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Comment: Re:Ban power users! (Score 1) 125

by hugh9954 (#41571439) Attached to: Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco

(shrug) sometimes people push their spreadsheet way beyond what it was ever meant to do - either because they're in a hurry, or because they don't know other tools exist.

As a co-op student 15 years ago, I wrote an indoor cellular-propagation simulator in Excel. It was terribly slow, but it worked and printed pretty pictures and got us a half-million-dollar contract that we would otherwise have lost because the customer didn't think my manager's hand-drawn sketches looked techie enough.

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SirLurksAlot writes "Due to the recent economic troubles my last employer (who is part of the foreign automotive industry) had to make a series of budget cuts, and unfortunately I was laid off. I have been on the job hunt since then, however in the mean time I have begun freelancing as a web developer. This is my first time in this role and so I would like the ask Slashdot readers: are there any best practices for freelance developers? What kind of process should I use when dealing with clients? Should I bill by the hour or provide a fixed quote on a per-project basis? What kind of assurances should I get from the client before I begin work? What is the best way to create accurate time estimates? I'm also wondering if there are any good open source tools for freelancers, such as for time-tracking and invoice creation (aside from simply using a spreadsheet). As I said I'm very new to freelancing, and any suggestions or insights would be welcome."

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