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60 Connects. A joke.

Community Leader
Aaron H Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
21 of 23

The reason they do the 2 connects thing is because of money. When you buy more connects after you run out, the number you get is odd, so you once you burn those down you'll end up with one connect. You can't use that for anything, so basically it's a way to make you pay for one extra connect. It's not much, but if enough people do it they make a nice little chunk of change.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
22 of 23

The idea is that eventually some jobs will cost more connects to apply to, and some jobs will cost less (only 1 connect). This is a recognition that not all jobs should be perceived of equal value.


So the basic infrastructure for that was put into place, although the complete realization of this concept is not yet in place.


I don't think the main reason is "about money" because Upwork would really prefer that zero contractors purchase connects. The ability to purchase additional connects is a sort of release valve to stave of complaints about not having enough complaints... It gives people an option to have more connects. But Upwork actually makes more money from the people who do NOT use connects, but who simply have regular, steadily-paying jobs with long-term clients.


If Upwork was forced to choose between contractors who use up 60 connects every month and then get a premium membership to obtain some more, versus contractors who use only a handful of connects every month because they're working steadily... Obviously Upwork would choose the latter. Because the contractors who are working steadily bring in more money for Upwork.

Community Guru
Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
23 of 23

The bottom line is, "Are you running a business or not."


A business budgets for expenses and adds it into their pricing model.


Amatures complain.