It is a great news to us that upwork has turned their way to a broad for the freelancer. But the amount of connect for basic is just 10! It can not be a logical anymore. Because with this 10 connect we can just submit proposal for 2 or 3 per month. So really it would be harder to win on the job. Therfore requesting upwork please review your plan to raise the amount of connects for basic membership. Thanks.
Karibul, if your business depends on having a big bunch of FREE Connects, your business strategy (e.g. how to find the right kinds of clients) is probably not yet as polished as it could be. Basically, your approach lacks efficiency, which is the main part of any business.
Nobody should send more than 10 proposals to nail a project. Just focus on those ones that are a perfect match.
If a project I could get pays 20 dollars and I spend one hour doing the work, but I need several hours of work to get that project, it is not a viable business. If that project came to me without any effort, that could be more reasonable.
This wonderful platform even allows you to avoid most of the competition when you play your cards right, so I would never complain even if all Connects cost $1 per piece and all other platform fees would be double. ;-)