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Pay freelancer only commission basis

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Jeewaka K Member Since: Aug 24, 2019
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i want to do job posting but i will only pay commission on sale basis for business development.


how cani do this?


i dont want to pay fixed or hourly


thank you


please help

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Kathy T Member Since: Jul 17, 2015
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I may be wrong but I don't think commission payment is accepted the Only way to pay a freelancer. It's very easy for a client to say they didn't sell anything therefore there won't be any payment for a freelancer. (not saying you would do this). You can pay commission but that would be on top/in addition to a regular fixed rate or hourly payment. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "i dont want to pay fixed or hourly"


Strictly speaking, using commission-based payment is NOT a violation of Upwork ToS.



Upwork does NOT have a "commission-only" payment method built into its user interface.


And Upwork does NOT allow clients to pay freelancers "off-platform." All payments MUST go through Upwork.


So in order to pay freelancers hired here using commission-based concepts, you are REQUIRED to use Upwork's four available payment methods:


- Hourly contract

- Fixed-price contract

- Bonus payments (which can be done using either fixed-price or hourly contracts)

- Set weekly salary (which is actually a retainer, which may be done as an add-on to an hourly contract)


If you understand how to use these methods of payment, and if you can arrange your commission-based pay to freelancers using these available tools, without violating any Upwork ToS, then yes... You MAY use Upwork to pay freelancers using commissino-based pay.


Typically what I have seen advised is that clients set a fixed-price contract and specify certain sales targets as milestones. But that is not the only way to do things.


If you do NOT want to use a fixed-price or hourly contract AT ALL, even if it means molding one of these to fit your needs, and if you require a dedicated interface for setting up a commision-only payment, then you will need to use one of the platforms available elsewhere for doing that. Because that is not one of Upwork's product offerings.

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Jeewaka K Member Since: Aug 24, 2019
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Thank you so much