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    Thanks, I’ve replaced it.

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      It took 14 months to reach $3700

      Don’t forget, this stuff doesn’t happen overnight.

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          Thanks for the response. In this case I already have the leads, I’m more concerned with the best way to get their money into my pocket :)

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            Hi apy!

            I market to overseas clients and 90% of them are outside my country. I’m in Asia and most clients are in the US and UK.

            The key thing I’d look at here is marketing… rather than legal issues.

            When we have client prospects, it’s very easy to figure out the paperwork… Sure, it might be outside our comfort zone, but we’ll be in the position to figure things out when there’s an actual opportunity waiting.

            It’s easy to hire a lawyer, setup a Stripe Atlas company (what I did), hire an accountant, etc… when there are actual clients waiting for our service.


            Before anything else, I invite you to focus on generating leads.

            I would not let the housekeeping get in the way of finding customers and providing value.

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              I’ve done freelancing for various companies in the US and Europe for the past 4 years, working remotely in Canada. I never had to incorporate anywhere, I was doing work as “self-employed” (this is a thing in Canada, don’t know if it exists in Sweden though). I did have to submit my sales tax numbers for one of my clients, but that was just for their papers, as in Canada (or at least in Quebec), doing software development consultancy remotely for foreign companies is not taxable (IANAL, but for my situation that was the case). If you want to grow that as a consultancy business, as you mention, then you should probably incorporate in your country, but if it’s just to start freelancing around the world, self-employed is fine IME.

              Not sure I can help you much with income tax, as it varies a lot from country to country. I hire an accountant to do this, and it wasn’t anything special other than the amounts not being deducted on the paycheck (in Canada, after a year or two of paying all your income taxes after producing the reports, you are asked to pay instalments periodically, in advance).

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                I’m a bit confused by how their lead photo suggests that there’s four steps for a marketing funnel, yet the article addresses only three. The article was also quite vague about what to do for/how to think about the middle of the funnel.

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                  There’s some decent experiments that imply it’s entirely possible to move people from “whether” to “which”.

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                      I think this is the previous thread, but I’m not sure. (And thanks again, Alex, for creating this thread.)

                      I’m consulting full-time now, not much to say besides that I’m delivering and prospecting for new clients, which is probably going to be the constant reality of this business.

                      I’m considering dusting off a previous project. I created a Rails gem to support hardware two-factor authentication about two and a half years ago when the open U2F standard was announced, but it was quickly clear that the market wasn’t there. Even the folks who’d heard of 2FA hadn’t heard of it, didn’t know why it was better than SMS, etc. I didn’t have the time and energy to try to educate the market, so I put the project on hold. This spring, a couple people have spontaneously reached out to ask if the gem will be updated for Rails 5. Looking back, there’s been a steady flow of stories on YC News about SMS 2FA getting hacked. I have the spare time, so I’m going to prospectively update the gem for Rails 5.0 and 5.1 and get self-serve license sales in place. If users are ready to start buying, this would be a great business to run. I think the updates will take me the rest of the month of July.

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                        Good article.

                        I find that a contract can help your customers make choices that will make you a happier consultant.

                        1) My contracts specify an extra (minimum) charge if a client asks me to work on weekends, holidays or evenings for some emergency.

                        2) My hourly contracts specify how much I will bill if I am asked to travel. Minimum charges for local travel or out of town travel.

                        I find that the customer will see one of these charges on an invoice, and that’s the last time you’ll have to work late or travel.

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                            Seriously? This happens after like 3 paragraphs.

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                              Congrats!!

                              Some of our backer pledge levels include HIDIOT workshops. We’re going to schedule those once we’ve made sure that enough people have received workshops

                              I think that’s supposed to read “have received HIDIOTs” ?

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                                Shipped!

                                The HIDIOT is like a baby arduino you build yourself. It comes in a credit card sized form factor and is programmable via the Arduino IDE. We launched the Kickstarter earlier this year, and iterated through a bunch of prototypes before finally getting to 1.0.

                                There were a load of bumps along the way. As it’s pitched entirely at beginners, we needed to make some design choices that could affect expandability for people who don’t know how to deal with it, there were problems with part supplies and we had some last minute drama with our PCB fab not delivering on time (and not telling us that delivery wasn’t going to happen when they’d promised), but we managed to sort it out and ship in June like we’d said we would.

                                We’re hoping to open up a shopify store next week and start taking orders for the finished product. July’s goals are to go from Kickstarter shipping to a business as usual process with an actual product.

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                                  My goal for NicheTester was to get an end-to-end MVP going, even if it wasn’t quite polished enough to release. I made really really good progress in the first few weeks, but then end of financial year in Australia at work, a week-long holiday in Vanuatu and participating in Random Hacks of Kindness sucked basically all the time I had away.

                                  These are pretty first-world productivity problems though - Vanuatu is lovely and RHoK went great - my team’s project to create online child development testing is about to go into pilot in Australia and soon Dubai and maybe Indonesia, and a bunch of other teams are continuing to work on their projects.

                                  So my goal for June is now gonna be my goal for July - MVP. I’ve still got quite a bit of RHoK stuff to do, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some more spare time and finish it off.

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                                    Ha, a common problem. I try to sell it as “It’s not emacs, org-mode is its own program that happens to have emacs keybindings” :)

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                                      I’m aware of it, but I chose vim over emacs 20 years ago and haven’t gotten around to checking it out. I might play with spacemacs sometime, though.

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                                        You’re probably already aware of this, but on the slim chance you aren’t: org-mode is awesome for the task your playbook.md has. I use it nearly religiously.

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                                          Instead of thinking “to purchase or not to purchase” the user thinks “which package should I purchase?"

                                          I don’t buy that. People aren’t that stupid. Perhaps it works this way if the person making the purchase decision does not actually care how much money they spend. Maybe.