Seen this type of post -- too many times (post modified from original):
"This work is a test to feel each other and is distributed to several freelancers at the same time - and in case of success we will choose the one that is suitable to continue running with him later on in the xyz."
First: Suggesting that a first effort is a Test is a LIE: it is "always" an attempt to dangle a carrot in order to secure a low fee from you.
But, if you are curious to know if Client is authentic, try these tricks to determine so:
- Look at the Ave Fee per Hour that client pays -- if it is lower than your fee rate, run.
- Has the client hired for similar sounding jobs in the past? If so, they hooked a sucker. Why is client post the same/similar job again? Why not use same Freelancer?
- Has client's prior jobs had negative Freelance reviews: dead give-away. BUT, more important are the "no comment" prior jobs. Why? Freelancers are reluctant to slam clients for fear of retribution and a bad UW rating -- I view no comments more negatively than bad reviews for this reason.
SUMMARY: Best to thumbs-down the "Test Project" posts - they are low value projects from clients that do not seek relationships.
I have completed over 130 jobs on Upwork.
I assume that ALL of them were tests.
If the work I do isn't to the client's liking, then she should absolutely not hire me again.
I think that every job on Upwork should be a paid test.
And every client should know that the only way to accurately test a freelancer is to hire the freelancer at the regular rate.
If you hire a freelancer at $5/hour for a job that you intend to pay them $10/hour for on an ongoing basis, then the results will be invalid.
Paid test projects and trials are allowed on Upwork. Moreover, they are often a very good way for the freelancer and the client to figure out if they trust each other and are comfortable to work together before they dive into a bigger project.
Freelancers are free to bid on test jobs with the rate they consider appropriate for such project.
Additionally, please, note that a duplicate post of yours about the same topic has been removed.
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