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Hire vs. managing freelancer

Active Member
Kathryn P Member Since: Feb 15, 2019
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If I hire freelancer, can I assign member of my team to actually work/manage them?

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Yes, you can definitely hire freelancers and assign other people to manage them.


One way to do this is to add othe Upwork users to a room within the Upwork messenger tool.


You may also use external tools such as Slack or Skype.


Furthermore, Upwork allows you to assign hiring and management privileges to other users. But you must do this within the Upwork framework. Every user. Including assigned managers, must use their own unique Upwork login.

Active Member
Kathryn P Member Since: Feb 15, 2019
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Thank you!  Exactly the information I was looking for. 

Community Guru
Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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If you are going to hand off management to someone else, I strongly advise a three-way conversation (or series of conversations, depending on complexity of the project) at the beginning, to be sure all three of you are on the same page re. scope of work, schedule, expectations about communication, etc. And you should be transparent with the FL from the beginning that they will be working directly not with you but with someone else. 


Otherwise, there are lots of ways for something to go sideways.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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For the record, MANY of the large projects I have worked on through Upwork involved one person hiring me, and another person serving as the project manager. So I saw one name as the "client", and occasionally saw that person in the Messenger tool. But USUALLY I spoke only with the project manager.

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Michelle S Member Since: Jun 23, 2017
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Yes. Please if you are going to have someone else manage the project, introduce the freelancer at the beginning, preferabley prior to hire. One of the worst projects I’ve ever worked on was made so because the project was handed off to another project manager after 75% was complete and that manager didn’t like the way data were collected. There was plenty of buy-in from other team members up front, but then the new manager had different ideas. If I had known that the project would be handed off, I likely would not have accepted it.

It’s also really common for me to work with teams through Skype, Zoom or Slack, but it’s really nice to know all of that before accepting the project who I will be working with/reporting to.