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Re: Advice needed: How to protect myself from not being paid?

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Kris W Member Since: Dec 17, 2019
11 of 12

Sounds like being new to Upwork he took advantage of my time (chalk it up to gaining experience). I will be careful next time.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
12 of 12

You have a positive attitude. You will do better next time. Don't worry about this early learning experience.

For the record:

I NEVER "request payment" first before delivering a file.


But also: I NEVER work on an unfunded milestone.


Once the money is funded in escrow, I know the client can't get the money back unless I allow it.


So I do the work, and use the official green "Submit Work / Request Payment" button. I provide all of the work to the client, and then I get paid.


Before working, I always check to be sure that the money is funded in escrow. I look at the contract listing, and I can also look here: Upwork -> Report -> Overview