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Melinda M Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
1 of 17

Has any else noticed fewer invitations for jobs without sending in a proposal, or is it just me? 

I haven't received an out of the blue invitation to interview in 2 months. I used to receive them often.

 

Thoughts?

Community Guru
Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
2 of 17

Melinda,

 

I don't know what clients previously had to pay Upwork for more than 3 invites per job post, but this is the policy now:

 

Clients on an Upwork Basic account are limited to 3 invites per job post. If you’d like to invite additional freelancers and agencies to your job, consider upgrading to an Upwork Plus account.

Community Guru
Kelly B Member Since: Jan 1, 2016
3 of 17

I hope Upwork is keeping some statistics with this one because it seems like 3 free invites is just woefully inadequate for most clients. The serious ones will already be Pro members (or Plus or whatever it is) but I imagine some potential/would be Plus clients are ending up disappointed and leaving because with only three invites they are likely to have all three either be ignored or declined. I don't know what the correct number of free invites would be but I feel certain it's more than three.

Community Guru
Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
4 of 17

Kelly B wrote:

I imagine some potential/would be Plus clients are ending up disappointed and leaving ...


Where would they leave to lol?

I don't know another site that had a better algorithm for suggesting potential matches to invite like Upwork does.

All other freelance sites, even the second largest, are largely based on the open marketplace model.

It appears the Upwork team decided from their data that the ability to invite a ton of freelancers is a feature most clients can do without. Call it a non-essential feature, if you may.

And also because limiting the number reasonably will help freelancers command better rates.

Community Guru
Kelly B Member Since: Jan 1, 2016
5 of 17

Abinadab A wrote:

Kelly B wrote:

I imagine some potential/would be Plus clients are ending up disappointed and leaving ...


Where would they leave to lol?

I don't know another site that had a better algorithm for suggesting potential matches to invite like Upwork does.

All other freelance sites, even the second largest, are largely based on the open marketplace model.

It appears the Upwork team decided from their data that the ability to invite a ton of freelancers is a feature most clients can do without. Call it a non-essential feature, if you may.

And also because limiting the number reasonably will help freelancers command better rates.


There are plenty of other freelance sites. Everyone on here says the reason so many jobs just stay open forever with no hires is because the same job is listed elsewhere. I never said they should be able to invite a "ton" of freelancers; I said from my own experience (of declining the majority of invites I receive), I don't think three invites is enough for a client to have a good shot of finding a good/suitable AND AVAILABLE freelancer. Apparently enough clients agreed with me that Upwork is changing the amount.

Community Leader
Allen W Member Since: Oct 7, 2017
6 of 17

I have always gotten a decent number of invites. After Upwork rolled out specialized profiles, I was getting one to two a day and I believe I secured a contract or two from them. However, I came here today to ask this exact question. Over the last few weeks, I've gotten virtually no invitations to interview. 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
7 of 17

Clients have to pay to invite more than a few people now. I don't see many featured or Plus members in my section, so my personal opinion is that they are posting publicly instead and not finding good freelancers and that is why people seem to feel that hiring percentages are dropping. If clients could invite 10ish people, they would be able to find a least 2-3 people that they like. 

 

I think they said they raised the invite limit to 6, but I still don't think that's enough.

Community Leader
Melinda M Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
8 of 17
Seems Upwork is ruining aome things for Freelancers. It has changed a lot.
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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
9 of 17

Seems to me like there is no rhyme or reason to it. I've been actively using the site for 4 months. I have a JSS of 99% and great feedback, got plenty of work out in the open market place and delighted with how things have gone, but receive less than 5 invites per month.

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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
10 of 17

Melinda M wrote:
Seems Upwork is ruining aome things for Freelancers. It has changed a lot.

Ask the freelancers on this forum who say they've landed unbelievable contracts on Upwork in the last few weeks/months, and you'll hear a different story.

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