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Among questions that are frequently asked by visitors of  “Real freelance job and home business offers” the most frequent is “How to escape from lurk and get money for made job”. In my opinion, fist question you should ask yourself: “Should I Telework/Telecommute?”. Anyway, below are described some methods which allows you, if not to escape fully from a work at home lurk, then at least minimize wastes of it.

Method 1. Conclusion of an agreement. In a contract you could mention the amount of work, work conditions and performance time of made parts of work. Technology of agreements signing by both sides, which are considerably remote from each over, is already worked out long ago. Text of agreement is discussed by electronic telecommunications (it is possible to use a standard text of agreement). One of the sides prints two examples of the prepared agreement, signs them and sends them the second side by airmail (preferably by registered letter). When the second side gets the letter, it signs both examples and one of them sends back.

Availability of agreement concretizes an executable task; therefore any of additional works, which will arise in the following, should be paid separately. In the case of violation of a contract of any of both sides, there is a theoretical possibility in defense of own rights in court.

Now let’s speak about disadvantages of this method. First at all, signing an agreement by using above written technology takes a week at minimum (for cities, which are situated not so far). In the case of foreign employers, it may take more than 1,5-2 months. In the mean time, work should frequently be made during extremely tight schedules. Secondly, a possibility to protect your rights by a court is becoming very spectral, because of considerable farness between employee and employer and a possibility of lead-time of acceptance of final decision (by a way of filing of protests to judicial instance of a higher rank. Thirdly, do you have an judicial degree to compose a literate contract, which conforms to a law and actually protects your rights? Services of professional lawyers are extremely expensive. The conclusion: this method fully justifies itself in the case of long-term and expensive orders. In the case of a small amount of work it will virtually most certainly be antirely unworkable.

Method 2. Phased payment for work. All amount of work is separated into working phases. Preferably, if they are approximately equals to each over in labor content and performance cost. The payment is made after performance of each phase, if the cases of missing payment, following works are freezing and in the future could fully be cancelled. Using this method you risk only one’s current payment, not full amount of work all-un-all.

Virtually never all amounts of works could be separated into equals to each over in labor content and performance cost. Not always you could fix price of phases depending on experience requirement for its’ performance. Because of this, the main rule by separating the amount of work into phases is “phases, which involve low qualification, have a large labor content and high cost, should be situated nearer to the beginning of works. Works, which answer opposite criterions nearer to the end. This sort of distribution will not enable customer to cancel work flow and pass the results to lower qualified and more cheaper employee so that save some money.

Method* 3. Providing a disability to use the results of the work or to make usage of them difficult. If you are not sure that after getting the results of the made work, the customer will transfer funds, then make these results inaccessible at least till the moment of getting money. By doing so you should guarantee a proof that work is done in the entire amount according to customer’s requirements. This task isn’t trivial and in the each of cases should be resolved with own methods. I will try to give some examples so that understand general concept of this method:

  1. If you are writing web-scripts (CGI, PHP, ASP and misc.) then to demonstrate them put scripts only for hosting that you own. This gives an employee the possibility to test their functionality, working efficiency and protection. But before you do not send the scrip-files (of course, you will do it after getting the due reward), the results of your work will be completely useless.
  2. By developing web-designs do not hurry up to send made-up pages but present the results like screenshots. Image quality should be low enough so that its’ elements cannot be directly used. At the same time, image quality should be high enough so that do not smooth an impression of your work. Of course, in that case the main idea of the design could be stolen but from idea theft you could protect yourself only using two methods: signing an agreement (watch above) or with part-prepayment conditions (which is in point of fact the payment of idea design development).
  3. By writing a program, use directives of conditional compilation in such a way that some versions of the program could be made. The first and the main version will content all functional parts and will be agreeably sent customer only after payment. Other versions (a number of versions you could choose yourself according to project size and probability, if customer prepares to suffer working with separate modules than pay for your job) should realize only a part of functions. At that every function of the program should be even in one of the versions. The ideal variant will be, if every function is realized only in one of executed modules. But it is beyond! For example, functions of reading and writing are realized in the most number of versions. These versions you are sending to demonstrate your results. As the result, the customer have a possibility to appraise all program functions (e.g. a quality of work you made-up), but completely use results of your work he/she can’t and, of course, can’t sell these results to another person.
  4. Extremely effective method is archiving with a password a part of files, which present the result of your work. For RAR archiving utility password of 8 signs including signs of uppercase and lowercase, numbers and special signs is practically not breaking method of direct enumeration. For other archiving utility a password should be rather longer. In this case, the customer sees a presence and amount of provided files but can’t extract them without password. In the each specific case is decided which files should be closed and which shouldn’t. The criterion is following: the customer should have a possibility to appraise the quality and (or) the amount of made-up work, but he/she shouldn’t have a possibility to use it in the amount he requires.

Particular case of method 3. Premeditated distortion of work results, which brings to impossibility of using them In order that the customer could appraise the quality or the amount of made-up work you could purposely “cripple” them. For example, you could exchange each 3, 10 and 17 rows of program (the customer sees the amount of the work but can’t make it work).

In the translation you could delete each of the second paragraph using for doing this specially written macros (the quality of translation could be appraised but it can’t be used). Below are some special recommendations for translators by  already experienced freelance translator:

1. Agree working ONLY, if work conditions provide phased (previously arrange about the number of translated and sent words, for example = 1000) and immediate (in a day, when you send another portion of translations) payment through Internet, for example, using or

2. Do not agree on repayment terms “payment after delivery of all work”, in what connection said only with words this is 95% guaranteed you would not get any payment.

3. If payment by first paragraph do not befit, claim to send you the over signed by customer Contract on specific work. Better will be that the Contract was signed by electronic signature. In the Contract should certainly be said name of a firm-customer, its’ postal address, full name of its’ Director (or individual entrepreneur) and (preferably) full name of a person, who is answerable for payments of your honoraria (for example, accountant). The Contract should content a phrase about guarantees, amount of payment and a due date. This document is for law-court.

4. On sending parts of translations put an image (but text should be hardly visible) with your full name and e-mail address in Microsoft Word (you could put this image several times so that reading became harder). After convert Word file into PDF with all copyrights from copy/paste and editing. Then send only this PDF file. As soon as you will get payment for this portion of translations – send the text as normal view.

5. Stop work on following translation before you get a payment for previous portion of translated and sent text (watch p.1)
Keep to these rules with all new unchecked (in the sense of payment) customers.
Step by step soften procedure of payment (the payment for large ‘portions’ not in the day of receiving) ONLY, if the first order (made by described above sketch) passed normally and you got all money for it.
Don’t pay attention on customer’s phrases: ‘Where I get money from to pay you step-by-step?’ They all are working with final customer on term of payment as a minimum 30% of cash in advance. This means they already have money to pay you.

In web log-scheme you could shuffle elements so that their order couldn’t be understandable or delete some connections or elements. Next fantasize yourself.

Unfortunately, exists a quite number of works, which no one of above listed methods can be used in. How to protect created banner and how to slave its usage, if the customer confirms that he/she doesn’t like the banner? How to protect the article written for on-line publication? There is only one method: certainly save all intermediate results of work!!! These could be design models, separate elements of banner, intermediate versions of program, sketches or basic materials of article and misc. Exactly these materials help you to prove the authorship in the case of disputable situation. From the beginning learn to occasionally copy results of the work into a new folder (once a pair of days), in which name is the name of the project and the date of creating the archive. If you have found out usage of unpaid work, use all methods of impact on dishonest employer. It could be informing of net-users by special sites, which distribute such information and blacklists of employers.

Single, which you shouldn’t forget about by trying to protect results of your work is favors of employer. He should have a possibility to appraise results of the work and get them into timelines, which he/she is interested in. There is no point to overdo, because you can loose your offer. If you give way to employer, side-by-side by growing of risk of unpaid work is growing a chance to get a regular customer too. Also you can get his recommendations of you as a responsible officer to other customers. Other way not to suffer from employers is to open own work at home business. But it is much more difficult and you will need some knowledge on the topics: how to better organize it, which business should I start from etc Find the golden mean and don’t run to extremes.

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