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How to end a contract with an unmotivated freelancer?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by macdonjo3, May 25, 2015.

  1. macdonjo3

    macdonjo3 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I ran into a bad freelancer a few months back and he's been procrastinating on finishing one of my fixed-price projects. He says he will finish it, but it started in Jan, was supposed to finish in Feb, but it's dragged on to May and almost June now. Kind of pissed off and out of patience.

    Do the other employers on here worry about their reviews?

    I've paid him only about 30% of the total contract, and I have everything I need (source) to hire someone else and I already have quotes from freelancers who wish to take over and finish it quickly.

    I have a very long ticket open with oDesk/Upwork and they are pretty much unwilling to help block negative feedback. I've asked in many forms and ways about it, they're pretty much say "fuck you, you're on your own." I've called 3 times also.

    So I guess it just comes down to if feedback for employers actually matters. I have a bunch of successfully completed contracts/hires, probably averaging 4.7 or so. Any thoughts?

    I guess if I'm very descriptive of the situation, it won't matter, but my stars will still go down.
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Give your current freelancer a 10-day notice of termination of contract due to him breaching the contract by being indolent and not completing the work. Let him know that he can keep the 30% deposit (unless stated otherwise in your contract) and either tell him that you've decided to cancel the project or tell him the truth about your feelings about the situation.
     
  3. GrahamCrackers

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    If someone was pulling your hair? Would you just keep letting them or would you be like, "Hey! Knock that off?" Walk away? You'd tell them what you meant and you'd walk away. Please dude, walk away or it's going to hurt your business more than it already has. You are wasting precious brain space dealing with him and he's obviously a snot because he just wants to get to the next meal. He's not caring about the long term because if he gets bad feedback. He'll just start all over.
    You don't need those types. I'm sorry you wasted money but you really didn't because you will be produced with people who ACTUALLY want to work. Who will do whatever it takes to prove that they have the best salted nuts in the business.

    Walk away. If he tries to retaliate, let him. His actions will show through. It may not be today, tomorrow or next week. Yet, it will be some day and you'll see it. Be like "Thanks Karma." Everything will work out in your best interest.

    Believe that!
    Graham
     
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    Yes,there are freelancers like that.I had once one guy who was doing a bookmarklet plugin for my site.He did a disaster job and the end result was so horrible that i never used it.All he was concentrating is the next assignment.Was asking me what is next.

    So i told him that even the last job is crap so we have to depart here.

    Tell him str8 what is wrong and walk away.Like in real life...only professional way,you tell him that you are done,turn your back and walk.
     
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    Weren't the contract cover timeline management of the project? And can't you simply terminate it on the basis of breaching the deadline?
     
  6. macdonjo3

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    I just ended it, but just hoping for an okay review... but I guess it doesn't matter as an employer, I think?
     
  7. givensia

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    You sound like a high school girl who cares about how she looks in a picture on instagram. Lol as the employer if you got the money, no one gives a crap about your reviews. Terminate and move on.