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Re: Fund Multiple Milestones

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Sarah J Member Since: Jan 21, 2016
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When I run projects I like to break the tasks down into multiple milestones and fund each one at the start of the project. 


I like the people that I work with to know that the project is fully funded and ready to go.


This was simple to do over on Elance but I cannot find a way to do it on upwork.


Any advice or tips?



Community Guru
Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Hi Sarah,

I'm not a client, but my client tried to fund multiple milestones and was unable to do so (he also came over from Elance).

I'm guessing that Upwork doesn't allow you to fund a 2nd milestone unless you release/approve the fund on the first milestone. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)


*Edited: Thanks Petra, I should send that screenshot to my client.

Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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You absolutely CAN fund the whole project right at the start in as many funded milestones as you please!


deposit several milestones.png

Hope that helps Smiley Happy

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Sarah J Member Since: Jan 21, 2016
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Thank you for your answer.


I'm afraid I am still a little confused.


So looking at your example:


Should I have selected the first option and funded the full amount and then created each milestone?


I selected fund a lesser amount for the first milestone thinking I could go back later and fund the rest.


Since I only funded the first milestone is there a way to add more funds to the escrow?


Thanks again!



Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Hi Sarah,


i'm not sure, I always set up all milestones at the start and fund them.


when you release the first milestone you can set up the next, check if the box I marked in red appears.


Otherwise just bear it in mind for future contracts and set up/ fund the lot from the start.

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Debmallya B Member Since: Nov 29, 2015
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Thanks for the clarifications


Another question, if a milestone is added in the middle of the project. (Due to additional scope creep), is it possible to fund that milestone then.


Also I dont think, I can request releasing of multiple milestones together.







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Sanjiv K Member Since: May 5, 2016
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hello is it possible to add and fund multiple milestones once the project has started - I have added a milestone but does not give me the option to add funds 

Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Sanjiv,


Thank you for your question. You can fund the next milestone once the currently funded milestone is released.

~ Valeria
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Phil R Member Since: Jun 10, 2016
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I'd like to fund a later milestone not the next one in the sequence as the project has delivered a later milstone earlier. I now want to pay the freelancer but cannot see a way to put the funds into escrow for a later milestone. I would appreciate any help as this puts me as a client in a position where I cannot pay for work that has been done. 

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Jean-Eric P Member Since: Oct 13, 2016
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Hi Valeria,


But is there a way to fund multiple milestones AFTER the job has started?


I don't want to go through the fund-release-fund-release process for the 20 milestones in one of my on-going projects.