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Do you think it's poor style to end a contract as a contractor?

I took on a job in November and finished it within two weeks. There were some minor things that the client wanted done after, and I did them, and that was that. I've received the full payment for the contract, but I haven't heard back from the client. A week or so before Christmas, he said that he'd close the contract in a week because he needed time to see if there's "anything else that he wanted done". (I don't even know if this is allowed, as it's outside my contract?)

Anyway, a week has clearly passed since Christmas and I still haven't heard back from him. I e-mail to ask how his holidays were and if he came up with anything, and no response. I mean, it doesn't *really* matter, it's just annoying not getting to have the feeling of completing this medium-sized job. Especially since it is completed, which was acknowledged by the final milestone. (We'd had it set up that way.)

Do you guys think it's okay for me to end it, or should I wait for his response?

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I don't think so.

(I don't even know if this is allowed, as it's outside my contract?)

The contract has not ended, so it would not be outside the contract. He should pay you another milestone if he needs anything else.

Thanks for your input! (:

Ah okay, I just meant that it would be outside the description of the job. Either way, it's been ~3 weeks now; is this normal?

some clients just disappear,

some clients just disappear, in the end your left with "no feedback given"

It happened to me once.

I ended up with a nice "No feedback given" Sad I had to ask customer support to close, she did tell me she was having some financial problems and the contract was suspended. Maybe you could wait one more week, then send him another email.

Rebecca, I really like your photo, very nice background, makes you look like an angel.

Thanks a bunch!

I'm really afraid of that. I'll just keep the contract open and wait for him to potentially return; god knows I went out of my way to make him happy, it would suck to have nothing to show for it. Good idea! I'll do that.

Aw, thank you! That was in Chicago, and it was actually taken right after a homeless man came and told me his life story, concluding in my giving him way more money than I usually do. He seemed genuine enough!

Rebecca, give the client some

Rebecca, give the client some time to get back to you. Sometimes clients keep the job open for convenience so that they can quickly assign a task to you. Other times they just disappear. But oDesk closes inactive contracts after 90 days of inactivity, so don't close the contract yourself. Let the client get back to you, as they still might be on vacation. or just plain busy. If the contract does get closed eventually, leave appropriate feedback and mention that oDesk closed it so that any new client looking at your profile knows what's going on.

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When oDesk closes mine, I

When oDesk closes mine, I don't get to leave feedback. So what gives?

Joseph have you tried going

Joseph have you tried going to the ended contract, doesn't it show the box where you can leave feedback?

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I have CLEARLY not had enough coffee yet.......

I wonder why you could not.

Joseph C. wrote:
When oDesk closes mine, I don't get to leave feedback. So what gives?

I was able to leave feedback when oDesk closed mine.