Questions relating to the monetary charge in return for completed work

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How to respond to a customer's demand for payment extension? [closed]

I have a client who wants to purchase an artwork. After three weeks of questioning about my artwork finally he is convinced to buy it. I have offered him discount after his multiple request and 15 ...
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Analyst Presented to Client as Principal Consultant [closed]

I"m an analyst at a consulting firm, but in a project kick-off meeting with the client our project manager introduced me as a principal consultant. In the slide deck it also listed I was a principal ...
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Worked 6 months for someone who refuses to pay [closed]

The last 6 months, I worked for a person (1 month at their office, 5 months remote, living not far). During the last month (March) another developer joined the project, the management became hard, ...
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If I forget to invoice a customer, who pays?

I am a freelancer. Last year I did a large project for a client. The job went very well. However at the end of the project things were quite hectic with me wrapping up the project and starting a new ...
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Standard for billing followup consultation work

There are companies which I visit on a roughly weekly basis for a few hours to offer consultation about algorithm development, for a specified payment per hour. Sometimes, in between my visits ...
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What benefits can I ask from a company that wants to contract me abroad for six weeks? [closed]

I'm flying from one ME country to another ME country. I wanted to fly back on the weekends, as my family is here with me now. I also wanted hotel accommodation (they wanted to throw me in a villa ...
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Should I mark up my normal rate when using a freelancing site which takes a cut? [closed]

My rate for direct freelancing projects is X. A client has asked me to use Upwork, which takes a 10% cut. Should I increase my rate to X + 11%, putting the overhead on the client, or keep the same ...
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Lost track of how many sessions I tutored - what should I do?

I was paid in advance to do 10 sessions of tutoring, once a week. Unfortunately, I did not think to keep track of how many times it actually happened, as there were some weeks where it didn't work ...
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Can I bill the client for my time learning his system? [duplicate]

I'm working on some bug fixes on web project for a client/friend. He has everything set up and working, but called me to fix a handful of bugs. I've never used his system, I barely know how it runs, ...
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IT contract jobs - how and when to ask your billing rate?

As you know, IT recruiting firms provide client companies with skilled contractors on an hourly rate which is also called the billing rate. The recruiter takes a "small" percentage of this rate and ...
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Is background design/problem-solving time considered billable? [closed]

Say you're doing contract development work that is accounted for and billed on an hourly basis. There has been no design work done/provided up front, and the project involves a number of problems ...
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Why does a my client insist on my incorporation?

I'm a software engineer out of Quebec, Canada. My current contract is going through a headhunting firm. I bill the headhunting firm and they bill the company I'm actually doing work for and take a ...
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How does billing by hours work as skill increases and time to completion decreases? [closed]

If I start a new job and I'm asked to do some work for a client. The company bills the client in 15min increments, I spend time learning my companies' setup, where things are, etc... I end up billing ...
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How to deal with “cheaters” regarding billable time?

I work for a company that uses outsourced contract developers paid hourly but physically located in our office. At the end of every month we get an excel sheet from their outsourcing companies with ...
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How much time should a consultant bill for waking up at 3:00 am and doing 5 or 10 minutes of work?

Recently, I've been doing a lot of production support that requires off-hour work. Recently, I've been asked a couple of times to get up at 3:00 am and check the status of our data, which only takes 5 ...
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Freelancer - Proof of work hours

How do you document or proof the hours you were coding when on an hourly paid freelance job? I normally use timesheets for in-house consulting, but if a customer would question the billed hours that ...
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As a freelance web developer, should I bill for my learning curve?

I am developing a project for a client where I have a little bit of experience in a particular clientside framework - however not that much. There are times I have to go off and spend anywhere from 10 ...
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How should I [ethically] divide my billable time, when my work is mutually beneficial to multiple customers?

Consider the circumstance where someone works for multiple customers and charges them on an hourly rate. This is pretty common. However, how should an hourly, contractual worker bill their customers ...