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No feedback contracts no longer impact Job Success Score (JSS)

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Pearlene T Member Since: Nov 6, 2020
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Yes it is like they hold you at Gun Point. I have had this happened to me before too.

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Daren C Member Since: May 23, 2016
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Just make a first milestone be your deposit. Thats what we do. Do not start anywork without some money in the escrow. 

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Beth R Member Since: Apr 27, 2016
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You can always ask clients for a small deposit on fixed rate jobs. I often do this with new clients to reserve time in my schedule.
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Krystal N C Member Since: May 26, 2020
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  • Yes, the system is built to protect the buyers more, which is why I've had some losses here and avoid fixed priced contracts as much as I can. It's risky and people will pretend to dislike the work, so they can choose not to pay, or use a $5 milestone when they don't actually have the money for the final work.
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Pearlene T Member Since: Nov 6, 2020
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Muhammad S Member Since: May 28, 2020
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As per my experiecne, normaly **Edited for Community Guidelines** people cheat.

I do not pick projects from these countries clients and i did not face no payment issue after work successfuly done.

I have 10 plus years experience on upwork and it is a very good platform.

I like it.

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Maureen L Member Since: Jun 21, 2017
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THANK YOU!! That's wonderful news.

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Lara M Member Since: Oct 1, 2019
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I usually work off retainers and if it's a fixed price contract, I have them pay me in advance and release the funds in advance. Its workable. 

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Pearlene T Member Since: Nov 6, 2020
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@Laura M I will try that

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Anastasiya L Member Since: Jul 24, 2019
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If I have to work with fixed prices I prefer misltones. I split the job in 3-4 parts. So, I  make sure I get paid for each part and I am not starting on new milstone untill they approve, also, I put water marks on my work, after they approve the milsotnes I sent the files. It works for me, I am 3d rendering specialsit.


Also, before starting any job(especially with fixed price) I look at the client feedbacks form other freelancers. 


I think misltones will help you to secure your money better. Rather than you did all work and cleint didnt pay. I would never start work on the next milstone untill previous is fully paid off.