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Re: An idle contract

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Alina Y wrote:

@Thanks for your reply @Petra.

But I am still very confused that 17% of my JSS has been dropped only because of two open inactive contracts.

In the meanwhile one contract was closed last week while another one is still open.

But getting back to the past why then I received 100% JSS while having these two open inactive contracts. And after two weeks of 100% JSS, lost 17% because of the same two open inactive contracts.


 Inactive contracts do not hurt your JSS if money has been paid on them at some point. They are neutral, they do no good and no harm.

What does hurt is a contract that has either got to 2-3 months old without anything EVER having been paid, or was closed without anything EVER having been paid and closed without feedback. Do you have such a contract?

 

I think there is an hourly job hiding somewhere you've never logged any time under and which started just over 2 months ago?

If that is the case, you can stop it hurting your JSS by simply logging 10 minutes of time. Do so while writing to the client asking for the job to start and including some ideas / thoughts, so the 10 minutes are legitimately logged.

 

Alternatively, you may have received poor private feedback from the job that closed last week.

If you don't have any long term "idle and nothing EVER paid" contracts, then the one that closed last week did it, if your JSS dropped in the last update.

Unfortunately with only very few closed contracts each counts very heavily, for better or for worse.

 

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Anna N Member Since: Oct 17, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

I have a client with whom I started working for a fixed price and we were working on the concept ideas before I would submit the first milestone. I did some work but we decided to change something and then to submit. Since then he hasn't replied for almost a month now. I am on Upwork for 5 months. I have a JSS 98% and all 100% contract feedbacks. Will my JSS drop significally if I close this inactive contract if there was 0$ paid? Does it make my JSS drop if I have it open now?

Please, I am still working on improving my Upwork knowledge, so I would appreciate all clearifying answers!
Sincerely, 
Anna

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Anna N wrote:

I have a client with whom I started working for a fixed price and we were working on the concept ideas before I would submit the first milestone. I did some work but we decided to change something and then to submit. Since then he hasn't replied for almost a month now. I am on Upwork for 5 months.


 It would significantly hit you if it closed without any payment and any feedback, yes, but you can also request a token payment (a part of the milestone) for the work done so far - even if it is just a few Dollars, via the "Submit work and request payment" button - just edit the amount while you submit. That will either wake the client up, or it will just auto-release after 14 days and then you can close it.

 

 

 

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Anna N Member Since: Oct 17, 2018
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Thank you, Petra, for your answer!

But As I know the client can't leave me a feedback if there is no dollar spent, but if I request a few dollars then he can leave me a feedback yes? Which one will hit more? To close the contractwithout feedback or that he might leave a bad feedback? Though he just doesn't respond me and has barely anything bad to say

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Anna N wrote:

Thank you, Petra, for your answer!

But As I know the client can't leave me a feedback if there is no dollar spent, but if I request a few dollars then he can leave me a feedback yes? Which one will hit more? To close the contractwithout feedback or that he might leave a bad feedback? Though he just doesn't respond me and has barely anything bad to say


 The client can leave you feedback either way. If nothing is paid then no feedback will show on your profile but the (private) feedback will still affect your JSS for better or for worse.

 

Nothing paid - Good (private) feedback = Good

Nothing paid - Bad (private) feedback = Bad

Nothing paid - No (private) feedback = Bad

Nothing paid - left open for months = Bad

Something paid - No feedback = No damage

Something paid - Good feedback = Good

Something paid - Bad feedback = Bad

Something paid - left open for months = No damage

 

 

 

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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The sooner you close the contract, the sooner it can start rolling out of your 6-month calculation window. I would start the process now, while my JSS was still high. 

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Anna N Member Since: Oct 17, 2018
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So do you suggest to close it without requesting a token amount of payment? 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Anna N wrote:

So do you suggest to close it without requesting a token amount of payment? 


 If it ends without payment and without feedback it will definitely hit your JSS.

If it ends with payment and without feedback it won't.

It really depends on how you think the client felt about the work to date.

 

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Anna N Member Since: Oct 17, 2018
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Ok thank you very much. 

I think he liked the actual work but wanted something different so wanted to change something and he was actually a mediator, he said he was going to ask his client for the opinion and then we could change but since then he is lost. Btw is tehre a way on Upwork to see my clients' last visit?

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Timothy F Member Since: Sep 13, 2018
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My job success score was at a respectable 92%, then suddenly, overnight it went down to 89%, making me lose the 'top freelancer' badge. 

Thing is, nothing changed. I've had no feedback between this morning and yesterday that could have lowered it, I'm working the same long-term project I always have too so don't have time to take on other projects. I have a couple of jobs that have been left open for a long time, despite several calls from me for the client to end the job if they're finished, would they affect it?  

Anyone know why this would've happened?

Seems a bit harsh to award me the 'top freelancer' thing, to only mercilessly rip it away from my vulnerable sleeping hands in the middle of a cold dark night for no apparent reason.

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