Agreed.. a flat $10 per year sounds more than fair as an alternate to a potential plethora of other charges that I do see coming down the pipe - including mandating a paid certification process (I'd be truly surprised if that didn't happen very, very...VERY soon, in fact!). And yes, I (and I don't claim to speak for most of us here) would jump on that plan in a heartbeat - as long as there are no other dis-connects coming down the pipe.
Call me a pessimist, but when a public company has its share price drop from $21.50 (upon IPO) to $15.61 today (-26%) - a significant decline coming since May 2019 - Shareholders are likely calling for short-term pain relief. Increasing revenue is the only panacea - some might think.
Just another way this site proves that they prefer to exploit the worker and let the businesses get away with whatever they want. If client verfication is money, then freelancer verficiation should be our work history and successful receipt of payment. End of story.
Carolyn F wrote:
Douglas, "Shift expenses to the lower revenue ones". What does that mean?
All users cost Upwork in maintenance and support expenses. High-revenue accounts repay that expense many times over. The lower the revenue, the more expensive the user is to Upwork, whether calculated as actual expense or unrealized anticipated revenue. Upwork’s new client membership structure seeks to entice clients to give it cash upfront to make up for their relative or actual unprofitability. From the point of view of my narrow end of the market, no paid plan offers value for my client base. Upwork is trying to shift its expenses to them, expenses that other business models might deem to be general operating costs.
This very much seems like an extraneous process that isn't needed and only serving the purpose of informaton /sharing and making an asset our of our personal information. Does Upwork have any response to this?
This in light of the fact that many of us did this already. If we weren't fraudulent 5 or 6 years ago why would we be fraudulent or have false identities now?
I had to leave We Are Testers in France because my Driver's License wasn't good enough they wanted a passport! I had to leave them, even though I was one of their originals.