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Having trouble getting jobs since the Coronavirus?

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Judi B Member Since: Dec 7, 2015
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I have been with Upwork for years, but in the last couple of months, my jobs have practically stopped. Does anyone else have this problem?

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Michael J Member Since: Jan 15, 2020
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Hi Everyone,

 

I've been active on Upwork since June 2019, and so far I've had a tremendous year. I am graduating college this year, and things were going so well that I decided to make Upwork a full time job after college. However, with the current state of the world right now, I had some questions. This is my first post to the community, so I'm still new to this. 

 

With the current state of the world and COVID-19, how will freelancers on Upwork be effected by this? Will we see a tremendous decrease in possible jobs and contracts (I am a mobile app developer.) As I begin my career after college, I want to be prepared for what is ahead of me.

 

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this based on predictions, prior experience, or just any advice in general.

 

Thank you! 

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Douglas P Member Since: Apr 6, 2020
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Hi Michael, 

 

I think it should be evidently clear that while freelancing is a good way to make additional money it should not be your career choice. In times like this, there is no safety net for people in the "gig" economy and no government assistance. My advice is to get in at a company on the ground floor when this is all over and use Upwork as a way to grow your income. Just my opinion but for all those out of work, the people with social assistance are in a much better position than those without. 

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Jon G Member Since: Jun 5, 2017
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Been around a while too.... currently burning through connects with 0 responses, job quality has seemed to drop (other than the usual "build me a time traveling robot" Budget:$10 type jobs)

I'm starting to wonder if something is broken?

It could also be that with everyone sitting around at home in quarantine there is a large influx of low quality job posts and a reduction in high quality work.

 

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Kendra C Member Since: Feb 18, 2019
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I can build you a time travelling robot for $10. He is also invisible =)

 


Jon G wrote:

Been around a while too.... currently burning through connects with 0 responses, job quality has seemed to drop (other than the usual "build me a time traveling robot" Budget:$10 type jobs)

I'm starting to wonder if something is broken?

It could also be that with everyone sitting around at home in quarantine there is a large influx of low quality job posts and a reduction in high quality work.

 


 

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Rafsun S Member Since: Feb 10, 2018
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Same here! No responses for about a month! "Coronavirus" could be a reason for not getting any responses. But did you notice the reality here? It seems that there are huge numbers of freelancers in the field now. 95% of Jobs are receiving 50+ proposals within a few minutes, some are within even 5 minutes, whatever the job...whatever the payment method - verified or non-verified! Luckily I had some old clients but most of them also have disappeared for a month! I believe "Coronavirus" is a part of the reason. But at the same time, I don't think Coronavirus" is 100% responsible! I am not sure but maybe there are not many or regular clients here now, and people are trying to earn something staying at home and start to open an account in UW or other sites and they are applying! So it's a tough time for the clients too who are posting jobs here as they are getting too many proposals, the result is most of the clients are not hiring anyone! And as a Freelancers, I am feeling that I need to be the luckiest one to get a response among those 50+ Freelancers.

Anyway, STAY HOME! STAY SAFE! 

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Judi B Member Since: Dec 7, 2015
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Good response. For the first time, I find it hard to get jobs. Even when I
think I'm getting one and have had interaction with the person, after a
while, I never hear from them again. Which rarely happens. It has been a
month since I've had a job other than a little $50 one.
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Rocio G Member Since: Apr 2, 2019
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I 100% agree with your response. That being said, it seems like a good number of the posts are "spam" employers as well as freelancers in need (and I'm not judging) who are posting their talents as "jobs".  I wish Upwork would have a way to filter at least the fake job posts who specifically provide their contact information in an attempt to grab vulnerable freelancers.  While I don't flag the freelancer's posting their talents, I did flag a fake "potential employer" because he asked for work outside of Upwork.  

 

I'm just mentioning this in case it helps any freelancer, especially during this trying time to fall prey to scammers who have no regard for anyone but themselves whatsover. Stay safe everyone and best of luck in the job hunt. I do believe we'll all be fine; it's only a matter of being patient. 

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sharoon s Member Since: Mar 15, 2020
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Hello, I SEO and Digital marketing person I am very confused that I could not have a client for a while is this due to coronavirus or something else please help. Is coronavirus hurting the freelancer project as well?

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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sharoon s wrote:

Hello, I SEO and Digital marketing person I am very confused that I could not have a client for a while is this due to coronavirus or something else please help. Is coronavirus hurting the freelancer project as well?


According to your profile you have never won a contract at all, not just "for a while."

 

You are in a super overcrowded category and your profile is weak, so that is more likely the reason. Coronavirus is making things harder for everyone as well.

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