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Clients wanting at least 100 or 500 hours to apply

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Stephen L V Member Since: Feb 18, 2015
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This is more a frustration-venting-exercise than a plea for help, but I have noticed a seemingly recent uptake in clients who want freelancers with 100 or more hours to apply, yet they have invited clients to apply that have far less, in some cases 0 hours. I only have 85 hours clocked in, so I don't apply to these jobs (admittedly I have in the pre-connects days). I've completed 99 jobs on here, mostly fixed rate, and have worked well over 100 hours for clients. I understand that it is a client's perogative to invite whomever they want to apply, but it is frustrating to see a freelancer with zero hours invited when I know that if I apply the client won't even see my application because it will be hidden due to my "lack" of hours.

Again, not expecting a solution, just venting.

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Suzanne N Member Since: Aug 15, 2012
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@Stephen L V wrote:

This is more a frustration-venting-exercise than a plea for help, but I have noticed a seemingly recent uptake in clients who want freelancers with 100 or more hours to apply, yet they have invited clients to apply that have far less, in some cases 0 hours. I only have 85 hours clocked in, so I don't apply to these jobs (admittedly I have in the pre-connects days). I've completed 99 jobs on here, mostly fixed rate, and have worked well over 100 hours for clients. I understand that it is a client's perogative to invite whomever they want to apply, but it is frustrating to see a freelancer with zero hours invited when I know that if I apply the client won't even see my application because it will be hidden due to my "lack" of hours.

Again, not expecting a solution, just venting.


Stephen,

 

It won't always be hidden, my first job I did not have the hours he was looking for or feedback, but I had all the skills and he hired me. There is not a reason you shouldn't apply for one of those jobs if you have the skills, and it seems you have worked fixed price jobs so explain it if it is a job who is looking for someone with hours. Tell them why you would be perfect for the job.


I doubt you will be hidden due to hours, you would be more likely to be hidden because you did not have the skillset the client was looking for.

 

 

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Lisa D Member Since: Aug 19, 2010
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I wanted to apply to a job for posting blogs as per their specs. 100 hours and more. I mean the employer is giving out all the details and a beginner or a novice to an expert cannot go wrong. Yet, 100 hours is specified. Does UpWork want % or not? What if those 100hrs+ are not always available since they have those 100hrs + and I do not. I have like 15 hours. And then again how do we calculate those 100 hrs + I believe it's how fast you give back the work completed. That was my mistake. I should have said it took 10 hours instead of 1 hour.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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@Lisa D wrote:

I wanted to apply to a job for posting blogs as per their specs. 100 hours and more. I mean the employer is giving out all the details and a beginner or a novice to an expert cannot go wrong. Yet, 100 hours is specified. Does UpWork want % or not? What if those 100hrs+ are not always available since they have those 100hrs + and I do not. I have like 15 hours. And then again how do we calculate those 100 hrs + I believe it's how fast you give back the work completed. That was my mistake. I should have said it took 10 hours instead of 1 hour.


It sounds like you have a lot of misconceptions.

 

First, I'm not sure what Upwork wanting a percentage or not could possibly have to do with this, since it's the client that sets requirements for the job, not Upwork.

 

Second, hours worked are calculated on one thing: the number of hours you have billed on hourly contracts. You could have worked 10,000 hours on fixed price contracts and your Upwork hours would still be at zero. For that reason, it's a flawed measure (which many clients don't understand) and Upwork should make some sort of adaptation to show experience whether it is in fixed price or hourly format.

 

All that said, you're not prevented from bidding on jobs with requirements you don't meet, and if you feel qualified you should. I've worked almost exclusively fixed price and will likely never get to 100 hours, but I've definitely been awarded jobs that listed that as a requirement.

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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@Lisa D wrote:

I wanted to apply to a job for posting blogs as per their specs. 100 hours and more. I mean the employer is giving out all the details and a beginner or a novice to an expert cannot go wrong. Yet, 100 hours is specified. Does UpWork want % or not? What if those 100hrs+ are not always available since they have those 100hrs + and I do not. I have like 15 hours. And then again how do we calculate those 100 hrs + I believe it's how fast you give back the work completed. That was my mistake. I should have said it took 10 hours instead of 1 hour.


 So your solution to not meeting a prospective client's requirements is that you should have defrauded your previous clients by lying about your hours? 

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Melanie H Member Since: Nov 2, 2017
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I've never worried about the job stating a requirement of X amount of hours. I've definitely worked more than one hundred hours here, but that's not shown simply because I have so many fixed-price contracts. I've been hired when the requirements showed one hundred or more hours.

 

 

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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@Melanie H wrote:

I've never worried about the job stating a requirement of X amount of hours. I've definitely worked more than one hundred hours here, but that's not shown simply because I have so many fixed-price contracts. I've been hired when the requirements showed one hundred or more hours.

 

 


 That's always been my perspective, too. But, if the "talent specialists" are archiving proposals, this may be more of an issue than it used to be.

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