Melinda M wrote:
Have you landed a great job through out of the blue invites?
I'm writing about clients reaching out to you without you submitting a proposal.
I've lived the last couple of years on Upwork on invites, which is why this change makes me rage (charging client change). I don't think I've won an open marketplace bid in ages but it's possible I just don't remember.
Jennifer M wrote:
I think they said they raised the invite limit to 6, but I still don't think that's enough.
Yes, one of the mods (Valeria) said they had carefully considered feedback from clients and would be increasing the number to 6.
But I don't think the Team is serious about implementing that increase because everything on the present Upwork documentation says it's 3 invites for Basic. Last I checked (a few days ago).
Jennifer M wrote:
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.
That's an interesting take on the situation, and I bet you're right. Upwork says that they implemented the new connects policy because clients don't want to wade through tons of bids, but at the same time, they've effectively stopped clients from controlling the amount of bids they receive by setting up invite-only projects (since three invites doesn't leave enough options to choose from, especially if one or more freelancers decline). Ten invitations WOULD be more reasonable.
The three-invite policy hurts clients, hurts freelancers, and hurts Upwork. It doesn't make any sense.
I used to get multiple invitations to interview per day.
Close to none.
Funny how it's coincided with the new Connects policy, where we have to pay to apply...
Not a fan of these changes at all.
In any case, you can be more successful on Upwork with little or no invites.