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Upwork gives you an opportunity to learn how to be a freelancer and learn new skills in the process. They offer classes and send you jobs that they think you might be interested in or qualify for.
Freelancers outside the US can underbid US freelancers
Let's face it. You're pretty much on your own on Upwork. You find your jobs, you apply for them, you write your own quotes and bills, you do all the work and you face the fury alone when a client is not happy with your work, or billing method or just the way you explain something. I've worked on Upwork for 5+ years. I've found a lot of really fun jobs and built up a good reputation, but it's time consuming and at the end of the day and after Upwork fees you're really not left with much. I mean, it takes a decent amount of time to browse through jobs, send out applications (for which you have to pay unless you're invited by the client) and doing interviews. You compete with dozens of freelancers from low-cost countries, so you can't charge the fee you normally would and Upwork takes 20% of the first $500 you make and 10% of everything after that. When I first started, freelancers got 30 free applications per month and only paid a 10% fee, so it was actually possible for new members to build up a customer base without going broke, but that's no longer the case. Additionally, Upwork now determines, whether you're a good fit for the job or not and if they think you're not for whatever reason, your application will be hidden from the client, whether you paid for being able to send it or not. What's up with that? They have a rating system nobody understands or is willing to explain. Your rating goes up and down and you have no idea why and therefore there's nothing you can do to influence it. The lower your rating is, the less likely you will be hired, so it would be helpful to know - more...
Access to a lot of jobs, flexibility, well organized
High fees, lots of competitors that are willing to work for next to nothing, no protection in case of a fixed-price dispute
I have been a freelancer for 9 years. Started as Elance but was acquired by Upwork. Really enjoy the flexibility that allows me to take on new projects, meet new customers, and be creative with my work! The ability to record my hours is easy and I continue to enjoy my job as a part-time freelancer!
Flexibility, ability to work remotely anywhere, continuous new projects
Besides upwork taking a compensations it is a great way to make a quick buck. It is easy to sign up for and there are endless opportunities for work. You can choose which jobs you want to apply for. The only bad part is the fact you only have so many chances to apply, but not if you pay.
Flexibility, work from home, build skills
Upwork takes a percentage, customers often do not pay fairly. Feel rushed most of the time
Basically, I find it interesting working on a platform like Upwork. I learnt many skills in my carrier (front-end web development). I liked the way they track my hourly work, also the escrow system they provide for milestone works. Generally, It's secure platform and I recommend it very much.
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Working at home means no need to travel, get up really early or even buy food at the canteen or pantry. Working at home means you get to spend less since you can save on gas or travel expenses. Other than that, you can almost work anywhere as long as you have wifi connection.
Working at Upwork gives you the opportunity to be more productive and be independent. Also, offers more satisfying salary rates than a traditional office day job.
work from home
too much freelancers aiming for a single job
I think workplace shouldn't be something you are compelled to go to. It should rather become your hobby. It should have an open environment. And employees should be cared about and given a few incentives at least.
Free lunches, transportation allowance, bonuses
Short-breaks, Tiring work environment
You can do your job wherever (you want as long as you have good internet connection)...you can even sit in a beach chair with a cocktail in hand for all I care...as long as you get our desired results and internet connection.
more time with family, save gas, avoid traffic etc
I have been on Upwork since February 2018 and been working on a project for a client. I have finally hit the payment threshold and can withdraw my funds. Unfortunately, I have tried 3 times to withdraw and all unsuccessful. I did receive an email telling me what to do - apparently my bank swift code was incorrect but I checked with my bank and they confirmed I used the correct swift code. So when I replied to the email, I received the standard autoresponder about not being able to approve my application to be on Upwork etc. After trying 3 times to retrieve my funds, I decided to change my bank altogether (luckily I had another bank account I could use). So far, I've been told via the HELP site that it takes 4 days for the transfer to be successful. It is now 6 working days and I have not seen the funds in my bank account. As a result of this fiasco, I have decided not to bill on Upwork as I am not sure if I will ever see my funds. Consequently, my profile has been switched from 'Public' to 'Private'. It has not been possible to speak to anyone in customer service except via the HELP submission form. And to be honest, I have not received any solution or response except the standard autoresponder. I am very disappointed and as you can tell, at my wits end to having some proper form of communication from customer support. Hence this mode of communication.
Possibility of finding freelance work
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