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    Going Easy

    Hi there,

    I'm just making my way in the web development game - had lots of IT experience though, mostly programming and management.

    I'm starting off very small and hope to build from there. Initially I'm offering my services for simple php/Database/Javascript stuff. I've had a couple of jobs already and I'm looking for more.

    I know I'm too keen though as on both the jobs I've completed I know I've put in lots of 'free' hours. Reasons for this are twofold (and as old as the hills) - not estimating timescales accurately enough (I know I'll get better with practice) and not nailing down requirements well enough ... again, I'll need to rein in my over-enthusiasm there!

    So I think I've been too keen to get (and keep) the clients I already have in order to build a reputation in the area I'm interested in. In future though, I want to actually get paid for more of the hours I put in

    Getting to the nub then, anyone know of any free versions of a 'simple' contract between client and contractor ?

    and, is it feasible/common/ethical to ask for part-payment up front?

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark.

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    http://www.docstoc.com is a great site for free legal forms.

    I would always run those forms through a lawyer before actually using them though. You can never be too careful!

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    I found another site that has legal forms, too. It's called findlegalforms.com.

    I've also had a look at LegalZoom.com, but I think those forms are too complex, but have a look and see what you think.

    Before you use either, I would have an attorney look them over to be sure they say what you need them to say.
    Linda Jenkinson
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    Thanks to you both,

    I'll check those sites out.

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    I would ask for at least a third up front, this is totally ethical and standard practice. I would go so far as to say that if your client is not willing to pay you something up front, walk away.
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