I am new to oDesk and set up all my account information - both Paypal and Local Funds transfer account.
I got my first job, got paid and could not find where it went. After searching, I found that it went to my Local Funds transfer account (it was not a local client) and should have gone to my Paypal account.
Is there any way to get this money back? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
To be honest, I 'm a little confused by your post.
Did the money you were paid come to oDesk first (like it's supposed to) or were you being paid outside of oDesk (a big no no)? All money is supposed to be paid through oDesk so they get their 10% as a fee for connecting you with the client.
If it was in your oDesk account, then when you want to withdraw mondey, you specify where it goes. I have a few different ways set up to receive my money. When I want to withdraw, there's a little dropdown menu where you can specify where you want the money to go.
Whether the client was local or not does not matter.
There's also the automatic withdrawal system which you need to set up. You can set when the automatic withdrawal will be triggered based on money amount and date. You can also set up where it will go.
Thanks very much for the reply David. Sorry for the confusion.
The money was paid through oDesk and their fee was deducted.
I did not hit the "pay" button but let it go through the time period I originally set up to pay me within 2 weeks if over $100.
When I originally set up my payments, I set up Paypal payments and local payments.
What was NOT clear when I set these up was that is chose a local payment as a default.
So, when the payment went through, it went to a "local bank account" but was not a local client. Now I have no idea where the money went.
I apologize for the confusion. You should be able to check and set up your preferred Payment Method for automatic withdrawals if you go to User Settings>Get Paid.
I hope it helps.
Thanks for your reply Valerie.
It was not very clear when you originally set up the information. I have gone in and made sure my payments are now Paypal.
My issue now is, how do I get the money that was paid to a local bank but was not a local client? Is there a way of recovery or does the money get returned back to oDesk?
Is it just me or is anyone else having a problem with what a local client means? Does it matter where the client is from when everything goes through oDesk?
Leann, once the money has been sent via oDesk, it doesn't matter where you choose to send it - paypal, local bank, international bank, etc (I have all 3).
You cannot cancel withdrawal from oDesk to your local account once it has been processed. I'm not sure why you would want to reverse the money and send it back to oDesk just so you can withdraw it again via Paypal since that means more fees.
Leanne (or anyone in the know),
Is LFT the best option going to a Canadian bank for the lowest fees?
I see there is a $1.99 charge, then a converstion from USD to CND, which looks lower than PayPal's rate but is still there.
I have heard that you can set up a US account from within Canada at some of the large banks, then use ACH for a direct, no-conversion transfer, then let the bank do the conversionto CND funds. Semms to be the best method after a paper check in USD.
I wish I could recieve a paper check in USD, as this is the lower fee by far for me -- consider this a request Upwork team, thanks.
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