First Attempt at Remote Work, What to Do?

A person reached out on Twitter... "This is what we do, we need someone like you for a temp basis, send me your CV and an invoice."It doesn't look very strenuous, and it's part time. I've never done remote work, so I don't know if there are any overseas requirements (especially as they're in Germany and I'm in the US) regarding contracts or what not.I plan to send the information along, is there anything else I should add with it? Legality-wise, I suppose, to cover myself.This person has a half-done LI page for the business and the businesses website doesn't work. Not promising for an IT company.In short:- People I know follow them on Twitter.- Has a LI presence (I checked without engaging in the hellsite)Cons:- Their company has like no web presence because 'the website is shit'. He admits that.- No LI business page presence- Admits to doing a lot of things freelance, under the table bc apparently no lawyers are familiar with transcontinental deals.- Business is based in the US but they are in Germany- Would pay up front but wants my bank #/ routing # and address to send the little things to.
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Hey,Congrats on the offer :)I work remotely, and freelance, but my situation never required me to think through the contract side of things in detail, so I don't have a lot of help to offer.What I can suggest is that you check in with an accountant about how you're covered tax-wise. For me, I pay tax in my home country, not the country where the contract owner lives.The only other suggestion I have is to check whether you are responsible/liable for damage caused by your work, or for fixing it if the client doesn't like it. Do you have to fix it for free? If you introduce a bug or a security gap, do you have to cover damages?It depends on what work you do as to what's relevant there, but I know in some cases people get insurance to cover mistakes in their work (Professional liability, professional indemnity, etc).Again, I didn't need that, as I'm a subcontractor, and the lead contract bears that liability in my case.
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Thanks Keira ^^ I added a few more details.
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I wish I had better advice. It's tricky, because really contracts need lawyers, but what freelancer has the budget for that?I suppose you need to weigh up possible outcomes and decide if they're acceptable to you.On the human side, I am generally careful with people who hold the power side of a relationship but don't take responsibility. So employers who don't take responsibility for contracts concern me. But if you can get paid up front, or mitigate your risk some other way, it could be good.