Building a network of fellow professionals you can count on is one of the best ways to grow your business. Today we announced a beta test as the first step in a greater initiative. With this feature, talent included in the test can save and message other talent on the platform.
Check out the announcement and let us know your thoughts about these updates in the comments below.
Hi Douglas, we definitely understand! This will be resolved as part of a new feature release later this month, where you'll have a fully functional search with all the parameters available in profiles.
Hi Thamsanqa, thank you for the feedback! In addition to Joanne's comment, I recently posted an update to address this feedback ( you might see it if you scroll up a little bit in this forum ^^ ).
We'll be releasing a feature (end of this month) to be able to add freelancers to your network from the talent search bar, which allows you to search and filter by all parameters of your profile. This would let you find other market researchers by category and skills, instead of just by name or email.
Hope this helps!
The above excerpt from the announcement describes something other than what I see. I have responded to an inviation to join a network. I do not see a waitlist button.
Mike J wrote:
You have full access to the feature; therefore, you would not see the waitlist button.
OK, thanks. I assumed I did not have full access, as described in the quoted text, because I don't see any way to invite someone to a new network. What am I missing?
I checked your account and tried to replicate the error but wasn't able to. It may have been a temporary glitch, but let me know if you continue experiencing it and if switching browsers helps.
Hi Shehdad Ali, Mike isn't around but I'll be happy to share some information about this feature. Your network is a collection of people you’ve decided to connect with on Upwork. You may choose to build a network to share ideas, get advice, or collaborate on projects –– it’s completely up to you. For now, you can message with freelancers in your network. In the future, we plan to add more tools for you to collaborate.
I really want to try this new feature. IMO it's a big step to the plataform. I already have some friends that sent me a request but I'm not able to send an invitation. I've subscribed to the beta version but I didn't receive any information about it yet.
Thanks for sharing your excitement about this feature. While it's not yet fully available to everyone, we are planning to expand it in the future and will be providing updates here in the Community.
My recommendation would be to add the ability to send a note to freelancers if we decline their invitation. I just turned down an invite from a logo designer because it is not related to the work I do. I would have liked to have given him my reasons.
Look, I don't mean to be difficult here, but I only became aware of this feature today when someone I don't know tried to spam connect me TWICE to sell me stupid lead generation services. If this feature is going to turn into the next way for everyone to try and spam agency owners with nonsense messages (and Lead gen/appointment setting is the WORST, I get mutliple offers a day by multiple other means), you really need to give us a way to either opt out of this feature or block people on the first strike. Allowing them to contact us three times before they're banned is just shifting the problem to your customers, who didn't actually ask for this. And you really ought to set up that feature so if people are sending out hundreds of requests and nobody accepts, they aren't allowed to do it anymore.
Thank you for reaching out. Please know that if a freelancer accepted an hourly contract, the invoices they submit should accurately reflect the work they’ve done.
Freelancers can’t subcontract any of the work they've agreed to complete on hourly contracts because the hours will be invoiced under their name alone. If you’d like to work with freelancers or need help in connecting with clients, consider joining an agency.
As for fixed-price contracts, freelancers can subcontract unless the client prohibits it. If you’re subcontracting some tasks on a fixed-price contract to another freelancer, we strongly encourage you to share this information with your client to maintain trust and transparency. You would have to consider maintaining a good working relationship with a client otherwise, they can cancel the contract at any time.
Priyankara K wrote:
Can I request a job from freelancer in my network, is it legal?
Soliciting work is not the purpose of the networking feature. We do not "request" jobs on Upwork, we find them through search, or are invited to interview for them.