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WHEN do you pay?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Adam Howard, Sep 1, 2012.


When do you pay for development

  1. Before

    4 vote(s)
  2. 1/2 before and 1/2 during

    3 vote(s)
  3. 1/2 during and 1/2 after

    9 vote(s)
  4. After (working demo example)

    3 vote(s)
  5. Affer (working on your setup)

    5 vote(s)
  1. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    This is a simple and yet important question....

    When do you pay for development (see poll)?
  2. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'm kind of in-between
    • 1/2 during and 1/2 after
    • After (working on your setup)
    And this is from both points of views, as both a developer myself and also as someone who sometimes purchased work.
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  3. Itworx4me

    Itworx4me Well-Known Member

    Half to start and the other half when finished....
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    As a developer, I ask for full payment toward the end of the project.

    I feel more comfortable that way.
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  5. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Depends on the size of the project and the sum of money. Usually for bigger projects, milestone payments seems to be the best way to operate, as it serves both interests.
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  6. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Me too. Please add this to the poll.
  7. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    What do you do say, when the client decides that he and/or she wants to back out from the deal on a big project that took you days, or even weeks to complete if you ask for full payment near the end?

    As a developer, for small projects I usually ask to get paid at the end. But for larger projects I ask half upfront and the remaining half when the project is completed.
  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Well, I'll possibly get stung in the future :p

    And I've not done many large projects........

    * Changes his payment policy *
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  9. Sumo

    Sumo Active Member

    If it is a client I have done work for before and have never had an issue with I will do after I have completed it but before they get it. If it is a new client it will be half up front and the other half before they get it.
  10. Sadik B

    Sadik B Well-Known Member

    That poll makes little sense. Any large development project has milestones. Payments are made on each milestone completion. Start of project is also a milestone.
  11. kprojects

    kprojects Well-Known Member

    For our hosting/design company, we will outsource some design projects if we're backlogged. We will show the project to one of the devs we have used in the past, they'll let us know how many hrs they would charge to complete it, they'll do the work and send us an invoice.
    (so my vote is for after work is completed)
  12. BlackJacket

    BlackJacket Well-Known Member

    When a Milestone has been reached.
  13. Shyuan

    Shyuan Well-Known Member

    I dislike developers who ask for full payment before the work and yet did not finish their work in the promised time frame. :(
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  14. mike os

    mike os Active Member

    i think a deposit of some sort is a useful way "of making it official"

    if it is significant then stage payments should be at least an option

    final payment on delivery of a working install unless the contract has a maintenance or bugfix clause attached
  15. petertdavis

    petertdavis Well-Known Member

    I've been ripped off by freelance developers, designers, etc, enough times that I'd need to have a decent level of trust in the individual before shelling out money up front. Either that, or it's such a small amount it doesn't matter.
  16. mike os

    mike os Active Member


    i would never pay more than 50% up front,
  17. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't know how a "Milestone" would work in a quoted price, when there could be dozens of milestones before completion.

    X product = Y value

    How would one equally divide that payment without knowing the future?

    I've never worked on that business model and feel it leaves to much to chance and risk.
  18. Nasr

    Nasr Well-Known Member

    vworker.com, anyone?
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  19. Dan

    Dan Well-Known Member

    1/3 to get started, 1/3 upon first alpha, 1/3 upon completion.
  20. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    Depends on the size of the project. Small projects, 50% to start, progress payment of 25% and final payment of 25% would be reasonable.

    On a large project, 10% to start and then monthly progress payments based on the percentage of work done based on milestones.

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