Since, I have started in oDesk, I have completed 10 projects and 7 of them from France. The clients from France have not paid me ever though they have vrified their payment method.
After delivery and submitting payment request they reply like " Thanks for your help. Your work's is very good. I'll have more project for you in short time and I'll pay you in short time."
But their short time never end.
Whats problem with them ?
I'm sorry about your experience, but there is nothing wrong with clients from France. One of my clients was from Paris and not only was he straightforward and communicative, but he also paid immediately and gave me a bonus.
There are bad clients from every country all over the world (it is not region-specific). When choosing clients, check that they have a verified payment method, that they have good feedback, and during the application/interview/hiring process, see how they conduct themselves and go with your gut feeling.
In your case I cannot tell whether those were fixed-price or hourly jobs. If the milestone was funded through Escrow (which it should have been before you started working), then the money will automatically be released in 14 days whether or not your client responds (if you request a release).
If you used the oDesk Team App's time tracker (essential for hourly jobs), the hours you worked are guaranteed by oDesk (provided there are screenshots and sufficient memos), and you should get your money.
I hope this helps.
[Quote: There are bad clients from every country all over the world (it is not region-specific)
Well said ... Bad guys aka. clients are everywhere, and it's absolutely not region spesific. Whether it is in real life or online community. Have to be careful, but don't get discouraged.
I think Isabelle got this exactly right. Debika's profile shows only three jobs finished, and it seems likely that she simply is new to oDesk and does not realize how payments work. 7 clients in a row doing the same thing to deny payment really makes no sense in my experience on oDesk. One new contractor not realizing how pay works makes more sense. This is all good news for Debika, whose payments are presumably on the way and will reach her eventually.
The way payments work on oDesk, payment is guaranteed for both fixed rate and for hourly rate projects when a client does nothing, if the contractor submits her work using the submit button or uses the hourly time tracker. A client really has to take very willful action in order to deny payment.
oDesk's automatic fixed rate payment after 14 days is a great thing and a genuine protection for contractors.
^^ "One new contractor not realizing how pay works makes more sense."
Exactly. I will admit though, them saying "I'll pay you in short time" sounds kind of strange. Perhaps they also don't know how the system works.
re: them saying "I'll pay you in short time"
Yes. This is very odd. 7 people in a row doing the same out-of-the-ordinary thing is very odd no matter. In fact, statistically speaking it is almost impossible.
We don't know the whole picture. Maybe they all are holding off on issuing payment. Maybe a group of people all living in the same country who all know each other told each other about a talented new oDesk contractor who doesn't complain or report them if they don't pay her, and they all hired her with the intention of defrauding her.
But here is another possible scenario: This new contractor, who is not a native English speaker, misunderstood cients when they told her that the payment would arrive in a short time. The clients undersand that even if they issue payment immediately, there is an oDesk hold period of at least 6 days before the payment can be released into their account.
So, maybe something was lost in translation, between non-native English speaking clients AND contractor, and what the contractor things the clients said is not what they meant to say.
Maybe we are misinterpreting this story. Were there actually 7 different French clients who all did and said the same thing (?!). Maybe there are just one or two French contractors for whom the contractor did 7 different jobs. But that scenario begs the question: Who does 7 jobs in a row for the same client, each time failing to get paid, but each time following that non-payment up by working another job?
I always have same experience with all the clients from France. I can not submit payment request because after hiring they were not contacting me. Though I was sending the message daily but they were not replying. At this cause I ended contract but they replied within 10 munities after ending contract. In reply, they requested to complete project and I completed within deadline.
But after submitting all they are not responding.
Experienced users have given some good advice on this thread. I would just like to confirm that you should not end a fixed-price contract, because if you do, the money funded in Escrow will return to the client's account. Please, do not start working until there is a funded milestone and let the client close the contract after the payment is released to you.
Best of luck!