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Deeply disturbing experience on another freelance website

hiratariq
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Hira T Member Since: May 21, 2020
11 of 18

That I understand. And happy to accept despite the fact that their long list of "corrections" never allowed me to be able to reach completion. They did not even send me all assets to be able to complete the milestone until the "corrections" were made and from those corrections spawned more corrections. "Corrections" that were clear scope changes that they only happen to realize after I've delivered the games.

 

I am just disturbed how the abuse was simply ignored, no warning to the client, nothing!

feed_my_eyes
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
12 of 18

It sounds like the simple solution is to stop working on the other website. If winning a dispute depends on client "satisfaction" - a completely subjective measurement - then what's to stop all clients from claiming they're dissatisfied and getting full refunds? I find it puzzling that any website would adopt this policy; it can't possibly be good for THEIR bottom line, any more than yours.

 

hiratariq
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Hira T Member Since: May 21, 2020
13 of 18

My thoughts exactly.

 

But I understand that they have to do what the have to do as set out in their guide to settle disputes. This dispute was more about validation for me then for money. More about reporting the client and their language and demeaning comments at me.

 

I think I was looking for something in the wrong place. I wrote to them and I keep getting scripted answers, that we are sorry you feel the way you feel and then they include a link to some article about disputes. I can't get a real person to talk to.

 

Seriously feel like not continuing on Freelancer.com. But I have other ongoing projects. So I don't know what that says about me either.

feed_my_eyes
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
14 of 18

Hira T wrote:

 

Seriously feel like not continuing on Freelancer.com. But I have other ongoing projects. So I don't know what that says about me either.


It says that you need to earn money. ;-) I wouldn't let a single bad experience bother me, though I would certainly be even more careful about vetting clients.

 

hiratariq
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Hira T Member Since: May 21, 2020
15 of 18

Thanks Christine,

 

You've really helped me focus on what to take away from this experience. And not to let it bother me for my own sake.

aditipie
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Aditi J Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
16 of 18

Exactly my thoughts Christine. And she's put in such few words!

aditipie
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Aditi J Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
17 of 18

All it says about you to me - you are eager and glad to be back in the workforce. Don't let one misstep or unpleasant experience shake your confidence in yourself. You are just fine the way you are. It is easy to blame the freelancing platform and/or client but ultimately what serves you the best is you yourself.

 

Last time I ended a contract with an unpleasant client, I tripled my fees with a single thought - I am never going to work for such cheap clients. I have done well since. 

 

What has been the lesson for you in this whole experience? That's the thing that counts most.    

hiratariq
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Hira T Member Since: May 21, 2020
18 of 18

Thanks Aditi. You are so right. And good on you for respecting yourself.

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