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Table Of Contents  The Online Freelancing Guide
 >  An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites
      >  Freelancer.com (Formerly GetAFreelancer.com) - Analysis and Review

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Payment Timing

There are no delays built into the system. Payment transactions are asynchronous, with funds being credited to the freelancer’s account as soon as payment is made by the client (less applicable fees, of course.)

Advance Payments

Freelancer.com is, in my opinion, somewhat contradictory in its treatment of advance payments. It allows advance payments, but warns clients that the company will not be held responsible for any loss of funds resulting from giving contractors money up front. Yet at the same time, it puts a box in its proposal page for contractors to request an initial milestone payment; these milestones can also be used for advance payments, which is somewhat confusing.

Advance payments are a controversial topic. Some professional freelancers ask for advance payments as a matter of course, but this can be very dangerous to clients—especially on a site with a large percentage of overseas contractors. If you prefer advance payments, be prepared to justify the client why they should be able to trust you. Of course, this is much easier to do if you already have a lengthy track record and good feedback.

Disbursement Methods

Freelancer.com offers four methods for withdrawing funds from your account:

  • PayPal: Allowed for all countries supported by PayPal.

  • MoneyBookers.com: This is a British e-commerce platform similar to PayPal (but appears to be much smaller).

  • Freelancer.com Debit MasterCard: This card can be used anywhere that MasterCard is accepted, making it a convenient alternative to straight withdrawal.

  • Wire Transfer: This is available for only certain countries; for others, Freelancer.com will redirect you to use a different option.

Note that there is no option to receive funds by paper check.

Withdrawal Policies and Fees

Freelancer.com appears to process withdrawal requests using a weekly schedule. Withdrawal requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, in order to be processed on Monday or Tuesday of the following week. Presumably, requests received after that time are delayed a full week until the following cycle.

The first withdrawal request may incur a delay of up to 15 days “for security reasons” that are not specified.

There’s a $1 charge for Paypal withdrawals; the others appear to be free.


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