This is the second time this has happened to me on a project. The first one finally coughed up a payment method and made good. This one... not so sure. They have gone dark on me.
The client sent me the contract, I accepted it, got started. Payment method was verified at that time. Hourly work. Finished the work and delivered (everything was still good). At the end of the week when hours were submitted, suddenly payment method was not verified. Yeah, not cool.
The problem is the hours had to be entered manually. The timer conflicts with the software I have to use for this project (both are system resource hogs). Besides, a good bit of the work was done when not in front of a computer (phone calls).
So I guess I am likely out of luck on this one?
Yes, because manual time is not covered under the hourly payment protection.
I was afraid of that. I am beginning to think Upwork is not for my line of work. Too many of my projects require offline work or physical in-person work where you can't use the timer. Upwork is not designed for that. Plus way too many scams on here to weed through.
I don't know how anyone makes a success of working on here or any of the online platforms quite honestly. They all seem to be plagued by the same issues.
@Alex W wrote:
I don't know how anyone makes a success of working on here
You have no idea how successful some freelancers are. This freelancer for instance is very happy with Upwork :-)
Sorry Rene - Just frustrated I guess. I put a lot of effort into finding good projects on here (daily search) and out of the hundreds I have applied for, only 3 panned out, and 2 of those 3 had issues with payments. My wife has done similar and everything she has gone after turned out to be bogus.
I just wish there were better ways to eliminate the bogus ones and up the game on here. It would make it better for all.
Alex, we've seen successful PMs around here. Getting started is hard, it requires patience and knowledge about how the platform works. I'm failing to understand your profile, are you a PM, a WiFi specialist? You need to know that wearing many hats rarely works well here. Better specialize in one niche rather than trading into many directions.
You also need to know the ropes of Upwork, you'll find a treasure of information here: Getting Started on Upwork
Alex, one more thing. You cannot work as a team with an individual account. If you're a team, you need to set up an agency. This may get you suspended.
Rene, thanks for the catch - I must have forgotten to change the profile when I went back to being a single freelancer. I will reword that. I dropped the agency because too many of the gigs I was going after refused to allow agency response so it wasn't worth it.
So just to understand this... I finished a fixed price project and submitted it, the submission was accepted and then upwork blocked our financial capabilities because of potential fraud... finally they reversed the funds to the client, meaning that I was never paid for the project...
During the whole process until I ended and still now, we can see his healthy profile with a verified payment, probably ready to scam someone else: