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tgstudio
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Paid Membership - Is it worth it?

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.

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d_lidwell
Member

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.

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
Member

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.

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
Member

I like mine ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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.

 

 

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.


@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

 

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

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.

lysis10
Member

I did it mainly for rollover thinking that as a noob Upwork person I'd need it. Haven't needed it. I needed rollover badly in April on Elance, but other than that I haven't run out of connects.

 

I don't think the averages are useful. Someone always bids the lowest, and someone else is way out there.

 

I've actually found that bidding my hourly rate is easier and it's less tempting to try to undercut others. 

 

I recently bid $1000 more than the highest bidder on a gig that was highly technical, so I knew I was one of the few who was qualified. Highest bid after mine was $500. Mine was $1500 with my typical "I'm awesome and you should hire me!"  I was rreeeeeally busy at the time, so I was throwing it out there. Guy came back and said my bid was the best and I was most qualified and hired me.  He's next week's paycheck. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So, anyway, I say bid what you're worth and bid even when you're busy. You'll find that you won't even need the connects and won't care about some lowballer bidding $3.

 

Let's be honest here -- $3 bidder isn't really your competition if you got the proposal game down and you're qualified.

 

Only thing I really miss is seeing what bid won and an alert if I've worked or spoken to the customer already, so I know to avoid or not to bother. But I'll take a working message system over any of that any day.

Thanks everyone! Here's another question. To my understanding of the paid membership, you are paying the $10/month for these benefits, but are also still having to pay the 10% fees per project completion/payment. Am I understanding this right? Frankly, even if the benefits like roll-over connects etc were not there (or even remained at a minimum benefits as it is now) I wouldn't mind paying the $10/month to use the site as long as the fee percentage was reduced or eliminated. As it stands right now, I may try the membership out at some point, just to see if the few benefits that it does offer is rewarding enough for me, but like Jennifer, I have a feeling I'd wind up cancelling my membership simply because the benefits just don't seem that great yet.

I would also like to see some offset in the upwork comission for paid membership. I have stopped bidding for Fixed price projects below $500 since the comission became 20% for them.

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

tgstudio
Member

Thank you all for your input!!

Not for me until I am able to see who is  bidding. Bid range ... I do not see purpose of it.

negrusti
Member

I am on it and the benefits for me are connects rollover - sometimes I am off work for a month and extra connects are handy. I also occasionally buy extra connects as I do many small-budget jobs (50-500).
Never cared much about competitor bids - in my field I believe this information can be ignored. 

decorac01
Member

There will be no paid account from me.  I don't see the benefits in paying for a Freelancer Plus membership.  I had submitted 30 or so proposals over the course of the last week and received an email stating I need to pay for a membership or my account will be moved to private and nobody will see me nor will I be able to submit proposals.  Isn't that the point of Upwork?  To be a freelancer and submit proposals?  So, it's a forced membership based on the email I received.  

 

They already keep 25%, which is fine, but now forcing $10/mo for everyone as a freelancer.  No thanks.  I'm out, Peace!


@Curtis D wrote:

(...) received an email stating I need to pay for a membership or my account will be moved to private and nobody will see me nor will I be able to submit proposals.  (...)


Is the underlined part really in the e-mail you received Curtis?

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   โ€”William Ashbless

Curtis,

 

I'd like to confirm that even if your profile is set to private, you'll still be able to send proposals and they will be delivered to clients.

~ Valeria
Upwork

Valeria, I'm not sure.  I have simply decided to leave the community.  

Best of luck!

 

Rene, yes.  I sent an email to customer support explaining what I posted here - hence the reason for me contributing to someone's current post which questions the need for a freelance plus membership.  I would have no reason to post anything in here unless there was a real reason to do so.  

Thanks much!


@Curtis D wrote:

  I have simply decided to leave the community.  



 OK, byebye, but the underlined part of your post below is sheer fabrication.

 


@Curtis D wrote:

(...) received an email stating I need to pay for a membership or my account will be moved to private and nobody will see me nor will I be able to submit proposals.  (...)


@Curtis D wrote:

They already keep 25%, which is fine, but now forcing $10/mo for everyone as a freelancer.  No thanks.  I'm out, Peace!


 It's 20 percent on the first $ 500 with any client only, then it's 10 and then 5%, and **Edited for Community Guidelines**

It is 40%

Hi Gunnar,

 

Freelancers are charged a sliding fee based on your lifetime billings with each client. Service fees are the same whether the contracts are hourly or fixed-price.

    20% for the first $500 you bill a client across all contracts with them
    10% for total billings with a client between $500.01 and $10,000
    5% for total billings with a client that exceed $10,000

Learn more about the fees here. Thank you.

~ Bojan
Upwork
decorac01
Member

Petra R, are you done yet? I shared my opinion on a question. Apparently, that isnt accepted from a "community guru", I suppose Upwork condones this type of behavior to those sharing their experiences. I appreciate your feedback and really hope you feel better about yourself. Have a great day!


@Curtis D wrote:
Petra R, are you done yet? I shared my opinion on a question. Apparently, that isnt accepted from a "community guru", I suppose Upwork condones this type of behavior to those sharing their experiences. I appreciate your feedback and really hope you feel better about yourself. Have a great day!

Curtis, you're free to express your opinion. However, two things that you wrote are not accurate:

 

- when your profile is made private by Upwork for not earning money for 30 days, you do not lose your ability to apply to jobs. You totally can apply to jobs. You can also turn your profile public again by sending a request to the CS.

 

- the maximum fee is not 25% but 20%.

 

And of course, you're free to leave Upwork anytime for any reason. It is not compulsory to provide any reasons for leaving Upwork or even informing other users that you are leaving Upwork. You can do that freely anytime.

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   โ€”William Ashbless


@Rene K wrote:

@Curtis D wrote:
Petra R, are you done yet? I shared my opinion on a question. Apparently, that isnt accepted from a "community guru", I suppose Upwork condones this type of behavior to those sharing their experiences. I appreciate your feedback and really hope you feel better about yourself. Have a great day!

Curtis, you're free to express your opinion. However, two things that you wrote are not accurate:

 

1 ) - when your profile is made private by Upwork for not earning money for 30 days, you do not lose your ability to apply to jobs. You totally can apply to jobs. You can also turn your profile public again by sending a request to the CS.

 

2) - the maximum fee is not 25% but 20%.

 


 and 3) - he claimed the only way to make the profile public again is not just to buy a membership, he could simply ask support to have it switched to public again.

 

Amazing how many alternative facts can be stuffed into one single post....

 

And Curtis, one does not get to have opinions about facts. They are what they are. Fact is that what you claimed is untrue.