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There is NO web-based storage that can claim it is "secure" or "safe". You, I, Upwork, every IT person, and everyone who uses the web knows that. Even the FBI has been hacked. Upwork, no matter how good their IT dept., can compete with that. I am tired too of endless requests for critical personal info, esp when it is one sided.
I believe that the writing is on the wall - and this service, as dearly as I've loved my interaction here - has become less contractor/client focused, and more shareholder friendly. I expect the following to happen soon:
a) You'll be MANDATED to get a certification badge (costing $9.99 plus tax a year) - otherwise you might not be allowed to bid (or your bids will come with an added "tax")
b) You'll need to "revalidate" your identity every year - for a small "processing fee" of course (to keep costs down and continue to keep the platform "affordable")
c) Every interaction with clients will be "taxed" - one way or another (including new Milestones assigned to existing contracts)
This is the ONLY way the platform can justify confidence from shareholders. I'd be surprised if one/all of these aren't already in the works.
I work closely with a group of off-shore individuals (also UpWork contractors) - none of them intend to stick around for too long here. I hope we don't lose some of the brightest and best that UpWork has!!
Did someone say "alternates" - share, please?
Monty R wrote:
> a) You'll be MANDATED to get a certification badge (costing $9.99 plus tax a year) - otherwise you might not be allowed to bid (or your bids will come with an added "tax")
> b) You'll need to "revalidate" your identity every year - for a small "processing fee" of course (to keep costs down and continue to keep the platform "affordable")
This sounds like a yearly plan. Ten dollars per year? Lol, that's nothing, it wouldn't bother me at all, but if they implement such a mandatory fee, my guess would be ten dollars per month. I would still buy it. Actually, some freelancers have already floated the idea in the forums in the past as a way to get rid of spammers.
> c) Every interaction with clients will be "taxed" - one way or another (including new Milestones assigned to existing contracts)
No, I don't see this happening, but they may very well get rid of the Freelancer Basic plan and make it mandatory for people to buy a paid plan, maybe with some connects included. I don't know. I wouldn't be strictly against it, all depends on the price.
As for an alternative, they are plenty of freelancing platforms out there. The only thing that one should base their decision upon while picking a platform is: what is the net cost/benefit ratio for me on this platform? Period.
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.