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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How should I store an old project?

As a freelancer, I come across many projects. Its almost impossible to store a backup of all of the projects on my laptop. What are some better options to store them?
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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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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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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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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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My first SLA(Service level agreement ) as a freelancer

I started to work freelance just a couple of months ago. My first client asked me to create a web app, to improve his business. I made a little specification about what i was able to do and also an ...
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What's an incorporated software developer?

I saw a job posting asking for "incorporated software developers" and asking them to state their "incorporated rate" when applying. What's the difference between an incorporated developer and a ...
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How to decide maintenance cost/terms for freelance work?

I am a JavaScript programmer and am planning to take Freelance projects related to JavaScript effects for the web. Recently a potential client approached me to create a JavaScript effect for his ...
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Starting small custom development company, type of niches to target?

This is kind of a new years thing for me as I want to be more entrepreneurial going forward with programming and this is kind of a general question for anyone who may share the same ambitions as me. I ...
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Portfolio and NDA

So, working with NDA's prevent you from mentioning the projects in your portfolio. What is the way to deal with it? How would one showcase his experience in this scenario? For example, I've ...
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Example of Terms of Services for Agile contracting?

In my experience as a freelance developper, I've had some difficulties with clients, whom insist on getting an estimate over flimsy requirements. They then expect me to deal with requirements changes, ...
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Important Questions to ask Client at Briefing (Web Development) [closed]

I am just moving into freelancing (my primary sector will be web design / web development). I've got a few projects for friends as well as one or two 'professional' projects in the pipeline. I would ...
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Can I make more money freelancing in Android, or Web development? [closed]

Is freelancing in Android development or Web development the better choice to achieve a ~300$ income\month? It is too hard for me to do both. I'm currently studying CS in college and this is my ...
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How do I deal with code of bad quality contributed by a third party?

I've recently been promoted into managing one of our most important projects. Most of the code in this project has been written by a partner of ours, not by ourselves. The code in question is of very ...
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What technologies are needed to be a freelance web developer / designer targeting small businesses?

First off, I'm not looking for this answer: "learn PHP/MySQL, JQuery, HTML/CSS...." My background, I wear many hats, and do many things. Currently I manage investment accounts with a business partner ...
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Who manages a CMS after a freelance project is complete?

I've been a full stack .net developer for several years now using C#/MVC4/SQL Server and have never taken on a freelance project. This is because up until now I have worked only as a full-time ...
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On contract work, obligations to said contract, and looking out for yourself…

Without boring you all with details, my last two contract assignments were cut short; I was given 3 days notice on one, and 4 weeks notice on the other. Neither of these were due to performance – they ...
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What is a good one-stop-shop for understanding software licensing information? [closed]

I've learned a fair amount about the various different software licensing models and what those models mean for my own software project. However, I'd like to make sure I understand as many of them as ...
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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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Should I pay my developers for bugs fixes for a project or work that's still in progress? [duplicate]

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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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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Does taking a series of contracts hurt your career?

So I've been contracting for 6-7 months now. The problem I have is that I take a contract while looking for work and then don't want to bail on the people working in my contract. Then when the ...
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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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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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Business Equity for Code. Is it advisable to enter into such agreements? [closed]

I have been considering this approach for a project I am about to embark upon and would like to hear from other programmers about their experience in contributing code for equity. Has anyone been ...
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How feasible would it be to not work for anyone, my entire programming career?

Assume I have enough money to live off of for 3 months. Would it be impossible to just freelance my entire programming career, after sufficiently learning the language and helping open source ...
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Made a windows gadget for the local tram company without request. What now?

I'm too lazy to look at a pdf/table when the next tram is, so I did a windows widget that always tells me when the next one is. You can add, edit and delete trams to be watched. I don't work for this ...
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How to decide on a price for the project as a freelancer

I have seen similar question on this SE site but none comes close to a sure shot answer and many are rather subjective. So i am taking a website as an example to be more objective for you to decide ...
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How do I subcontract with another programmer?

Another programmer wants to subcontract me to write, test, and document code. If anyone has nuggets of wisdom they could share regarding the business arrangement, I sure would appreciate the advice. ...
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Which metric/list should be used to evaluate whole software development team?

The title might be seem vague, so let me tell you a little bit history what i am trying to clarify question. I have been hired as a consultant for a corporate's small development division. The ...
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Is it reasonable for a client to expect automated test scripts as project deliverables?

Our company is currently halfway through a software project with a consulting firm. As someone who will be taking ownership of the project after the consultants finish, is it reasonable for our ...
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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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Contract review for international contracting

I am intending to work as an independent contractor, writing software for a client based in another country. My work will be provided electronically so I won't need to relocate. However, there is a ...
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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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Freelancing as an individual. Products as a company. Should I integrate the two to grow?

When I started my company in 2005, I began with freelancing projects, but quickly moved to products. My personal site listed my consulting availability and portfolio pieces, which included a selection ...
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How do I know that the freelancer (Developer) gave me my money's worth?

I am hiring a PHP developer to build me a website. Their rate is 70$ an hour. He seems to have a good portfolio and experience. How do I know that I get a good website that is scalable and easy to ...
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How to hire a web-programmer : for non-programmer

I am a non-programmer that has used the services of : freelancer, odesk, etc I've tried asking for what i need but, I can't find anyone who can show me any type of example similar to what I request ...
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What are the characteristics or features of production-quality code?

This is the first time I will be delivering code for a freelance project (web-app), and, since I don't have much experience shipping code, I am having a hard time deciding whether my program is ready ...
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How do software development methodologies fit in the field of consulting?

I work for a fairly small consulting company, roughly 100 employees, and I've been with them for about a year currently. This is my first job out of college. As a company we do not specialize in any ...
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Is it necessary to make a portfolio website for web developer

I have worked on around 15-20 sites . I have used different skills / languages on there. So i am confused how should write those in my resume . Or should i create a portfolio website where i have ...
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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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If I hire you for “a day”, how many hours are expected? [closed]

I've seen a lot of advice for freelance programmers which advocates quoting your rates in periods of a minimum of one day. That means that when someone asks your rate, you would say "$500 per day" ...
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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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How much to each part?

I have been involved in a project and now it is coming to an end. The good news is the company will start to commercialize the software which is specific software to ISPs. As a programmer / developer ...
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Reusing code across several clients' projects [closed]

I've been a freelance web developer for 6 years. I have an issue that's bothering me and I'd like some advice. (Do note: I want advice from experienced freelance developers, or people who have been in ...
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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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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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Writing a client contract for Web development?

I am a small time web dev freelancer during my time off at university and I have some horror stories when it comes to designing sites for people (not that the sites are bad - just the clients DO NOT ...
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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, ...