Scott
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Dealing with "friend" who won't pay after delivery despite signed contracts
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Is this a script from a soap opera? There's far too much discussion taking place. Business is business and not friendship. Ignore anything not directly related to the business. All the back and ...

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How can experienced contractor survive outside Elance/oDesk/Freelancer?
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43 votes

I have never used any online freelance service to acquire work. Ever. Not even for one project. Without any direct experience as a worker, they all seemed like a less-than-ideal business venture for ...

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How should I respond to requests to work "for exposure"?
42 votes

This is one of the most prominent red flags which indicates a bad client, in my opinion. It's really not that complicated. Sorry, I do not work pro bono or without payment on request. There's no ...

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Client wants to pay a percentage of revenue generated by website
40 votes

Don't do it. If there were actually a prospect of the site making any real money (thus commissions being worthwhile) the guy wouldn't be offering to pay you in commissions. He's offering this ...

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How to respond to "Are your rates negotiable?"
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28 votes

I simply state, "Sorry. Pricing is set and rates are non-negotiable." I haven't run into an instance where that offended anyone. I may not get the work but, if they won't pay my rates, I don't see ...

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How to explain to client their other freelancer is incompetent?
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22 votes

Short answer, you don't. Longer answer ... Speaking poorly of other freelancers will reflect more upon you than on them. Yes, that seems backwards, but it's not. If you complain about other people ...

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Buying a domain for your client
21 votes

Sounds like it to me. It is one thing to purchase domains once you are hired but to go snipe the domains before you are hired is a pretty underhanded thing to do... You've now put the client in a ...

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Best way to get clients as a freelance web developer?
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20 votes

I have never gotten a single client from any web-based crowd source site. Ever. All my clients have come via word of mouth. Networking in real life is far more valuable than anything online in my ...

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What's the smallest unit of time I should charge for when clients request minor changes?
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19 votes

If I intend to charge at all for a minor thing, I charge a minimum of 15 minutes. Like you, I traditionally won't charge for anything exceptionally minor. However if the requests become more frequent, ...

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Can learning a new technology be a paid task for a client?
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18 votes

If you do not know how to build an iOS app... How in the world do you know how long it will take you to learn how build one? How would you know how long actually building the app would take? How ...

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Discount for 1-year full-time contract?
18 votes

Realize that if you are tied up, full time, for a year, you'll most likely lose all your other clients. So, if that's okay you need to make it worth your while. If you are financially in good shape ...

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How can I discipline myself as a freelancer?
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18 votes

I don't worry about it much to be honest. I concentrate on deadlines not every minute of my day. I choose to work to live, not live to work. I do not focus on billable and non-billable hours. That's ...

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How should I brand myself?
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17 votes

Why maintain a false facade? People like dealing with people. In fact, they often prefer it over dealing with a company. There's no reason to pretend you are something you are not. I contemplated ...

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Is it unprofessional to approach a business, unsolicited, based upon technical problems you see on their website?
15 votes

Imagine you're walking down the street... some stranger walks up to you.... "Hi. I'm Johnny. I am a professional stylist. I would like to point out that your haircut is not the correct cut for ...

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My client wants me to use pirated software. What should I do?
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Client wants me to steal secret plans from the CEO of his competing company. He sent an email today detailing where I can find the plans, how to break into his offices, and a schedule for when the ...

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Project owner is asking for refundable deposit
14 votes

If you are performing the work and they are hiring you, there's no reason on Earth you should be paying them anything for any reason.

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Which is the most honest or ethical way to bill, hourly or fixed price?
14 votes

Unethical people can be unethical completely regardless of any payment structure. Pricing high does not instantly make someone unethical. Perhaps that price for the three week project is accurate ...

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Starting freelancer career while already having customers
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13 votes

If you aren't already charging market value it's highly unlikely you'll retain any existing customers once you do start charging market value. Chances are, clients you currently have are clients ...

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A bad client who pays a lot - should money or attitude prevail?
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13 votes

I just ignore the off-hours contact and deal with things during traditional hours - even if that means I get emails and messages the next morning. I have a few clients who will email Sunday evening. ...

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Asking Clients to pay Advance Payment?
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12 votes

With new clients that approach me, I ask for a non-refundable deposit up front. Usually it ranges from 30% to 50% depending on the overall project cost. I tend to waive the deposit for any client I've ...

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Making quotations out of thin air
12 votes

Don't provide anything. Avoid these clients. Seriously, don't even consider working for clients such as this. If the client can not take the time to at least attempt to describe their issue as ...

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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?
11 votes

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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An employee from my current client needs to stay at my house, can I charge?
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11 votes

I would never allow this under any circumstance. The guy can sleep in his car... or the bus/train station for all I care. Even if I charged and he's willing to pay, invading my home is way over the ...

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Am I supposed to be paid even though my work isn't used?
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11 votes

There are some contest sites that operate under similar terms -- everyone sees the design description/brief, everyone works and submits designs, only the chosen design (winner) gets paid. So yes, in ...

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Whose responsibility is to give budget for job: Freelancer or Client
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11 votes

I always cringe a bit when I hear a freelancer ask a perspective client "What's your budget?" Isn't that the same as asking "How much can I get away with charging you?" Or "Can I charge you more than ...

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Non disclosure agreement?
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Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) do not state anything about the actual project or compensation. They are an agreement of secrecy separate from any financial arraignment. Because you are being asked ...

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Client asked me to remove copyright and name from licensed code
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11 votes

NOTE: I am not and have never been an attorney. I post merely based upon my own experience over a freelance career spanning a couple decades. For legal advice, it is always best to speak to an ...

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How to turn down freelancing projects due to ethical/moral dilemmas without upsetting client or referring party?
11 votes

I don't understand the dilemma. "Sorry, I'm not available to work on your project." Should be more than sufficient. If asked again, "Sorry, I'm just not available." If pressed... "Sorry, I just ...

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Too many projects and no one to outsource them to - how is this possible?
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While not programming or development related, I have subcontracted and been a subcontractor. When hiring, I have found it very necessary to remain in constant contact with the subcontractor. Not ...

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How do I tell a client that I'm working fewer hours because they pay me much worse than my other clients?
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10 votes

Simple, either raise their pricing or drop the client. It's business. There's little point in working even a few hours for less money than you could earn with another client. Businesses typically do ...

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