During interviews, the freelancer I eventually hired discussed a time estimate that we both agreed upon.
Before I hired him, we agreed that he would send a written revised time estimate that reflected the the number of hours we had agreed on.
After I hired him, the revised time estimate document he sent included more hours than we had agreed upon. HIs explanation was that the additional hours were included as a contingency for unforseen pages/features/etc. development we had not previously discussed. Realistically, I agree that these kinds of unforseen additions are likely.
Here's my question:
If I fund a milestone for $800 for x hours and the milestone is documented by the freelancer to have taken (x-5) hours, can I:
tl;dr - Can the amounts of milestone payments be lowered after they have been funded but before the amounts are released?
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Mark, you seem like a well-meaning person. I believe you are over-thinking this.
It is not appropriate for you to think about hours with regards to a fixed-price contract.
I went to a bakery. I ordered a special cake. Later I picked up the cake and paid for it. How many hours did it take the baker to bake the cake?
I don't know. Who cares? It is irrelevant.
Respectfully, you need to use the fixed-price contract model or pay a contractor hourly. Not do both.
Thank you for recognizing my good intentions, but your response misses my point entirely. Perhaps that was my fault in referring to "hours" and "time" in my initial question. So please allow me to reframe it using your bakery analogy...
I phoned up the baker and described the cake I wanted. I told him that:
To your point: "Respectfully, you need to use the fixed-price contract model or pay a contractor hourly. Not do both." I thought I was using a fixed price model, until this freelancer's proposal came back with a different fixed price than the one we had agreed on during interview/negotiations. Once again, perhaps the confusion there was caused by referring to "hours" and "time" in my initial question.
TL:dr: You are correct that how long it takes a freelancer to create the product on a fixed price contract doesn't matter, as long as it meets the project requirements. My real concern here is not wanting to pay for features/ingredients/labor/effort that I have not asked for.
Yes, you can choose to release either the full amount or a portion of Escrowed funds for a Milestone. The remaining amount will be kept in Escrow and held over for the next Milestone. By completing one Milestone, you can progress to the next one.
Thank you for those links.
That clears up my question about whether: