I recently was selected to give some advice on a project here on upwork, I was chosen for the job and I began investing my time into giving the best advice possible since this was in an area where I have quite a bit of knowledge, I believe I gave some really good hints, and help to a student on his master thesis. I uploaded the work via upworks job portal and the customer download it. I have not recieved any communication or payment since I uploaded the work.
I had the impression that work uploaded via upworks website would have some sort of protection/safe guard for both parties.
There is also another case where somebody wanted macroeconomic research on a city in the U.S. I sent him a sample of the work (which had almost everything he required) in order to get the job and no communication from him.
UpWork hasn´t really lived up to my expectations as of yet
Thanks for the reply, this is something I will do. Next time for sure I will only accept escrow/payment upfront but I believed that by uploading the work via the job portal I would somehow be a little more protected. Sure the second case is down to my over eagerness so I 100% accept the loss on that one.
I've checked and see you requested release of Escrow funds 7 days ago on your Fixed -Price contract. To learn more about Fixed-Price Protection Upwork offers, how the funds are released and the timeline for it, please read this Help article. In short, the funds will be released in 7 days if the client doesn't respond to your request before than.
Make sure not to start working unless you have an active contract on Upwork, use Upwork Protection Programs and only accept to get paid through the platform.
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