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Re: Is Upwork fees 20% TOO high?

hoyle_editing
Community Guru
Jonathan H Member Since: Jun 19, 2019
41 of 57

Perhaps it is because you have presented you opinion as 'fact' which it certainly is not. Remember this is a discussion forum, so you should expect people to reply if you post - its the very nature of a forum.

 

I'm also unsure on the 'assumptions' you think i have made? I offered some advice in my first reply to help you think of the fees in a different way (since you are inferring you are not happy with them).

 

I am unsure why you appear to feel 'entitled' to get jobs - you only pay the 20% fee on the jobs you get, so if the advertising isnt working you dont pay it! 

 

Sometimes it is helpful to look at yourself for the reason things are not working the way you want.

I for one dont get 'enough' work, but i am taking steps to try and improve both my 'job skills' and  client communication skills in order to improve that fact. I feel this is likely a better method than blaming other people/upwork ect. 

taz1004
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Brian C Member Since: Oct 27, 2019
42 of 57

"Perhaps it is because you have presented you opinion as 'fact' which it certainly is not."

 

Let's see, the post asked "Is Upwork fees 20% TOO high?"  Clearly asking for opinions.

The answer above me by JohnD said "Upwork fees are extremely reasonable."

And I said "Upwork fees are extremely unreasonable"

 

So was JohnD stating fact or opinion?

 

Your statements are just **Edited for Community Guidelines**.

kochubei_valeria
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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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All, 

 

A few posts have been removed from this thread as they were in violation of the Community Guidelines.

Please, be mindful of the Guidelines, respectful toward other Community members and avoid personal attacks.

~ Valeria
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feed_my_eyes
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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
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Brian C wrote:

 

Maybe I should be getting MORE work than I should be and Upwork "ADVERTISING" is working against me.

 


I'm genuinely curious as to why someone who thinks their business is being negatively impacted would want to keep using Upwork?

 

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Brian C wrote:

 

 

Maybe I should be getting MORE work than I should be and Upwork "ADVERTISING" is working against me.

 

Upwork's advertising is working against you? So, the millions of dollars Upwork spends drawing clients to the site is making it HARDER for you to connect with prospective clients rather than easier? If that is somehow true, then obviously you should go to the places where it is easier for you to connect with clients. The fact that you haven't done that suggests that in fact you think the clients are here, and that Upwork's advertising is working.

sergiosampalo
Active Member
Sergio S Member Since: Dec 1, 2020
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I think the fees are way to high. I used to work with real work agency and they cost less than Upwork, this is the model in wich the freelancers are getting more precarious with time. This said, I am thinking about to leave the platform for good.

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Brian C wrote:

Upwork fees are extremely unreasonable for what they do (or NOT do) to protect the freelancers.


I suppose you might feel that way if your motivation for paying Upwork is so that they will protect you from your clients. The primary value of the site for most freelancers is the large selection of clients that gathers here due to the millions of dollars Upwork spends each month promoting the site to prospective clients. 

49c24f0f
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Nikola D Member Since: Dec 11, 2020
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It is too high.
Everyone feels safer to work over this platform, but when you see 20% fee , you get tempted to go outside platform,
So lower fee's would mean more freelancers and clients actually stayng on platform(since it is safer)

kamalanand25290
Active Member
Kamal A Member Since: Feb 20, 2018
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To be honest, 20% is way high for individual part time freelancers.

Actually it is not 20%

For last project I earned $30. Upwork deducted $6 searvice charges. 5% of $30 tax which is $1.5. I transfered my money to my bank account, it deducted $1 for transaction. So at the end I got $21.5 from $30 that my client paid.

For individual with low price per hour, this 20% deduction + transaction charges + tax is way high. In my journey with upwork there are only 3 clients which crossed $500. Rest all are below $500. So I paid 20% for all my jobs.

And now connects are paid.

Upwork says they are deducting this amount for security of our payments. Why don't you create different plan for it as well. Make a subscription for security. Anyone who think they need it will subscribe for security and pay 20% of their earning and the one who think they don't need it will not subscribe and will get least deduction say 5% or 8%.

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
50 of 57

Kamal A wrote:

Upwork says they are deducting this amount for security of our payments. 


No, they don't say anything of the sort.

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