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Client insisted to pay only 1$ for first milestone, what would you do?

 I'm just curious guys, would you work for a client who claimed to be interested in collaborating for long term but insisted on chipping in only $1 dollar for the first milestone and upon work completion only he would fund the remaining payment? (PS: the total payment is only 12$ dollar) He also said he should have the right to decline my work if it is not up to his expectation.

 

 

I kinda sensed this would be end up being free work even if I gave him exactly what he wants. He could have very well just took my completed work and claimed it's not what he wanted, and there it is he gets a free work. It's difficult to work for someone who claims to be interested in working on a long term basis but starts doubting me from day 1. If he can't afford to pay 12 dollars for the first project for the so called "trial", I doubt he would be willing to fork out a larger payment in the future.

 

Let me know what would you guys do in this case, thank you in advance.

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lysis10
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lol what type of loser can't throw out $12 in escrow even if there is a good chance he's going to lose it? I mean really. No nobody does this to me. I don't see why someone can't escrow the full amount if it's less that $1k.  But $12? Use your gut with this one. Why do you think someone doesn't have $12 to throw around even if he's afraid to lose it?

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lysis10
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lol what type of loser can't throw out $12 in escrow even if there is a good chance he's going to lose it? I mean really. No nobody does this to me. I don't see why someone can't escrow the full amount if it's less that $1k.  But $12? Use your gut with this one. Why do you think someone doesn't have $12 to throw around even if he's afraid to lose it?

re: "Client insisted to pay only 1$ for first milestone"

 

It is okay for a client to do that.

This is fine.

 

It means that a client intends to pay you $1.00.

 

I have no problem with Upwork allowing a client to pay only $1.00 for a fixed-price contract.

 

This is freedom.

 

The real question is this: Are you, as the contractor, willing to do this work for just $1.00?

 

That's totally up to you. It's not the client's choice.

 

I do many fixed-price contracts on Upwork, as a contractor. I always decide what the amount is. I decide what the scope of the contract is, or in other words, what it is that I am going to do.

 

The client presents the problem. But I'm the contractor, so I suggest a solution and I decide how much that will cost. The client may accept or reject my proposal, but it is not the client's job to decide how much my services cost.

re: "He also said he should have the right to decline my work if it is not up to his expectation."

 

I tell clients they have the right to decline my work if it doesn't meet their expectations.

 

I do awesome work.

 

I WANT CLIENTS to decline my work, because that means I will get to keep my work. I would love to keep some of the projects I create and put them into my portfolio. But I never get the chance to do so, because the clients want it.

kat303
Member

Cleint funds $1 for 1st milestone and promises to pay rest ($11) after all work is finished and if it meets his expectations.

 

Scenerio - Contractor works, completes job,

Client asks for edits

Contractor does edits

Clients asks for more edits

Contractor does edits (this goes on for a few more times)

Contractor hears nothing back after last batch of edits

Client is unresponsive

 

When milestone is met contractor receives $1.

 

Contractor comes on here to complain that client didn't pay the other $11.

Contractor finds out that the contract is for $1 despite word of mouth as to what the client has told the contractor.

Contractor receives $1 for the work and all the edits. and there's nothing else they can do about it.

 

ANYONE who only funds $1 or $2 for the first milestone will NOT have me working for them.

 

 

I don't actually hear or recognize anything after the amount that was funded.

 

So if a client funds $1 and says they'll pay $11 later, all I here is "I'll pay you $1.00."

 

Everything else is just "blah, blah, blah, blah." The client may as well be promising to fly me to Fairyland on the back of a magical unicorn.

Pin-Point-Accurate.

Anyone who has read the "warning signs of dodgy clients" will immediately have this senario played out in his/her mind, just that you have said it out loud here.

 

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