancers do their work?

As a freelance, sometimes I work also at my clients's company offices, when I do a project for that specific client, if they have a free office or desk usually I can stay with them from a few hours up ...
  • 2,044
5 votes

Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

Friend, you have screwed yourself on this one, unfortunately. The best you're going to be able to do to mitigate this situation is hiring an attorney in Arizona to represent you. You will have to ...
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5 votes

How much money should one save up before freelancing full-time?

As others have said .. all answers are opinions to some degree. For myself, I have dipped in and out of contract/freelance work over a 40 year career. I've built up about 15 years of freelancing in ...
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5 votes

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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4 votes

UK company hired me, threatened to file charges against me

He is just trying to scare you. Demand the missing $100 he owes you, by registered mail.
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4 votes

UK company hired me, threatened to file charges against me

It's a bluff. If he sues, he has to do it where you live or work. That's not happening over $100!
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4 votes
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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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4 votes

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 50¢/mile ...
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4 votes
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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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4 votes
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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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4 votes
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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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4 votes

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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4 votes

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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4 votes

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 ...
4 votes

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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