In a few weeks, SafePay is undergoing changes that will improve how you get paid on Guru. Use the new agreement form to set payment expectations up front, protecting your time and effort from start to finish.

For hourly jobs, list each team member’s hourly rate and maximum hours per week. Require your employer to add a percentage of the upcoming week’s work to SafePay by setting a minimum SafePay balance.

For fixed-price jobs, list each milestone with the amount to be paid upon completion. Set the SafePay minimum to require your employer to add the value of the next milestone to SafePay before you start work.

We will automatically create invoices for each milestone or week of work you complete. Hourly invoices will be automatically sent to your employer. while milestone invoices will be queued up for you to review and send. As long as there are enough funds in SafePay, the invoices will be automatically paid. No more worrying about getting paid on time!

Look for these and other improvements coming Jan. 8.

How’s SafePay Changing?

You will no longer have to submit multiple SafePay requests. You will have just one SafePay account per job that your employer funds at your request. To support this change, you can include more payment-related requirements up front in your agreement.

What Are The Benefits of Using SafePay?

  1. Quick and easy invoicing. We create invoices for you based on your agreement, so you can simply focus on the job at hand.
  2. Automatic payment of invoices. No more worrying about getting paid on time!
  3. Dispute resolution. If you find yourself in a disagreement with your employer, you can use our negotiation and arbitration services to work out your differences. We hope you never need them, but they’re here to help, just in case!

How Can I Protect My Hourly Work with SafePay?

In your agreement, list your team members with their rate per hour, maximum hours per week, and billing end date.

How Do I Set Up Invoices For Auto-Pay?

We’ll build invoices for you based on your agreement and tracked time, and send them to your employer. Simply view and make sure each invoice is correct. As long as the minimum SafePay balance you requested has been funded by your employer, invoices will automatically be paid after the agreed-upon grace period. This is 7, 14, or 28 days after receipt of invoice.

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  1. Carmen

    I got here by googling “guru minimum balance”. This was after I keep receiving requests to send funds (for the minimum balance) while my developer has not even sent an invoice. So, this is the system, set up to secure things for their guru’s.

    Well, it actually backfires on a guru when employers like us, do not understand nor approve this way of taking money from us. It has never been properly communicated or explained to us. Worse than this, once the money is in Safepay, guru pays their gurus anyway, whether you approved it or not. Yeah, you get 15 days to decline/withdraw payments… That’s not enough to check the work.

    This is not a safe escrow situation where money should only go to the developer with permission of the employer. What we do now is we wait until we have checked the work, agree to pay, then the developer raises the invoice and we send the payment. This means always a delay in their payment. Sometimes up to two weeks.

    Neither the developer nor the employer is happy with this ‘system’ of guru. A real escrow where you can send your money up front and give a sign to guru when to pay after approving the work, would secure for parties in a better way and avoid delay in paying.

  2. Sheri Rose

    How do I change an agreement after I’ve been hired? I used to be able to do it and have the client agree to the change. Can we still do this?

    • Joe Wilson

      You sure can Sheri! When you go to the agreement section of the workroom, there is an “edit” button at the bottom of the current agreement. Click that to make changes. You’ll then have to preview those changes and send it to your employer for approval.


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