I am also a premium member of UpWork from day one but I was not able to consume all my connects in a single month. From last 4 months, I never went below 200 connects from my account.
Though I have a lot of problem and issues with Upwork. But what I suggest that the difference between paid membership and free must be 50%. If Paid Members get 80 connects and then Free Members connects should be 40. It's sound fair.
Here is the screenshot of my connects history which is going to be a rollover in next 5 days and I'll get 80 more.
Well guys let me tell you how one other platform works. I signed up for **edited for Community Guidelines**, and over there you have to pay to bid on projects. In the space I am working they wanted $30/bid. They also say that on an average you have to bid on 10 jobs to land one. I am below average so I have to plonk out about $400 to land a $500 job (most of the jobs I saw had a budget in the range of $400-$700). Don't bid on too many jobs. I never use all my connect and am happy with the free plan.
@Vasil Z wrote:
Tottally agree wirh you. As a music/sound freelancer I find first of all the 30 bids per month not enough. That is let's say 1 bid per day. I understand that Upwork is in this way somehow filtering their freelancers and the quality of bids. But on the other hand you must also filter the quality of projects posted to the platforms. I have bided last month to 30 projects, one per day in a carefully selected project, but at the end 70% of these projects are not serious projects, till now without an awarded freelancer and no one is interviewed.
I think Upwork must really rethink their platform.
Cost of connects aside, if you're taking the time to bid on 30 projects each month and the projects in your field pay $35-50, isn't that a net loss, anyway? Even if you spend ten minutes per proposal (with no time reading through for opportunities or in discussions with the client), you're investing five hours plus the time you spend on the project to make $35-50. That seems to suggest that Upwork just isn't a good fit for the type of work that you do.
Maybe it's your strategy that is flawed, then. Maybe you should consider setting a floor on the value of jobs you bid on, so as not to waste so much time and so many connects on jobs that aren't worth the investment.
@Vasil: Have you considered the fact that no one is willing to pay your price for whatever you are offering? More connects would mean you will just waste time chasing the stuff that is not going to happen.
Thanks for replying
I am new to up work but not as a sound/audio/music freelancer.
Yes, I have thought of that but then I look to the other freelancer platforms where I work and complete project after project, and I haven't started there with 30 bids per month. That was my point....30 bids per month are not enough for a fresh new freelancer to build his repüutation in a logical time frame.
1. If there is another platform where a freelancer can land job after job, why use Upwork?
2. If there are so few gigs on Upwork that a new freelancer can't get a start, why should Upwork facilitate adding new freelancers? It would seem to me the focus should be on acquiring new clients for existing freelancers.
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