I’d been writing content for a small company for a few months and had done well over a hundred blog posts for them. Our relationship was pretty good, although they sometimes got pushy about deadlines.
I came to find out my mom was diagnosed with a serious medical problem and would be having a major surgery in a few weeks. I emailed the CEO and content team lead to let them know I’d need to take some time off writing but would be available again following the procedure. I wasn’t the only writer, and they had plenty of other people to work on content in my absence. Neither of them ever responded, which should have been my first clue.
A week later, in the weekly company email that I was always copied on:
Client: Finally, please remove [my name] from this email list as he’ll no longer be working with us.
Haven’t heard from him since, including when I followed up about my final payment.