Why should I make sure clients pay me only through SoundBetter?

« Frequently Asked Questions

1. We get you work
We work hard marketing on your behalf, drawing in thousands of musicians who are looking to hire music production professionals every month. Who loves you?
For SoundBetter to continue to thrive we need jobs found on SoundBetter to be hired and paid for through SoundBetter.
You want us to get you more jobs right?

2. Terms of use (aka Don't get banned)
Not only is it not cool, it is against our terms to pull jobs off platform.
***If you share external info or ask a SoundBetter client to transact outside of SoundBetter's payment platform, you will be banned.***
Since SoundBetter is quickly becoming the main place musicians come to find music production professionals, it's not worth it.
The commission SoundBetter keeps is significantly lower than most marketplaces.
You set your own proposal price to what you choose and always see exactly what you will be paid for every proposal before you send it.

We build relationships with good providers and refer to them when asked for recommendations.

Be safe. If someone offers to transact outside of SoundBetter's payment system, don't agree and report them here.

3. More verified reviews means more visibility, and more work in the future
*****Getting positive verified reviews floats your listing higher in the 'browse providers' page, which means more work****
The only way to get verified reviews is from clients who hired and paid you through SoundBetter.
The more work you do on SoundBetter, the more work you'll get in the future.
Building a good reputation is the best way to stand out.

4. Trust and Support
We are here to help you with any question or issue you have interacting with clients.
We provide an added layer of trust for you and for clients. If you run into any problems, we are here to help.

5. You look shady when you ask someone to pay you directly
Offering to transact outside of SoundBetter to clients who contacted you on SoundBetter makes you look shady.

6. Pre-funding
With SoundBetter's payment platform, clients always pre-fund jobs before you are expected to start working. We make this clear to all clients. But this is only the case if they awarded you the job through SoundBetter and job state changed to 'active'.
We help you ensure clients are serious and there is 'money on the table' before you begin working.
Our payment platform gives you assurance the client was serious by pre-funding the job, while giving the client control and security of their payments to you.

7. Convenience
SoundBetter enables you to accept credit cards from anywhere in the world, and provides you a work-room for managing every job on the site, keeping everything recorded.

8. It's better for our industry.
Having a site like SoundBetter that has verified reviews on providers and clients is a good thing. Having a place where everyone knows clients pre-fund jobs before you start working, where you can proactively bid on jobs, where clients feel extra-secure hiring remote pros, where someone else is working to pull in clients to where you are, and where you can have a beautiful free listing to show potential clients, are all good things.
We've made it our mission to make this industry more streamlined and transparent, easier and better for everyone. We want to get you work.
We are honored to have you be a part of this, but we can only keep providers on the platform who play by the rules.