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0% fee 'Bring your own client'

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
21 of 236

@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
24 of 236

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
25 of 236

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
27 of 236

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.

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Juvy Ann P Member Since: Oct 29, 2015
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@Wendy C wrote:

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.



Does this latest move of Upwork have anything to do with the COI issue raised by another website?  I have read on another thread how serious the editing scenario can be at this time.  I wasn't aware of the issue so my initial take on the email was that probably this is to find out how many "best" freelancers are engaged in circumvention.
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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Still no answers... posting here again so that the Mods can see it. I'm a little wary of this 0% offer.
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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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I would imagine one benefit for Upwork is that if a client has hired one freelancer, they are open to hiring others. So if I bring a copywriting client to Upwork, they may hire other types of freelancers or another writer. I think I would only use the BYOC service if it were my client's preference to do so. 

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