Help me figure out how to fairly develop quotes for jobs in the photo/video/film industry? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Aug 10, 2006 -
Yesterday, I interviewed with a headhunting/creative talent agency. Should I sign up with them formally? [more inside]
posted by aladfar
on Aug 9, 2006 -
I'm a newbie freelancer. Two of my clients, owing me money for services, wrote me checks that bounced. [more inside]
posted by brianvan
on Jul 28, 2006 -
I'm looking to do some part-time, on-the-side freelance design to provide some additional income. What are your suggestions for getting started? Where should I look for jobs?
posted by markcholden
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Can any of you recommend any good podcasts for writers? I'm thinking specifically for freelance writers, creative writing, magazine writers, editors, etc. [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey
on Jul 6, 2006 -
I'm trying to recover a debt owed to me (currently $1300+) by a client for whom I worked as an independent tech contractor in 2002-03. He's very slowly paid off a lot of the original debt ($5000), but he stopped making the payments almost two months ago with no explanation, and has been completely non-responsive to all my contact attempts ever since. It's a matter of very high personal importance that I recover the full debt in this case (because this is a very slimy guy, and because his company could not have started up or earned money without my work). I also need the money, so this is not something I can walk away from in that sense either.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jul 5, 2006 -
ComputerRepairFilter: To those of you who do computer repair for a living, what are your most requested services? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc
on Jun 26, 2006 -
I recently sold a photograph (of dragonflies copulating, no less) to an Italian publishing house. They asked me to send an invoice and appropriate tax information. This is the first time I've ever sold something like this; can anyone tell me what forms, et cetera I ought to use or make? Thank you!
posted by Coherence Panda
on Jun 13, 2006 -
I'm looking at taking on a freelance consulting project for a nonprofit in the SF Bay Area that involves creating web interfaces to a SQL Server backend. This would be my first non-voluntary (i.e., >$0) freelance project. What rate should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by treepour
on Jun 9, 2006 -
How can I deposit a check made out to an as-yet-nonexistent business entity rather than to me personally? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on May 22, 2006 -
Is there a good piece of software (either for WindowsXP, or web based) specifically used for tracking customers, invoices, and jobs for someone doing freelance computer tech support? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Apr 26, 2006 -
I am beginning to experience a small amount of success as a freelance writer, and want to put together a professional website so that folks may hire me/contact me if they desire. [more inside]
posted by Thistledown
on Apr 24, 2006 -
Our company creates Flash presentations used in marketing (mostly) IT products and services. You can see the kind of stuff we do on our website, linked in my contact info. We do the research and writing -- where need help is in coming up and executing animation ideas. Only very basic Actionscript is required.
posted by bmckenzie
on Apr 20, 2006 -
[FreelanceFilter] I need a lawyer's advice! (or other freelancers) I work as a freelance web/Flash developer, and getting money from clients after the job is done is always a huge pain in the ass... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin
on Apr 6, 2006 -
I am giving serious consideration to setting up as an IT consultant. I'm well proficient in Windows and Mac, Office suites; applications and web technology. In addition, I enjoy talking and fixing computers. I've done some such already, but on a small scale and for people I already knew. My question is: what kind of things should an IT consultant be able to do, what are common requests, what should I charge and how (per job/per hour?). Are there any potential pitfalls? Is it a good idea? Thanks a bunch.
posted by dance
on Apr 4, 2006 -
I am a US citizen and resident, contracting with a European organization for a freelance project that won't be over until near the end of the year (we're still
fighting over discussing the actual due date, but that's another issue)
. I requested a certain fee in US$. They agreed to that fee, but they want to pay it in Euros, based on today's exchange rate. Is this common practice? [more inside]
posted by scody
on Mar 19, 2006 -
I am getting pretty serious into the vfx industry and wanted to know where to look for accountant to deal with my taxes as a freelance artist... [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Feb 24, 2006 -
How to break into science and medical freelance writing? High background in science, little background in writing [more inside]
posted by Wolfster
on Jan 19, 2006 -
Anyone out there ever forked over money to join a freelance writing marketplace website, like the one at MediaBistro, or Freelance Work Exchange? What's it like in there: are reputable folks hiring? Is it drawing away employers from free sites like Craigslist, or vice-versa? And was it worth it?
posted by johngoren
on Dec 20, 2005 -
So, I was just offered a job. It's a 12 month contract that will be going perm in the next year. So, first order of business is to find health insurance. Help me find the best option for me. [more inside]
posted by fletchmuy
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Graphics for hire ethics question: For some years I've been creating fairly complex instructional graphics for a small company as a freelance editor/designer, using Illustrator. Until recently, all I sent them was a print-out of the finished results that they then had reproduced. Recently they've slowed down on sending me work, started asking me questions about Illustrator, and requesting that I send them copies of some of the .ai files I've created over the years. [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin
on Oct 12, 2005 -
JobFilter: Anyone out there had success landing work as a freelancer through Guru.com? I can't tell how big this operation is (how many freelancers registered or jobs placed since inception), so I'm hesitant. Any insights or experiences would be appreciated.
posted by nancoix
on Oct 10, 2005 -
I'd like to find more about selling my writing (not
books), please! [more inside]
posted by tommyc
on Sep 16, 2005 -
Is there a good clearinghouse-type site to match organizations offering up web development work with qualified freelancers and small shops, specifically in NYC? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots
on Sep 8, 2005 -
Calling all freelance graphic designers! I need your assistance with a question of pricing. [more inside]
posted by Vervain
on Jul 25, 2005 -
Say you have an idea for a New Yorker-style cartoon, but you're not a cartoonist. I've heard you can sell these (a friend of my father's used to do so often). Can you still? How?
posted by gottabefunky
on Jul 20, 2005 -
What's the best way to deal with difficult freelance clients? I recently designed a logo for a small business and they are arguing about paying me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 18, 2005 -
ResumeFilter: Applying to a Fortune 500 company. How do I show the last two years of freelance experience without coming off as a maverick? [MI] [more inside]
posted by parma
on Jul 13, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience opening a bank account in a country in which they are not resident? I live in Britain and would like an account in France. [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic
on Jun 28, 2005 -
What are the perceptions of freelance consultant vs. small business in contracting work? [more inside]
posted by cmacleod
on Jun 23, 2005 -
I've been working in the tech industry for 7 years, and been using computers and the Internet since I was a kid. I've just graduated college with a degree in English, and at every company I've worked at I've done some documentation work. I'd like to start doing this on the side to bring in some extra income. [more inside]
posted by autojack
on Jun 9, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience or first-hand knowledge about working for the AcademicWord
company? Is it a legitimate operation or is it too good to be true? I'm confident I have the skills, do they pay their bills? (MI) [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 23, 2005 -
I did some freelance work for a company last year and have a number of unpaid invoices. It's been too long, it's time to cross over to Bad Guy.
Unfortunately, I'm a terrible Bad Guy, so I need someone else to do it for me. Does anyone know of a reputable collection agency? How does one evaluate them?
posted by o2b
on Apr 27, 2005 -
I'm currently on maternity leave from a job that I love. I had planned on returning to work once my leave was up, but I've now made the decision to stay home with my baby. However, I would still like to work for my current employer on a freelance basis. What's the best way to break the news to them that I'm not coming back while hopefully leaving the door open for future freelance/contract work? I don't want to burn any bridges.
posted by anonymous
on Feb 8, 2005 -
So you're self-employed, and you sign a contract for a moderate-sized, long-term gig (worth $5,000 or so/year), and...you lose your copy of the contract. Your relations with this company over the years have been overwhelmingly friendly and positive. What do you do? Just ask them nicely for a copy?
posted by anonymous
on Jan 22, 2005 -
I work partly as IT/network support for a company whose focus isn't specifically IT. As such, most of the employees are not very knowledgeable in this area and come to me for help on fixing issues on their home computers. I'm not really into this, but I'm not sure how best to decline to help. I don't mind advising people on things, but when they ask me to go their house to fix their home computers I balk. Today, someone asked how much I charged to "reformat" their hard drive, which I suppose is better than just asking if I can fix something, but what if I don't want to run a half-assed consultancy?
On the flipside -- if I did want to start charging, what do you think would be a normal rate for this kind of stuff? Should I bother setting up a business name? I had thought about such a business before I got this job, but now that I'm a full-timer, I'm not sure I have the interest in doing this as a sidejob.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon
on Dec 29, 2004 -
collecting for web design....
I've got a client that is sitting around after they've approved the design. I can't seem to make them get off their asses so I can finish this and more importantly collect the final payment. Any and all advice is welcome.
posted by damnitkage
on Nov 16, 2004 -