5 reasons why you should turn down a freelance assignment

Posted on: February 14th, 2013

Welcome to guest writer, James Leckie.

I was an IT contractor in London for several years, before setting up a series of freelancer news sites from 1998 onwards. I’ve worked for quite a few large contract clients, and still do occasional freelance editing and marketing work.

There have been quite a few occasions when I’ve had to turn down freelance projects – even well paid ones.

Five classic reasons for saying ‘no’ to a job

Some of my own site regulars, and colleagues have had similar experiences – so here are five reasons why you might have to turn down a freelance job offer:

1. Needy clients

You can often tell if a prospective client is going to be ‘needy’, and may require you to do lots of extra work beyond your initial brief. They may be fussy, or overly picky when you deliver perfectly good work. If you’re in luck, you may be able to detect such characteristics during your initial discussions with the client, or better – a fellow contractor or freelancer may warn you off in advance.

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The main legal rights of freelancers

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

I came upon this information over the weekend about freelancers’ rights at work. It’s from a site aimed at freelancers called Freelance Advisor. The information applies to the UK.

You do not have employment rights as such, as you are seen to be your own boss and so can make your own decisions on fees, holidays etc. You will not therefore be entitled to:

  • Your client company’s sick leave, company maternity pay or company pension provisions
  • The legal right to protection under your clients company’s internal disciplinary and grievance schemes
  • The legal right not be dismissed (always, however, read the contract of service you have agreed as this may contain clauses relating to termination of your agreement and time-periods).