Mario
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Client saying Another freelancer did the job while on contract
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In Upwork, I think there should be a valid contract between client and freelancer, the client should have made a deposit for the job, so you can: finish the work and pretend the payment, ignoring ...

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Who owns the excel template I made? (not legally, ethically)
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I don't know where you are but in Europe, in general, the law works like this: If you are an employee everything that you produce when you work for a company it's intellectual property of the company....

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What to include in contract to identify the end of work?
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Usually I work on a testing server that is not the final destination of the site. Once the client approve (by email is better but also verbally if it is a trusted client) the copy on the testing ...

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How to respond without hurting a potential IDEA business guy's business proposal
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I met some guys like this one in my work career til now. What I usually do (and would do in your case) is: Enstablish the right mutual work positions: I am the professional in my area, you are the ...

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How to explain to client their other freelancer is incompetent?
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A related thing happened to me too, the difference was that the other part was a web agency, they tried to put me in bad light with the client also with sort of sabotage actions, trusting on the fact ...

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Protecting code from other freelancers
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Many years ago, I worked for a few years together with an experienced programmer. He told me that when he needed others to help him with software development, and he didn't want to reveal the code to ...

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I found out that a client is using the work I did for him to sell fraud courses
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You should take the routine to make any client (friends, family, or not) sign a well done contract (you can search here to find many posts about that) that contains also a releasing agreement on any ...

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Can I modify clients testimonials?
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When I find really ugly texts or errors in the texts that the client gives to me, I always correct them (limited to my mother tongue) and then I inform the client that I made the corrections. Usually ...

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Being clear about the way I work
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In addition to the good advices that was given already by others, I want just to say that after encountering a few clients exacly as you described, I made it very simple and added in the contract the ...

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Do you spend lots of time on a website for your freelance company?
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Since now I was very rarely contacted by clients that found me from my website, and consider that I am online with my website since 1996, each 1-2 years I renewed it making it tecnically and ...

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Should I accept a low hourly rate while in between contracts?
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If someone would ask me a 60% discount off my hourly rate it would be offensive to my worker's dignity. I would not even keep up a telephone conversation with someone like that. I would consider a 5%...

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How should I get paid
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You should opt for a mixed type of payment: a one time discounted payment for finished product plus a percentage of their sales. But, only if you are very sure that they will sell the app, because if ...

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Should I represent myself falsely?
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+1 to user3244085's answer because I was going to write an answer saying exactly the same things. But also I want to add that if a single freelance says that he is a team of 5 people (when is 1), ...

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Questions regarding accounting; can I trust the information?
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NO. If you have a disease I believe you don't go searching in Google and cure yourself based on strangers' opinions, but you will go to a doctor and get a checkup and then a therapy if needed. The ...

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recommended tool to track clients, projects, files etc.?
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This is a very wide subject... You can search online for CRM/ERP/Fiscal Management softwares for Creative Agencies/Studios. You'll find hundreds of solutions, guides and software comparisons. By the ...

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Should I discuss hourly rate before doing job or just do the work and let the client see the rate in the invoice?
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You should elaborate and establish a "workflow" that you apply with all your clients, that will enable you and the client to have mutual clear, reliable and productive collaboration, and will protect ...

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Freelancer moving to Italy
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In Italy there are special programs for startups that are very interesting, you can obtain a VAT ID and pay 5% of taxes as forfait and you can't deduce expenses (as a sort of balancing system), that ...

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What is an appropriate safety net for equipment failure?
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It's really annoying when things like that happens :( that happened to me too a few times... I work mainly in two offices (I would say 50-50), the main bigger home office and a second very small ...

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Can't support the project anymore - Can I give it to someone else?
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Be clear with your client, inform him about the situation and propose to him a contract transfer to some other freelance that is able to complete the tasks and support. Or if you want to keep ...

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How important is it to be a nice guy to your clients?
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Mutual kindness, gentleness and thankfulness is very important to keep long term good relationships with clients. I have many clients who could go to any other freelance but they always wants me ...

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Is it professional that client pays the lunch?
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In my experience if I go to work at the client's place sometimes some clients offers the lunch, other times not. When the clients comes to me sometimes me too I offer the lunch, or we go to a ...

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Having trouble gauging my level of knowledge/expertise?
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To improve as a freelancer you must always challenge yourself with new tasks, new jobs and be good (and developing) in problem solving, because it's true that the more you are experienced and the more ...

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Managing client expectations when estimated time is more than expected
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If a client comes to me with such request (do in 2 weeks what it takes 10 weeks) I think: The client is completely unaware of the work to do and what it takes in terms of time and effort. The client ...

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How do you curtail too much customer input on website design?
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It's very important that you talk very well with your client, before starting to work, to understand as much as possible what he expects to see in his web site. This is a crucial part that when well ...

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Advice about the transition out of freelancing for a long term freelancer
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I don't know if I am going to properly answer your questions because I am a convinced work-on-your-own person :) but I am going to tell my personal experiences and impressions on that wide subject... ...

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My client wants me to use pirated software. What should I do?
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Many years ago before starting freelancing I used to work in a big Internet provider as employee web designer & developer, the company used to install expensive cracked software on all computers ...

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Should I ask every client to sign a contract?
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I don't always make clients sign contracts for small tasks (I do always for all the rest), but I should, mainly for these very important reasons: Declaration of release on ownership of digital and ...

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Is it good to leave a job to start freelancing?
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I was in a similar situation like 20 years ago. I left the company where I was working as graphic and web developer and started to work on my own in my small home office. Between bad and good periods ...

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Fees for travel
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It depends on the type of meeting and the "size" of the project. If it is a medium-big project, I usually add a certain amount to the whole price that will cover the first meeting and the next 2 or 3,...

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An employee from my current client needs to stay at my house, can I charge?
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I would never do that in general, for three reasons. If I really want to host a friend (who is really a good friend, not just some coworker) I would do that in name of our friendship, job or no job ...

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