Fix price project and how to deal with it
Milos G. 237 posts - Serbia
I am often crawling here on forum where contractors share their bad experience regarding fixed price projects. Typically it looks like this: Contractor gets fixed price project and employer is responsive, interested when will be delivery, promises lot of work to follow AFTER you finish, talks about mutual confidence and honesty etc.... After the job is finished , guy just disappears leaving you without any payment.
I will give few advices regarding this:
1) check if he's paying method is verified (don't even start to work if it is not).
2) does he have a history? e.g. if he had lot of successful contracts ended and feedback is ok, he is probably not a cheater
3) ask for symbolic advancement payment. This one is good. e.g. Minimal advancement payment request is 4% of the whole projects price. So , for 50$ worth project ,you could ask for 2$ advancement payment. The only way how you could leave him a feedback is if there was at least 1$ payed so this gives you chance to give worst possible feedback in case that employer chose not to pay. It will not help you get your whole amount of cash back but at least "employer" will be stop in taking advantage on one employer after another. If employer says that he doesn't want to pay you 2$ in advance cause he was scammed before(e.g. payed in advance but didn't get the work done) , tell him that's the reason why you ask only for symbolic value (in this example 2$). After all, if employer don't have confidence in you for 2$ why you should have confidence and give him 50$ worth of work?
I am curious to hear your experience on this topic.
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