Jul 1, 2019 04:56:12 PM Edited Jul 1, 2019 04:57:20 PM by Chris K
Jul 1, 2019 05:08:06 PM by Tiffany S
Chris K wrote:
Have to say im pretty disappointed about the new connects. Jobs are now costing between 2-6 connects that used to be 2 only. Freelancers had to pay enough % before which i was fine with. If you want to keep proposals down how about encouraging clients to search for freelancers, make them verify payment before posting and how about limiting the number of proposals clients can accept. Id be fine with paying the new connects price if it wasnt for connects for jobs going up. What good does this do for freelancers?
Well, if you make clients verify payment method before posting, a lot of good clients will go somewhere else. Obviously, neither Upwork nor freelancers want to drive clients away.
If you limit the number of proposals a client can receive, the client will get proposals from the fastest freelancers, not the best. Since the freelancers who are quickest to submit proposals are typically those having trouble finding jobs (successful freelancers are busy working), that significantly decreases the likelihood that a client will find a freelancer he/she wants to work with. Again, clients leave.
How is chasing clients off the platform good for freelancers?
Jul 1, 2019 05:16:38 PM by Chris K
Jul 1, 2019 05:49:22 PM by Lois C
The more important question is: How is chasing freelancers off the platform good for Upwork?
Jul 1, 2019 06:28:06 PM by Will L
Upwork has publicly stated that it has far more registered freelancers than are necessary to provide the services required by the much smaller number of registered clients. As a result, retaining freelancers is not a goal management concerns itself with.
Management has also said "we have made and will make further changes to our pricing model (which) may, among other things, result in user dissatisfaction."
There is more to come as Upwork searches for ways to make its operations profitable. We should wish them well.