A couple of days back, this client posted a work order at oDesk. Naturally, I placed a bid for the project. I get a personal message from the client some time later and she gave me her skype ID.
I start talking with this client. She claimed that she required a team of writers. I reply by saying that I work alone. Although initially displeased with the proposal, she agrees to pay me $4.00 for 500-word articles. She is not pleased with the fact that I work alone. She even asks me to recruit more people because she has too much of work. However, she places a condition - I must send at least ten articles (5000 words) every 24 hours, for the time being. My usual turnaround rate is 2500 words per day. She agrees to make the payment every two weeks.
Within an hour, she sends me 100 keywords. I have to send ten articles of 500 words every day. We stop that chat session, and I lie down to sleep - as a happy man.
The next day, I sit to create the first article. I ask myself - will she really send me $560 every two weeks? I usually get these sort of confusions. Some of the readers may notice two entities sitting on either side of Tom - the angel will implore with him to leave Jerry alone; while the devil would encourage him to do bad things to Jerry. The good Praveen told me to shut-up and do the job. The other part of me was feeding me with more doubts.
I contacted the client and asked her to send the payment, as soon as I submit the ten first articles. My logic was simple. If she can pay me $560 after 14 days, she will never have any difficulty to send me $40 for the first ten articles.
However, she simply scrapped the entire project. She told me that I must learn to trust people.
So here I am wondering. Did I do the right/wrong thing by doubting her?
tl;dr - Met a client who offered me $560 as bi-weekly payment. She expected me to submit 140 articles of 500 words in good faith. Finally, she scrapped the project when I asked her to pay me for the first ten articles.