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Is it unprofessional - Yes. Should you skip a lucrative opportunity - probably not. Now, these two things are in collision, as they always are. The only thing you can do here is work the lucrative job in regular work hours, and do the bargain job after that (probably late afternoon and night). So paid jobs are done in the prime time, and low-paid jobs after....


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I think it would be reasonable, since you're only on a three month contract with no specified goals besides "do some work" (my favorite kind of contractual agreement btw), to give them a heads up that you're going to be decreasing your involvement. Here's where you could offer some creative solutions. Since the hours that you spend on things is not ...


8

In Upwork, I think there should be a valid contract between client and freelancer, the client should have made a deposit for the job, so you can: finish the work and pretend the payment, ignoring what he says ask maybe a 50%-75% of the final cost as indemnification for the work you did already In case 1, I think you can contact Upwork support because the ...


7

If you two have no contract, then what is he breaching? on the other hand, the mutual understanding is valid in front of the law. I'd say that he was not acting correctly, from what you wrote. He should have given you more tasks. And if not being satisfied, he should have told you that. So if this comes to the arbitration, I'd say that email are enough of ...


6

No, don't ditch him yet, he does not cost you anything. He may actually have some other plans, but it does not look too bad. Unless (!) he owes you money. Does he? Since you said that his account was locked and he was too lazy to open it. If he owes you money, then of course, you will stick to him. If he does not, I would stick to him. Do your other work ...


6

Conor, Looks as if you've kind of blew it on this one. When a client reserves the right to make changes to requirements, then you CAN'T do fixed price and expect to make a profit. Your only saving grace might be that you've set milestones, thereby making portions of the project severable. If I were you, I'd turn over the work for the first milestone, if ...


5

You have a tough decision to take here. The good thing about freelancing is that you are more or less able to bail on projects if you 'change your mind', but it can be dangerous for your career. A few factors to take into account : - How much can your reputation be hurt? If you've been hired through one of the main websites, canceling the project is ...


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When going 50/50, it's very hard to be covered as you would. So maybe 50/50 is not a good plan for larger projects. It's better for a smaller tasks which you can finish in 1 week or so. I would rather go with a milestone plan. It's still a fixed-price project, but you are paid after each milestone. This is the flow: Milestone 1 finished -> Client test ...


5

No one mentioned that blackmailing freelancers for extra work out of scope is explicitly forbidden in the terms of service for most of these sites. Read the terms of service. Elance, for example, says clients may not threaten a bad review to extort free work from the freelancer. If you contact support with proof, the client is busted, they will get in big ...


5

The doctor can't unilaterally modify the terms of your original agreement. Your agreement gives you both the option of using one anothers' services, with no specific mention of cash compensation. You've exercised your option, but the doctor has not. It's that simple. There's no breach but there is a little funny-business going on here. The doctor can ...


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I'm not an expert in freelancing in Ireland, but elsewhere in the world, anything between two weeks and three months cancellation notice on freelance contracts is extremely common, including in the UK. 20 working days is sufficient time for the agency to do interviews and find a suitable replacement contractor if you decide to terminate the agreement, and ...


4

In my province, we have lots of mines and mills, and many of these sites generate tens of thousands of dollar per hour. The customers do not want any downtime whatsoever, but rarely want to pay for it. This leads to the hammar story. Someone was called out to a mine to fix a critical machine. The entire time it was down, the mine was losing over $50,000....


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If you know for a fact that, in the long run, choosing the new client will compensate for dropping your to-date employer (client), then choose the arising opportunity. We need to remember that the most important thing is your well-being (it is in your duty to defend your best interests). Maybe, the most important aspect is to measure, how much good the new ...


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This should be part of your initial contract, an exit clause. What happens if you get hit by a bus? The client would not have access to transfer the site to their own systems or host, right? Any purchases for physical assets (i.e. hardware, peripherals, physical media) can be purchased by you or the client, and given upon payment. Any online license ...


3

If I break the contract, I may have to return all monies earned during the training period, and I will have to pay $1000 for each month left on the contract. I have seen this in other contracts. They want back the money they invested in you. Since I am not a lawyer, I am not sure if this is legal. But I have seen this in many, many contracts. Especially in ...


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In the US he would essentially be in breach of contract, but you still used his services. A judge would probably rule for you to do something like pay for the 4 hours at a cost equivalent to your no profit rate, in other words what the traded hours are worth to you (likely discounted off of the doctor's asking rate). US law typically attempts to resolve ...


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Have you contacted the site's support about this? I would start there. I think they have ways of dealing with these types of situations and can probably remove any negative reviews. Also, If it's Elance, unless the job is marked complete (by both of you, I think) they cannot leave feedback. I don't know how other sites operate but they may be the same. ...


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Since you've had the client for a year, the way you interact is unlikely to change. Especially when you directly enable it by accepting to do free work. You need to decide whether working for this client in the manner you describe would be OK if you were paid for 100% of your time. I'm assuming it would be. It seems you are working on a never-ending ...


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Ignoring the non-existent expiry date, it seems they have no obligations after February 2016. The renewal was anticipated but not guaranteed - and since there apparently have been no talks regarding extension, the contract simply expires. I would expect the 90 day period is for premature termination of the contract. In addition, I would expect the contract ...


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Your question is quite layered so lets take it apart a bit. You have a few different kinds of old clients only some of which I would really call "bad". Friends and Family Those are hard to negotiate with but not bad as such (or so I hope). Once you start to work for friends for free they expect that it will always be the case. In turn I personally ...


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From my experience freelancing, it sounds like a typical case of both you and the client lacking a full and transparent understanding of the scope of the project. Because if this, you’re probably going to find yourself doing a ton of extra work for no extra pay. In order to resolve this current issue, I’d recommend speaking to them on the phone and ...


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Wrong approach! The fixed-price contract was signed. You started work, in reliance. Maybe they don't need your work any more, or had buyer's remorse -- but you are owed the FULL price. Don't accept anything less. If you were hourly, then it would make sense to break it down into hours (units) of work. Your customer is trying to get over on you. Unless ...


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It was not you who failed to deliver, it was not you who insisted not to deliver, and you have a contract. You should be invoicing 100% of the amount.


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This is where networking with other professionals would help. I've "exited" a few clients by recommending them to some other colleagues I've worked with in the past. It has been a reciprocal agreement, and we essentially "trade" clients. I don't mind talking to other people in my field, so I can still help them out if needed. As for the reason? You can use ...


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If you're only unloading your 'less favorable' clients, then I suggest you create a relationship with a web agency that is hungry. Competitors aren't competitors if you're giving them business, then they become partners! Just because they were not favorable clients for you, doesn't mean another agency won't love them... I would hesitate to refer 'less ...


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If you have no contract, simply stop supporting it. There would be nothing legally obligating you to any support, let alone, free unlimited support. I would notify the client that as of [X Date] (30 days) there will be no more support. I would never return any money. You did the work, why on earth would you return money?


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The preferred action depends on what you want to achieve in the long term as well as the short term. Since there is no contract, I would assume that you legally can walk away. Whether this is a good idea depends on how seriously this bridge-burning will impact you in the future. Tell the client that you are no longer able to support the application and ...


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Short answer: no code delivery = no payment. If he is not asking, why worry ? From your description, the faulty is more him, making you waste time by promising a solution then "blackmailing" you.


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Did you and client execute a written contract? If not, it's a "he-said vs he-said." If they desire and have the financial resources to retain an attorney then written contract or not, their attorney can send you a Notice of Demand via Certified Mail - Return Receipt Requested. These are written to either just frighten you into issuing the refund or serve you ...


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"The right to give notice" is not the same as "required to give notice". The second clause you have quoted is about terminating the contract early.


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