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How to Get Paid

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Helen V Member Since: Oct 12, 2017
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I just completed my first freelance job on Upwork. Now my client wants to know how to pay me. I cannot seem to log my two hours. Apparently the client did not set up a contract? How can I advise her to do that so I can log my time.

My apologies if this has been asked before. The client is waiting to hear from me. Thanks so much, community, for any help you can provide.



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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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You should never ever do any work without a contract.


The client needs to actually hire you, then pay you. The quickest and easiest way to do it is to hire you on a fixed rate contract, fund the agreed sum as one milestone, and immediately release that milestone.


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That's assuming the client actually has a verified payment method already.... If the client does not, they have to set up and verify their payment method first.


Before you do anything else on the platform, please read all of this, including every single link, in full.

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Steven Z Member Since: Jul 7, 2018
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Hello !

Is that always the same method to get paid because my client said we do not need upwork contract ? 

So please can you reply to me as faster as you can ? 

Thank you for your attention


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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Steven: there is no way to get paid without a contract.


If you get paid without a contract, that is grounds for having your account terminated.

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Steven,


Offering and receiving payments outside of Upwork will be considered a violation of Upwork ToS. Please do not work on any project until a client has sent you an offer, you have accepted it, it's showing on your My Jobs page as an active contract, and the client's payment method is verified. Check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs. You can report a client either by clicking on the cog wheel next to their messages and reporting it as inappropriate or by flagging their job posting. The team reviews all reports against Upwork ToS and takes actions as needed. 

~ Bojan
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Helen V Member Since: Oct 12, 2017
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Thank you, Guru! You have been a great help. Helen