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Percent of work on platforms vs. independent contracts

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Allen W Member Since: Oct 7, 2017
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Hey all, I was just curious about how much of your freelance work comes from sites like Upwork versus off-site contracts you may have gained through networking.

I'm currently at around 20% from Upwork and 80% from clients I've connected with off of platforms like this.

Hope all is well!
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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My numbers are pretty much like yours.  I have one off-platform client who has been keeping me really busy the last six months or so.

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Allen W Member Since: Oct 7, 2017
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Same here. My main off-platform client is pretty much a full time job.
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Michelle S Member Since: Jun 23, 2017
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About the same. 80% off platform and 20% from Upwork.
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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I just lost a $12k/year contract off platform and I'm still bummed about it because it's been a nice 2.5 year ride. I will make up for it somewhere, but I've calculated everything all over the place because I'm psychotic when it comes to money. Upwork is 90% of my income with about 10% of my income coming from a couple other sources.

 

I keep saying I will reduce that number, but it's gotten so easy and Upwork is good to me, so yeah... Upwork, don't go under or yer girl is gonna have to get a Chaturbate account.

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Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
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Jennifer M wrote:

I just lost a $12k/year contract off platform and I'm still bummed about it because it's been a nice 2.5 year ride. I will make up for it somewhere, but I've calculated everything all over the place because I'm psychotic when it comes to money. Upwork is 90% of my income with about 10% of my income coming from a couple other sources.

 

I keep saying I will reduce that number, but it's gotten so easy and Upwork is good to me, so yeah... Upwork, don't go under or yer girl is gonna have to get a Chaturbate account.

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We'll keep our fingers crossed.  At least they didn't lose as much $'s in 2018 as they did in 2016. 2017 appeared more hopeful but unfortunately was still a loss.  

 


 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Pat M wrote:

We'll keep our fingers crossed.  At least they didn't lose as much $'s in 2018 as they did in 2016. 2017 appeared more hopeful but unfortunately was still a loss.  

 


 


Fingers crossed for sure. I was there when Demand Media went under and it was not fun. I have programming to fall back on, but I'm probably rusty and would have to take a pay cut.

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Allen W Member Since: Oct 7, 2017
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Dang, hate that you lost that contract.
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Alexander B Member Since: Mar 30, 2017
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100%. I outgrew my off platform clients and I haven't done any local networking.  

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Eve L Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
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I do all of my work through Upwork now. Last year I paid an average of 6% of my earnings in fees to Upwork, and so far this year I'm at 4%. Also I never have to spend any time finding clients, as they find me and invite me here. Can't see any reason why I would work outside of the platform. 

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