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Non-Circumvention Period clarification for newbie

daveab
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David B Member Since: May 15, 2018
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Just wanting to make sure I understand this - according to the rules: 

"As set out in the Terms of Service, any time two parties enter into a Service Relationship through Upwork both the Client and the Freelancer agree to use the website as the exclusive method to request, make, and receive payments for the first 24 months—a time referred to as the “Non-Circumvention Period.”

So when does that Service Relationship start? Is that once I make contact with a client or when I'm awarded the job? 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Is that once I make contact with a client or when I'm awarded the job?"

 

These are the same thing:

- making a contract with a client

- being awarded the job

 

So... Yes.

 
 
firescue17
Community Guru
Steven E. L Member Since: May 5, 2015
3 of 8

@David B wrote:

... once I make contact ...

 

@Preston H wrote:

These are the same thing ...

... making a contRact ... 

They are not the same thing.

 

One would be hard-pressed to debate conTACT (without an R) constitutes a "service relationship."

I stand corrected.

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
4 of 8
Sorry about that! I wasn't trying to cause confusion or engage in wordplay or anything. I read it wrong. The original poster DID write "contact" and not "contract."
aocumen
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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
5 of 8

Hi David, 


The service relationship starts when either of the following happens

  1. You send a proposal/bid on a job post
  2. You send a proposal/bid on a job post, and the client responds to your proposal
  3. The client invites you to apply to his/her job post

~ Avery
Upwork
claudz_jeangrey
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Claudia Virginia A Member Since: Mar 5, 2018
6 of 8

Hi,

In regards to this conversation, I understand that the relationship should start from the initial contact. What if the client has closed the previous contract to renew and give a raise? Will it go back to zero? 

Thank you in advance for your response.

tinker_bell3
Moderator
Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Claudia Virginia,

 

I checked with the team, and they have confirmed that it doesn't matter how many contracts you have with the client. This will still count in the non-circumvention period.

~ Joanne
Upwork
claudz_jeangrey
Active Member
Claudia Virginia A Member Since: Mar 5, 2018
8 of 8
Thank you for the swift response. It's all clear. :-)

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