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First Freelance job; 2 Questions - How much do I charge and, is signing an NDA common? [closed]

I am trying to take on my first freelance job to develop an application for a retrofitting company. They want me to build a web application that takes input of existing technology at the institution ...
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I think I am trying but is it good enough? [closed]

I graduated from university less than six months ago, though I consider myself to really be self-taught. Even after getting my current job as a web developer, my company didn't offer any training as ...
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Is It Fair To Charge Travel Expenses

I'm a freelancer, driving 110 miles (and back) to conduct a training session for a client. I normally charge my travel costs on (at cost) when I use public transport to conduct training/consultations. ...
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Freelance client learning from my code? [closed]

I am a freelancer. I offered to a client two new technologies to his projects - He uses the old approaches and until I offered them to him, he didn't know about them. Now he gets to learn from my ...
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What does “Approved By” mean on an invoice?

I am new in the professional word. I'm doing freelance work for an organization, and they need an invoice. All of the invoice templates I can find have this little box on them: And I am unsure of ...
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What document I can ask for to prove my job as a Freelancer?

I've been working as a freelancer for 4 years. Now I want to move to a permanent job. The company where I'm applying for this permanent job is requesting a document that prove my work of at least 1 ...
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Freelance : discussing code source application [closed]

I freelance for a client to develop a web application, I want to know if it is normal to give him the source code of the application, or to discuss this code line by line with me, what you think about ...
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How should I represent my first short term role on my CV after a very conventional career path?

For the last 9 years I've pursued an extremely conventional IT career path with jobs of 2 - 3 years with increasing responsibilities. As such, my CV nicely represents a "reverse pyramid", with the ...
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Does it make sense to include my freelance website in my resume?

I have website powered by Wordpress, by using the website I get some small clients. But the company I am working based on .Net technology. Shall I include Wordpress as my experience and point my URL ...
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Consulting for a competitor under a different role: possible conflict of interest?

I work as a circuit design engineer at my full-time (W2) company where I got recently promoted from circuit test engineer. My previous role of circuit test engineer at this company involved circuit ...
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How to represent multiple work done during full-time education without coming across as a job hopper?

I gained significant work experience through independent work with multiple businesses and non-businesses during my time at school and university. Through this work I built my skills which helped me ...
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How to ensure I stay an integral part the firm that employs me? [closed]

Are there any steps someone can take to proactively make sure they are always seen as valued employees within a hierarchy of an organization? I mean, of any organization, e.g. even if they change ...
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Should freelancer and self-employed workers disclose for whom they were working?

Freelancer and self-employed workers don't really have an employer, but clients. Since it could be in their interest to keep the client list secret, how should they proceed when applying for jobs as ...
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How do you predict the probability for a freelancer to abandon a project? [closed]

Freelancers sometimes abandon projects in the middle, even if they realize they would not get paid. Reasons for such action could be traced back to the employer (the project manager), who is making ...
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How many weekly meetings with a remote worker?

With our in-house team we have daily briefings before we start work and one longer meeting at the end of a week. In time, it's 15-30 min for briefings (mainly 15 min) and 30-60 min for a end-week ...
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Two approaches to adding freelance/contract work to resume

Approach A Title, Company A Freelance + Title, Company B Title, Company C Freelance + Title, Company D Title, Intern, Company E Approach B Title, Company A Title, Company B Title, Self Title, ...
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Appearing in Skype interview wearing undershirt [closed]

I heard from my client that he lately interviewed programmers via Skype video call. He wanted a top-notch candidates so he interviewed only those who did 20+ project - very experienced ones. One of ...
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How to show examples of work as a requirement to gain a freelancing project?

I recently applied for a freelancing project. The employer contacted me saying: Could you please send examples of your work with SDK and XML files? What am I supposed to provide him? A piece of ...
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Freelance work and possible conflict of interest with day job [closed]

I am in sticky situation where I need advice on whether to accept or decline a freelance project. I have been a approached by another coworker to development on a project. He explained to me how the ...
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How can I minimize the risks of moonlighting in violation of my contract? [closed]

I am currently making a decent salary developing web applications in a Fortune-50 consulting firm, but have high-interest student loans I want to pay off more quickly. My current contract ...
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885 views

Is asking for a bonus on short term jobs unprofessional?

I recently completed a freelance job. The work was technical and very difficult, but I successfully finished the job within the given timeframe. Now, the job took a few hours more than I was ...
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Doing freelance work on the side without approval

I interviewed for a small company in San Francisco for a web development position. When I was asked what I was doing prior to the interview, I said I was "working as a freelance web developer." His ...
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Is missed deadline a good reason for non payment?

It was my freelance programming job at oDesk in which I missed the deadline. It was a two day job, but after two days 1-2 major bugs were left. So, the client changed all the passwords and refused to ...
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Team management in Freelancing group [closed]

It has been a month since I've been working as a freelancer in developing software and websites. My colleague was the one who contacted clients to visit our group for their company requirements. I'm ...
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Is it standard practice to give the client an editable copy of my documentation?

A client of mine has requested the original format of my documentation. I've never been asked this before and so I don't really have a policy yet in this regard. I don't really want the client to be ...
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Minimizing Damage from a Freelance Job with a Vindictive Client

Some time ago, I did a writing freelance job for a client. I sent in a few drafts and received very little feedback, despite me prompting for some, but I was given nothing but praise for my work right ...
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Can I list the projects I worked on through my job on my portfolio?

I'm a web developer looking to update my online portfolio. Can I list the projects I worked on through my day job onto my portfolio, or should the projects only be projects I found as a freelancer? ...
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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 can I promote my problem solving skills (instead of just knowledge) when networking?

One of the most common ways of getting new projects for a freelancer is networking: keeping in contact with previous co-workers and customers participating in something like StackOverflow going to ...
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Does an Employer moonlighting clause relate to personal side projects, and do I need permission? [closed]

I work as an engineer full-time with a technology company in California. When joining the company I signed a company code that had an explicit moonlighting clause stating that "employee cannot do ...
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Transferring at a large software company: ask boss before or after?

Out of college I joined a large, well-known software company's consulting arm. I've gained lots of experience with some of the company's products but would like to start doing more development work ...
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What's the most professional way to abandon a contract project?

Over the summer, in addition to working as an employee of a software company part-time and studying part-time I took on a contract project to make extra money. I gave them an estimate and we agreed to ...
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Can freelancers get unemployment benefits during months that work is extremely slow? [closed]

When it comes to keeping my funds sturdy, some months are better than others. I'm wondering if, in the United States particularly, freelancers are able to benefit from the safety net of unemployment, ...
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Is it inappropriate to reference projects at a previous employer on my personal website?

I've recently moved to freelance from being a full-time employee at a creative firm. Since I quit, I've decided to avoid burning bridges and keep a healthy, working relationship with them. In fact, ...
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How can a freelance developer price his/her work? [closed]

I am getting some opportunities as a freelance developer, and that is good. However, I am new at this and I am not sure how to price my work. I am afraid that if I put high prices that I will push the ...
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Boss Wants me to Write an Invoice?

I've been working at a place for over 6 months now, and my workplace has paid my hours with a government grant. Now they are eligible for up to 12 weeks more funding from another source, but it would ...
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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 ...
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How do I handle having web development experience, but not a portfolio? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I'm a Web Developer w/ No Design Skills - Should I Still Have a Portfolio? I want to get into contracting for web development, but I don't yet have a portfolio. ...
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Peaceful and professional way to drop out of a volunteer project that's gone bad

I used to be involved with a composers' consortium. The organization was comprised of several of my friends. In the beginning, everything was alright, because there wasn't a lot to manage at first, ...
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What is the difference between freelancer and contractor?

I have been hearing about freelancers, especially in the software industry. What is the difference between freelancers and contractors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? As to my ...
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Company refuses to pay and does not have an address

I worked for a particular start up sometime ago, but got a bad check in the mail after the work. Since it was a start-up, I decided to give some time before I demand my money. Problem is the company ...
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Are constant changes to a projects requirements a sufficient reason for terminating a contract?

I have serious problem with one of my clients and I am trying to determine if I should terminate the contract or not. I am doing web site and application design for a client. I estimated the project ...
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Locked in to salary when accepting a long contract extension?

I've been offered a long contract extension after having worked relatively short period. The salary would be the same as before and I'm thinking that if I sign it, I won't be able to negotiate the ...
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Is it professional to cut out a middle-man in a contract chain?

I currently work via 2 contracting companies: CompanyA and CompanyB. So the hierarchy is like this: I'm contracted to CompanyA which is contracted to CompanyB which has a contract with the final ...
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Can I charge for email support as a freelancer?

I work as web consultant (freelancer). I work basically from home at an hourly rate. In my contract which was mostly through email, I am supposed to charge in increment of 30min. If something takes ...
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When should I inform management that I have been approached by a competitor?

My main gig is as a web developer in a company that builds web applications for a niche market, and about 90% of the market is split between us and another, considerably larger company. Recently I was ...
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Should I get a contract when offered paid trial work?

I recently got an offer to do a small freelance project to display my skills and was offered some money for my effort; a flat rate upon completion. I've already talked to the company and I'm confident ...
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What to do when recruiters don't count freelancing work as experience

There was a period when I was an individual freelancer, without having formed a proprietorship or something and without having official certificates of experience. Though I made it, after sometime I ...