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The Client holds the project

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Diana Jill D Member Since: Jun 18, 2017
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What should I do if the client holds the project for a week, that says paused all action until you hear back from me. And the client wasn't able to come back and it's almost two weeks now?

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Is it an hourly or a fixed rate contract?


Is the work done or are you waiting for work or what do you mean "holds the project?"


Are you talking about your hourly contract as a virtual assistant?


There is nothing you can do if a client pauses a contract.


Keep looking for other jobs, relying on one client only is always really risky.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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It is the client's project. The client has no obligation to the freelancer when it comes to the timetable of the project.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Diana, if your concern is about the project just hanging open with no response from the client, you don't have to worry quite yet. You can give it a little more time (feeling free to take on other work). If the client doesn't resurface in another couple of weeks, send a message and inquire as to whether he wants to move forward, indicating that if he's not going to be ready to move forward in the next week or so, you would appreciate it if he'd end the contract and rehire you when he is ready. 

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Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Diana,


Please communicate with your client regarding the status of your contract and wait a bit more before considering taking action on it. It's possible your client has legitimate reasons for pausing the project and you shouldn't continue working until the contract is resumed.