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vWorker - Payment Methods and Mechanisms
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For fixed rate projects, payments
are asynchronous. As soon as the client approves completed work, payments
are released from escrow and appear in the contractor’s account
Hourly pay projects operate on a weekly
schedule, with employers approving hours worked in the preceding week.
Clients have up to three days to approve or dispute work completed in
the prior week. Once they have done this, I believe contractors are paid
immediately, though I am not 100% clear on the details here as I have
not done any weekly tasks at vWorker.
vWorker is the only major site that
clearly and undeniably prohibits advance payments. In fact, the company
doesn’t take any chances that contractors may be unaware of this
policy. Right next to the box where contractors enter bids, they’ve
put a warning—in red font—declaring the following: “Asking
for an advance payment can result in your account being revoked...so
please don't do this.” Contractors certainly can’t say they
The company gets a great deal of credit
from me for instituting this policy, which protects clients from being
ripped off by contractors who ask for advance payments and then disappear.
A good argument can be made that vWorker’s combination of mandatory escrow and comprehensive mediation/arbitration
make advance payments unnecessary as a way of reducing payment risk for
contractors. Some freelancers also use advance payments to improve cashflow
and may balk at this prohibition, but unfortunately this is just how
vWorker functions. Cashflow concerns can sometimes be worked around by
breaking up large projects into smaller pieces.
vWorker offers a variety of withdrawal
methods for the convenience of its contractors:
- PayPal: For all countries where PayPal
- Paper Check: vWorker is the only site I’m
aware of that not only allows you to get a paper check within the US
or Canada, but also for several international destinations. There’s
also a priority mail option for international freelancers, at a higher
fee (see below).
- Debit Card: This is implemented by Payoneer;
fees are charged by both Payoneer and vWorker.
- Western Union: I believe vWorker is the
only big site that offers Western Union as an option.
- Wire Transfer: Available only to certain
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