Hi, I just have a follow up question.. Do hourly jobs has the "review and accept this offer" message the same as fixed price job? I haven't done hourly job before so i really don't have any idea about the process. I do know about the time tracker, i guess my question is how do you accept hourly jobs?
Except the snapshots the app doesn't record other informations!
Check the description of app:
The app logs your activity level by counting the number of mouse clicks, scroll actions, and keystrokes you make. It also records to your Work Diary the name of the application you’re using and its active window at the time of the snapshot.
The app is not a surveillance system. The app does not record the following:
Hey what will happen to me who have been working on an hourly paid contract and had no idea of the tracker and have already finished two of the contract already ? Does it mean I wonn't get paid?
You can enter your hours as manual time and explain to your client the mistake that happened. They should be understanding. Especially if you delivered the work, they wouldn't expect to duck payment due to a technicality.
Your clients can issue a bonus payment at any moment or you can add your time as manual hours if the client has allowed this on your contract. We suggest communicating about this with your clients. Keep in mind that both cases are not protected under our Hourly Protection for Freelancers.
On an hourly contract, you log hours and the client is automatically billed for them. The Upwork Desktop App is used for hourly contracts to track time, please this article to learn how to log time using this app. Also, please learn more about weekly billing cycle.
Let us know if you need further assistance.
Hana has offered some good practice information here, but my advice is to not try to outguess the time-tracker software. If you need to check Facebook that often, you need to detox yourself or something.
Don't risk it, because the time-tracker software (oDesk Team) attempts to snap screenshots when you switch to new screens and applications. And also because your client isn't paying you to check Facebook.
If you DO check your personal email or Facebook or whatnot, and then you check your work diaries and see that... you'll really want to delete that snapshot, which might mean you're deleting ten minutes of work just because you couldn't resist the urge to check your social media account.
My advice: Do some work, log off of the time tracker, take a break to take care of personal business, and then log back onto the time tracker and resume work.
Of course, if you're doing fixed rate projects, there is no time-logging and there are no screenshots or work diaries, so some people like that way of working, as a more relaxed way to work without having to worry about being "on the clock." (Just make sure you meet your submission deadlines.)
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