Need to back out without burning a bridge!
February 26, 2014 2:40 PM Subscribe
I need to back out of a project that (thankfully) hasn't started yet--how do I write an email that doesn't sound flaky or weasel-y, and ideally lets me keep my client?
posted by like_a_friend to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I am currently working on a full-time contract (Project 1). A different (and favorite) client pinged me about another project, which would run concurrently (Project 2). The plan was for me to pretty much work every day on Project 1 and every evening on Project 2. Not great, but it was a short-term situation and, like I said, favorite client.
So I agreed, but then Project 1's deadlines blew up in a huge way--I'm going to need to put in overtime on it for the foreseeable future, meaning Project 2 isn't feasible. I want to email P2's project manager ASAP to say I can't do it, but I feel like such an idiot for double-booking that it's paralyzing me in terms of actually writing the email.
TL; DR, what is a professional way of saying "oops, I thought I could swing your project, but I actually can't. Please don't blacklist me!"
Other relevant details:
-The manager for P2 was aware that I already had limited time to give the project
-No contract has been presented or signed, and work hasn't started, so there's no legal worry.