I HATE this policy. Upwork has made a lot of money off of my work in the past, yet 30 days without working on Upwork sets your profile to private? The term should be longer than 30 days, especially for freelancers who have over 10k in earnings.
i have repeatedly asked for my profile to be set back to public; it has been re-set in the past within 72 hours, now after repeated requests, it is still private after 7 days. Why would you hold me hostage? I am trying to get established and my best work has come not from clients i have pitched but those who have found me.
I`m sorry about the delay and the inconvenience this had caused you.
Your profile visibility is set to public and now you will appear in search results. Thank you.
I am unsure if I am happy or disappointed to see that another freelancer is having the same issues. There is NOT a link available to change back to private (as the "help" box says) on my profile settings..the options are greyed out and cannot be selected; and when I attempt to open a ticket I am unable to submit the request as the "submit" button seems to do nothing.
Just as the OP says, I have been actively looking, have active interviews, and three ongoing contracts which provide intermittant work. Perhaps the justification for changing someone's setting to private should be reconsidered by UpWork to include only those who have a lack of activity rather than a lack of earnings. I can forsee this being a regular problem for a vast number of freelancers. I am also concerned that the "private" setting will reduce the number of Upwork invitations and notifications from Talent Specialists.
Can I also get my profile visibility to public, I am currently on contract and this kind of feature is not really good, 20% is on upwork on my earnings and this is kinda disappointing.