Crash course in freelancing please
January 31, 2013 5:13 PM Subscribe
posted by PercussivePaul to Work & Money (10 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Doing the work is not a problem. I have a ballpark idea of what their budget is and how long it will take me and I think we will be able to agree on the rate. I'm more thinking about the sort of typical practices that freelancers would do. Such as:
Contracts? Is there a good resource for boilerplate?
Payment? How do freelancers get paid? Paypal? Mailed cheques? What's a good invoice look like?
Taxes? Do I need to worry about this now and factor it into my rate, or just worry about it when I file my tax return? I'm in Canada.
Work-in-progress? It will have to live on the web, so I am going to throw up a website so I can show the client work as we go. Maybe have a password-protected section so they know the work is not published. Is there a good framework for this kind of thing? Also, anyone know a good web host ($5/month?) for basic PHP/Python/MySQL type projects?
Ownership/licensing/credit/portfolio? I assume once I produce the stuff they want and we've worked out delivery and deployment, I just give them all the code and they can do what they like with it. Is that standard practice? Do I ask for an authorship credit or anything like that? If I want to host a copy as part of a portfolio is it okay to ask for that, and does this affect the rate I would charge?
What else am I forgetting? I figured I would eventually research all of this but my schedule has been suddenly accelerated and I need to be up and running really soon.