Harry Cover
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How to quote & bill as a subcontractor
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You quote the hiring company exactly like a customer, be it fixed price or hourly fee, and you bill them. It may be the case that the hiring company takes a commission, don't be worried (but don't ...

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Yet another question on potentially being sued
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I wouldn't be so affirmative about "you didn't assume liability" on the grounds that nobody signed a contract. There has been pre-contractual discussions and work was performed based on these ...

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How long should I leave an overdue payment?
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You must state explicitly what the penalties are in your sales conditions, including the delay after which the invoice is deemed overdue, what the fee is (usually an interest rate on the amount - ...

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UK company hired me, threatened to file charges against me
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He is just trying to scare you. Demand the missing $100 he owes you, by registered mail.

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Quotation not favorable (against me) to write software features
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My own policy is to do fixed price offers based on sufficiently detailed specifications, and announce an hourly rate for extras. When I feel the need, I also explicitly state what is not included in ...

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Using client's idea to develop an app
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Can you collect any evidence that there has been an informal contract between you ? Like e-mails, recorded Skype messages, any trace of Dropbox transactions showing that you delivered source code, ...

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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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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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Can a project milestone be considered complete before revisions took place?
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I guess she is wrong. Unless there is some provision about premature interruption in the contract, they did order the works and have to pay their duty, in the terms agreed upon. In case they do not ...

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Cover Letter even without experience on a particular language
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"Junior developer with 2 years experience in C++. Actively improving my PHP skills. Highly motivated to tackle Web projects." Cite one or more achievements you are proud of.

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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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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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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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Finder's fee (or percentage) for a 6 months contract
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I'd go for the 10% fee, if the remaining 90% fits into your standard. This is not unusual nor excessive. I'd call it the "market price". After all, this is what UpWork takes. Maybe someday you'll be ...

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How to act and charge as a project coordinator?
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It is likely that this client has two goals: ensure the quality of the work (as you say in terms of code and style), ensure that the team communicates when necessary to avoid misunderstandings and ...

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Should I continue with a problem client?
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Raising this question probably means that you are in a position to leave. Write down for yourself your minimum requirement in terms of cash and visibility (or any other element that you value, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Client wants to pay a percentage of revenue generated by website
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Give him a choice: full one-time charge, or reduced charge (70% ?) plus percentage on the earnings, for a total limited to 200% of the one-time charge.

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Development project going awry. Is this part of the development process or should I be charging more?
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This belongs to the daily life of service providers. The customers often can't evaluate their needs and only discover them after hands-on practice. (This is why a prototyping approach can be useful - ...

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How to manage project requests from clients who offer partnerships?
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Ask them a business plan. A true business plan with figures on a spreadsheet. Strategy, market, activities, costs and revenues year 1, year 2 and year 3. No vague claims like "I keep it secret", "huge ...

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Developing an app for someone but retaining ownership of source?
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I am always using a clause saying that I keep the right to reuse the source code in other contexts (excluding unfair competition). If the customer refuses that clause, then the fee is higher as it ...

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If I transfer the work to my friend without notify the client, is it ok?
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You should make an explicit mention of this possibility in your general sales conditions. If the customer disagrees, he will tell you. (Or if he does not tell you, he is at fault.)

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