I have been using Upwork for years now (since it was oDesk and Elance). Have hired for more than 100 contracts and am very close to 5 star client. This fee for invitation is the worst idea ever!!! My contracts are more on the low price range and having to pay that much just to send invites makes the cost become too high for the job. Not worth it anymore. And obviously just 3 invites is not enough to find a good candidate. Just opened an account on Fiverr (which I never considered before) and will give that a try. Just hired a person there. Sorry Upwork but you lost me with that one..
Juan F wrote:
(...) My contracts are more on the low price range (...)
Sorry Upwork but you lost me with that one..
Actually I think that was the idea...
You said "Actually I think that was the idea..."
Yes, it could be but:
1) I do provide profits for them
2) I do provide work for lots of freelancers. Have hired dozens of them. So that makes freelancers stick to the platform.
3) Hard to see a platform that lives only from big contracts. But if that's their goal good luck. They'll need to clean up not only clients but freelancers as well as most of them are entry level and that's a risky bet. But I don't care. I know I have alternatives to get my job done.
Lena E wrote:
A small group of NEW Upwork clients are part of this test which limits the amount of invites they can send per job post. They are able to send 3 invites per job post, unless they decide to make their job a featured job, which means they would pay a fee to be able to send more invites out.
Jennifer, I wouldn't relate this to an increase in spammy or unrelated invites. On the contrary, this test is meant to improve the freelancer experience with invites. Your concern is valid, we often hear from freelancers who are frustrated because they receive too many invitations for jobs that don’t match their skills, pay rate, etc. We've also seen many times clients who send out many invites to freelancers for non-legitiment jobs. Because of these concerns, we are testing out limiting the number of invites a client can send to three per job post. This is just one of the many tests we run as we work to improve Upwork.
Oh goody, a more ill-thought-out program to make things even worse for clients. Isn't it well-established that there are too many freelancers and not enough clients on this site? So here's an idea, lets make those desperately-needed new (and after reading Steve B's comments, well- established) clients pay for the privilege of inviting more than 2 or 3 freelancers. Yeah, that sounds like a great idea (NOT).
Of course some things need improving; freelancers don't like to see clients bombarded with 100+ bids. But it's like Upwork doesn't understand a middle ground solution and always goes to extremes. Please give clients a little more leeway than this.
My "3 invites" are up and now after 3 minutes, I can no longer invite applicants to my job. SWEET UPWORK. GENIUS BUSINESS MODEL. I'm totally going to upgrade for $40 and not use a different contract network now.... BRILLIANT
Paul T wrote:
This is absolutely a new restriction and as a long time user certainly turning us off the platform. No way will you match with the right freelancer with 3 invites. It takes 30+ discussions to find the right person here. Lots of fake skills listed, poor communication etc. Trying to get ppl hiring to pay $20+ to have more invites is a Ludacris product decision.
Paul - many freelancers are not happy about this either. I hope more clients will speak up.
Upwork ... are you listening?