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Highlighting Top Talent to Quality Clients

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Alexander B Member Since: Mar 30, 2017
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The application fee for joining Upwork is actually a good idea. And after you earn $10,000 on Upwork, I'd also like to add that Upwork could give you back the money you paid for the application fee, for extra incentive. 

 

I'm surprised Upwork doesn't give you a month of free premium membership for every $10,000 in revenue you generate. These little small things would go a long way to creating a DELIGHTFUL experience on this platform.

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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
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Iliana M wrote:
  • How could Upwork better help you achieve that success?

 

 


Deemphasise the US-only, or UK-only, or whatever-only feed.

 

Nobody needs that.

 

However, continue to strengthen your ID and location verification processes for profiles for all countries (and not, more stringent procedure for select countries).

 

Clients should continue to be able to express location preference in their job posts.

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Stefan K Member Since: Oct 29, 2015
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Here is my idea of how you can better value top-rated freelancers. Or at least not to insult them.

 

Top-rated freelancers (or those with some level of earning) should not pay for the connects.

While buying the connects is not a big fee, we are already paying a lot on fees with existing contracts. This is like paying for the job of sourcing and finding new contracts.  Moreover, new contracts are already charged with higher fees. I understand the reason for price on connects - I am fine to filter out spammers and make bids more relevant. But well-established freelancers do not need this filter. We do the filter ourselves on a huge amount of postings, checking the briefs quality, credibility and billing history. We have to bid carefully only on jobs that seem to be promising.

 

While Upwork is putting new fees for everybody, this particular fee is kind of insult to the hard work of those who are here even longer than Upwork itself. Just remove this for freelancers with certain earning or ratings. This would be a more palpable sign that you value the work of top-rated freelancers, rather than some update to the portfolio tools on the platform. This is not a very needed thing.

 

Otherwise, this connects are like a low-cost airline policy, when they are charging even for the seat number to survive in the market. You do not have to do this, but you do. And even with your business passengers. And that is insulting...

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Maria C Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
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Hi, I just received this emai: "Congratulations, your Upwork project history shows you have a high probability of being a design expert. I’d like to submit your Upwork portfolio for a free expert panel review to see if it meets the criteria."

 

But I'm not a designer, I don't even work in a technical field (writer/translator). 

 

I guess all I can do is ignore it. 

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Community Guru
Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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Maria C wrote:

Hi, I just received this emai: "Congratulations, your Upwork project history shows you have a high probability of being a design expert. I’d like to submit your Upwork portfolio for a free expert panel review to see if it meets the criteria."

 

But I'm not a designer, I don't even work in a technical field (writer/translator). 

 

I guess all I can do is ignore it. 


lol! 

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Maria C wrote:

Hi, I just received this emai: "Congratulations, your Upwork project history shows you have a high probability of being a design expert. I’d like to submit your Upwork portfolio for a free expert panel review to see if it meets the criteria."

 

But I'm not a designer, I don't even work in a technical field (writer/translator). 

 

I guess all I can do is ignore it. 


Unbelievable ... but not all that surprising. And even if you were a designer, an Upwork "expert" reviewing and judging someone's portfolio ... I don't have the words for it. Especially if that panel is comprised of "talent specialists".

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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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I guess I should start preparing for my Italian/English translation portfolio review...
I'm a graphic designer and don't speak two words of Italian - that makes me a perfect candidate for this new "feature"

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Maria,

 

Thanks for letting us know. We are testing this out in two categories: Web, Mobile & Software Development and Design and Creative. I'm currently checking with the team why you received this initial email.

 

Virginia and Sanja, 

While I'm checking why Maria received the invite, I'd like to clarify the process. Once the portfolio is submitted, it is reviewed by a panel of expert designers that we employed using a rigorous rubric to consider the following areas:

  • Layout

  • Creativity

  • Design tools 

  • Quality

  • Specialization

  • Recency

~ Valeria
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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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Hi Valeria,
thanks for the info. I do have one question, though - a few months ago, I tried to add more samples of my work to my portfolio - and I couldn't.  I found out that in order to add samples, I need to create a specialized profile - is that still the case?

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Yes, Sanja, that's still the case.

A freelancer won't be able to add a new portfolio item or edit an existing one without adding a Specialized Profile because we are encouraging freelancers to create Specialized profiles. Specialized profiles allow freelancers to better describe the work they do and showcase their skills, portfolio items and previous work experience in a format that helps clients find best freelancers for their specific projects.

We'll also be sharing more information about Specialized profiles here in the Community in the next few weeks so stay tuned. 

~ Valeria
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