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Advice on ending contract (or not)

Hello and thanks in advance for your advice. I recently hired 3 contractors for the same graphic design contract and as expected, one was fantastic, one was so-so, and one was dismal. Half of the work submitted by the dismal one did not meet my basic requirement of my being able to change colors of the graphics on my own (I have the same software and know how to do it) and I started this requirement quite clearly in the contract. It just made me think that the images that I could not change colors on were not drawn by her and were gotten from somewhere else because if they were, I should be able to change colors and at the very least click on the part I want to change colors from (can't even click on the relevant parts). I can't really tell from the work diary at all if they were drawn by her or not.

My questions are:

1) How do I know that the images weren't just copied from the web, which defeats the purpose of hiring someone to draw images I can use/customize.

2) Since the dismal one is on a hourly basis, should I just end the contract or give her a chance to fix things (though she's been trying to fix things for days and I am beyond frustrated why she can make some files work but not all files)?

Thanks,
MC

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1) Use Tineye.com to see if

1) Use Tineye.com to see if the image can be found elsewhere.

2) If it were me and as you've already given the contractor a chance to make good, I'd end the contract.

Terminate

MeiLin C. wrote:
I am beyond frustrated why she can make some files work but not all files)?

Terminate her contract, easy call. Part of what makes working with freelancers so great, especially in the case of oDesk, is the ability to terminate a relationship without red tape or mounds of paperwork to follow.

If she is not working out then end it.

End it

MeiLin C. wrote:

2) Since the dismal one is on a hourly basis, should I just end the contract or give her a chance to fix things (though she's been trying to fix things for days and I am beyond frustrated why she can make some files work but not all files)?

End it before she runs up a ton of hours and produces nothing. Just tell her it is not working out.

Thank you

Thank you all for your advice and the pointer to the url, I did end up terminating her contract before I go nuts myself Smile. Thanks again!