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Paid Membership - Is it worth it?

tgstudio
Community Guru
Amy T Member Since: Jan 31, 2013
1 of 28

I know there have been some posts about paid memberships but not much was said.

 

What I would like to know has anyone with a paid membership experience any benefits from it? Have you encountered more headaches?

 

I'm not too concerned about the connects (though it would be nice to have them rollover in case of a rainy day). Does the rollover work? Does the view competitor bids work?

 

I don't want to pay for a membership if there are issues with it.

d_lidwell
Community Guru
Dawn L Member Since: Sep 3, 2015
2 of 28

I was actually just wondering the same thing. The 10 additional connects, roll-over connects, and the ability to view competitor bids seem interesting, but I'm not sure that I'd say it's worth the $10/month fee... especially with some of the bugs that Upwork seems to be trying to work out lately. I think for now, I'll just keep this in the back of my mind, at least until I see more feedback from the freelancers with this membership.

afterlastangel
Active Member
Le K Member Since: Sep 7, 2017
3 of 28

I have to pay fee for Upwork about more than $100 a month for contract free, so additional $10 for paid membership is not problem with me. But I still don't pay it as I don't need to bid on new projects. Many clients come from searching my profile.
For my experience it would helpful if you are a new Freelancer on Upwork, you might have more chance to bid new projects and you might know whether your bid and rate are ok with this project.
But if you work on Upwork for years like me, you might think it's useless

pandoraharper
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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
4 of 28

I've been on Upwork since 2005. I only work long term jobs and don't apply to new jobs very often. The ONLY reason I would ever even CONSIDER upgrading to the paid Membership would be if I felt it 100% necessary to view competitor bid info.

 

And, since I've heard from paid Members who felt the competitor bid info was lacking, I'm not even sure that would make it worth it.

 

Note: I'm not speaking for everyone. But I am a good example of a long term freelancer who has chosen to focus on long term hourly jobs. Your usage of Upwork may be very different.

setumonroe
Community Guru
Setu M Member Since: Jan 26, 2014
5 of 28
As Pandora said, its usefulness will be dependent on how you use the platform, and your strategies as a freelancers.

I opted in last month, only to see competitor bids, to try and understand if that contributed to winning or losing contracts in my case. I cancelled at the end of the month.

It wasn't really practical in my case since I usual bid on short term run-of-the-mill contracts in my category. I would only bid on the ones appropriately priced anyhow, based on the effort required to do the job.
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petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
6 of 28

I like mine Smiley Happy

 

I keep it because it's really cheap and seeing the lowest, highest, and average bid is interesting despite the fact that I still bid what it would make it worth my while to do the job, which often is above the highest previous bid, or lower. I march to the sound of my own drum.

 

I think for many people it does more harm than good, encouraging them to enter a race to the bottom where they just try to under-bid the lowest bid...

 

Yes, rollover works just fine, but if you don't use all your connects you probably don't need what's being rolled over. I can't see using up all my connects without spamming so whether I have rollovers or not becomes irrelevant, as I won't use them either.

 

 

eskildsen-gunnar
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Gunnar E Member Since: Nov 8, 2018
7 of 28

Yes upwork is a race to the bottom, and their cutt starting at 40% pluss fees are redicioulus.

After 500 dollar the cut is 20% pluss fees is also redicioulus. I worked as freelance in "the real worl" thair cutt is 10% and they also have to do a lott of manual labour upwork is automatical. As son there is a better site I will go.

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
8 of 28

@Gunnar E wrote:

Yes upwork is a race to the bottom, and their cutt starting at 40% pluss fees are redicioulus.

After 500 dollar the cut is 20% pluss fees is also redicioulus. I worked as freelance in "the real worl" thair cutt is 10% and they also have to do a lott of manual labour upwork is automatical. As son there is a better site I will go.


 Nonsense. 

Up to $ 500 it is 20%

After $ 500 and up to $ 10.000 from any one client it is 10%

After $ 10.000 it is 5%

 

You are meant to build the fees into your rate, and clearly it was your choice to accept $ 6 per hour for your last contract.

 

(PS, your claim to have bilingual English is "daring" to say the least...)

 

@Gunnar E wrote:

The commision is 40% 20 for you and 20 for customer...

 No, it is not

 

7b874dc7
Active Member
Steve R Member Since: Mar 18, 2020
9 of 28

I know this is an old post, but **bleep** that was COOOLD BLOOODEDDDD. 10/10 burn.

kizkopop
Active Member
Kezia I Member Since: Mar 19, 2019
10 of 28

If you find or know of a better or another site please let me know. I think the fees are ridiculous considering people only come on here looking for cheap labour and expect quality work.

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