A very relaxed rant. More of a contemplation and to feel out what others would do.
A new client ordered a novel from me and the money on that novel is $600 (not small money to scoff at). Usually clients contact me before placing such large order and I would work them through ordering at 10k word milestones because as a teacher, sometimes things come up that make it hard for me to write. This week and next week will be conferencing at work and will make writing difficult. The gig order is due next week Thursday. Now I am faced with the dilemma of cutting monetary and time loss and cancel the gig just to save my on-time delivery. I am coming from a 62% on-time delivery (because my clients usually don’t care as long as they get quality work) and now it’s 86% since January 14th. My completion rate is 97% so I think I can manage to lose on this metric.
My dilemma is, do I lose that $600 just to keep my level? (I was level 2 before and lost a level already). If I lose level, will this affect the way potential buyers view me and alter buyer activity on my gig? So confused in what to do. I’ve asked the buyer for an extension that I am hoping they will grant. Buyer has not been spotted for 2 weeks though so I hope they get online before the due date.
What would you do?