As some of you may see, I have a profile on Upwork, a freelancing site for all kinds of work endeavors. I have been pretty lucky to have worked with a variety of outstanding clients on this freelance platform….until recently. When a job came up for writing about coffee (literally, that’s what it said…) I was so excited about it. I immediately wrote one heck of a proposal and sent it their way. Two or three days later I get a response to my proposal, asking about my rates and explaining to me what they were looking for (very generic). I gave them my rates and told them that I would be very excited for this opportunity. I should have just sipped my coffee and never applied…. The original job post mentioned one article (we agreed on that) that was to be between 1,000 – 1,100 words. His goal was for it to be about coffee brewing techniques. Awesome, I was ready to get writing. Seven hours and nine pages of work later….. After he read my first draft, the client said “You don’t understand what I’m looking for”, so he sent me an article to review. He then tells me he actually wants the article to be closer to 3,000 words and for it to be formatted like the article he provided. Fine….all of this AFTER I said yes to a contract for $15 ($12 after Upwork fees) for a 1,000 word article. But hey…I am happy to oblige. I read the article he provided, researched coffee brewing and mirrored that article with my own style. I sent it in on Tuesday (after I fought off the death flu). On Friday morning, he sends me a message that says, “You don’t understand this topic. I am afraid I will have to cancel the contract. I have wasted too much time.” However, he did mention that he would be happy to work with me again on a topic that I will have to research and know more about (wth????). I just replied with, “I am sorry to hear that. I apologize that I couldn’t deliver what you were looking for.” I just hope he cancels the contract without payment so he doesn’t leave me a shady review. I will forego my $12 bucks for the sake of not having a bad review from a terrible client (good riddance). Now, I totally understand that sometimes you don’t hit it off with a client. He only gave me direction AFTER I sent in my first article, and then he went on to change what he was looking for once I “happily” accepted. Oh by the way, if you look up coffee brewing techniques, they are totally the same ones that I mentioned in my NINE page article. Here is what I am posing to my fellow readers…please look over what I’ve done and let me know how I could improve. Even if he had any decent critique, aside from “You don’t know this topic”, I don’t want to hear it from him. Please feel free to email me or leave me comments about what I could improve on with this piece. I do look for valuable feedback, but I won’t settle for it from someone who screwed me over. Here is the link to my article – Click here. Happy reading!!