Questions for professional programmers who are often contracted out for various positions rather than being part of a company.

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Productivity strategies for one developer using many PCs [closed]

In a talk about time management, a famous computer scientist said: "One machine in your life is the right number." He recommended a laptop with a docking station. After trying this approach ...
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My work isn't being used… what can/ should I do?

Several months ago I was approached by a small business, who had seen my work previously and asked me to create a website for them. Since then, the website hasn't changed one bit and I haven't heard ...
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Applying for job: how to showcase work done for (private) past clients?

I want to apply for my first "real" (read: non-freelance) Ruby on Rails job. I've built several apps already. My best work (also the most logically complicated app) was for a freelance client, and ...
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Version control and project management for freelancing jobs

Are there version control and project management tools which "work well" with freelancing jobs, if I want to keep my customer involved in the project at all times? What concerns me is that repository ...
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How much more should I charge for freelance project source code?

Currently I'm working as a freelancer, and for the first time a faced a client who wants the source code too. This client owns a software development company, and wants to have rights over the source ...
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Should I continue to perform freelance work for customers who keep on demanding more without paying?

So a client comes to me and says it needs some work done. Basically 4 tasks, which I agreed to perform for a certain price. The customer creates the job offer (a fixed time and price job) on ODesk, I ...
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Freelance Web Developer tools [closed]

I'm thinking of freelancing and building web sites in my free time. I have experience in C#/ASP.NET, JavaScript/jQuery as well as HTML/CSS and SQL. Thus, I feel like I have sufficient web ...
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Best way to approach a partner business to understand the need for B2B web-services

We currently work with a company that has a fairly simplistic web system for processing warranty information. The only way to get data out of it is through excel exporting. Compilation of this data ...
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Is blogging a good platform to get into freelancing from a completely unrelated job?

Quick background - I work in a bank doing financial modelling where I need to do some domain specific programming, but otherwise it's only statistics and presentations. Situation - Software has ...
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Should I charge a client for mistakes that I made?

After developing a website for a client, I've realized that the load time is too extreme, and some changes need to be made. The extreme load times are attributed to the bloated css/js frameworks that ...
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2answers
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Sharing ideas without risk of leaking [closed]

As freelancers, we meet somewhere and chat about a new idea for a project, brainstorm etc. Up to this point, we have taken notes of the ideas, but we would like to be able to share more efficiently ...
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IT Consulting from US and German VAT Tax [closed]

I'm an independent IT consultant in the US, and I just completed some work for a German company, all done remotely from the US. I've sent them an invoice, but they are now asking if I have a VAT ...
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Should I pay my developers for bugs fixes for a project or work that's still in progress?

We are working with a group of developers on a project. The project is still in progress (not completed) and these developers charge us for time spent on fixing bugs on codes that were not written ...
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When working with contractors/interns how protective should one be of your codebase?

We're considering hiring a contractor or intern to work with us on our iOS project but this causes me to get really paranoid that we're giving somebody who doesn't work for the company access to our ...
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Am I deluding myself? Business analyst transition to programmer

Current job: Working as the lead business analyst for a Big 4 firm, leading a team of developers and testers working on a large scale re-platforming project (4 onshore dev, 4 offshore devs, several ...
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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money?

First off, we presume that the projects in question are not large or important enough for the parties involved to establish a formal contract, and that the parties are not able to meet in person. So, ...
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1answer
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How to sell my work?

I'm a freelancer, a company I'm working with (which has a government as customer) asked me to write an app (web-based and/or system) to allow them archiving documents, and making them downloadable by ...
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Copyright question about building a similar app

A client wants me to build a Wordpress plugin similar to an app on Windows Phones. Although the app that I will build will be different in many ways (such as the UI, logos, graphics and a couple of ...
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Scope of work contents in freelance development

One of my clients demanded to append screen shots of UI in the SOW. Also, I was asked to give a workflow diagram for the same. The project I am about to take is relatively small and my question is, ...
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What to charge for a ready-built piece of software?

Recently I was contacted by someone interested buying a piece of software that I wrote to automate a process. The 'client' knows little about the program, except what it outputs and how easy it is to ...
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My potential customer has a very bad written English. Is that a red flag? [closed]

I am trying to start a freelancing career on oDesk. One of the potential employers offered me somewhat of a dream job: it's game development for an established company. The pay seems to be right ...
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3answers
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Should I ask for advance payment on custom work? [closed]

...for project-based work. So far I didn't, and always got paid when work was complete and didn't ran into any problems. Does this make me look unprofessional? :) Should I ask like 25% - 50% advance ...
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Freelancing - Share the source code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hand over source code to customer I have developed a couple of form based windows application in vb.net for a client and they all work well and he paid me through a ...
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9answers
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How do you price your work?

Well, let me explain : This has really been an issue for me, for such a long time. And what is worse - since coding is something I simply ADORE (I would definitely do it, even if there was no payment ...
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How to test code and functionality effectively while working as a freelancer?

I work as an independent developer. I find it difficult to test functionality of a feature and test code. As project goes complex, I loose focus resulting in each feature partially developed. I want ...
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How should I describe the process of learning someone else's code? (In an invoicing situation.)

Edit: Justin Cave made a good point that this sort of communication should be up front in my quoting / estimations. Is this case, I'm still interested to know what sort of language people use to ...
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Protecting your interests as a freelance web designer

What is the best way to protect your interests as a freelance web designer when: The client is unresponsive and takes a long time to make decisions The client makes constant changes Feature creep
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How do I keep an eye on a remote freelancer? [closed]

I've been hiring several developers from different places around the world. It all goes well, but I see that some of them are abusing my polite overlooking too much lately. They are all hired for a ...
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3answers
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What is a software maintenance retainer contract?

I'm a one man software start up and need to consider a software maintenance retainer contract for a client. What is this, in simple terms? How could it benefit me or my client?
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How to find extra work outside of full time job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you work contract projects in addition to your full-time job? I currently work as a C++ developer full time (not a contract). I'm seeking extra opportunities outside ...
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In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?

I've been asked to evaluate what appears to be a substantial legacy codebase, as a precursor to taking a contract maintaining that codebase. This isn't the first time I've been in this situation. In ...
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How can I defend Ruby on Rails against customers' not technical opinion?

My customer, a translations business owner, just told me that he has been reading about Ruby on Rails and told me that "there are more PHP guys around there" and "it seems the community prefers it". ...
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How can I reuse generic code for consulting between companies?

I am employed full time for company X and approached by company Y to do consulting services to write embedded C for them. While I know the basics of conflicts of interests and the big no-no's of ...
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Client will not pay after software project is complete [closed]

I've recently left university and this was one of my first freelance projects - the first one to become a nightmare. The project was to build a highly custom e-commerce system for a restaurant. ...
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How does someone with a business degree become a software consultant?

I'm a 4th year computer engineering student from a reputable university in Toronto and i'm curious as to how some of these software consulting positions with the large firms (Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, ...
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Is hiring a junior developer as a technical trainer a good idea?

So my friend's boss brought in four junior candidates with some work experience, she is one of them. Her manager wants them to be experts on the subject matter of tomcat in a matter of two months in ...
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Will it hurt my reputation if I don't deliver what I'm expected to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I cannot reach my deadline. What to do? I've been a Java developer for several years, mostly working with web applications/sites. I was offered a freelance job to do on ...
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Does freelancing require supreme ability on programming?

I can write independent java, python, c, c++ code but I do not know every aspect of them. For example, I don't how to code with database in python/c/c++. I have few experience with GUI programming. I ...
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How to explain to a layperson the variance in programmer rates?

I recently talked to a guy that is looking for developers to build a product idea. He mentioned he has received interest from people but the rates have varied from $20-120/hr. This project he ...
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Submitting Résumé To Bolster Bids on Side Projects While Employed

A friend is bidding on a IT project, and he needs to include my résumé with his response to the bid; I'm the "Subject Matter Expert." I will be helping him outside of my regular working hours. How ...
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Freelancers do you have a surcharge for going to client site to work?

I'm currently new to freelancing as a programmer and need to work out what some of the "norms" are without making myself look like an amateur. I've already won some work from a local company doing C# ...
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1answer
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How to appear very professional on my first freelance project? [closed]

I need some help on appearing very professional on my first freelance project. How / What should you do to achieve this? Background: I started as a full time web developer 18 months ago, two ...
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1answer
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Security issues with freelancing work on an existing website

I currently have a website that has been recently completed. I'm contemplation using a freelance service such as SO for all future components. There is a considerable amount of work to be completed ...
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How to make sure I don't end up with the blame [closed]

I'm working on a contract at present where I'm essentially working as a subcontractor for a fairly big digital agency. The real end customer is a big corp. So far, I have of course done an amazing ...
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Questions on software development contracting [closed]

I am trying to understand a few aspects of applying for jobs such as the following: Android Developer - Front-end Experience Required - 3 month contract - London - £300 per day - Immediate start I ...
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5answers
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Becoming a part-time freelancer [closed]

I have a full time job as a senior software developer. It pays well but the work is unsatisfying for many reasons. I often daydream about going freelance but don't want to throw away a stable paycheck ...
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Can freelancers ask their client to sponsor an iPad for project needs?

I do freelance web projects for a client. The client has been asking me to buy an iPad for testing purposes. Should I ask him to get me an iPad ? I otherwise don't have any need for the iPad. Is it ...
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Freelancer.com—Any opinions? [closed]

Has anyone ever tried Freelancer.com (former GetAFreelancer.com)? Does anyone have any opinions/feedback on the site? I would like to start some projects as a freelancer but I would really like to ...
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Need advice on which route I should take for porting app from Android to iOS [closed]

I have developed this android application and I am looking to port it to iOS. My questions are: 1) I am planning to finance the iOS development with the money earn't from the android sales which is ...
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Alternatives to oDesk.com for contract work? or is oDesk already one of the best? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find programming work online? I saw oDesk.com being mentioned in one thread here for contract work and freelance work, and the people listed for hire is ...