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I am trying to update my portfolio with a new folder but cant

researchediting
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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Valeria K wrote:

Hi Sanja and Virginia,

 

Currently by design in order add items to their portfolio the freelancer will need to create a Specialized Profile if they don't have any. We do appreciate feedback and will take it into consideration when making future updates to the feature.


Thanks, Valeria, for confirming that this is an existing operational necessity, that it is under review, and that one can answer this longstanding question without mentioning "encouragement."

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Valeria K wrote:

Hi Sanja and Virginia,

 

Currently by design in order add items to their portfolio the freelancer will need to create a Specialized Profile if they don't have any. We do appreciate feedback and will take it into consideration when making future updates to the feature.


Wow ... just wow. I know you don't have anything to do with this, but this is just one more way Upwork keeps inserting itself into our personal business and how we want to sell ourselves. What right do they have? I thought I was an independent freelancer, but apparently that's not the case. Upwork is my boss, my clueless boss.

 

When was the last time Upwork took anything we have to say into consideration? The answer to that is never. Nor does anyone appreciate our feedback.It's laughable to even suggest that.

 

I do not want, nor do I need, to be "specialized". Nice, Upwork, I'll have an aging portfolio that doesn't include recent projects I've gotten permission to use, because you people can't see the forest for the trees.

 

dzadza
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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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Virginia F wrote:

Valeria K wrote:

Hi Sanja and Virginia,

 

Currently by design in order add items to their portfolio the freelancer will need to create a Specialized Profile if they don't have any. We do appreciate feedback and will take it into consideration when making future updates to the feature.


Wow ... just wow. I know you don't have anything to do with this, but this is just one more way Upwork keeps inserting itself into our personal business and how we want to sell ourselves. What right do they have? I thought I was an independent freelancer, but apparently that's not the case. Upwork is my boss, my clueless boss.

 

When was the last time Upwork took anything we have to say into consideration? The answer to that is never. Nor does anyone appreciate our feedback.It's laughable to even suggest that.

 

I do not want, nor do I need, to be "specialized". Nice, Upwork, I'll have an aging portfolio that doesn't include recent projects I've gotten permission to use, because you people can't see the forest for the trees.

 


I will just add one sentence to the beginning of my UW profile - "Upwork disabled adding projects to portfolio so here are dropbox links" - I see no other way to present my work...

dzadza
Community Guru
Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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Valeria K wrote:

Hi Sanja and Virginia,

 

Currently by design in order add items to their portfolio the freelancer will need to create a Specialized Profile if they don't have any. We do appreciate feedback and will take it into consideration when making future updates to the feature.


And if I don't want to mess around with buggy specialized profile? What then?   

So - to clarify - we can't add items to our general portfolio and we are forced to create specialized portfolios, right? And we are not allowed to put any links to external portfolio sites (like Behance)? Why  not deleting the general portfolio altogether?

Print design (or design for print) is not on the list - so  I don't need the specialized profile - and I can't add new samples to my portfolio. So - what's your suggestion? To create specialized portfolio for something I don't do?

ko1967
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Kevin O Member Since: Feb 27, 2019
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All - I think I just figured out what is happening and why Upwork is trying to force us to have specialized profiles.  It hit me when I tried to add a portfolio to bogus specialized profile and Upwork forced me to add a picture for the portfolio (which is ridiculous in and of itself).

 

Upwork is trying to push mobile (less scrolling, more pictures, etc).

 

Well, newsflash Upwork, most business is not done on the mobile platform.  Do you also want me to code on a mobile device.  Maybe you should limit proposals to 500 characters so that users don't have to scroll to read the proposal on their mobile device.  Maybe remove the website all together and force users to  mobile apps.

 

Please allow freelancers to use your tool as it best suits them.  If a user wants 25 porfolio items on a general profile let them make that decision and it hurts their business because mobile users don't scroll to read them all then that's the freelancers choice.  But don't restrict our ability as freelancers to make a living because you are mobile centric.

 

Forcing specialized profiles in order to have more portfolios is the worst thing I've seen on Upwork to date.

dzadza
Community Guru
Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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Kevin O wrote:

All - I think I just figured out what is happening and why Upwork is trying to force us to have specialized profiles.  It hit me when I tried to add a portfolio to bogus specialized profile and Upwork forced me to add a picture for the portfolio (which is ridiculous in and of itself).

 

Upwork is trying to push mobile (less scrolling, more pictures, etc).

 

Well, newsflash Upwork, most business is not done on the mobile platform.  Do you also want me to code on a mobile device.  Maybe you should limit proposals to 500 characters so that users don't have to scroll to read the proposal on their mobile device.  Maybe remove the website all together and force users to  mobile apps.

 

Please allow freelancers to use your tool as it best suits them.  If a user wants 25 porfolio items on a general profile let them make that decision and it hurts their business because mobile users don't scroll to read them all then that's the freelancers choice.  But don't restrict our ability as freelancers to make a living because you are mobile centric.

 

Forcing specialized profiles in order to have more portfolios is the worst thing I've seen on Upwork to date.


oh, that's just grand, isn't it!
we'll also get more  of those "need tre logo"s" job postings with obligatory "this job was posted from a mobile device, so pardon any errors..." 
at least we know who UW target clients are - subway riders  Smiley Frustrated 

iaabraham
Community Guru
Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Seriously, Upwork, please roll back this requirement. It's not cool forcing us into specialized profiles. While you're at it, please remove the bloody popup that's been festering at the top of my profile -- I'm NOT going to split my profile up just because you think it will help my business (it won't).

 

If you're going to eventually make it mandatory for all freelancers to have specialized profiles, do it now instead of playing all these weird, coercive games.

joduxbury
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Jo D Member Since: Jun 14, 2017
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Posting here to add to the requests for making specialist profiles OPTIONAL please.

 

I do not need specialist profiles.

 

It's ridiculous to force this on us in order to keep our portfolio up to date and add  links and images to Upwork projects we've completed. 

jongordon_ca
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Jon G Member Since: Jun 5, 2017
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I have a sneaking suspicion the move to forcing Specialized Portfolios is because at some point in the near future they are going to start charging us to host portfolios.

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Jon G wrote:

I have a sneaking suspicion the move to forcing Specialized Portfolios is because at some point in the near future they are going to start charging us to host portfolios.


It's best not to give U any ideas, Jon.

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