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Fixed Price Jobs

Upwork jobs indicated as fixed price also mention the amount as being an "Est (estimated?) budget".  Is there ever a benefit to bidding less than the amount stated to increase the chances of getting the job, or is the client obligated to pay the amount stated on satisfactory completion?     

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grimesr
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If you go into buy a new car and you see the sticker price, are you obliged to pay that amount? Works the same. Some clients really mean the budget is the highest they will pay. Others will put a budget of $5 and expect the freelancer to tell them what is their fee. Remember if you bid high, you might get underbid. Also, if you lowball, client may think you are not legitimate and pass over you. Fine line, all up to you.

 

Bottom line, the only thing that is paid is what you and the client agree to. All up to you.

 

BTW: I almost always bid budget unless it is ridiculous.

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grimesr
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If you go into buy a new car and you see the sticker price, are you obliged to pay that amount? Works the same. Some clients really mean the budget is the highest they will pay. Others will put a budget of $5 and expect the freelancer to tell them what is their fee. Remember if you bid high, you might get underbid. Also, if you lowball, client may think you are not legitimate and pass over you. Fine line, all up to you.

 

Bottom line, the only thing that is paid is what you and the client agree to. All up to you.

 

BTW: I almost always bid budget unless it is ridiculous.

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