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Discussion on: On freelancing/contracting and contracts and getting paid - what’s been your experience?

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Jannik Wempe

Very interesting questions, I'll definitely will following the discussion here...

I just started my freelancing as a side gig, but here is how I did it and my experiences: I set up a basic contract with an hourly rate. I do my work in advance after the contract is signed. I bill in a defined period (most of the time monthly).

As you can see, it's very basic until now. Had no bad experiences yet, but as I said: they were rather small side gigs.

Thanks for asking these questions 😄

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Mark Smith Author

Thanks for sharing your experience.

The thing I find odd about the work in advance then get paid model is that your going to a company to get paid, but then you have to give them a loan (of your time), take on a bunch of risk, then eventually get paid hopefully.

Feels unbalanced to me. At least I know there are others seeing similar situations.

Really curious to hear from the pay something in advance crowd.

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Jannik Wempe

You are right. That's why your question is so good.

My current approach is heavily based on trust and it worked because i knew my clients very well, but it could go horribly wrong. I am not sure what to do if I don't know my client in advance...

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Mark Smith Author

Could be that I’m missing something but I can’t help but feel that trust should be happening in both directions in some way.