This stuff intrigues me. Like they said they will charge you x and then hit you with y? Or they hit you with a bill in their proposal and it includes the Upwork fees? Cuz of course people include the fees. We are the ones that have the fee taken out of the payment.
Bridget, if you mean they ask for a separate 20% fee payment in addition to their proposal amount (for fixed price) or rate (for hourly), then no, it's not normal.
@Bridget C wrote:
Freelancer asking me to cover Upwork fees, is this normal?
No, it is not normal, and it is utterly unprofessional.
The price you are quoted is the price you pay. Fees are paid by the freelancer and the freelancer builds their costs of doing business into their bid.
Whatever the freelancer bids is what you pay.
There are too many honest, professional freelancers on Upwork for me to even deal with someone like that.
As a client, if I encountered a freelancer who asked me to pay Upwork fees, I would block them immediately.