Any new freelancers reading this, make sure that the money is funded in total, and that the milestones seem fair and appropriate before starting work. A would be client recently (I believe) tried to trick me by putting the milestone rate at the funded rate - which would have meant I was working at a tenth of what was agreed.Be very careful of anyone who doesn't agree to the terms offered in the original post, very few legitimate employers will try to alter the terms of the original agreement.
Hey, guys, I don't know EXACTLY what happened with Ramon and his fixed rate project. But he is obviously complaining about something relating to a fixed rate project and payment.
My advice is general advice that applies to any fixed rate projects.
But, no, I don't completely understand what happened to him, either. I DO know that there are lots of ways a client COULD avoid paying for a fixed rate project. That's why I don't trust the system to be bullet proof. Instead, I trust my ability to test a client first, to see if the client is a good candidate for the fixed rate contract model. Not every client can grasp and use the model. So contractors need to test them first to see if the client will treat the fixed rate contract with respect or will abuse it. Most clients can handle this just fine. Some can't.
Yes, sorry, I will break it down.
He offered $10/1000 words proofread for a 6000 word piece (Very generous)
Then sent me an offer for $10 (Not so generous - $50)
Worse though, the set the first milestone to 90 cents (Very bad -$59.60)
Then tried to persuade me that the full amount would be paid after completion. (Compete rubbish, why then send 1/6 of the money and put in the tiny milestone?)
What I'm saying is that he had still completed the odesk funding requirements. If I hadn't checked,I would have found myself working for a maximum of $10 and, more likely, 90 cents. Funding scams apear to be the new way of scam clients taking advantage of freelancers now that escrow protection has been added.
Thanks, that makes more sense. By the way, $10/1000 is good, but not that generous.
But yeah, clearly that client is a scammer.
Freelancers should anyway be checking their milestones and how much gets funded, etc.