Hi, When presented with an opportunity to do some custom work (based on your products on the Envato marketplace) for someone who is located outside of your country, do you accept?
Do you ask for all money upfront, half upfront, go by prepaid mile stone? Does a contract have any value internationally without being able to afford an international attorney? Should you even bother with it?
Is there an established range you charge per hour?
Just wondering what are the common procedures that you guys go by.
If the offer is suitable (so fair price, time limit, etc) then yes it will be accepted.
By normal standards it is half up front for a big project. If it is a little project, like say $50; then I will try to get just something up front so I know they can pay, maybe like $10.
However, if they have a good reputation and a good homepage, if it is a small project I may not ask for anything. Payment will happen when the software is delivered.
I don’t think you need to have a lawyer write up a contract, as long as both parties sign and date it then it should be binding.
The rate to charge per hour varies from developer, artist, etc. Everyone has their own rates. Some even tend to work per project if they wish.
That’s just my input, I am looking forward to others input as well.
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Charge the same you would in your own country. Work out any tax implications for the other country. I would ask full payment if the job is under $100, half payment if the job is under $500, and a 60/40 payment if the job is above that. My payment terms change as I get to know the customer, eg: after doing a few jobs for a customer I might get a $100 deposit on a $2000 job instead of 60/40 payment.
As long as you get some money up front, if they do a runner you at least have something and can cut your losses.
Best of luck!
Thank you, that’s really helpful advice.
I always ask full payment up front if the job is under $150 and otherwise 50%. These terms can change depending on if I know the person or if I’ve already done business with him. Most of the time people don’t mind paying up front and if they do, then I wouldn’t recommend doing business with him.