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Colleague refusing to justify decisions for reasons unknown

My company hired a remote freelancer to do some work (let's call him Joe). Joe's great at doing so, really quick and at a fair price. He's given us documentation about the process he followed, and is ...
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How Do I indicate on Linkedin that I'm a Freelancing Consultant?

I'm an IT professional, who has worked in different positions, in different companies for the last 8 years. Since March, I've transitioned to an Independent Freelancing Consultant Role, where I ...
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Hounded by upwork.com people after posting a job - how to handle this

I posted a job on upwork.com about 4 hours ago, and have been inundated with people trying to contact me via my personal Skype/Gmail. I purposefully did not post my Skype or Gmail contact info on the ...
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Advice on how to cancel a working relationship

I'm currently doing free lance work for what is basically my former employer. We have no official contract signed or anything. When I left my former job we separated on good terms and I agreed ...
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How to organize a “startup” within a company? [closed]

Me and my colleague friend were working on a development (coding) idea for quite a while. We explored tools, possible services and created several prototypes of our idea. Eventually we became ...
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How to mention my freelancing projects of a suspended profile?

I have been working on Upwork as a Software Engineer for 3 years and had a very successful career until my profile got suspended few days ago. I worked in a company for 1 year but after that i just ...
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How bad can be a bad review among a lot of good ones

As part of a recruitment process, the recruiter asked me for references after the interview. However, I only have one previous work experience, which is also my current job (first one since I left ...
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How do I prevent a client from bleeding me dry with small questions and tasks they expect to receive for free?

I do some work for a client for a set price and get paid. Later the client will email me about something, usually requesting a small task or my asking my expertise on some minor issue. I provide it ...
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Meet for coffee about a potential job when I am not interested in a new job

I received an email from the founder of a tech startup about meeting for coffee and discussing some openings at his company. He is experienced, the company sounds interesting, but I am 99% certain ...
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My boss wants me to work on a mobile app non-office side project of his friend

I work as an Android app developer in a small software company right now at the position of an intern. Its already pretty frustrating for me as I am highly underpaid for the work I am currently doing ...
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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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Potential client wants to pay in free stuff not money, how should I respond?

A potential client wants me to design promotional material for an event. However, in their initial solicitation, they said they would pay me with a free pass to their event which they claim is "$X ...
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My client wants me to work on-site

I'm a web developer, and building an app for one of my clients. The project is kind of big and I hired online freelancers to do javascript and jquery for me. The project has taken a while and now it'...
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Company failed to answer invoice mail

I've been working as a freelancer for almost 2 months, full time, for the same company. No prior freelance experience. As per the contract, they have 30-45 days to deposit the money in my account. I ...
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How to market one self as a generalist?

I've been in the business for around 15 years. Over this period, I've jumped from Web dev in ColdFusion, to Perl; then to more system level stuff in Perl and then to C++, mostly on Windows platforms; ...
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Handling difficult client in freelance? [closed]

I'm doing a freelance project which has a fixed price. First I gave them a time estimation and finalize budget for the app. They don't like to pay for hourly rates. After wireframes were finalized ...
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At the end of contracting work (IT/Programming), what steps need to be taken to protect myself from any technical issues company might have

In particular, I'm interested to know what to do in terms on handing over things like passwords to systems. Should I demand passwords to be changed immediately so that I don't have access? The ...
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Is freelancing as a Data Scientist a viable option? [closed]

Nowadays people can freelance as web designers, app developers amongst other jobs which relate to creating a piece of software. Can a Data Scientist be added to this list? If so, where would they get ...
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Should you be honest about the quality of the work of your predecessors?

I'm thinking about this for a moment, and this place seems to be perfect to discuss about it. I'm a freelance, and some time ago, I worked for a small company as a front-end developer (mostly JS ...
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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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209 views

Am I a employee or freelance? [closed]

If you work anywhere full time, 5 days a week from 10am to 6pm and found on a website that you should be a fully contracted member of staff by law and that the boss should be paying tax and other ...
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Is it appropriate to make suggestions for future projects? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm a freelance software developer currently undertaking contracted work for a client. The work we have agreed upon is to develop a working prototype of a product, following ...
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678 views

How to make the other party say the first number in salary negotiations

I'm about to start doing free-lance contracting work, and wondered the best way to negotiate my hourly rate with my client. I'd like to agree on an hourly rate, then provide cost estimates based on ...
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Elance / UpWork proflie pages on resume?

I've built up a decent profile and work history as a freelance software developer on both Elance and now UpWork. Indeed, the client reviews alone trump anything I could possibly boast about myself, ...
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Quit company but keep working with the same client. Is it ethical?

I'm a programmer quitting my day job at an outsource shop and going freelance. I've already built a good reputation within the company and to the client. Is it ethical for me to keep working with the ...
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Can I claim my years of freelance before my degree as job experience?

I completed my 4 years bachelor degree in engineering in 9 years. In this extended duration I was working freelance designing for different construction companies. In fact, I probably was making more ...
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How to deal with a lying customer?

I'm a freelancer and deal mostly with web, a client of mine has hired me to deal with a monthly newsletter: improve the deliverability and the message itself, I signed up for a popular online service ...
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447 views

A freelancer billed me, we had no contract and what he provided was not useable. What should I do? [closed]

I met with a freelance copywriter to discuss a project on which I am the Creative Director. He emailed me 'some' copy which was not useable at all. He even altered GM tagline from 'Quality is Job One',...
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Moving from “Permanent Freelancer” to full-time employment

My girlfriend is a junior graphic designer working for a small company of three people: herself, her boss, and a senior designer. When she got the job, her boss told her that she'd be "freelancing" ...
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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 out....
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Resumés for freelancing

I'm a professional freelance translator-interpreter, but I've only been working in the field (on a freelance basis) for a few years. I often get asked by agencies to submit a resumé, which they would ...
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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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Client misspells name in email conversation [duplicate]

I am freelancing right now and I have a client who misspells my name every time in email conversation. The conversation goes something like this: Hi smash We would.. Thanks In the first couple of ...
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Ethics of startup company side-consulting during slow times, and who keeps consulting pay

I've worked for a startup tech company for the past year. It has 4 people. The startup started to run out of funding 3 months ago, and we took on a BtoB consulting gig with a partner company that ...
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how do employers see freelancers? [closed]

As I worked in Indian IT industry, recruiters sees freelancers as the one who are incompetent or who did not get work in any company.There is a stigma attached to it.As I am currently working as a ...
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I am scheduled to start a new job on Monday, but I just can't! What do I do?

I am scheduled to start a new job on Monday (today is Wednesday), but as the date draws nearer I have realised I just can't. I have been working for myself for the past year, and was recently offered ...
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Asked by previous company to help them freelance in a project

I have had very good relations with my previous organization . A result of it , that the HR called up and asked them to help them out with estimations and working on this new project . I was the only ...
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Should I point out someone else's failure? [closed]

The situation I'm working together with 2 persons on freelance basis. I've known both of them for a very long time already. One of them is a relative, which is why he doesn't want to work directly ...
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Is it possible to freelance program for money at the beginner level? [closed]

Question: Is it possible to freelance program for money at the beginner level? My Background: I've read books on JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, and CSS. I've read the full documentations for nodejs, ...
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How do recruiters see multiple concurrent jobs (1 permanent, 1 freelance in my case) in portfolios?

I was wondering if some recruiters would see it as negative, thinking I might not be focused or committed to my permanent job if I had a freelance project on the side. Obviously, more showable work ...
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Can I work for a client after having worked for them through a recruiter? [closed]

I worked for a client for two weeks, about three months ago, through a recruiter. The company wanted to hire me, but the negotiations fell through. Is it okay for me to contact this company for ...
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Earning some extra money from home as a web developer / programmer [closed]

I'm a student and hobby programmer searching for an opportunity to earn some extra money from home. (In a perfect scenario, about $600 or 400-450 Euro / month, but less would be better than nothing. I ...
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What is the best way to approach my boss for a temporary/permanent position rather than freelancing without offending him? [closed]

I joined the small company I work in now 4 months ago as a freelancer. My aim is to be a temporary or permanent employee there. Recently, one of my bosses left and my other boss took over his job ...
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536 views

Is finding a replacement a favor or a duty?

A bit more than a year ago, I agreed to do freelance work for a client. There were no contracts or anything, it was on a friendly basis. The client gave me a lot of tasks and I always gave him high ...
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Can I (freelancer) ask my boss for recommendation letter before my boss leaves the company?

The contract I have with the company I work in is a freelancer's contract. One of my direct bosses gave a two weeks notice to leave the company. I worked with him ever since I joined the company (4 ...
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how to start as a programmer (freelancer)? [closed]

I want to start making money as a programmer, I'm on the third year at uni (mature student), I have skills but not at the top level since I have to work to maintain myself. for another time while ...
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How to get my idea working? [closed]

I have an Idea in my mind which I think could make a big hit if become real. The problem I am facing is, I am not a good programmer and I couldn't get this working by myself. But the good part here is,...
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Who is responsible to purchase 3rd party tools/licenses? [closed]

I have a question. I'm a contractor working for a sw development company (let's call it "ABC Dev"). They are outsourcing me to other companies to do .net development. One of these client projects ...
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How can I “extract” a client from an agency to work with me directly?

I build websites and webapps for companies and agencies. About five years ago, an agency hired me to build out a big website for a client. I host the website on my server but the billing to the client ...
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Being a freelancer in an office

I've always thought a freelancer had the right to choose when ever to work, where to work and how long to work for, as long as deadlines are met. Or so I thought. Recently, I've noticed a trend at ...