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Where did the freelancers go?

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Aaron A Member Since: Oct 25, 2018
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On my recent job post, I've seen only a handful of inquiries. Only one freelancer had better than a 67% satisfaction rating. This used to be the place to find good freelancers. Now it seems like a ghost town. Are they using a different platform now?

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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
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Sending a proposal involves using something called "connects" which are not for free anymore. Connects are basically like "casino tokens." Now freelancers need to "invest" money to buy those and apply, therefore they are more careful when it's time to spend them. If a job offer is unclear, poorly written, vague, etc. it will probably not receive many proposals. Of course there are other variables such as very low budget, poor rating, if the poster has a pattern of not hiring, etc.

 

Good freelancers are still around Smiley Happy

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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We have to spend money (not much, but a little) to submit proposals now. It has made many FLs a lot more selective about responding to job posts. In the past, if a project sounded like it might be a good fit for me, I would send a proposal to try and learn enough about it to really quote. It didn't cost me anything but a little time. Now, it costs me actual money. If you aren't getting qualified responses, it could be that your job post doesn't contain enough specifics/clarity to attract the right attention.

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Maksym Y Member Since: Nov 28, 2016
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A recent case with me is -
The client published a project with a cost of $50
I submit a proposal, spending 6 or 4 connects
An 2 hours later I see the cost - only $ 25....
client changed the price...

Client has a high rating (5.00 of 32 reviews)
Sorry, but I think this is not fair. Can I get my connects back?

This is not the first time that I have noticed how a client has changed the cost some time after the publication of the project.
It reminds of manipulations.

Sorry for my English

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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Maksym, 

I checked your account and I'm not sure what proposal you are referring to. Please let me know if you are referring to the proposal sent on 12-August, or 11-August so that I can look into this for you. 


-Avery
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Maksym Y Member Since: Nov 28, 2016
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Hi Avery!

Sorry for the late reply and thank you for your attention.

Of course, you can check it - **edited for Community Guidelines**

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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Aaron, 

 

To add to what has already been shared, clients have told us they often receive so many proposals that they are overwhelmed by reviewing them all. By charging freelancers $0.15 for each Connect, we are seeing them be more selective when submitting proposals and stick to jobs that they really want and that are within their expertise. As a result, we expect you should see proposals from freelancers who are better suited, skill-wise, for your project and more engaged. That said, we do automatically review and at times lower the number of Connects needed when we see a job post isn’t receiving proposals to encourage more freelancers to submit a proposal.


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Aaron A Member Since: Oct 25, 2018
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Thanks.

In this case, I have now posted the same job to a different freelancer site. I found, interviewed, and hired a qualified freelancer within a couple of hours. Maybe it was just luck, but Upwork used to be the place I had that experience.

 

I've always awarded each job to someone. I used to find that person on Upwork, but lately have had to look elsewhere. I mainly hire writers. I really don't need more than one qualified applicant and would be thrilled with three. I don't mind looking through twenty applicants for that one who knows a sentence starts with a capital letter, contains at least one noun and one verb, and ends with some form of punctuation. I don't mind waiting a day or two to find the right person. But when none of the three applicants can form a proper English sentence I need to look elsewhere.

 

I will remember to try upwork again in the future and hopefully will have a positive experience.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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Aaron N wrote:

Thanks.

In this case, I have now posted the same job to a different freelancer site. I found, interviewed, and hired a qualified freelancer within a couple of hours. Maybe it was just luck, but Upwork used to be the place I had that experience.

 

I've always awarded each job to someone. I used to find that person on Upwork, but lately have had to look elsewhere. I mainly hire writers. I really don't need more than one qualified applicant and would be thrilled with three. I don't mind looking through twenty applicants for that one who knows a sentence starts with a capital letter, contains at least one noun and one verb, and ends with some form of punctuation. I don't mind waiting a day or two to find the right person. But when none of the three applicants can form a proper English sentence I need to look elsewhere.

 

I will remember to try upwork again in the future and hopefully will have a positive experience. 


Good luck, Aaron. To my mind, a good writer shouldn't only be someone "who knows a sentence starts with a capital letter, contains at least one noun and one verb, and ends with some form of punctuation." Usually, a good writer has many other qualities. I'm very surprised that Upwork is lacking  "writers" with a minimum of education. Does that indicate that the budget you offer could be the problem?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I have hired over 90 freelancers on Upwork in many different categories.

 

The one category I have had difficulty finding freelancers for is writing.  I have had great success finding freelancers in other areas. Finding writers has been a real challenge. And sometimes I did not have people apply who could do the job, even when posting jobs for hourly contracts that would pay people whatever their hourly rate is.

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