Location: Pakistan, Quetta.
As I freelancer I can answer your question very easily.
1,2 & 3: The chosen one had a bid of 600€ and set a milestone of 300€. Which means they want you to place half of the project fund as milestone. If that is the case you will have to create a milestone of 300€ but only release it when a set amount of work is done which you both agreed on. The other 300€ will be paid after the job is 100% completed and you will release the last milestone. In my view milestone and such should be discussed before selection process for complex jobs.
Please do not get confused with creating a milestone and releasing a milestone. When you create a milestone the freelancer feels safe that his work won't be wasted and it also protects you from getting scammed. If you release the milestone before the work has even started there will be no refunds as far as I know.
Be safe and happy freelancing/outsourcing.
Last edited by Ariblue; 01-11-2012 at 12:34 PM..