@Paul H wrote:
I was asked by a client to accept payment outside of Upwork. His reasoning for this was that he wanted to pay multiple people on the same job citing that he was working with Up work to remove the 'milestone ceiling' and that all future payments would be through this site.
Does this sound dodgy at all? I've checked his websites and he seems legitimate but there's something off.
You should have checked Upwork's website instead, in particular the ToS you agreed to.
Sounds like nonsense. Even if there was a ceiling on the number of milestones due to having so many freelancers... I've never heard of this before, so he must have a crazy high number of freelancers. If he does have a crazy amount of freelancers then that means one of two things.
First is that there is actually a ceiling that he's working with Upwork to change. If that's the case, wait until Upwork tells you that's the case and that it's ok to do. Never take a client's word for it. Second, is that he has a crazy number of freelancers, as he can afford to have a crazy number of freelancers.... by telling them he'll pay them off Upwork, and then not actually have to pay them.
Unfortunately, the latter is considerably more likely than the former.
By all means, wait and see if Upwork get in touch to tell you you can accept payment off the platform. But I fear that email will never come... so best to forget about this one and move on.
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