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jonnaelvinia
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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to ask again. This client sent me a message : 

"Your work has now been reviewed and I will shortly paying you the $25 owed to you from the previous contract that you cancelled this morning.
However, before doing so, I wish for you to amend your feedback of me and once done, please send me a screen shot so I can see you changed it.
Once done, I will make payment for you."


I am not pretty sure if this is considered as a blackmail. I just need help. Now I am having thoughts of changing the clients feedback because of this.  I gave the client a rating of 4 stars because of the slow phase of the job and because of the payment concern.

I actually cancelled the contract because it isn't working for me and I feel so underpaid. The client's job posting was actually on hourly rate but we when talked it would be on a escrow. But he assured me that tasks would keep coming in. But the phasing of this job was just to slow. And it's like I've worked for days just to earn that $25 and its not even enough to sustain my kids daily needs.

I am just afraid that if If I was able to change the clients feedback just for the sake to get the $25.00 the client might get back at me and give me a low rating that would affect my score as a freelancer. This freelancing job is my only way now to earn a living for my kids and I am afraid what could happen if I change his feedback and he might get back at me.

Just need help here. Thank you everyone.

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@Jonna E wrote:

. Also one more thing, how do I block this client? I can't see the option of blocking him.


 In messages, click on the client's picture and select "Block"

block.jpg

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Hi,

I actually cancelled the contract on my end. Due to the real was because of the payment concern, slow phase of the job and I am underpaid. I was really thinking of changing the feedback not until I got his last message.

nkocendova
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Hi Jonna,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I assure you our team will review the contract and client and will take appropriate action based on any findings of violations of our Terms of Service.

~Nina

Hi Nina,

Thank you for all the help. I just felt that I was working for days and not getting anything that is why I decided to cancel the contract. I am just afraid with this client that he might get back at me. 

He can't do anything. Just DON'T push the "enable the client to change feedback" button on the contract. 

"Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike-Coach John Wooden"

Hi Everyone,

It's me again and this client has been asking me why I am still not changing my feedback for him?...I just need help...I don't  know what to answer...should I tell him that I was advised by Upwork that I shouldn't be changing my feedback because it is a feedback manipulation?

Maybe tell him politely that $25 is not enough to prevent you from telling the truth?

Hi,

 

Okay. But what if he won't stop bugging me? What do I do? Smiley Sad

Jonna, you are a grown-up professional running your own business. You handle it.

 

Tell the client that you aren't going to change the feedback, or ignore him, or block him. It's your choice.

 

If he keeps bugging you, ignore him, or block him, or report him, or some combination of the above. Or, just calmly and politely tell him that nothing he says is going to make you change the feedback and you don't want to hear from him again.

 

Don't position yourself as a victim here. Yes, your client is behaving unreasonably and it sucks that you have to deal with it...but, that's part of running a business. It's going to happen sometimes. Take charge of the situation. If you're intimidated by clients, it will cause you problems for as long as you're freelancing.

Hi,

I think yeah I'll just block him. Probably that's the best thing to do.  Thank you for all your advise. I am sorry if I was like a kid acting like I really don't know what to do. I just wanted to be careful in doing things so it won't be taken against me. Also one more thing, how do I block this client? I can't see the option of blocking him.

Jonna, I wasn't criticizing how you were acting at all. I can see that you're young, and many freelancers have difficulty with situations like this. I'm only saying that, for your own good, you're going to have to toughen up and learn to stand up for yourself in this business.


@Jonna E wrote:

. Also one more thing, how do I block this client? I can't see the option of blocking him.


 In messages, click on the client's picture and select "Block"

block.jpg


@Jonna E wrote:

Hi,

 

Okay. But what if he won't stop bugging me? What do I do? Smiley Sad


Just block him. End of bugging 🙂 


@Hiu Chun L wrote:

Maybe tell him politely that $25 is not enough to prevent you from telling the truth?


 Definitely not this--it sounds like a negotiation. Not only will it fail to end the discussion, it may get her suspended as well.

Hi,

 

what do I do?

 

Good for you, Nina! We don't need this kind of 'client' on Upwork!

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