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Upwork Plus Client - Payment unverified

richardsmith94
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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
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Hi everyone. Could someone please explain how somebody is able to register as an Upwork Plus client (which I understand they have to pay for) but not have a verified payment account?

 

Yep, I'm still at that stage where I am submitting proposals into the open marketplace and (rightly or wrongly), I don't like pitching for jobs where payment is unverified. How can this be the case if they've already paid (via some method), to be an Upwork Plus client?

 

 

tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Verification is a completely separate process which can take a couple of business days. Making a payment does not require verification.

 

On a side note, I don't know what you do, but if you are a highly skilled or specialized freelancer, you are cheating yourself of many of the best opportunities on Upwork by avoiding clients who aren't verified at the time of posting.

richardsmith94
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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
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Thanks Tiffany, no need for your view on which jobs I decide to apply for, but I very much appeciate your help.

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Richard S wrote:

Thanks Tiffany, no need for your view on which jobs I decide to apply for, but I very much appeciate your help.


That's not what Tiffany is doing - she is telling you, and I am too, that some of the best clients we get are brand new and shiny. And if you get them from the start, there's a good chance they'll become repeat clients, because once they've latched onto a freelancer they like working with, why not stick with them.

 

Unverified is only a problem if you start any work before they're verified. Something like 80-90% of my clients were new ... and I have never not been paid.

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Pretty much all of my clients were payment unverified.  When they hire me, I tell them I can start just as soon as they get verified.

abinadab-agbo
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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
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Hi! Richard.

Those kinds of clients are enjoying one month free trial of Upwork Plus.

No credit card required to enjoy the trial.

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b81f9f99
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Pamela D Member Since: Jan 16, 2020
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Richart, you are right, i amost got scam by pro-member with not reviews, so now im going to be really carefull abouth promember with not payment verify and not reviews, I dont know why upwork is allowing this 

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Pamela D wrote:

Richart, you are right, i amost got scam by pro-member with not reviews, so now im going to be really carefull abouth promember with not payment verify and not reviews, I dont know why upwork is allowing this 


You only get scammed if you start a job before your client's payment method is verified. As I and a few others in this post have pointed out, some of our best clients were brand new and unverified.

 

Upwork allows this because thousands of clients are first-time job posters. Upwork and freelancers would lose a lot of great clients if they required new clients to verify payments up front. Learn how to use this site properly, and you won't get scammed.

tlbp
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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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Virginia F wrote:

Pamela D wrote:

Richart, you are right, i amost got scam by pro-member with not reviews, so now im going to be really carefull abouth promember with not payment verify and not reviews, I dont know why upwork is allowing this 


You only get scammed if you start a job before your client's payment method is verified. As I and a few others in this post have pointed out, some of our best clients were brand new and unverified.

 

Upwork allows this because thousands of clients are first-time job posters. Upwork and freelancers would lose a lot of great clients if they required new clients to verify payments up front. Learn how to use this site properly, and you won't get scammed.


I assumed the poster was referring to one of the many other ways a freelancer can be scammed. The Pro Member client designation should offer some reassurance that a client is legit. But, the reality is that when Upwork gives the designation away as a free trial, scammers are able to wear a veil of credibility while taking advantage. So, it is still important to look at the client's review history. 

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