For reference is someone don't know what is an escrow system:

Escrow is a financial instrument whereby an asset or escrow money is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction.

Working as a freelance I have to deal with people dodging my payment. I have experience been using escrow system from websites like localbitcoins or localcryptos, is pretty good and feel secure.

A client recommend me with Upwork escrow system but I know here in freelancing that upwork comission is too much.

Is there another way? online alternatives. Like a smart a contract of some blockchain project especially create for freelancers (ethereum have a project about smart contract) or website that could help with the minimum fee and the best support?

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    It sounds like you've had a fantastic idea for a product that no-one is going to sell you. How would someone create an escrow service with minimal fees and superior support without making a loss?
    – Valorum
    Aug 6, 2021 at 23:16

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I find out more than 5 popular escrow system maybe I will need update this list in the future some great projects (like openbazaar) had to close/pause. But lets start with upwork direct contract escrow system for non upwork user and the fee.


Upwork Escrow protects Client’s deposit until the work is approved.

processing fee of 3.4%

period of 14 days


PayPal doesn't offer escrow service, but they offer 100% buyer protection. If you don't hear from your seller, PayPal will refund your money.

processing fee of USD 0.30$ plus 5.4% fee

period of 14 days


kiwikiwifly escrow service, this is for international buyers and seller.very famous in Australia and New Zealand.

service fees around 1%-1.5%

The waiting time can range from a couple of hours to days


Ethereum smart contract, each computer has the same digital contract program.And they all have the same data, every one can check the source codes of the “ digital contract program “.

processing fee average 2.822$

period of 14 days


Escrow.com is a privately held internet escrow company acquired in April 2015 by Freelancer Technology Pty Limited.

minimum fee 10$ (calculator)

period of 30 days


Using Multi-signature (multisig) refers to requiring multiple keys to authorize a Bitcoin transaction, rather than a single signature from one key. It has a number of applications. Dividing up responsibility for possession of bitcoins among multiple people..

average bitcoin transaction fee is $23

period: until each private key (person) are agree with terms.

example of third part escrow system using bitcoin: example of third part escrow system

I am really sick of scammers working outside popular freelancer platforms (saturated, with hampering my work and dealing with fee so thats why I have to do and I will do more research about this systems.

Edit: This answer is open for more information about escrow system for freelancers.

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