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Issue with freelancers raising their rates?


Has anyone else who posted a job found freelancers raising their rates once in contact or interviewed? I've had this happen three times now, two of the freelancers I reached out to and one applied. I got quite frustrated when the last one went from $12/hour to $25/hour after interview. 

I understand sometimes freelancers will raise their rates, and are able to at any time, but there should be a better system for this. And vice-versa, to protect freelancers time a client shouldn't post a job for $2k and down the line before begining the project say oh actually its $1k now. 


I was told by customer service to post this issue here since Upwork doesn't have anything to keep people accountable for this issue. 


Well Courtney.  Upwork is a lawless frontier.  Habitats make their own rules.  It is possible that some of your applicants used low rate as a hook.  But there are also cases when buyer wants an expert level freelancer based in US, but after discussion it turns out that they are offering entry level Asia Pacific prices.   And here are also lots and lots of buyers (I would speculate more than 50%) who post a job and don't hire anyone (some of them post jobs just for fun).  Wouldn't you say that is waste of freelancer's time and their precious Upwork currency - 'connects'?


I had mentioned earlier, I do that.  I bid varying amount from my posted rate.  If it is a small job, I bid posted rate or even higher.  Less than that it is not worth it for me.  Depending upon how long I think the gig will take I adjust my rate.  In addition, small jobs suck up lot of time communicating and many buyers think communication time should be 'free'.


Yes you may be in startup mode with limited funds, but the rate should not bother you or think it is waste of your time.  That is the price you pay when you are bargain hunting.   If you like a freelancer and even if at higher rate you believe they can do excellent job that is within your budget go for it.  If it turns you off - next one please.

@Courtney S wrote:

Just like how I spent time reaching out to a freelancer who went from $12/hour to $25/hour for basic email translations,




Buying translation services works better on per word rates. You know in advance how much you will pay. But if someone charges $12/h for Japanese to English translation, I hope you don't actually need the translation, because you are obviously dealing with a bozo.


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