Elance.com – inactive account fee – really?

Elance.com sucks. Here’s why : if you have funds in your account and you didn’t had any activity for 5 months , they will start taking 5$/months as an “inactive account fee”.
It’s not something hidden, there is a full page about it ( at http://help.elance.com/entries/101221-inactive-account-fee ). I had some money from some freelancing work I’ve done around nov. 2011, but never withdraw them as it was a small number, yet I never though they would do such thing. So from may 2012 they started to take 5$ … in the end , they took me 40$.   I mean , it’s not a big sum , but – still – enough to get drunk in one evening.

How I discovered ? I get from time to time invites to projects, usualy not following them , but today clicked on one to see what’s about, then I remembered I had some dolars there and surprise. I was like WTF.

Interesting , checked Odesk.com , which I used more extensive, to see if they have same thing. Well :

How long can I leave my oDesk earnings in my account?
You can leave your oDesk earnings in your account as long as you want. Your funds can remain in your finance account without any type of penalty or fee.a

So seems Odesk are good guys. They don’t have any penalty for “inactive account”.
I also checked Vworker.com ( now owned by freelancer.com). I have 40$ there from sept. 2011 untouched! Not sure if that will change after the transaction to freelancer.com will complete, but I’ll check.

So if you did works on elance.com, make sure you withdraw your money, otherwise elance will make sure to take a cut 🙂

2 thoughts on “Elance.com – inactive account fee – really?”

  1. Hi there, I read your post and thanks for informing about the Elance inactive thing.

    I wanted to also let you know that Freelancer which was Vworker before starts deducting $10/MONTH after the account has been inactive for sometime, I think it is 365 days. But do check your account. You are right about Elance, this sucks but Freelancer sucks even more at this. I hate that. They also started charging me monthly membership fee without notifying me once my Vworker profile was transitioned to Freelancer and the first two months had passed.

    BE CAREFUL! They do charge money. You can check it in their FAQ too. I found out the hard way about the membership but atleast now I know about the inactive fee.

  2. Same here. I found your blog after freelancer has stolen my 14 euros. I know its not a huge amount but it was money from my pocket and not from a paid work. I never achieved to close a contract and I spend money for this ridiculous website. Freelance?->Thieves

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