Hi all, Please have a read on the discussion and help me with your thoughts.
Today, I have to decline projects from one of my regular clients. We surely had a great number of projects to collaborate with. The declining issue was about the working procedure of him which I came to know yesterday.
I just came to know that, he contacts potential clients or companies with his resume and apply for remote jobs. And, after that, he takes part in the interview, then delivers the test or project's work by hiring other freelancer developers like me. ( He is also a Frontend developer. So, he passes the interview by answering questions rightly.) He once proposed me to hit APIs from his PC by the remote connection for a future client. I didn't have to do that till now. But, it seemed a little bit of unsettling to me.
BTW, Today, I asked him if he clarifies the client that he has a team of developers or he works alone? If no, I also requested him not to add me on those projects. And, as I guessed, he is not working with me anymore on these kinds of projects.
I am feeling that I was right. Because a company hires a developer based on his skills, not his team. And, hiding the identity seemed unethical to me. And, I felt, I am just disrespecting my hard work.
But, I am also thinking- Have I done injustice to him?
Because, in freelance platforms like Fiverr or Upwork or others, I get offers from other developers from now and then (when I am writing this, I have got another one where he wants help for one of his client's projects). So, how would I do work where many of the orders are like these? Should I ask all of them if they inform the clients or just hiding it?
I know there are subcontractors on these platforms. That is one thing, and hiding identity is another thing. That's why I had to take a bold decision. But, I am afraid that- Will I get enough clients if I become this kind of strict?
I am seeking proper and constructive suggestions from you whether I should take these kinds of projects. It is the first place I am seeking some real suggestions (not just you have done a good or bad job).
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