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2. I can neither agree or disagree to this, I understand that a lot of jobs don't get to $500.00 with a client ever, but those are not mine. What I think it suggests is that Upwork would prefer to have more jobs that are > $500.00.
2...a? I think it works fine. Honestly 10% is nothing, for example an recruiter in my industry will charge easily 1/3 on top of a project forever. To me that is Upwork's money, I don't even think about it.
Client will be charged extra by freelancer - I guess one way to look at it is as a cost incurrred by your business so you would expect this. However, I actually don't charge a higher rate for work I found outside of Upwork it's the same, to me the 20/10/5 is worth it because I had to do so very little to find the work.
I think people who take their work off this platform are TREMENDOUSLY short sighted.
3. Who said anything about risk, Upwork wants to get paid, if Upwork doesn't get paid, then it isn't here anymore to complain about.
4. I am plenty confident but there are no protections out there. I can have a contract, I can hold IP, but there is no guarantee of payment. Even with clients I have reason to trust you never know for sure until the check gets there. I still work outside of UW and always will...but what I find here stays here, and I will get paid.
5. I don't think they are going to.
Joan S wrote:
Gary's profile is no longer available - so maybe he did himself in.
Clients have no profiles in the community. What you see when you click on his profile is how Upwork signals a client profile (in a poorly way).