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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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As a contractor, are on-site perks for you? [closed]

I was hired as a contractor by my former employer almost immediatly after my resignation. I worked from home as much as I could, but they preferred that I worked on-site. The company in question has ...
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How do I pay tax for freelancing? [closed]

I'm a freelance web designer (well starting up) and was wondering do I pay tax and how do I do it? I work full time as a IT apprentice if that's of any relevance. I'm completely new to everything and ...
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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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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 ...