Reply
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply

Can I have several contracts with one client at the same time?

Highlighted
Active Member
Mykola K Member Since: Feb 11, 2017
1 of 5

For instance, I started working on one project with my client and then another project needs to be done with the same client. Can I work on a new project under another contract? Or should I continue under an existing contract?

Thanks!

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER
2 of 5

re: "Can I have several contracts with one client at the same time?"

 

Yes.

 

Upwork places no restrictions on the number of simultaneous contracts you can have with the same client.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
3 of 5

re: "Can I work on a new project under another contract? Or should I continue under an existing contract?"

 

That is really up to you and your client.

 

Personally, as a freelancer, I steer my clients toward closing contracts and creating new contracts when we have different projects, or even different phases of a project.

 

That way:

a) the contract titles are more accurate

b) the clients' bookkeeping is easier, with my billing being attached to the right project

c) I get additional feedback and job counts on my profile

 

(Although I don't cite C as a reason when discussing this with clients.)

Community Guru
Kat C Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
4 of 5

Yes. You can. 

 

But, if one contract "goes south" with the client and they close the other contracts, this could slam your JSS (just a heads up). 

 

If you're on an hourly contract, just have them continue with that single contract (recommended based on the possibility of the scenario above). If it's fixed rate, then they can add additional milestones (I mean, unless you've cloned yourself, you're only able to work on one project at a time...meaning, you'll work on Project A for a while, and then work on Project B -- but, it won't be at the exact same time).

 

I believe there is an option under hourly for the client to set up different project categories (Petra? Preston? Can you confirm?). 

 

Of course, it's entirely up to you and the client. 

 

 

Community Guru
Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
5 of 5

Mykola, if you are working on a fixed price contract for the client and the 2nd/3rd/4th, etc. contract involves a different perspective or role - again, yes you can have different contracts with the same client.

TOP SOLUTION AUTHORS
TOP KUDOED MEMBERS