JohnHC
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How to handle interpersonal relationships and expectations from client's marketing department
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The easiest way to handle the short-notice work is to set up a Service Level Agreement (SLA). You can document how much notice the client must give, and how soon you will act, with financial ...

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Client not Responding from more than last 36 Hours
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Unless the client made assurances to be immediately contactable during this period, they have no urgent need to respond. There are anumber of things that might be diverting their attention. I would ...

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Freelance programmer's monthly fees, expectations too high?
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Ah, the good old fashioned "stuff works and never breaks" assumption from a non-it manager. First up, DBA requirements. Advise them that if they do not wish to procure DBA support from you, they will ...

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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?
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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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How to estimate project costs - Mail (Postal) survey?
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This is something I've done myself... First, make sure you've got "letter stuffing" as part of the costs. Some places are happy to print, but won't stuff envelopes. I managed around 4/minute at peak ...

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How are images, icons, videos, logos, etc. budgeted, and who chooses them, the developer or the client?
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This will vary from client to client and will be based on their wishes, but can really be summed up as follows Client images The client will provide their own images for use in the project. They ...

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How do I advertise my freelance services effectively?
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The standard approach of picking up jobs online, coupled with some good linkedin will serve you well. Also, general networking and industry conferences are a great way to meet other people in your ...

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Controlling stress associated with maintenance services
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This sounds like a combination of System Admin and Desktop Support. I'll answer for both as I have done both... If you're looking after servers and networks, 99.99% of the job will be in office hours....

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What does contingent payment mean?
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It means that they will pay you the next payment on the condition that they either launch the company successfully (via a finance round) or they sell the budding company to a bigger fish. As for ...

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Is it ethical to offer free services in a paid community while still measuring one's capacity to offer the service in the first place?
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I see no ethical issue here, you are guaging your abilities and offering a great deal at the same time. However, I would limit the amount of free work you do. Maybe offer the first x hours free for ...

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Remote jobs - how to charge clients?
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Ethical? Of course it is. You already charge for your time. You can add this into a callout fee, or travel time as a separate line item on your invoice. There is a however here... Your overall cost ...

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Small claims court for unpaid small invoice? (UK)
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From personal experience, this is not a fun experience. You need to weigh this up as if it were a contract itself. For £100, you need to work out if a day of your time (at least) is worth it. ...

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Providing a Solution - Best Contract Form?
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You said SaaS, you're spot on. You host it, maintain it, support it. The client pays for it to just work. This is Software As A Service.

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If I set up as self employed, will my current employer be notified of this?
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If I set up as self employed, will my current employer be notified of this? No. You might have a change in tax code from HMRC, but your employer has no right to question it. The industries are ...

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Evaluation Task to find good development company
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Asking someone to complete unpaid work as a freelancer in the hopes of landing a job isn't going to go down very well. If it's for web design, it would be better to ask for samples of previous work (...

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Contract work- what are the advantages of setting up your own company/ incorporating yourself?
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UK IT contractor here... You have 3 options: Go Limited Go umbrella FTCs Going Limited has its perks. You take a cut of the VAT as profit, can offset expenses at source, minimal overheads. However, ...

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Payment to recruitment consultant for referring a consultant?
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Paying for a recruiter for a temp or contract role is normally handled in one of two ways: Finders fee In this scenario, you will pay them for the hire, and then pay them after a month of ...

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Company want me to invoice them through an Umbrella company, and not directly- how can I ensure I get paid?
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First off, check your contract with the agency. If the contract is with you, then they should be paying you. Failure to do so is a breach and you can start the process of threatening court (although ...

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How much money to set aside for tax (UK)
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If you are self employed, you must register as such with HMRC. You will need to allocate 20% for tax and an additional 9% for National Insurance (total 29% off the top). If you will be earning more ...

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Is there any authority to look after the non-payment issues to freelancers?
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Let's address each point in turn... Non-payment Handled through the courts and the extensions thereof. Which country you open the suit in will depend on countries involved and existing trade ...

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How to work faster without earning less?
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You can always increase your rate. You will need to ensure that any proposal/bid you make reflects this, clearly demonstrating that you plan to take less time, with a final cost estimate at the end ...

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How to deal with non-respect of payment-terms?
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You have answered your own question... as mentioned explicitly by my contract You have it in your contract, you have both signed it, you have the upper hand. Demand payment by the due date, as per ...

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I've started working on Upwork and almost finished my first job, how do I deal with tax?
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This applies to UK only, as at 2016/17 tax year Tax This will depend on how you set yourself up. If you are working and want this as side-money, you can let HMRC know and they will arrange a Self ...

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Do I have to pay tax for contracting work in US
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Here is the current tax agreement between the USA and Vietnam Read article 14. It says that you pay tax in Vietnam if you live there, unless you spend a portion of time based in the USA.

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UK VAT - Do I need to charge VAT
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Short answer, yes you charge VAT. If you are VAT registered, you are responsible for charging VAT, regardless of the VAT status of your customer. Full guidance here I would suggect that you include "...

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How to invoice for regular payments
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Why not both? You might want to look at offering a 3/6 month support package (with the basics thrown in), bill for it up front and then have ongoing support on an hourly rate once the package ends. ...

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Best way to launch your mobile app
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Ok, let's break down the questions: Can I launch an app under self employment or I would need a company for that? You can develop as a self-employed person. Ensure that before launch day, you ...

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Necessary for a portfolio?
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As admin, it is unlikely that you will have a portfolio. Instead, you should create a solid CV and present this when asked for details about previous work. In addition, speak to your current/previous ...

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How to sell my software online and deal with VAT?
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Answering for UK, and somewhat EU... Q1: Can I sell my software if I do not have a firm? Yes, although I would not recommend it. Once your software is commercial, you will do well to get ...

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What are "payroll companies"?
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Looks like they will be employing you as an employee (the agency). Why would the employer care if I pay taxes? I have never heard that the German tax office can pursue a company employing a ...

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