Yeah, I feel your pain. I don't bid for any projects less than $500 anymore, it's just not worth it, and I don't bid on projects that have more than 20 bidders. Since the change in Upwork fees, I calculate my costs per bid as about $1 for every other bidder. After all, if there are 35 other bidders, then if everything is equal, I'd get one in 35 of those jobs, and it costs about a dollar per bid now. I also check the clients profile very carefully, and don't bid on any jobs for new clients.
I'm very disappointed with Upwork lately. I've never done that much work on Upwork because I get a lot more per hour when I find the clients myself, and now with the additional costs I think about every bid, and most of the time, I decide not to bid.
Upwork must be under new management or they're trying a new business model, and it doesn't work well for me anymore.
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