We’ve heard your requests for employer verification, which is why we’re happy to announce that on Oct. 12th, we’re introducing verified payment methods. Look for the blue “verified” icon on jobs to identify employers who have a verified payment method on file. Your invoices for these jobs will be automatically funded and paid through invoice auto-pay.

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Working with an employer who has a verified payment method benefits you in 3 big ways:

employer with a verified payment method1. Identify Serious Employers

While viewing a job posting, you can immediately tell which employers intend to pay for the work you do. If you choose to work with an employer who doesn’t have a verified payment method, protect yourself by asking them to fund SafePay by wire transfer or check before you start.

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2. Automatic SafePay Funding

As soon as an agreement-based invoice is created, we automatically charge the employer’s verified payment method. This will ensure that there are enough funds in SafePay to be paid to you at the agreed upon time.

 

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3. Automatic Invoice Payment

When an invoice is due, if you chose not to require a minimum SafePay balance or there aren’t enough funds in SafePay, we’ll automatically charge the employer’s verified payment method to pay it in full.     Note: It’s best to ask employers to fund SafePay before starting work, even when they have a verified payment method. This ensures that we have the money up front rather than having to wait until an invoice is due to check that the funds are available. Keep an eye out for verified payment methods, and if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to post them to the Guru Answers community.

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COMMENTS (12)

  1. Morine Shaw

    I cannot get paid because I dont know how. I have verified my papal account and it says I should go to My Account,Manage transfer methods. I do not see that. I dont know what to do next.

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    • Lesli Larocque

      Morine,

      From your Dashboard click on Payments. That will take you to your payments page. In the upper right corner beneath the Available Amount in your account is a link that says Withdraw. Click that. Click Transfer Funds. That should take you to the page where you can withdraw the money to your PayPal account. Hope that helps.

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  2. TryEarnOnline

    Wow! I was waiting for this. A good freelancing site like Guru should have had this feature way back. It will help freelancers from getting scammed, provide them security and weed out the non-serious clients who want free work done. Finally, Guru is a great way to earn money online.

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  3. Upendra Pandey

    Please also implement similar local fund transfer as upwork providing for indian freelancers. In guru if bank doesn’t have swift code, then freelancer can not add bank payment options on it. If you remove swift code verification or replace it with IFSC code then it will be suitable for all.

    Kind Regards
    Upendra Pandey

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  4. Larouci

    Wow! I i was looking for that. this will help freelancers be more secure from getting scammed, provide the security and weed out the non-serious clients who want free work done. Finally, Guru is a great way to earn money online . i’ll start from tomorrow to invite my serious clients to >>Apply<< me here

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  5. max

    way to go guru!
    guru is getting better and better, while odesk is in freefall, please guru take advantage on that and bring more employers here! (strong ad campaign maybe?!!)

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  6. Anya

    I have had suspicious job invites come to me, one actually made me lose money. It’s frustrating to see that around 80% of my matches are usually posted by people offering 1-2k for certain jobs, and they do not have any paid invoices or feedback. I don’t always have the options of driving to meet clients face to face or by web cams/skyping with these people.

    Is the “add verified payments” an optional thing or will it be mandatory?

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    • Anna

      Hi Anya,

      Adding verified payment methods is optional, not required. You’ll be able to tell on a job posting whether the employer has a verified payment method. Starting Oct. 12th, look for employers with a proven record of paying freelancers and a verified payment method on file. Even when they have a verified payment method, it’s best to ask employers to fund SafePay before starting work. This ensures that we have the money up front rather than having to wait until an invoice is due to check that the funds are available.

      Reply

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