Way back when (1968 actually) Tom Rush came up with one of the well-covered ballads, “No Regrets”. It got covered so many times (Rush himself re-recorded it in 2009) for a good reason. It still stands as one of the better ballads around, no matter whether you think the lyrics are corny or not.
Actually, the lyrics can come quite handy as a message to any freelance writer when they themselves have to terminate a work agreement - there have to be no regrets.
Of course, there could be any number of serious reasons to do that - from a very favourable one - you have too much on your plate and the money’s overflowing (something which happens only in ads for all those writing courses), to god, forbid, something bad has happened to prevent you to continue. But in most general cases you do that reluctantly, since after all, as a freelancer, you never know when the next job is going to come up or how much it is going to pay.
In the good case scenario, you’re not going to regret it, even if the other party seemed like a good one to work with, while in the bad case one, you don’t really have a chance to care, just hope things turn for the better.
But in most cases, it is a more general spectre of reasons why you want or need to quit - you simply don’t like it, find it too demanding, it is paid poorly, and in most cases, the other party treats you like a hired hand stereotype in Western movies - as a disposable entity.
It can be in any and all forms of changing the terms of the contract and/or agreement, changing the due dates, not paying enough, on time, or ever, not responding to your messages or giving you the answers to questions you posed (even if the definitely know the answers), setting vague goals, and giving you lousy or no guidelines whatsoever, should I go on?
So, yes, you may need that job, but yes, you are much better without it. There Tom Rush’s great song definitely comes into play, in one of his version, or for example the great Walker Brothers one, even though Scott Walker himself disowned practically all of the early stuff he recorded. Guess he walked away from it with no regrets on his part.
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