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I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Johnne32(m): 4:03pm On Jun 12, 2021
I vividly remember the day I wrote my first paid article for an international client. He was from Spain and wanted me to get a trial article done at the cost of $25 (About #8,000) for a thousand words.

I spent my whole day writing the article and felt proud after going through it. The client loved the work, commended me and wanted me to write more for him later.

But now, he had to pay me. He requested a PayPal invoice. I told him PayPal was banned in Nigeria so I had to get an alternative.

I searched and searched and searched.....No positive results. The only way was to purchase courses from people who receive money regularly from clients, and I had no money then for that.

I continued to search until I stumbled on Upwork Direct Contract. This feature recently developed by the popular freelancing platform (Upwork) was created to help freelancers and clients outside Upwork ease the flow of payments.

It works this way: You create a contract which the client then accepts. After that, the clients deposit the money in escrow, after which the payment is approved after your work is done. In simple terms, Upwork direct contract is more of a middleman that helps in holding the money till the work is done.

What about payment charges? Upwork direct contract charges 3.4% of the payment made by the client so if you finish a $25 work, Upwork takes just $0.85 as their charge....this is cool in my opinion.

Besides that, you can withdraw the account straight to your account balance. You just need to pay *$0.99 for every transfer* so it doesn't matter whether you are transferring $5 or $10,000....the charge for withdrawing straight to your account balance is the same.

When I found out about this method, I was extremely glad. So I quickly informed my client about this, he was okay with it...so I sent a contract similar to our previously agreed one, then he accepted, deposited the funds and I was able to get my money across to me that day.

Note that the client does not have to be on Upwork to deposit money and pay you, in fact, the email you are sending the contract to must not be registered on Upwork. It's only the freelancers that need to be on the platform to be eligible to create such a contract.

So how do you get started?

- Open an Upwork account (It's important to appear as a professional to get accepted)
- Once you get accepted, then go to settings and input your account details there. It will probably take a day or two for it to get verified.
- Meanwhile, you are free to create a direct contract if you already have a client that's supposed to send you payment.
- Receive your payment, and then withdraw it to your local receiving account.
- Enjoy your cash grin


Note that I am not against other platforms like Paypal, Payoneer and the rest. If it works for you, great! I even want to start using these platforms, but till then, I am satisfied with the direct contract feature. So far, I have received about $198 using the feature. I attached a screenshot of this.

Let me know what you think. I am open to better suggestions too.

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Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by wisestman(m): 7:08pm On Jun 12, 2021
great job...please i am interested in getting a writing gig? any help u can offer...been searching for a while now
Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Johnne32(m): 7:54pm On Jun 12, 2021
wisestman:
great job...please i am interested in getting a writing gig? any help u can offer...been searching for a while now

What's your niche? Are you on upwork? If yes, send me your profile link so that I can know what's wrong.
Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Sinudyne: 10:57pm On Jun 12, 2021
Johnne32:
I vividly remember the day I wrote my first paid article for an international client. He was from Spain and wanted me to get a trial article done at the cost of $25 (About #8,000) for a thousand words.

I spent my whole day writing the article and felt proud after going through it. The client loved the work, commended me and wanted me to write more for him later.

But now, he had to pay me. He requested a PayPal invoice. I told him PayPal was banned in Nigeria so I had to get an alternative.

I searched and searched and searched.....No positive results. The only way was to purchase courses from people who receive money regularly from clients, and I had no money then for that.

I continued to search until I stumbled on Upwork Direct Contract. This feature recently developed by the popular freelancing platform (Upwork) was created to help freelancers and clients outside Upwork ease the flow of payments.

It works this way: You create a contract which the client then accepts. After that, the clients deposit the money in escrow, after which the payment is approved after your work is done. In simple terms, Upwork direct contract is more of a middleman that helps in holding the money till the work is done.

What about payment charges? Upwork direct contract charges 3.4% of the payment made by the client so if you finish a $25 work, Upwork takes just $0.85 as their charge....this is cool in my opinion.

Besides that, you can withdraw the account straight to your account balance. You just need to pay *$0.99 for every transfer* so it doesn't matter whether you are transferring $5 or $10,000....the charge for withdrawing straight to your account balance is the same.

When I found out about this method, I was extremely glad. So I quickly informed my client about this, he was okay with it...so I sent a contract similar to our previously agreed one, then he accepted, deposited the funds and I was able to get my money across to me that day.

Note that the client does not have to be on Upwork to deposit money and pay you, in fact, the email you are sending the contract to must not be registered on Upwork. It's only the freelancers that need to be on the platform to be eligible to create such a contract.

So how do you get started?

- Open an Upwork account (It's important to appear as a professional to get accepted)
- Once you get accepted, then go to settings and input your account details there. It will probably take a day or two for it to get verified.
- Meanwhile, you are free to create a direct contract if you already have a client that's supposed to send you payment.
- Receive your payment, and then withdraw it to your local receiving account.
- Enjoy your cash grin


Note that I am not against other platforms like Paypal, Payoneer and the rest. If it works for you, great! I even want to start using these platforms, but till then, I am satisfied with the direct contract feature. So far, I have received about $198 using the feature. I attached a screenshot of this.

Let me know what you think. I am open to better suggestions too.


Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Sinudyne: 11:02pm On Jun 12, 2021
My niche is on financial topics. Have not gotten a single job on upwork. Please help. Here is my profile link
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~0148208582764ba3da
Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Johnne32(m): 7:16am On Jun 13, 2021
Sinudyne:
My niche is on financial topics. Have not gotten a single job on upwork. Please help. Here is my profile link
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~0148208582764ba3da

I checked your profile and will like to point some things out:

- Headline - Your headline is not written well. Since you are a financial writer, why don't you dedicated the "all work" page to writing while the other profile is dedicated to "editing and proofreading". In that case, the " all work" profile has a headline like "Financial writer" and the other one should be "Professional editor and proofreader"

- Bio - Your bio does not properly showcase the skills you are offering as a writer. No one is going to employ you because of "I have written and edited many articles".... They want to know what exactly you have written, what you have proofread and edited and if possible, see the samples in your portfolio. I'm sure that within the finance niche, there are so many fields there....you need to be detailed in your bio and demonstrate that you are experienced and will be able to deliver a good job.

- Charge - Take away the $50/hr. It's not realistic as a new freelancer. Put in something modest there like $15/hour or $10/hour.

- Portfolio - If you can add more samples, do so. Nothing more convinces clients other than seeing previous samples of your work.


Well, this is all just for your profile. I believe the main issue will be with your proposals though.

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Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Sinudyne: 12:50pm On Jun 13, 2021
Thanks. pls can you help me with tips on how to write a winning proposal?
Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Nobody: 1:32pm On Jun 13, 2021
Thank you for the info.

My question is can you withdraw directly from there to a domiciliary account. Or you first need to send to your upwork balance?
Re: I Found An Easy, Hassle-free Way To Receive Money From Clients As A Freelancer by Johnne32(m): 3:41pm On Jun 13, 2021
Sinudyne:
Thanks. pls, can you help me with tips on how to write a winning proposal?

I wrote a thread for this. Check here: https://www.nairaland.com/6576612/finding-it-hard-land-first#102164398

If you are interested in a one-to-one class, you can chat me up on WhatsApp but that will come at a cost.

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