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c510fcb5
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My employer is offline and I was working for 2 months

Hi!
I have a problem regarding the person who I have contract with. That person is offline since over a week and I have no contact with him whatsovere. I was working for two months and I should get paid this week for my first month of my work. Is there something I can do about it? or I just lost two months of work time and money as well?

Edit: I can also add that this person has verified profile and has over 10k$ spent, so it doesn't look like a scam.

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wlyonsatl
Community Member

Kacper J.,

 

It isn't unusual for new freelancers here to have to learn some hard lessons the hard way.

 

You have to play defence in dealing with clients, especially new ones - new to your or new to Upwork. Think about the ways a client can scam you and use Upwork's procedures to protect yourself as best you can, knowing that no matter what you do there is always a possibility of not getting paid on fixed price projects, or even having client payments reversed after you've received them.

 

Upwork's fixed price project procedures and rules are meant to combat the various ways fraudulent clients can get your work for free. Those scams are well-documented  on this message board. Just search the board's posts using certain keywords and you will see freelancers not getting paid for their work is a common complaint here.

 

Good luck on your future projects. There really are some great clients here.

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martina_plaschka
Community Member

Fixed? Hourly?

Fixed, please see the message below. Thank you

Was the milestone funded? If yes, submit for payment and you get paid automatically in 14 days if the client doesn't approve before that. 

The milestone he set was a place holder, because if he want to pay me, he has to check my work and then substract an % if I done something wrong, thats why the current milestone isn't the right amount I should get. That's why I am trying to contact him and talk about the revenue I should get.

wlyonsatl
Community Member

How did you arrange for the client to pay you on a monthly basis?

The job was about translating from one language to another. For example, I was translating stuff in December, he was checking it in January and in February he supposed to pay me for my December work I've done. We set the fixed-price contract and I was waiting for him to give me feedback how it went (the December work) and since the 27 January he is no longer online.

Edit: I can also add that there was no problem with the communication before.

petra_r
Community Member


Kacper J wrote:

The job was about translating from one language to another.


But you are a discord expert, not a translator?

c510fcb5
Community Member

But does it mean that I can't translate stuff?

petra_r
Community Member

Unless the client reappears and proactively pays you, you will get paid the money in escrow (what was funded in the milestone) and nothing else.

So you worked for 2 months without any proper funding?

 

That was incredibly unwise.

 

c510fcb5
Community Member

Thanks for answering - Yes I was working for 2 months without any proper funding.
You might call this unwise, but why would I be thinking that this can be a somekind of scam if the profile is verified and so on? I thought it actually means something. I guess I just wasted my time and lost money.. it is what it is. 

petra_r
Community Member


Kacper J wrote:

I guess I just wasted my time and lost money.. it is what it is. 


Not necessarily. The client may well reappear and pay you, but if they don't, there is nothing anyone can do about it. The way it should work is either hourly or with properly funded milestones.

wlyonsatl
Community Member

Kacper J.,

 

It isn't unusual for new freelancers here to have to learn some hard lessons the hard way.

 

You have to play defence in dealing with clients, especially new ones - new to your or new to Upwork. Think about the ways a client can scam you and use Upwork's procedures to protect yourself as best you can, knowing that no matter what you do there is always a possibility of not getting paid on fixed price projects, or even having client payments reversed after you've received them.

 

Upwork's fixed price project procedures and rules are meant to combat the various ways fraudulent clients can get your work for free. Those scams are well-documented  on this message board. Just search the board's posts using certain keywords and you will see freelancers not getting paid for their work is a common complaint here.

 

Good luck on your future projects. There really are some great clients here.

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