First feedback is that it's not clear on my end what happens after my referral. Does the freelancer I referred get to send a message to the client? Or do they have to wait for the client to message them with an invite? And either way, is the answer clear to both client and referred freelancer? I referred one acquaintance for one job, and don't know the answer.
Also, the option seems to have disappeared! I just got another job invite that would actually be a great fit for the same freelancer (since he has a poem about the topic the client wants writing about), but I no longer see a refer freelancer option. I'm just going to paste his upwork profile link in manually, but obviously the site-supported referral is a neat idea so I'm hoping it resumes.
Hi Seth, thank you for sharing your questions and experience in the Community!
1. To your first question, note that after you refer a freelancer, the freelancer will receive an email notification informing them they have been referred an invitation from you, as the referrer. The freelancer will have the option to accept or decline the invite and can identify jobs that were referred to them and by whom in Proposals > Referrals.
The client will also receive an email notifying them that you referred the second freelancer to their job. They will also be able to distinguish in the Proposal Manager which Invited Freelancers were referred vs. invited directly.
2. Regarding the option not being available on the invite you mentioned. I checked and do see the job you were invited to had been posted as a private job. By design the referral option won't appear for private jobs, in order to honor the client’s preferences.
Thank you for sharing your feedback!
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