From my experience as a Freelancer ( I was freelancing long before I joined Upwork), clients who suggest to "skip the intermediar" are usually not serious and their only purpose is to scam you.
As far as I know clients do not have fees to pay, and even if they have a 3% fee this is a very low cost to have a wide database of accessible freelancers and payment protection (if they dont get the job done, they get their money back). Trust me on this, I ran a company for more than 10 years and I would have loved to know Upwork back then!
The only "valid" reason I can imagine for a customer to be interested in working directly with you is if he wants to have a subordination relation with you (like imposing a schedule for instance) but then we are talking of a work contract, not a freelance position.
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Hey Upwork Community!
Here I am again with same problem
My Client approached me via upwork,
We had lots or disscussion about project, days of discussions.
He decided to have it hourly based.
Once the plan is finalized, now he is hesitating to start contract on upwork. as per him, he think he might need to pay alot on upwork.
According to previous discussons, i learnt that client needs to pay 3% of the project as a setup fee.
What will be the charges if the project is hourly based?
Please guide as I told client that i will assure he doesn't needs to pay anything.
Thanks & Regards
re: "i learnt that client needs to pay 3% of the project as a setup fee."
There is no set-up fee.
It is a processing fee.
If freelancer bills $10, client is billed 30 cents.
Fawaz A wrote:
Thanks for the reply,
Does that mean for each per hour rate, client meeds to pay 3%?
Or is it on the whole bill?
3% per hour and 3% on the whole bill would come out to be the same, friend.
Fawaz A wrote:
Yup agree, i am out of my mind, dont wanna lose the client.
Thank you so much!
A client you have to beg to stay over 3% is not a client you want. They are probably going to get you to do a lot of work promising to pay off-platform then leave you without paying a dime. You think someone who would cheat Upwork isn't going to cheat you?