Being transparent about whether a client's billing method has been verified yet is one of the steps that we take to protect freelancers on Upwork. When you open a job posting to review the details or submit a proposal, you will see whether we have verified the client’s payment method in the first line of the About the client section.
You don’t have to avoid these clients, but you should know that we cannot process payments to you until the client successfully completes billing method verification. It is up to you to decide if beginning work before we finish that process is worth the risk. Please note that even if you have an hourly contract, we do not provide Upwork Hourly Protection when the client doesn’t have a verified payment method.
You may sometimes see a client with an unverified billing method and active contracts. This can happen when the client hires during the verification process or there’s an issue with their existing billing method, such as it has expired.
To check the verification status of your current client's billing method:
- Click the My Jobs tab.
- Find the contract in the list, and then click View contract.
- Click the View job posting link, next to the Contract ID number. Note: Agency members won’t see this link; only the agency manager will.
- Check the verification status in the About the Client panel by pointing your mouse over the question mark icon.
If we pause the contract:
- Stop working (or if it’s a new contract don’t start working) and do not submit your work product until we resume your contract.
- Contact your client to find out when they will verify their billing method.
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