Hi Andrew and thanks for posting from a client perspective. I can do nothing but agree with every statement you made and appluad you in the process.
The freelancers you used and want to rehire could well be in the same quagmire as many of us. We moved our profiles but have marked ourselves as Not Available simply because the system is a nightmare compared to eLance.
If you know personal emails on your preferred people get hold of them that way. Explain the job and get a quote - and then post an Invitation ONLY job for the individual. I believe invite only jobs were carried over.
If the contractor is averse to moving to UpWork reactivate an old job on eLance with him/her and add a milestone for the new job.
As far as not being able to search for freelancers - I wish I could say I was shocked.
Good luck to you and your team!
@Andrew L wrote:
I agree 100%.
I can't even find a menu option for "Search for Freelancers!"
You click on the Tab-Freelancers
You click on the Tab - Search for Freelancers. Type in name.
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