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A client can click the pay button for a fixed-price contract and can always EDIT the amount before sending a payment.
If the amount is lower than the full amount in escrow, then the freelancer will be asked to approve the lower amount. The remaining funds will remain in escrow.
Natalia S wrote:
I have an issue with a drastic fell in my JSS. Since I did not have any closed contracts, my guess is that it is due to an « inactive » contract that does not even appear in my jobs list in the profile. In fact it is not inactive : I have been working on it for over 2 months already but the 1st payment is agreed in March 2020.
Such a thing is not possible. When the contract reaches 90 days, Upwork will auto-close it and refund the Escrow funds to the client.
And why in the world would you ever agree to work 6 months without seeing a single Dollar?
As was mentioned, get a token payment, or the contract will be closed anyway soon.
Delwar H wrote:
Is there an active milestone, need create and activate one if not done yet.
Of course there is, given that it is completely impossible to create a fixed rate contract without funding the first milestone
Tank you very much for all the tips. I shall definitely follow your advise and request the payment of something before it expires.
The 6 months is reasonable time for that project. As the final delivery is in the end of June and the majority of work will be done between March and June. That is a usual dyamics for a Conference Project Management.
PS: what is a token payment?
re: "The 6 months is reasonable time for that project."
Yes, but that does not mean you should wait that long to get paid.
On Upwork, when I have an hourly contract, I get paid EVERY week for the work that I do.
With fixed-price contracts, I divide up the work into small chunks, usually each is for no more work than I can do in a day. Sometimes I complete more than one fixed-price milestone for the same client in a single day.
Of course other freelancers don't need to structure their fixed-price contracts the same way that I do. But to me, working for a long time without receiving pay is illogical and can lead to problems on the Upwork platform.