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Budget on fixed price jobs sucks Upwork-style!

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
1 of 16

Did I already said that the mandatory nature of the budget field sucks? I did. But now, it's getting worse...

 

Posted a fixed price job yesterday. I have no idea how much it'll cost, so I put $5 and wrote at the top of the job that it's just a placeholder. It's an Intermediate job ($$).

 

The category is said to be saturated on Upwork. My hiring rate is close to 100% and I have a rating of 4.96. Only good feedback, given and received.

 

Six proposals so far. One removed by Upwork. Only newbies.

 

I think that since people have to pay for connects, when they see $5, they don't bother. They think you're a cheapo.

 

Upwork, it sucks that the budget is mandatory. It's stupid, beyond all logic and counter productive. It serves no purpose at all. I hate you.

 

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
2 of 16

Rene K wrote:

I hate you.

 


have a lollipop.jpgThere, there, have a lollipop!

Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
3 of 16

A lollipop may not be enough. This requires chocolate.

 

I'll see. Maybe I'll get proposals eventually. I have only one serious proposal left out of the five that were active. The other were cr.p. It's graphic design and man, they don't even have a portfolio.

 

If this doesn't work, it seems that I'll have to cough the $30 to invite more than three people. If they are invited at least they read your job post...

 

 

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
4 of 16

The problem is that many of the quality freelancers won't even look at a $ 5 budget job.They'll never see that it's just a placeholder, they may even filter it out and won't see it in the first place.

 

$ 5 as a placeholder is a bad idea in some ways, a smart idea in others because it'll only cost two connects to apply. Write "PRICE IS ONLY A PLACEHOLDER" in the subject line maybe?

 

If it's any consolation, I applied for something yesterday that didn't have a budget and had "Propose your terms" instead.

 

 

propose your terms.jpg

 

 

 

Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
5 of 16

Petra R wrote:

 

If it's any consolation, I applied for something yesterday that didn't have a budget and had "Propose your price" or something like that instead.


WAT? How's that possible? You mean the budget field was empty? Why can't I do that?

 

Upwork, I hate you!

 

 

 

 

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Community Leader
Robin H Member Since: May 28, 2019
6 of 16

What's wrong with newbies?  They could be awesome freelancers.  

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
7 of 16

Robin H wrote:

What's wrong with newbies?  They could be awesome freelancers.  


Oh, I agree. It's just that so far, I'm getting only bozos. A tiny amount of bozos. When you put $5, people don't ever look at your job post.

 

 

 

 

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Robin H Member Since: May 28, 2019
8 of 16

A seasoned pro would see the $5 and if you include "price is placeholder" in the subject line and within your job description, you should receive more applicants.  

 

Also depends on the job.  If it's a simple graphic design gig, there are plenty of freelancers.  

 

Oh, and if you post your job on the weekend, I assume fewer people apply.  Even fewer on a holiday weekend.  

 

 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
9 of 16

Robin H wrote:

A seasoned pro would see the $5 and if you include "price is placeholder" in the subject line and within your job description, you should receive more applicants.  

 

Also depends on the job.  If it's a simple graphic design gig, there are plenty of freelancers.  

 

Oh, and if you post your job on the weekend, I assume fewer people apply.  Even fewer on a holiday weekend.  

 

 


It's only a holiday weekend in the U.S.

 

Some people filter $5 job posts out of their search, I think. 

 

A client of mine uses one of the other platforms (begins with an 'f' and ends with an 'r') for quick, simple graphic design projects. Maybe this is why.

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
10 of 16
Yeah, I think I'm done hiring on Upwork.
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