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End hourly contract before any work done, JSS?

e_skoldebring
Ace Contributor

About a month ago I accepted an hourly contract at a very low hourly rate. Since them I have accumulated several lucrative contracts, and have no longer a need nor time for this job. No work has been done on it yet, as I was waiting for the client to give me work.

 

I would like to be fair/honest with the client and just end it now, since i dont want the job anymore.

 

Is it possible to end this contract (either from mine or his side) on "friendly terms", meaning we can end it in such a way it doesnt affect my JSS? Where we just mutually agree to cancel the contract, without any upwork-consequenses? 

 

 

 

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dremru
Active

Hi Erik

You have to talk with your client about the issue. If he ends the contract and gives you a good rating, both private and public, i don't think it will affect your JSS much, especially if, as you say, you have a lot of completed contracts with hopefully successful results.

Ok! Im still working on how to approach the client about this. 

 

Is the client forced / given the option to leave a review though if no work has been done? Cant a contract be closed without a review having to be made?


@Erik S wrote:

Ok! Im still working on how to approach the client about this. 

 

Is the client forced / given the option to leave a review though if no work has been done? Cant a contract be closed without a review having to be made?


  •  A contract closed with no payment ever made and no feedback from the client - significant negative effect
  •  A contract closed with payment previously  made and no feedback - no effect either way unless it represents a significant percentage of your overall body of work in your calculation window. So 1 in 3 is a significant percentage. 5 in 200 is not.
  •  A contract closed with no payment ever made and negative (private) feedback - significant negative effect.
  •  A contract closed with no payment ever made and positive (private) feedback - positive effect or no effect unless it represents a significant percentage of your overall body of work in your calculation window
prestonhunter
Community Guru

re: "No work has been done on it yet, as I was waiting for the client to give me work."

 

Whoops!

 

That's a tactical mistake.

 

This can definitely have a negative impact on your Job Success Score.


Next time, don't accept an hourly job until you are ready to do at least ten minutes of work on the contract.

A tactical mistake indeed. I am failry new to upwork and am still learning the ropes. 

 

In this case and after considered the replies, I think I will just have to bite the bullet and do some work for this client, low pay or not. I cant risk him leaving a bad review and lowering my JSS. I also get why that would significantly affect the JSS - an ended contract in bad standing without even having done any work is the very definion of a an "unsucsessful job".


@Erik S wrote:

A tactical mistake indeed. I am failry new to upwork and am still learning the ropes. 

 

In this case and after considered the replies, I think I will just have to bite the bullet and do some work for this client, low pay or not


 Well, it's the rate you agreed on....  🙂

 

It would not hurt to write to the client and suggest to him that you spend ten or twenty minutes writing an outline or proposal for how he can best move his project forward using various specialists who can help him better than you can.

 

Or researching and summarizing some useful tools and resources that he can use to save money and time while accomplishing his goals...

 

Something along those lines... Something genuinely useful to him, which you can bill time for, that he agrees to... But which won't take a ton of your time to do.

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