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So, a client offers and I accept a contract

tbdusty
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Mercedes T B Member Since: Sep 16, 2015
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Recently I was offered a contract without being interviewed and I accepted as it was well within my skillset and I had considered proposing to the project prior to the offer.  I did NOT submit a proposal however.

 

Now, I have this contract with a client that has never tried to communicate with me.  I have kept it in my jobs for a little over a week.  I have sent 3 messages through Upwork, my only contact, to the client requesting contact to no avail.

 

This is a first for me here on Upwork.  Should I simply cancel the contract?  How will that impact my JSS?

 

 

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Mercedes T B wrote:

Recently I was offered a contract without being interviewed and I accepted as it was well within my skillset and I had considered proposing to the project prior to the offer.  I did NOT submit a proposal however.

 


 I would give it at least another week or two, then end it.

 

IF it nips your JSS (it probably won't if it's a "one off") just use your top rated perk to remove the contract from your JSS calculation.

 

Personally I do not accept contracts until I've discussed the particulars with the client, and got enough to be able to get started.

tbdusty
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Mercedes T B Member Since: Sep 16, 2015
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Thank you for the advice.  I usually don't either but I did check out the author of the post and the companies he lists are legit and he is listed as a partner per the websites I checked by he name.

 

One more lesson learned on Upwork.

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "...did check out the author of the post and the companies he lists are legit and he is listed as a partner per the websites I checked by he name."

 

Maybe.

 

Maybe a completely legitimate client working for a company that pays many Upwork freelancers well.

 

Or maybe a scammer who copies company names off of the Internet and copies employee names from those companies' official websites.

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Preston H wrote:

Or maybe a scammer who copies company names off of the Internet and copies employee names from those companies' official websites.


 the scammers very rarely verify a payment method and very rarely hire via a proper Upwork contract.

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