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0% fee 'Bring your own client'

Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Alexander,


Please see my reply to Tiffany above.

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Mariona P Member Since: Feb 14, 2017
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Hi can you please let me know how can I get the specific link to invite my client on Upwork? How do I ask for a specific link? I am very much interested. Thank you!

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Nina K Member Since: Nov 29, 2017
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Hi Mariona,

You will receive a link to use to bring your own client on directly by email.


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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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@Alexander N wrote:



What i suggest: don't include contracts with these 0% clients into JSS calculation, top rated/rising talent, and otherwise take means to make sure they don't help a profile stand out.

 This seems as if it would eliminate a key incentive for freelancers to bring their existing clients to Upwork.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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What I glean from the 0% fee is that U hopes clients brought in will need additional work that is not within the original provider's bailiwick. 


A number of us have relied for years on personal referrals amongst ourselves.  Upwork hopes to capture the fee %s; the trade off is the chance to bolster JSS. 


I do not include escrow security within this because most clients would either be long-term with established payment records or new clients where providers require a hefty % of fee cash in front.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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That's my take, too Wendy...and since these are clients we aren't concerned about payment protection with, I'm struggling to see what the upside to the freelancer would be (save a bit of efficiency) if those clients were excluded from JSS.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Exactly, Tiffany.


Couple that with the fact that many - if not all of us with outside clients really are not all that concerned with JSS - gawd forbid a disaster of some sort.


There is also the real concern about instability of the platform although the last few days have been much improved.



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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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I would not bring my outside clients to Upwork, simply because the 0 charge does not seem to cover VAT or transfer charges.  I am quite capable of invoicing a client and following up if necessary. I have never had to do the latter.


My two main clients do not speak or write English comfortably, so Upwork would not be interesting to them in any case.

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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Hoping for some answers to the questions I posted in another 0% thread. Here they are again:


- Can we use this link with only one off-platform client or send it to as many clients as we want?

- "For a limited time..." - how long is that exactly?

- You'll apply the 0% fee in 3 business days - does that mean that all money we earn on that contract in the first 2/3 days gets a 20% fee applied? And what if the work is finished and contract closed before the 3 days are up?

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Good points  ... and another shining example of why Upwork really would benefit from hiring a competent freelancer to edit and/or rewrite communications PRIOR to releasing them.