Questions tagged [freelancing]

Relating to work on a self-employed contract basis rather than as an employee. This is not the same as "contracting", which includes being employed by a firm which contracts your work out to other firms.

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Asymmetrical Non-compete Clause

The title of this post is motivated as follows: my client won't reveal their portfolio, but they require me to reveal mine. At the beginning of the contract, a client of mine(an outsourcing/consulting ...
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How do I start a side gig? [closed]

I am currently working for Microsoft in Bengaluru and want to eventually quit tech and do something on the side. I am not sure of the specifics now but am looking at one or a combination of 3 things ...
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One of my clients is paying me to teach her to do her job. Her employer really should be paying. Do I contact them to offer my services?

If I should, at all? I am a specialist in a specific niche technology and I work as a contractor for anyone who needs help/advice, etc. I was hired by someone who is way out of their depth at work. ...
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Is it okay to ask my boss a laptop or computer loan? [closed]

I was considering to ask from my boss for 2 years even though he wasn't offering it. He outsourced his Customer Service to our country and he was nice all the time however with very few benefits, and ...
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Client stop giving me hourly billable work during the notice period [closed]

I am a freelancer and currently working with a client found through an agency. The contract was drafted by the agency. It says: The Freelancer supports according to the needs of %agency% and %client%,...
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How can I receive payments from a US company as a UK resident for a project?

I have a friend in the US who owns a company, and he wants me to make an app for him. The arrangement would be a monthly fee until the app is done, and a lump sum at the end. I'm almost certain this ...
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How to go about managing a client's hosting and infrastructure [closed]

I'm just getting into freelancing! I see that a lot of clients are mom & pops stores. Often, they'll want a dev to set them up with a website. Simple static marketing pages can easily be done with ...
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Would working with a client outside work count as Conflict of Interest

I was wondering that I have discovered a potential client that is currently looking for similar services to the one my organization currently provides. I can provide them the same services my ...
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Getting info/networking with freelancers/contracters in the Silicon Valley

I have 20 years of experience with 10 years in the Bay Area. Till recently I did a full time job for companies like eBay and Google. I recently retired. However, I feel like retiring full time might ...
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Should I tell my employer about being a freelancer outside my regular working hours?

So I've been working at my current employer for almost 4½ years. A while ago I was approached by a manager from my previous employer asking me if I would be willing to assist them with some projects ...
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Client is not paying on time, swears on call

I am currently working for an MNC but due to some financial, I also had to pick a side job. In this side job (freelancing) client is not paying me on time. The pay date is the 3rd of every month but I ...
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How to address Invoice from freelancer to a company [closed]

I am a freelancer working for a company. I need to send an invoice to them in order to get paid. I am not a company and so I will just write my name, address, mobile and email for my details. For the ...
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Remote Offer: Freelancer Contract with Benefits [closed]

I've just received an offer for a senior management position with a well-funded start-up based in a different EU country in which I can work remotely. The offer letter states there are paid vacation, ...
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Job going to be terminated? [closed]

I have started a job as an independent consultant a couple of months now. The pay is good and I have been learning new stuff more than producing. However, my colleague, who is in a similar situation, ...
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How to avoid previous employer who is nagging me to do their job?

I used to work for a very small family-owned startup with minimum wage, zero benefit, and it was very exploitative and toxic in nature. The family had other businesses and they used to run the startup ...
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Potential employer wants previous freelance contracts

Whether this is to verify compensation or work history, I'm not sure. However, I've signed an NDA with one client and the word 'Confidential' is printed on every page of my other contract. I'm new to ...
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How to get rid of the freelancing work permanently?

I live in India and along with my full-time job (in which I'm earning a good salary), I have been doing freelancing for my previous manager (who launched his startup with some guys, last year). I have ...
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Should I suggest moonlighting to my company's subcontractor?

I work at a company that had subcontracted another company for engineering work. I have been in direct communication with various levels of management and technical staff of the subcontracted company, ...
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How long to wait before becoming successful freelancer as a mobile app developer [closed]

Usually how long does it take to become successful as freelance mobile developer I spent 6 months time freelancing part time but looks like I am reaching no where ,not sure should I continue ...
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What is an appropriate compensation structure for freelancing for an early-stage startup?

I was approached by a startup to do some work developing their product. They do not have revenue or funding yet and offered to pay a “market” salary for a contract period that would be 100% deferred ...
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Putting freelance work on resume alongside regular day job?

For the past 6 months I've had a side consulting business in an industry that I'm interested in long-term. It's in a different industry than the one my regular day job is in, but they use a similar ...
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How to respond to Client who wants to hire me directly and bypass my "handler"

Edit: This happened Not to me, but to a close friend of mine. To avoid confusion, I'll be telling the story and answering questions in first person as if I was my friend, meaning, the software ...
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New freelance web developer, realistic goals and expectations? [closed]

I am a self-taught web developer (through premium courses where you build real apps, not just random YouTube videos), and I want to start freelancing in the near future. My background: My skills so ...
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Is Freelancing a Conflict of Interest

I currently work as a Design Engineer at my company, and I have been debating some different "Side Hustles." One idea is to be a freelance designer for Fiverr, but I don't want to risk a ...
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Sending email to a past client of my past company?

So back in 2017-2018, I worked for an agency company. It's a software solutions company. It had a small client - a startup. And I was tasked to give some maintenance support for their app for a month. ...
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Design freelancer is working ineffectively - billed for too many hours [Dispute]

I've been working with a UX/UI designer freelancer to outsource some of the work. In the past, he was great: good ideas, great ethic etc. That's why we kept him, send him ad-hoc requests on part-time ...
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Does a co-working place provide any benefit to a freelancer

I'm a freelance developer. I've been working from home for 2.5 years, with a quite solid set-up: I've my regular customers and a stable economical situation. PROBLEMS I CAN SEE IN MY FUTURE I'm very ...
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Client can no longer afford to pay me due to unforeseen circumstances

I'm a freelance web developer, and I have a client I'm currently making a website for. I'm in the final stages of the project, with only some rough minor details left to attend to before I would ...
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Client wants to make an upfront payment, is it bad to ask for payment on completion?

I will be working on a website for a client. They say they can only make payment by cashier check whereas I can only receive payments by credit card transfer. Now they said they would like to make an ...
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How to react when client explains "it will be used for illegal activities"?

Scenario: Freelancer (from Norway if that's relevant) is approached by Mr. X (from unknown origin, if that's relevant) about creating SoftwareX, they agree on the scope and price. Mr. X does a small ...
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How can I start my network with the companies I work for?

TLDR: Fair worker needs to change his current working relationship, he would like to become a freelancer and use his current working relationship with his boss and his client to build his network. How ...
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Ethics of freelance work when expenses are already covered

I currently work a 9-5, salaried office job. I also, on evenings and weekends, do freelance work in another field unrelated to my primary job, which is dominated primarily by freelance practitioners ...
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Freelance Android - Client doesn't have source code to provide, only the apk is it normal?

i'm new to all the freelance work and since last week i have receive two offer. The first one was rebranding of an Android App. The client had a version of his application and he want me to add his ...
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Should I ask why I didn't get a response for 6 months?

About half a year ago I got an e-mail regarding possible freelance work. Unfortunately this message ended up in my spam folder which I rarely ever check. It was about 2 weeks later that I found it ...
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Is it polite to not give follow-up reply to a freelancer?

I find it very impolite for an employer to not give any follow-up response to a job seeker after receiving a CV/ after a job interview. When I was in the position where I remotely interviewed a ...
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Got a pay cut for a sporadic project

My friend is a freelancer, he has been working for over a year with another three freelancers for a company. Today he and the other freelancers were notified by email that they will be getting a 40% ...
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From permanent position to freelance with the same employer

I'm planning to move to another country, but would love to keep working on the same project with my current employer. So I'm thinking about approaching my boss and providing him with a clear solution ...
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How to start freelancing after a half academic career [closed]

This question is related, but I am on the other end of my career: aged 60, retired in 3 years. I worked all my professional life in the same organization (CEA, the French organization making French ...
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Suggesting to freelance for a design agency before applying for a job

A few months ago I decided I was going to leave my job at the design agency I was working for. I applied for a few other design agencies at the time that I liked the look of (even though none appeared ...
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Contractor day rate - calculating based off pro rata annual 'salary'

I have been working on a self-employed contract for almost 12 months. When I started, they offered me a 'pro-rata salary' of £37k. They asked to be billed by the day, and naively I just did 37,000 ...
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Is out of scope work and company drama reason enough to leave and how do I handle this?

I'm a software developer and currently working for a small scale-up company that builds hardware products and delivers them to customers with companion software. I'm hired to expand the companion ...
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Using MFA on client owned computer

I have had a pretty long-term relationship with a client. We develop medical applications and part of our arrangement is that they lent me a dedicated computer to use for all the work I do with them. ...
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How much to charge for freelance python code [closed]

I have a question about the going rate for freelance Python programming. Here's the situation: I work full-time in marketing but I have been a freelance web developer since 2005. My marketing company ...
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Really personal info and in very early stage of hiring; how to proceed?

I applied to a tech company for remote work. This is a role I'm interested in, and there aren't many similar alternatives for such role. After the initial technical tests (I scored very high) and ...
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How to do contract work for previous employer? [closed]

I'll be switching jobs soon, because I'll be moving to another city. If the need arises, I'd like to do some consulting work for my current employer (remotely). I would be limiting this to a few ...
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Contract / Consulting Programming Minimum Hours Per Week

I recently entered into a consulting/contracting deal with a local company to do ASP.NET development work and also consult with their local developers with questions they may have about development. I ...
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some advice about how to start an startup services [closed]

I am fluent with vulnerability research, and penetration testing, and red team tactics, and I only hold OSCP . I was thinking about on creating a website similar to company services , and giving ...
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What should I do about the 3-4 months gap in my employment history?

I quit my previous job earlier this year because I got a freelance job which was paying much higher and had flexible work hours. I was able to travel a lot during these 4 months and also worked on a ...
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Released my first web application and I got a job offer to do contracting work. I dont know what to do [closed]

I am a system administrator by trade, but I want to move in to web development. I started learning on my spare time and I released my first personal project and have gotten positive feedback and an ...
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How to decline to sign a contract after having already done the work?

Sometimes I do temporary work through staffing agencies. It's happened on a few occasions that they present me with "paper work to fill out" after the work has ended and before I receive pay. ...
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