Require contractor approval before starting contract
Huimin P. 1 post - Singapore - Joined Jan 25 2011
I would like to suggest that oDesk require contractor approval before allowing a contract to be started.
Terms and specifications may change during the discussion after a contractor makes a proposal for a project. If a client suddenly decides to start the contract without giving the contractor time to alter the original proposal, the contractor is then bound to the original terms with little to no recourse.
The client may also not have furnished full details about the project initially. A contractor would then have to ask for more information. If the client then starts the contract without giving any further information, or if the information provided is subsequently evaluated to be beyond the contractor's scope of ability, the contractor is now stuck with a contract they can neither fulfill nor have expressly agreed to.
There are probably many other scenarios where this unilateral contract-starting approach can be abused, but those are two off the top of my head.
Therefore, please consider adding a 'contractor approval' stage before the contract is actually started!
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