I would like to get some advice on what the best procedure for doing a paid test for a client is. Is it the client posting a separate job posting for this paid test, or is there a way for the freelancer to assure that they get the payment for the test if they agree to one in the interview-stage of the actual job and send it to the client? What I mean by this is that is there any way for the freelancer to make sure of payment without having a/the contract already started?
I am asking both for future reference and because a potential client (at a tiny fixed price project) is confusing me a bit:
Me: Hi (name),
(discussing details of the job)--I would require to be officially hired and for you to verify your payment method before submitting any work. Please let me know if you need help with this.
Client: yes I know
its a test job which is paid
so you dont have to worry about anything
Now as far as I know, there is no way to ensure getting paid for submitting something at an interview-stage of the project, especially when the client has not verified their payment method. Am I right about this?
I try to make it as easy as possible for them. So, what I do is tell them to award the job, fund a milestone that's for the test, and if everything is OK, fund the final or additional milestones for the full project.
@Jennifer M wrote:
So, what I do is tell them to award the job, fund a milestone that's for the test, and if everything is OK, fund the final or additional milestones for the full project.
And for hourly jobs, clients can easily limit the number of hours you're allowed to bill each week. I think pretty much every job I've started on Upwork was set at 2-4 hours/week for the first "test" stage.
There has to be a contract in place in order for you to be paid. Do not complete any work unless the client sends an offer for the small test job.
You don't need a separate contract or any kind of special arrangement for a paid test job. You just need a standard Upwork contract.
A client can simply set up an hourly contract and ask you to work only one hour, or only for ten minutes, even.
Ten minutes is the minimum billable amount of time with the time-tracking software.
A client can not actually limit you to work for only 10 minutes (unless they closely monitor what you are doing and actually close the contract at a precise time). But if a client asks you to work for only ten minutes or 30 minutes or whatever, and you work for a couple of hours, then the client will know one thing about you: You don't know how to follow instructions.
If a client doesn't like what you do after a short amount of time, the client can close the contract, having only paid for 10 minutes or an hour's worth of time. Or a ten-hour block of time.
Whatever works for you and the client. If the client likes what you're doing, the client can keep the contract open, expanding the maximum number of hours to whever they're comfortable with.