being able to invite 3 freelancers at a time.
Once I add my billing info, how can I know what I'm being billed for, as an
example - once the freelancer and I agree on a price - how does UpWork
become aware of this, and bill me accordingly?
I wasn't able to replicate the interruption you mentioned and can confirm clients are able to continue adjusting search filters after reaching the three-invite limit. If a client further attempts to invite an additional freelancer, they would see a pop-up asking them to upgrade their job post or in your case, being a new client, ask you to add a billing method in order to access this option.
Note that you need to add a billing method before you can send an offer and hire freelancers you've communicated with (you haven't hired any of them yet).
Please review these resources created to aid new clients with using Upwork and let us know if you need further assistance.
tried to duplicate what I encountered and your response.
I find this system very confusing, but am definitely learning with
James and Josh (the original poster), as freelancers we completely understand that 3 invites per job post is inadequate. We have, collectively, suggested that Upwork modify that number to no more than 10.
This 'test' arose because a very small percentage of buyers abuse the system and send out 75+ invites per job post. There is a vast difference between 10 or less and 75+.
Hopefully Upwork will amend the number of invites allowed to better serve both buyers and freelancers.
To address your concern regarding how payments are processed on Upwork, and which Payment Protections are in place for Upwork Clients, kindly check next help articles:
- Find out how payments work on Upwork and how to Pay for hourly jobs and how to Pay for fixed-price jobs.
- Read about the valuable perk of Upwork Payment Protection we offer Clients.
- Learn about trends and best practices, get tips on making your project a success in our Hiring Headquarters.
- The Get Started as Client basic on how to hire and get work done on Upwork.
- Learn more about the Hourly vs. Fixed-Price Contract Differences of contracts you and your freelancer can have.
Let us know if you need any further assistance.
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Clients who do not want to pay will simply go for intermediate freelancers (and prices) and the present system of making both parties pay is simply going to lead to circumvention.
I have been hiring Freelancers from Upwork for years (since odesk days) and have three separate accounts for three different businesses. The "trial for a small group" is BS as all my accounts have been limited. So not only are you charging me and the freelancers exorbitant rates, you now what the employers to pay $29.99 per job for the privilege of inviting people we feel are the best fit for our roles. I will not do it and will be leaving the Upwork site as soon as my current contracts have been completed. Being profitable is one thing, ripping people off is beyond acceptable.