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    Paying for web design questions

    I put a ad out for novice /student web work.After many replies. I have someone in mind .When should I pay for services for work done on my site.(He wants a deposit). How can I protect my self? What are some things I should know before I pay this person that I recruited from craigslist.No Solicitations Please
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    Last edited by riclag01604; Jun 23, 2008 at 10:32. Reason: Solicitations

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    Contract agreements that will hold up in a courtroom.

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    Deposits are perfectly reasonable. They need to be protected from you too.
    Get a written agreement so you are both singing from the same sheet and which details the payment process.

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    Make sure the written agreement specifies precisely what should be delivered.

    You might also ask for references.

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    You're trying to protect yourself from risk, which is reasonable. He is trying to do the same thing. Without a deposit he is risking his time -- as student, time is just about his only asset! To balance the risk of wasting his time, he charges a deposit. That way he carries some risk of doing work for which he will not be compensated, and you carry some risk of losing money for which you'll get nothing in return.

    Business is about relationships, so build one, put some trust in it, and take a risk. Fair is fair!

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    When freelancing:

    1. I do the work, show them a preview
    2. They pay 50%
    3. They get the work
    4. They complete the payment.

    Sometimes (1) and (2) swap, depending on the situation.
    Jake Arkinstall
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    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    I think you're crazy for taking that unnecessary risk by putting in the time before ever getting paid. Let me know how that goes for you!

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    It goes great. Never been let down by it.

    Besides, if they don't pay up, I have something which I could use in the future.
    Jake Arkinstall
    "Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel;
    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    It goes great. Never been let down by it.
    So far.
    But the day will come when a perfectly well meaning client becomes unable to pay for the project they thought they wanted. Situations change.

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    I agree, it holds risk.
    Jake Arkinstall
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    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona


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