I'm just guessing that this client knows he can't set the hourly rate to below 3$. Why not try to scam people with the help of a fixed price job. I'm really fed up with this site at the moment as this is a platform where the audacity of clients isn't met with scrutiny. You can read it all over the forums that freelancer's get suspended but clients will most likely just get a light slap on their wrist......Some of you might remember the last time I posted a job opening with let's say rather questionable client behaviour and it took literally several times till Upwork adressed the issue.
So here we go again, he's offering basically $1.25 an hour and has the audacity to ask if people understand that they have to work 160 hours a month as an interview question:
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Wow. 40 hours a week for $200. Wow. Just Wow.
But, someone bid $1 as a bid, so.... I mean, if I'm an awful person, I wouldn't be able to carry out my awfulness if no one like.. bid $1.
I don't know... The client-side interface won't actually let a client create a sub-$3.00/hr job.
The client the original poster describes is trying to get around this using a fixed-price job. Nobody is forcing contractors to work for lowball clients.
I just can't get worked up about this. I know that low-quality contractors are a problem. But I prefer to focus on providing high-quality value to clients that they will want to pay top dollar for. For me that's a solution that works.
Trying to stem the tide of low-quality contractors by policing client behavior seems like a losing battle to me (or at the very least, not worthy my time).
I totally agree with you. But there's a reason why the "minimum wage" is three $3. And he obviously expects hourly work and circumvents that with a fixed price job being well aware of that...
@Aleksandra K wrote:
I guarantee half of those people who applied never read the description as some of them have pretty high rates…
That's a fair point which I obviously missed:-)
While I reckon it's not worth getting too wound up about, I do think, as a general point of principle, Upwork should enforce policy a bit more... forcefully on the client side. That on its own wouldn't deliver utopia or anything, but every little counts.
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