I said yes to a small project a few weeks back, as a contractor. This was a verbal agreement as the contract would be signed today. I have email communication confirming my rates. I 've done many projects before with this organization. I acted out of trust. Note, those projects were years ago, I had a big career change 5 years ago.
The project had a welcome change in what I do normally. At the start, there was some email and phone communication. The last mail I received was a general schedule, this was 2 weeks ago, and it clearly stated that everyone will receive another mail with their personal planning. The project should start today and I still have not received a schedule. I tried to call 3 days in a row to gather some more information but no one picks up their phone.
Should I take this as a sign that it got cancelled or they don't need me anymore? Is it still worth my time to figure out what happened? I think this is really a pity, I cleared my schedule for most of the next week just to be able to take this job.
One last edit after reading some of the comments and answers.
This project does not contribute to my career in any way. It does not help me financially at all. It was a small side project that would give a welcome change in my day to day life as a software engineer. Clearing my schedule did not harm any of the ongoing projects I am involved with. I probably could start filling my week with those projects without too much hassle.
I know there should be a contract, pay,... beforehand. This situation was a bit different because I know the organization for years and we had a very positive history.
I've contacted them one last time just now. (Email & phone) If I do not hear back from them I would not be disappointed. It would be the last time I will work with them. If one gets disappointed after every setback your career and life will be a mess. Forget about it and move on is what I am thinking a.t.m.