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Re: Portfolio item inevitably linked to a specialized profile

Aleksandar D Moderator Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
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Hi Erica,


Thanks for reaching out to us. One of our team members already reached out to you directly via a support ticket to assist you further.

Thank you.

~ Aleksandar
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Ken S Member Since: Feb 1, 2017
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Happy new year!


Will we be able to add a portfolio item to our general profile in 2020?



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Rick S Member Since: Feb 15, 2020
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I'd like to reiterate what others have said. We should be able to add projects to our general profile. It seems kind of ridiculous to not allow that. I really don't want to create more profiles. Can someone tell me what is the reasoning behind preventing us from adding projects to our general profile??

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Rick,


It is by design that there is no option to add new portfolio items to the general profile anymore. Freelancers who do not yet have specialized profiles will not be able to create new portfolio projects until they create a specialized profile. This update is also to encourage users to create specialized profiles as this will allow freelancers to better customize their skills and experience. You may read more about it in this announcement. Thank you!

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Florin-Dan M Member Since: Feb 26, 2018
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To follow this logic (portfolio can be added only under a certain specialized profile), it means there shouldn't be any limit on the number of specialized profiles. Correct?
Probably it would have been a better idea to first provide a large number of specialized profiles (at least 5), and only then prevent freelancers from adding portfolio items to the general profile. 
An update on how this situation has been or how and when it will be solved, would be nice.

A big thank you!

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Stephen B Member Since: Apr 2, 2019
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This is crazy. 8 pages of people complaining about the specialized profile/portfolio issue and no solution or reasoning behind why.


14 months later.


I recently found out about this issue & have been told that my concerns will be passed on... but it's hard to believe it after reading this thread. Jordon B said it best on page 4.


UpWork, we want to know why we, the freelancers, still don't have a choice in the matter!

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Toni O Member Since: Nov 5, 2017
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I'm having the same issue.  I can't understand why this topic is shown as "Solved" when it clearly isn't.

If you click on "go to solution" there is none!

As the OP reiterated - you cannot choose nothing (or general) - you have to choose one of the specialised profiles.

The only way I can think to solve this is to dilute my one seciality and change it from Web Design to Web and Graphic Design.  Otherwise the incorrect portfolio items will show up under one of my profiles (e.g. I will have to put Graphic design under animation or web design!)

A simple fix for the dev team - surely just add the general profile in the dropdown?

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Rodrigo F Member Since: Aug 3, 2018
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Hi. I'm creating a portfolio item from one of my past projects and I notice that I cannot deselect the "Related Specialized Profile" box chosen profile. Therefore, the portfolio item appears on my only specialized profile. The thing is that I don't want it there since it does not relates to such are of expertise.

I've tried with other projects with the same results.

I've attached a screencap of the problem.

Thank you in advance 🧉

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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The specialized profile issue is a mess, especially regarding portfolios. Do a search on the forums and you'll find quite a few threads/unhappy freelancers, like this one:

Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Rodrigo, 

The screen grab didn't attach to your post. Could you please post it again (making sure that you black out any private information such as username, and/or email address), so that I can look into this and assist you further? 

I'll wait for your message.