Dante H wrote:
I really prefer to keep only the main profile, so how can I add an portfolio section without having to create an specialized profile?
Dante, you can't, unless Upwork decides to allow everyone to change their portfolio without creating a specialized profile.
"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
I have to agree with all of the complaints above. It is ridiculous that I cannot add portfolio items to my main portfolio. What happens if I DO create a specialized portfolio? Do all the items automatically migrate to my main portfolio? What if a client is just browsing freelancers and looks at my main portfolio and there's nothing there.
When I hear the statement that this is "working as designed" I want to know who did the UI/UX research on this "feature" and what methodology they used. They certainly didn't ask any users.
John M wrote:
...When I hear the statement that this is "working as designed" I want to know who did the UI/UX research on this "feature" and what methodology they used. They certainly didn't ask any users.
Upwork introduced this feature for IT workers. When they saw an increase in either hiring or revenue in that segment, they made one of their infamously unsupported extrapolations, and made it a stridently and insistently promoted "option" across the board. Despite clamor from users reporting a poorly-executed implementation and users for whom specialized profiles make no sense, Upwork has now resorted to coercion for this "option."
This is a big problem. I echo the setiments of everyone above that forcing freelancers to add a specialized profile just so they can add portfolio items is ridiculous. And while I hear "specialized proflies are better for searching and connecting freelancers to clients" it should be our decision to use them if it fits within our business. A specialized profile doesn't fit within what I do so now I'm stuck not being able to add more portfolio items.
Portfolio items should be optionally tied to specialized profiles. Not required.
Your limitation is hurting our business.
You make it sound like this impacts those who want/need a specialized profile. You say "We will soon be launching a new feature that allows freelancers with specialized profiles a more modern way to showcase their work to potential clients – portfolio templates."
However, the current process FORCES a specialized profile if you want to add any portfolio items. Why was this change made? Why do I need to create a specialized profile when my main profile covers everything I need? UW is forcing people to create a specialized profile if they want to display their work even if they only do one thing. This makes no sense.
LOL @ Mary. You can supply the popcorn ... that way you'll not feel left out.
Offerng specialized profiles is a service some genres of work can benefit from.
Requiring them is an all together different matter.
We all know that U has been pushing (read basically demanding) agency affiliation as they seem to be convinced it is more lucrative. Requiring specialized profiles was the first tangible step to this.
If we are unable to add portfolio items to primary profiles OR are able to add portfolio items only to /if the same item resides in a specialized profile U.'s shift to agency-only is confirmed. It might take a while ... but we're rather adept at ferreting out intentions by now.
Hi Scott, Mary and Wendy,
I moved your posts from the Portfolio Templates announcement thread to this one, discussing the recent changes you mentioned in your comments, which weren't directly related to the subject of the Templates announcement thread but are relevant to the recent discussion in this thread.
Thank you for sharing your feedback and sentiment around the recent changes affecting the process of adding new Portfolio items. We've shared your views with our team and will follow up with an update on this thread soon.
I'd like to add to the general sentiment.
I was having issues adding work to my portfolio and had to google the problem.
Specialized profiles should be OPTIONAL.
This shouldn't be made more difficult than it has to be.