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Ask for more information before bidding?

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Ai Nee L Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Hi, is it possible to pose questions to clients before sending a proposal? I notice there are many job post that give vague information about the task. Freelancers ended up losing 2 Connects bidding for a job that doesn't fit.



"Need someone to compile a list of websites and their owners." This is very vague since we need to know what kind of websites and how many contacts were required?


Of course, clients can choose not to reply but if they do, freelancers will be more confident to bid.




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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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Ai, it's not possible to ask questions without sending a proposal, so if you're concerned about losing connects, then don't bid, especially if it's a fixed price job. Some clients will leave out details so they can keep asking a freelancer to do more work for the same fixed price, and other clients are vague because they're not sure what they want. The reason Upwork does not allow asking questions is that some freelancers will just beg the client to hire them instead of asking questions and that could drive away clients from Upwork.

"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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John is correct. Either you can see from other clues on the post (e.g. the clients hiring history etc) that it is a client you might be interested to work with and it's worth you bidding "blind", or you decide it's not worth it and don't spend your connects.