Question about Contractors

BrianaBrownell's profile thumbnail
We often structure the payment as 50%/50% or some other breakdown (30%/30%/40%) depending on the various milestones. That way the contractor gets some payment upfront but you're not out the whole amount if they don't perform.
DianePrince's profile thumbnail
I always ask for, and check, 2-3 past clients as referrals. I also compare them to at least 2 other options. It's a pain, but I find having that as my policy is a good tool to help me to vet people instead of rushing into relationships. But what's making you worry that this contractor isn't legit?
In my experience, 50% upfront and 50% at the end is typical. I would strongly suggest requesting 1-2 referrals, and do a phone call with the reference(s) rather than sending an email.The contractors I regret hiring the most were the ones who refused to provide a reference, which is so SO sketchy. And then once you get the references, call everyone they give you. It's shocking the number of times I've called a reference and they straight up tell me on the phone that they are about to fire the contractor or that they had a terrible time working with them.In contrast, whenever a reference is really enthusiastic on the phone, I've always had a great experience working with the contractor.
iynna's profile thumbnail
As the others said, most try to split it 50-50 is what I've seen most because it's fair for everyone or 60-40 for bigger projects. However no you should not pay the full amount only once the job is done.I'd talk to the contractor about it first and not try to ask for a past client as this may be welcome with feelings of lack of trust. If you don't trust them from the get go, I'd suggest you just move on and find someone else.
leaaluie's profile thumbnail
Hey! I would love chat more about how you got into contracting. I'm interested in exploring this option but I have no experience in it.
Chitraf's profile thumbnail
Hi Eula- I am a contractor and I usually as for a kickoff payment something like 20% so that way I know they are serious and then have a payment plan depending on how long the project is. If it is more then 2 months long, I usually invoice them and they have 30 day terms. If it is a short project then I have have them pay when certain milestones are delivered. I also insist that they call references. I usually provide 3 or more. What are you hiring the contractor for? If it is for software or design work, I would be happy to offer my services. You can contact me at chitraf@codemaya.comBest of luck!Chitra French
gabriela's profile thumbnail
Hi, I also Agree with @iynna here. As a contractor (working for my own company) is a bit weird to be asked for past references. It also sorts out a lot of the newly starters in the business, that moved from employee to contract work.If someone that wants to hire me asks me for past references, what can I ask that person in return? "show me proof you paid your last contractors and that you are a decent human being and a professional?" Or another option would be to ask for past contractors and to call them as well. ONLY if you are comfortable doing that, then you can ask for references in my opinion. Usually, you know in the first week if there is a good collaboration, on both sides. Red flags appear very very soon.
sarapprobst's profile thumbnail
We are currently paying contractors through 3rd party platforms that help connect us (ex: Upwork) so it is nice to not have to pay up front and have control over "approving" their work prior to the payment fully going through.