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Goodbye beta, hello Project Catalog™—now available globally!

Community Guru
Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
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Joanne Marie P wrote:

The next step is waiting for the client to provide requirements to you, which were also defined upfront by you when you created the project.

"Defined up front" and yet the first thing the client asked about was a change to the requirements and a "bulk discount"

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting to hear even one serious freelancer with positive feedback about this new rollout. Just a lot of questions being asked by clients who don't understand that what is listed, is what you get. Anyone?? 

Community Leader
Arfat H Member Since: Jun 11, 2019
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Thanks, Marie! 


But the client has not yet given me any message or discussed the project. So is this message Upwork?


Ready to get started? Please see the attached file

Community Leader
Wilson E Member Since: Aug 7, 2015
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Hey Arfat, I got the same even when we didn`t agree to the job. 


I understand that`s just an Upwork follow up! So, no worries. Clients don`t send that.

Active Member
Md Nazmul H Member Since: Nov 25, 2020
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Hello sir, Why is my project pending? please check and active it

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Md Nazmul,


When you create a project, it is then submitted for review. Please allow up to five business days for your project to be reviewed. You will be notifed once the review process is complete. 

~ Joanne
Active Member
Abderrahim S Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
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Hey guys, my project was not approved (yet) the account is inactive, I tried to verify my ID but the software isn't approving it. My ID just died a few weeks ago, I have a new one but it's not scanned like the old one, I'll send you both to verify and activate my account.
I'm not feeling comfortable sharing things in public, support should be private.

PS: In case there's an issue about this gig or like you call it "project" I have done very well at Fiverr and earned thousands, I have a very good rating, I'm thinking of trying Upwork new catalog program, I was waiting for this..Check me out, I'm legit

**Edited for community guidelines**

I know it's not allowed to share personal information, what about including our agency official website in both the project description and my description? 

**Edited for community guidelines**

It's a great way to establish trust, in my experience, as soon as they see the awards we won they jump in, thank you guys, and let's make some money.

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Abderrahim,


That’s fine as long as it’s being shared to direct potential clients to a portfolio, not to take business off-platform.

~ Joanne
Community Guru
Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
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In all seriousness - anyone in here have a great project catalog experience with a client who:
• didn't question the scope or attempt to haggle price
• proceeded with the job
• didn't try and bully you into doing more than what the project advertised
• paid in a timely fashion and seemed satisfied with what you provided them

for once I'm not trying to be snarky or obnoxious, I'm genuinely curious. Thinking about posting something similar but tailored to the client perspective on the Client board as well.

(obviously I am not expecting to hear from the "regulars", because I am pretty sure that most of the people who post most in here are not currently participating in the catalog, myself included)

Community Guru
Gina H Member Since: Aug 10, 2020
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COOL i love how the admins merged my above topic so that no one is going to see it now.


I wonder why they did that? Can yall be a little less obvious that you don't want people to know that this does not benefit freelancers at all.

Community Manager
Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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Hi Gina,
We merge posts with feedback and questions about Project Catalog to keep the conversation in one place and organized. That way it's easier for community members and members of Upwork team to find and follow the discussion. 

As for your question regarding peoples' experiences using Project Catalog, we definitely see examples of both clients and freelancers using it successfully as an additional way to do work on Upwork. Just recently on this thread Scott shared his experience using Project Catalog successfully in addition to the way he's always used Upwork. On our earlier announcement thread here, we saw a lot of interest in the feature and examples of folks getting so many contracts through Project Catalog, they are constantly hitting the limit of 5 active contracts per project.


But your view shares a good point, that we aren't highlighting and sharing these use-cases well. We are working on different ways to share stories from talent on how they use Upwork. We have a podcast starting soon on Project Catalog and we will also be doing some content here in the Community, like a virtual roundtable that we record about how our Community members are using Catalog. I'll follow up with more details on these soon.

As for clients, I speak with clients regularly.  What i've heard is that Upwork is often utilized when looking for long-term freelancers or large projects. This is because it takes time to post a job, sift through proposals, interview, and then send an offer. Many clients prefer to use other resources when looking for short-term, quick projects and they go elsewhere to get those projects done. We want Upwork to be a one-stop-shop.  Why utilize several different resources when they can find all their project needs in one place?  Project Catalog is fulfilling this gap for many clients- quick hiring, quick turnaround. Clients have told us that they find having multiple ways to use Upwork- the marketplace and Project Catalog, more convenient. It isn't changing how clients do work, it's offering an alternative in a space where they didn't use Upwork before.


I understand that this alternative way to use Upwork will not be useful for all. And as Valeria and others have shared, this is just another way you can use the platform- it's an option not a required way.


The feedback everyone has shared is helpful as we shape Catalog into a better experience, it's not going anywhere, and we will continue to make improvements.