Mar 17, 2023 12:01:19 AM by Jamie F
Can somebdoy please update me on the process and what I need to do to avoid breaking the TOS? Just want to be sure. This is for freelancers who have been with me for more than 2 years.
Mar 17, 2023 02:07:25 AM by Jamie F
I don't need an agent.
Why can't somebody just answer my question here?
Mar 17, 2023 02:23:13 AM Edited Mar 17, 2023 02:26:23 AM by Avery O
As a client you can initiate the conversion of your contract by following the steps below:
You may read more about it here.
Mar 17, 2023 02:24:21 AM Edited Mar 17, 2023 02:24:59 AM by Jamie F
Support did not answer my question anyway.
They have sent me details on how to do it, which is not what I asked.
I need to know what the criteria are so I don't break TOS. I know I must have worked with the freelancer for two years or longer, but are there other criteria I must meet?
Do I need to just trawl through it all myself?
Mar 17, 2023 03:29:30 AM by Sophie A
re: They have sent me details on how to do it, which is not what I asked.
You asked for the process
re: I need to know what the criteria are so I don't break TOS. I know I must have worked with the freelancer for two years or longer, but are there other criteria I must meet?
According to the help article Avery provided you, you would only have to pay for the $1 Conversion fee.
Mar 17, 2023 03:47:05 AM by Jamie F
Thanks Sophie, I found it from Avery's link.
Quite why they felt the need to waste support's time is beyond me. But I have the answer I was looking for so that'll do fine.
Mar 17, 2023 10:10:14 AM by Sami U
If you are looking to take a freelancer off Upwork and work with them directly, there are some steps you can follow to avoid violating Upwork's terms of service (TOS):
Non-Circumvention Policy: Upwork's non-circumvention policy prohibits clients from soliciting or hiring freelancers found on Upwork outside of the platform. This means you cannot hire a freelancer directly unless you pay Upwork's fee, which can be as high as 20% of the freelancer's earnings for the next two years. So, you should discuss the terms with the freelancer and make sure they understand that you are not trying to circumvent Upwork's policies.
Communication: You should communicate with your freelancer through Upwork's messaging system and make it clear that you want to take the work off the platform. You should also be transparent about the payment terms and make sure that you are not offering the freelancer better rates outside the platform.
Payment: Upwork requires all payments for work completed through the platform to be processed through their payment system. If you choose to work with your freelancer off the platform, you will need to arrange for payment directly. Make sure that you agree on the payment terms in advance and have a written agreement in place to avoid any misunderstandings.
Contract: If you have a contract with your freelancer through Upwork, you should review it carefully to make sure there are no provisions that prohibit you from working with the freelancer directly. You may need to terminate the contract through Upwork before starting to work with the freelancer independently.
In summary, it's important to be transparent and follow the rules to avoid violating Upwork's TOS. You should communicate with your freelancer through Upwork, agree on the payment terms, review your contract, and make sure that you are not circumventing Upwork's policies. If you have any doubts, it's always best to consult with Upwork's support team or a legal professional to ensure that you are not breaking any rules.
Mar 19, 2023 10:49:36 AM by Tiffany S
Not sure why you think that. Many of us have been routinely moving off the platform at the two-year mark for many years. The only difference is that with the most recent TOS update, you have to go through the opt-out process even if it's already been two years.
Mar 19, 2023 02:16:05 PM by Alper D
First time i'm seeing someone mentioning going off platform in the forum, thats why
Mar 20, 2023 07:36:02 PM by Tiffany S
I suspect that's because it's new that there's a procedure required to leave after two years.
Mar 20, 2023 08:58:54 PM by Alper D
I see, the 1 dollar fee. Before that you didnt even need to tell anyone?