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Doubt about TOS

m_terrazas
Community Guru
Maria T Member Since: Nov 12, 2015
1 of 14

Hi, 

 

I have been looking for this in Forums and in Help but I can't find it 😞

 

How long should I stay in Upwork working with the same client?

 

I know this has already been discussed but find nothing.
My "perfect" English is to blame.

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
2 of 14

@Maria T wrote:

Hi, 

 

I have been looking for this in Forums and in Help but I can't find it 😞

 

How long should I stay in Upwork working with the same client?

 

 


As long as you want. But I guess that you real question is: how long before I can take a client off-platform?

 

And the answer is 24 months.

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
m_terrazas
Community Guru
Maria T Member Since: Nov 12, 2015
3 of 14

Thanks Rene,

 

That's exactly what I meant Smiley LOL

colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
4 of 14

@Maria T wrote:

Hi, 

 

I have been looking for this in Forums and in Help but I can't find it 😞

 

How long should I stay in Upwork working with the same client?

 

I know this has already been discussed but find nothing.
My "perfect" English is to blame.



 Have a look at item 7: CIRCUMVENTION

 

https://www.upwork.com/legal/

vladag
Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
5 of 14

Hi Maria,

 

I can confirm the information Rene and Nichola shared. Thank you R&N!

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prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 14

If you have worked for two years for a client, and you're only paying 5 percent fees to Upwork (maybe ten percent), your payments are automatically handled, and all the hours you work or all the contracts you do for a client accumulate to your Upwork profile... And your Job Success Score is positively affected by having this long-them client, and maybe by their feedback if they hire you for multiple separate contracts...

 

...then I can't imagine most contractors would feel very motivated to move clients off platform.

 

There seems to be so little benefit to doing so, relative to the benefits and ease of operations one has by using Upwork.

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
7 of 14

Not everybody is at the 5% mark after 2 years with one client.

 

Also, there is $/€ exchange rate. When a client in EU hires a freelancer in EU, their Euros are converted to Dollars and then back to Euros.

 

That's 10% + 10% exchange fees, plus let say 10% of Upwork fees.

 

If a freelancer has an otherwise steady flow of clients on Upwork, he or she may want to get rid of Upwork after 24 months and save -30% on fees.

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prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
8 of 14

Rene, thank you for your input and perspective. I had not considered these things at all. Clearly I'm very fortunate that I don't face these currency exchange issues.

m_terrazas
Community Guru
Maria T Member Since: Nov 12, 2015
9 of 14

Thank you very much to all. It's good to have people willing to help.

 

Preston, your opinion seems very successful, for some contractors, and I have been fortunate that Rene passed me in answer.
He has done so much better than what I could do 🙂

 

Thanks again for being there !!

mthornton-cpc
Community Guru
Melissa T Member Since: Dec 5, 2014
10 of 14

I'm like Preston, Rene. I hadn't considered the currency exchange at all. Do you have to pay exchange fees directly through Upwork on your earnings? Nearly 30% is a sizable hit. Yikes!

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