David R
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My side project could be useful to a Non-Profit-Organization. How to approach them?
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If you want to offer it to a specific organization, then the best way is to find people who work/ volunteer in that organization and talk to them and ask them how to proceed. You might need to ...

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Is it a good idea to make the advance payment of a project non-refundable?
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If this is before you have written the contract, then you get to decide if it is non-refundable. If the client agrees and signs the contract, that is all that counts. If, however, you don't have this ...

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Freelancer charging for debugging
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If the contract didn't specify what the deliverables were, then you are forced to negotiate that later. In this case, you have conflicting deliverables - so many hours of work, vs. fully debugged ...

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Client's budget is higher than expected
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There are those who believe that it is ethical to sell at what ever the client is willing to pay. Others see no such need and will look to give the client a good deal. You can give a good deal to the ...

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Is it possible to market myself if I dont want to reveal my real ID online?
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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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How to reject a project that does not fit with my skills or goes beyond my skills in order to keep your client for future projects?
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The best way to keep that client is to find a subcontractor who can do the job. In that way, you move from being "a programmer" to "someone who solves computer problems." When you ...

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What to do if you received a bad check as a freelancer, and purchased on behalf of the client?
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You have two problems: An unresponsive client Your bank balance Only the bank balance is easy to change. One suggestion is to call the place where you put in the purchase order and attempt to do a ...

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Intellectual property held on trust in contract
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There are two parts to Intellectual Property. There is the stuff that the client is worried about: the sum total of an invention. Then, there is the stuff that you would really like to keep control of:...

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Which one brings more benefits to community? Blockchain or Traditional bank?
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This question assumes that the banks are independent actors. In most countries, banks are private institutions that act as agents for the government in helping to manage the money supply and flow. For ...

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How should present to my clients how much I'll be charging them as a beginner web developer?
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There is always a constant tension between a developer and a client over pricing. You have to charge enough to cover your business expenses. But clients want the least expense and want assurances of ...

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How often I have to update my progress working freelance?
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This is something that the client has to answer, not us. It depends both on the client and the project. For example, with one client, I was simply reporting each day what I did. That was voluntary but ...

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Is it SO different to be freelance than to have a classic contract when you are a developper?
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Technically speaking, freelancing is having your own business. Many "classic contracts" are either "full time employee with a different legal status" or even full time employees of ...

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I am about to start bidding for SQL Server/database projects on Upwork/Fiverr but not sure if my software is compliant
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Instead of worrying about purchasing the licenses, I suggest making sure that your bids are high enough to cover all your costs including the licenses, purchasing dedicated systems, etc. You also ...

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How to handle bids over project budget
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This is a common problem in business - when a contractor sees what is really being asked for, they want more money than you budgeted. This happens in home remodeling, building a restaurant, and nearly ...

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licensing after installing for Client (not Work-For-Hire)
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Before you look at licensing, think about asking for a support agreement. If this software has gone significantly out of original scope, then there is a high probability of changes coming. Keeping the ...

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should I submit a proposal to a job just to catch the job then look for solutions?
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First off, people who post projects on UpWork get many proposals (between 50-100 on some projects) and they have to quickly figure out which proposals to toss away. Those that appear to be "...

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How to refuse providing CV/resume?
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Turn the problem around and ask: What would my potential clients want to see to be able to evaluate if this person has the experience and is this person easy to work with? I fully understand your ...

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Starting a startup?
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Let me start with the easy answer: "Hard work and commitment almost guarantees success?" No. All that does is to give you either bigger muscles or callouses on your hands. I recommend ...

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EU resident working as a contractor in the US
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I recommend talking to a US tax professional who has dealt with EU citizens. According to the IRS web site, the US has agreements with several countries to avoid double taxation. Here is one of their ...

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Is it ethical/effective to apply to full-time positions when looking for a freelance work?
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Ethical? Yes. Effective? Probably not. When a company has made the decision to hire a full time employee and told a manager to find one, that manager rarely will accept a contractor. The person who ...

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Freelance Contract to prevent exploitation?
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Contracts do not prevent exploitation. If a project relationship starts to argue over the words of the contract, that relationship is already soured and the best thing is to get out of it as fast as ...

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Risk assessment of remote assistance project with high expectations
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In my experience, the only times I have made money on a fixed price contract were when I had built a solution for that problem already and I only needed to tweak it for a new client. I had to price ...

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How can I find clients and communicate with them directly
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You are asking how to be in business. According to Peter Drucker, a business needs two things, marketing and innovation. Marketing is what we do to identify who to sell to, what to sell to them, and ...

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How to get clients outside of sites like Upwork and Fiverr?
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To remain a freelancer means that you have to build a business. A business consists of numerous parts including marketing, sales, administration, legal, accounting, etc. When working with platforms ...

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Who Owns the Source Code & IP - Developer or Employer?
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Several answers here assume US law. The OP asked specifically about international law. (I am not an expert in international law.) A better way of looking at this situation is to ask how enforceable ...

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