I just asked for an upfront payment -- that is, a partial payment to begin a project before any work is submitted. The client has some experience here and said that can't be done. But I have had it done in the past on an Upwork contract. It's not unusual for agencies and designers with their own businesses to ask for that, but maybe not here.
It wasn't important so I let it go, but I'd like to know for the future.
It's technically possible for a client to pay an upfront by releasing the first milestone before the freelancers starts working on the project. However, this practice is not recommended as it cancels the protection of Escrow.
Oh, thanks, that's really interesting. How would it do that?
Are you saying if there is a say, 30 percent total upfront payment, after you get that and the next milestone(s) are then funded, those subsequent milestones would not have escrow protection?
No, it means there is no Escrow protection for the client who releases money without having anything to review. If the freelancer scarpers the client is left with no protection for the amount they released.
I used to ask for up-front payments before we had Escrow (in the oDesk days when there was no Escrow at all) but would never do so now. (Those days there was even a function for that)
The whole point of Escrow is so there is no need for it.
If a client wants to make an Upfront payment, that's their prerogative. I've had at least one client who does this, creating something like a 20% milestone for starting a project, presumably so I won't have to wait untIil I finish to get some payment. But I wouldn't ask a client for that, especially not a client I haven't worked with previously -- if nothing else, it seems to me there's a big risk the client will choose another freelancer who doesn't make such a demand.
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