Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age. Individuals must register in their own right (i.e., not on someone else's behalf). Registration of legal entities other than individuals must be made by an authorized representative of the entity.
Archability allows Clients to post and solicit bids for FREE. Revenue is generated via a 10% commission levied on payments sent to Contractors. Clients are, however, responsible for any credit card processing or payment gateway fees from PayPal.
A well-written and thoughtfully crafted project description is a great way to attract the best candidates who have the right skills and expertise for your job. We recommend that you take some time to plan out exactly what you need done. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to find a provider who will meet your needs.
Featured projects get extra attention and stand out to high-quality contractors. Featuring your project is a great way to attract high quality proposals from the most experienced contractors on Archability. There is a cost associated with Featured Posts.
When posting a project, you have the option of allowing contractors to view each others’ proposals or keep them hidden by ”Sealing” the proposals. Sealing the proposal process helps ensure you receive customized proposals from each provider with details visible only to you.
Archability Escrow is a free service that protects both the Client and the Contractor. Milestones are pre-funded and funds are held securely until the services are provided satisfactorily by the Contractor. The Contractor can begin working on a project confident that the Client has provided the funding into the Escrow account. Once satisfied with the delivered work, Clients can then release the funds from their Escrow account for the Contractor to receive.
Invite-Only allows the Client to chose who they want to receive proposals from. Sometimes a Client may be familiar with a particular Contractor's work, or see a profile they like, and want to limit their project's proposals to these parties. Only invited Contractors may submit proposals on this type of project. At any time, the Client can change the project status and open it to proposals from all Contractors.
Depending on the type of job and your situation, there are several options. Among these: You know what you have paid for the same project before; You can leverage a proposal which you have already received; You might have a budget which you cannot or do not want to exceed. Alternatively, you do not have to select a budget range.
Archability recognizes that credibility of Contractors is key. Every member has a Profile section which displays: Feedback ratings from other members based on previous transactions, Portfolio Samples, Certifications, Company Profile/About section which allows each member to write about their business, e.g., company history, testimonials, references, etc.
Just make your expectations and bidding criteria clearly known in the Project Description. If a Contractor bids on your project but does not meet your defined expectations, then their proposal is invalid. You can select or reject any proposal.
Clients cannot initiate contact with Providers prior to posting a project. After you post a project, you can either invite certain Contractors, or you can wait for Contractors to submit proposals to your project and then interview them using private messages via your proposal page.
When reviewing the proposals received, keep in mind the proposal amount is only part of the proposal. Be sure to consider the Contractor’s profile, portfolio, feedback left by other Clients for previous projects. You may also interview Contractors using the Public or Private Messages.
To help ensure a successful project, you should set milestones or ask your contractor to do so and send you a weekly status report through Archability. Only you can edit the milestones you set, and only the Contractor can edit the milestones they create. Managing work on Archability is similar to managing any professional services engagement: communicate often, provide prompt feedback, pay when agreed and submit objective feedback.
After you have selected a proposal and hired a Contractor, you should create and provide your Contractor clear job requirements, milestones and payment terms to avoid any miscommunication or delays. These terms may be updated or revised by either party during the course of the project.
Clients and contractors may communicate publicly via the Public Message Board or privately through the Private Messages to maintain a time-stamped, unalterable record of all clarifications and agreements around scope, deliverables, milestones, timeframes, etc. In the event of a dispute, the Workroom Messages will be the only record of referenced communication available for resolution of the dispute.
Currently, each workroom has a limit of 500MB. For large and multiple related files, we strongly recommend the use of compressed or zipped files. You may also use third party file sharing. Just be sure to reference any external file sharing within your workroom communications.
We allow the upload of the most common file types. We do not allow the upload of files or programs or any content which is potentially harmful to the operation of Archability servers. Please contact us if there is a specific file type you want us to include.
We do not guarantee the quality of work. We believe the Client and the Contractor have a shared responsibility to work toward a successful outcome and Archability's role is to provide all the tools and support possible to help.
Per our Terms and Conditions, Archability is not liable and is not party to services delivered. But we acknowledge the right for members to protect their property. Every registered member in the Archability network is encouraged to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the parties they engage business with. You may send your own NDA directly to any contractor.
You can cancel the project before a Contractorr has been hired. If you wish to cancel after hiring and funds have been deposited in escrow, we ask you notify the Contractor with the intention to cancel. If the contractor agrees, Archability will process the escrow refund.
Generally, you pay at the end of each accepted milestone as determined in your terms with the contractorr, or when invoiced by them. Most Contractors will also request a percentage retainer, as the first milestone, to begin the work. The exact nature of payment schedules are determined by you and the Contractor prior to the work being done.
First you need to fund the Escrow milestone (often when the Contractor submits an invoice) which deposits funds in the Archability Escrow, where your funds will be held safely until you and the Contractor agree to release them. You do this by depositing funds into your Archability account and then funding Escrow using the same account. Next, you will need to release those funds upon review and acceptance of the work.
ALL RELEASES ARE FINAL. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE DELIVERABLES BEFORE RELEASING PAYMENT. Never pay a Contractor outside of the Archability payment system as it increases risk for you, and it is a violation of our Terms and Conditions.
Leaving feedback helps other members of the Archability community properly evaluate each other when considering to engage on a project, and by using Archability you agree to also leave feedback about the Contractor on our system. When giving feedback, consider the impact that your comments and rating will have on the reputation of the Contractor: be fair and objective.
When you make a contract via Archability, you have the same legal rights as you would if you made the contract in person. Archability is not a party to the contract between Client and Contractor. You should ensure that important details such as payment terms and delivery time frames are clarified in the project description before the contract begins. In contrast to projects not leveraging the Archability platform, you have some measure of protection with Archability against dealing with poor contractors. Every member's reputation depends on the feedback given by other members. As such, users with bad or unethical business practices do not have a future on Archability because Contractors with frequent negative feedback will probably not be selected by Clients, and Clients with frequent negative feedback will have trouble finding bidders for their projects. Archability reserves also the right to remove members with frequent negative feedback. If a dispute arises between you and the other party, we suggest that your first step be a conversation with the other party to try to resolve the issue.
We encourage Clients and Contractors to work out the problem, but Archability will step in and moderate if there is a need. Archability will not evaluate the quality of work, but will focus on a careful review of all time logged to ensure the contractor was working on your project and following all policies and best practices. Funds are released solely at the Client's discretion.