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William R. 7 posts - United States - Joined Nov 06 2012
My first ever oDesk contract ended on sour note.
Here is the basics of the fixed rate contract:
" All articles are needed to be original and error free. I will pay between $4.00 - $15.00 per article depending on word count. I will post payment for all of my writers on Monday of every week.
I always have assignments available so you can write as little or as much as you want. Your income on this project is solely up to you.
Each article will come with detailed instructions and will have a deadline. This is for EACH article. I'am not set up to send you multiple articles at once. You must be fine with working on one article at a time."
I signed on for only a week to ensure the working relationship was acceptable to both parties.
I completed 8 articles and a few revision request with out issue. Along comes the ninth article, which I complete. The client requested a revision, which I completed with out issue. The client asked me again to revise the article based on not following his revision guidance and changed his revision instructions. I felt strongly I followed his initial revision instructions. I informed the client I would no longer work on the article and would not ask for payment on this particular piece due to the contradictory revision instructions as I'd already spent too much time on it (about four hours). I asked if possible to get a new assignment. He then informed me that he would not pay for the articles I wrote previously and will end the contract and "graciously" gave the copyright back to me. However, he did say he would give some money to cover my time.
Knowing the terms and conditions I put my big boy pants on and reluctantly and politely expressed my disappointment while tactfully pointing out the payment terms in the contract was based on a per article basis but would accept his decision.
I knew this was a possibility when I decided to not work on that particular article anymore but considering how little I was being paid, I could not devote more time to confusing and contradictory revision request. I took some time to think about it as well. I could not find a valid reason as to why I should placate this client and do the revision. I reread his instruction and reread my work and it is obvious he either did not read his own instructions or he changed his mind on what he wanted in the revision. Keep in mind we are talking about paragraph. Although it seems small to stand up to principals over such a small amount of writing, I finally decided that this early in the working relationship boundaries would be needed to be established to what I was willing to do and not do. In a nut shell, I was saying I would not continue to revise an article if it's not clear what the client wants.
Anyways, Monday rolls around and no payment, no communication. I contacted support and the client contacted me Tuesday morning suggesting I would be paid Wed. which I was.
The agreement was $1 per 100 words and with one previous assignment including a bonus due to urgent need for an article. I was paid eight dollars for 8 articles and according to him, I should be happy. According to our contract terms the 8 articles should of paid $40 plus the bonus.
The client feels I was longer entitled to the payment for the 8 articles due to our issues on the ninth. I could careless about the money at this point. The client left feedback indicating I demanded more money and would not revise an article with out more...which was a lie. I clearly stated I would not ask for payment on that article. It was cheaper and pragmatic to cut my losses and go on to the next one.
So he did not honor the terms of the contract by virtue of payment nor date of payment and left disingenuous feedback. He suggested this is how the business is done traditionally. I do not think so. Am I wrong? What could I do different to better serve clients interest while protecting my own.
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