The Freelancers Union is launching a “Client Scorecard,” where freelancers can report on their experiences, either positive or negative, with clients.
Here’s the e-mail they sent out asking for input on the new feature:
We’re tackling the problem of clients and companies who don’t pay from all angles. We’re building practical solutions to this problem, and our members are leading the way.
Now, you have an opportunity to shape a new tool that will help you and your fellow freelancers: the Client Scorecard. Once it’s live, you’ll use the Client Scorecard to scout out every new client and to report back after every gig.
Please take this short survey—the results will help us build the tool and make sure that it meets your needs. In the coming weeks, you’ll have opportunities to get more involved by rating clients and spreading the word to other freelancers.
Thanks for your involvement in creating this new tool. With your help, we’re looking to address the problems freelancers face—from unpaid wages to unfair taxation—to make freelance fair.
Members helping members while helping themselves. It looks like self-interest, but smells like patchouli.
Advocacy and Policy Director
The survey’s available here.
Some organizations already provide members-only scorecards like this, and Preditors and Editors collects reviews of literary companies (agents, publishers, magazines), but if this database gets off the ground and includes input from designers, editorial staff, Web people, and more, it could be a very valuable resource.