It seems very unwise for a client to leave a contract open if he doesn't need work done.
If I am a client, and I have a contract open, then by definition, a freelancer can log time. If I have more than one contract open, there is more than one freelancer who can log time.
What if NEARLY ALL of my freelancers are 100% honest and professional... but just one of them isn't? What if just one out of 20 freelancers decides to log time doing work I don't actually want done? This week I read about a client (in another thread) who discovered that a freelancer had logged time doing "unauthorized" work to the tune of nearly $5000. Of course freelancers who would do such a dishonorable thing are very, very rare... But why risk it?
Sorry you're dealing with this.
When I freelancers, I usually think they're great. But when I finish working with them, I close contracts immediately. I might finish talking to them and then close a contract seconds later.
This way I don't need to worry about being billed anything else. And they get their feedback quickly and don't need to worry about stuff.
Virginia F wrote:
Good morning. I have two contracts with a client. I have messaged the client with requests to close several times. He always responds and asks, "Didn't you get paid?" I tell him, yes, I did, but the contracts remain open. He won't close.
I am afraid to close and risk a bad review. I have no idea why he's playing games. If I returned to money, can he still review me?
Because you have messaged the client several times, I would recommend that you wait a week or two and then close the contracts. I only recommend the wait because you don't want the client to get an invitation from Upwork to leave a review while the multiple messages are still on his mind-just in case those messages annoyed him. Maybe the client doesn't care, maybe he does. So, why risk it? Wait a bit, then close the contracts.
My personal philosophy is to avoid as much as possible doing anything that adds to my client's workload--even something as small as responding to unnecessary messages. We are all inundated with demands for our time. Why add extra steps?