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Client exploiting samples to get a free job

89am_studio
Ace Contributor

There are many clients who request samples in photoshop jobs, to test your skills, this could be ok and I often work on these tests and forward them with the proposal.

 

The problem is that some clients just use these "samples test" to exploit freelancers and get a free work.

 

Today I have applied to a job where there was a portrait to retouch as a "test", and 5 more portraits to edit as the job itself.

I have worked on my test, as many others did, and I have seen that the client replied to everyone or almost everyone who applied, me included. He told me I did a great job, but he still needed to look at the other works to decide which one to choose.

 

Well, after a few hours, he closed the job and nobody got hired, I suspect he just needed that picture retouched and have opened that job just to get the work done for free.

 

How Upwork deals with this type of situations?

The conversation is locked so I cannot even flag the client for free work.

 

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