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How If I (as Freelancer) Can't Continue the Contract?

annisa_sarah
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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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Hi All,

 

I just got a fixed price contract that requires exhaustive work. I didn't predict this before I accept the offer, my fault Smiley Sad Me and my client agreed to accomplish it in 4 weeks.

 

After several days of work, I count my work speed and how much data I can finish in a day...whoa, it will be 8 weeks (or maybe more than 2 months!) with full 8 work hours a day.  So it probably finish at the end of January 2020, which I am afraid I can't make it because I am pregnant right now and my due date is February 2020. 

I think about writing an apology letter to the client and cancel the contract. Can I do that from my side as freelancer? If I cancel my contract, will the client able to give me a rating? I am afraid she will give me bad feedback and affect my Top Rated badge and JSS. I am okay if I am not getting paid because I haven't reached 10% of the work yet. Should I make a refund request for the money on escrow?

It's my first experience in this kind of case since I joined Upwork in July. Thank you for your help.

petryliak-victor
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Victor P Member Since: Jul 24, 2017
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Annisa S wrote:

Hi All,

 

I just got a fixed price contract that requires exhaustive work. I didn't predict this before I accept the offer, my fault Smiley Sad Me and my client agreed to accomplish it in 4 weeks.

 

After several days of work, I count my work speed and how much data I can finish in a day...whoa, it will be 8 weeks (or maybe more than 2 months!) with full 8 work hours a day.  So it probably finish at the end of January 2020, which I am afraid I can't make it because I am pregnant right now and my due date is February 2020. 

I think about writing an apology letter to the client and cancel the contract. Can I do that from my side as freelancer? If I cancel my contract, will the client able to give me a rating? I am afraid she will give me bad feedback and affect my Top Rated badge and JSS. I am okay if I am not getting paid because I haven't reached 10% of the work yet. Should I make a refund request for the money on escrow?

It's my first experience in this kind of case since I joined Upwork in July. Thank you for your help.


First of all talk to your client. I bet you'll both will find the proper solution.

 

If you'll do a full refund there'll be no public feedback.

But client still will be able to leave you a private feedback which will affect on your JSS.

 

And yes, you can end the contract yourself. But it doesn't mean that your client won't leave you a feedback.

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annisa_sarah
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Annisa S Member Since: Aug 3, 2019
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Thank you very much, Victor! This really helps me.

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