HomeGermany-StartupsBerlin-based freelancer marketplace twago launches secure payment service 'safePay'

Berlin-based freelancer marketplace twago launches secure payment service ‘safePay’

twago, a international marketplace for freelancers and service providers in programming, web design, and business support services, now offers secure payment via its escrow service twago safePay. This makes the Berlin-based company probably the only supplier in Europe that offers its clients and providers extensive security for their online partnerships.

Gunner Berning, the founder and CEO of twago, explained: “With twago safePay we set a new benchmark in regards to security in online business between clients and international providers. When working together with one of the 110,000 experts on twago, clients can use twago safePay to pay their provider securely. At the beginning of the project, the client transfers the project payment to an independent, third-party escrow account. Only once the project has been successfully completed and the client has confirms this, is the money released. Until then, the deposited payment is safe. Clients benefit from the elimination of risky upfront payments to often unknown providers before starting the project”.

He added: “With regards to the providers, through twago safePay thousands of programmers, designers, translators or marketing experts, can now be sure of payment. This way, the black sheep amongst clients will be stripped of the ability to not pay the agreed invoice amount. The programmer or designer will only start working after receiving a notification that the project payment is securely stored in the independent escrow account”.

If there is any disagreement between the client and provider about the work, twago offers an optional mediation between both parties. In the meantime, the money stays in the escrow account.

twago, which was founded in 2009, is one of the biggest internet-based platforms for the global mediation of German and international freelance experts. To compliment the English and German versions, twago also launched an Italian version in November, and a Spanish version in December 2010.

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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