This post is long overdue. I should have posted this a month ago, but due to the demands in my current assignments it stayed in my draft box for quite sometime. Today, I managed to “sneak out” from my Employers in order to update my blog.
More than a month ago, I got a notification from oDesk that one of my assignments got suspended due to the Employer’s credit card problems.
I’ll try to wait until the Employer resolves the issue. He asked me to get another project for the time being while his company undergo restructuring, but that I should be available to work again with him as soon as the business resumes. I agreed but that I cannot promise to still be available for him. I offered to help him look for a good Contractor when he gets back, however, he asked me to forget the idea and to hang on for a little bit more. He told me that he needs me in the project as he assured that the business restructuring will be completed very soon.
My earnings in that assignment for the week before it got suspended was a total of $329. I didn’t feel a bit worried that I will not get paid because I was counting on oDesk’s guaranteed payment for hourly jobs. If the Employer will not make good his account then oDesk will be the one to pay. And oDesk came true with its guarantee. I got my hard earned money within schedule.
Thank you, oDesk!
Had this assignment been on a fixed price, I would have cried in frustration because it’s one of those not covered by the guarantee (along with offline hours). I always give my best in any job and I work hard to meet my Buyer’s expectations. I deserve to get paid. I don’t think I’d ever work on fixed price jobs. Better be safe than sorry.
The Employer sent me an email last week, and he kept reassuring me that the restructuring is nearing completion and the assignment will soon resume. He thanked me for my patience. I thanked him, too, for still considering me for his projects, and that I am working on some other stuff. So, I will just cross my fingers for now. Meantime, I have to get new projects.
I tried visiting the job search the other week. Since one of my “as needed” jobs ended, I wanted to replenish my “cup board” of assignments to maintain my self-imposed quota of 6 assignments. I applied to one of those legal jobs posted (Legal VA). Not an hour passed and I got invited to interview. I responded to the Employer’s request, and after a few email exchanges, I was hired for the job.
One legal job ended but another has begun.
I have my hands full again!