Harry Cover
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Should I give the finished work to a client before or after they paid me?
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There is an asymmetry in the process: money can be claimed and refunded. Work delivered electronically cannot be returned. So payment should come first.

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Receipts and invoices
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Not producing and later declaring the invoices is a fraud, you hide your revenues. But your customers will demand one as they need to justify their expenses.

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What/how to price project?
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$5k-10k weekly is for a high-end senior consultant, probably with a minimum project duration (set by him) and no maximum limit. Sorry, but I doubt you fall in this category (you wouldn't be asking the ...

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When hiring freelancers, do I give them contracts?
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When you hire someone for a task, this establishes a contract. Even just orally. All that matters for both parties is that there is evidence of a mutual agreement. But it is much better for both ...

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Can I take my client to court for non payment of invoice before invoice is due?
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Don't. As long as the payment delay isn't over, no fault is made. After this period, you can send a claim letter, which should let him a reasonable delay (at least one week). I am not a lawyer ...

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How do I secure an idea when approaching a company?
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Practically, deploying such a contract does not make sense. You are asking them to sign a commitment about an undisclosed subject, whatever it is. They would be crazy to accept. And this is probably ...

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Is it ethical to close a project where there is no output without any pay
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Short answer: no code delivery = no payment. If he is not asking, why worry ? From your description, the faulty is more him, making you waste time by promising a solution then "blackmailing" you.

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Convince client not to want my software
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I am afraid that by mentioning the GPL, you saw the branch on which you are sitting. IMO, the first priority is to get paid. As there seems to be a contractual agreement with them, they have to. Stop ...

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Viability of a plan to get experience and to grow portfolio
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IMO, contacting companies with the message "I can improve your apps for free" will be translated to "they are so crappy!" and cause your application to be kicked out to Mars. A better approach could ...

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Starting as a freelancer, can I hide my previous workplace?
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If you did something that is relevant for the kind of freelancing you are looking for in this company, you very very well mention it with the name explicitly stated as confidential, or simply omitted. ...

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Recruiter forwarding freelancer's profile without consent
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There is no need not to come down with a sledgehammer, nor to worry. They have no right to do that without your consent and they know it. Send them an e-mail firmly asking to withdraw your CV and ...

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How to negotiate a price after an item of work is done?
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I don't see any problem in asking for a payment. The work that you have done is valuable. But don't demand a payment, as there was no agreement from the beginning. If they agree, it's fine. ...

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How to politely stop doing free work for people
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You can tell them "sorry, I have answered xxx of your questions for free, now I need to make my living". Some of them will leave, which is probably a good thing, as they are those who would have ...

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How to prepare a job to keep it on schedule?
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State clearly in the contract (or any form of written agreement) what your requirements are. content must be delivered on-time, otherwise there is an extra charge for the delay incurred; content must ...

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Project owner is asking for refundable deposit
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It's absolutely the converse, they should make the deposit! Most of the freelancing sites propose an escrow policy such that you are guaranteed to be paid if you've done the work. In case of problems,...

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How to tell a client that some of their pages on a website are completely useless
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Do not contradict him. He is the customer paying you. If he wants useless features with some insistance, he has the right to. Even just mentioning that they are of no use isn't necessarily a good ...

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Is it possible to earn $200 a month by freelancing?
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Propose your translation services (only to your mother tongue) for 10$ an hour. You should be able to find 20 hours of work per month. Possibly typing, but I would expect the fees to be lower, as ...

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Client wants manual for everything I do
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The maintenance contract covers only fixes of your own work. (Unless it also covers enhancements, but this should be stated somewhere.) Fixing their mistakes is an extra performance that you can ...

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Direct PayPal invoicing or contract through freelance website for new client
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Two options: follow the normal Guru workflow (fully); work on an advance-payment basis only (possibly splitting the workload into phases, but each time paid in advance). In the latter case, the ...

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Protecting code from other freelancers
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It is indeed pretty difficult to prevent them from using the source code they have had access to. As a minimum precaution state explicitly in the contract with them that they cannot use the code for ...

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An employee from my current client needs to stay at my house, can I charge?
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Yes you have the right to charge. You can work around the "insurance problems" by using another wording such as "overtime" or just charge as worktime, in agreement with your customer. If they find ...

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Making quotations out of thin air
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I have solved this very simply: if I don't have enough information, I enter an obviously dummy bid, explaining that I can't quote without this and that complementary information.

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Client asking for a refund of advance payments for an uncompleted project
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No refund, except maybe if the advance payment covers more than what has been performed. A much better solution would be to find an agreement so that you deliver something of use to the customer (...

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Should I be afraid of clients stealing work?
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When it goes about software develoment, you can sometimes provide restrained or tagged versions that are sufficient to prove proper working, waiting to deliver the unrestricted version after payment. ...

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How do I get my first job at a freelancing site?
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I would advise to only try the projects that are taylored for you, and keep the rate you deserve. You will feel in a better position to introduce yourself and you will seduce the customers by showing ...

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Can I sell my business idea in exchange for a job at the company that might be interested in it?
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Beware that you cannot claim ownership of a mere idea. Intellectual property can be protected when sufficient effort has been developed around it. Make sure to clearly state in writing what specific ...

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Is there a reason against not billing someone when asked for an invoice for work completed?
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If the customer wants to pay, a healthy reaction is just to please him and accept with a big smile. Don't forget you spent 1-2 hours. If you refuse, be sure to explain him why you do so. Avoid an ...

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Charging for additions to a client's website?
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Hourly rate or fixed-price offer or any other provisions are possible. What matters is to obtain a written agreement on the fee before you perform any work. That customer probably doesn't deserve a ...

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How to build up long-term clients
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There is no reason to involve the customers in your own history. Ask them a rate corresponding to the value of your work today. Not more, not less. You will attract and retain customers by ...

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How do I gather requirements about our project from non IT people?
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Be aware that non IT people are unable to formulate their needs in the precise terms that you need (not that they lack the skills, but they aren't used to that). One option is to formalize for them ...

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