re: "Paywalling it leads to less jobs for those who need them the most."
It is not Upwork's goal to provide jobs for those who need them the most.
Upwork provides a service to clients who hire freelancers. Upwork instituted paid connects in an effort to improve the client experience by exposing clients to fewer but more thoughtful job proposals.
My personal preference would be that connects remain free. So I agree with your sentiments. But I understand why Upwork made the change and I don't expect them to change back in the foreseeable future.
Even**Edited for Community Guidelines** lower commissions than UpWork. Odesk's 10 % was alright... plus they charge another dollar for transferring the money to my local bank account (so what was the 20% for.. ha ha ha) at lower than market exchange rates... ... Now I have to pay for connects ... well.. it is actually upworks loss.. I brought in nearly 8 clients to Upwork during ODesk days ... but stopped after I realised UpWork is interested in nothing but make as much money from you as possible .... well... looks like they are not going to last long... now they are offering us to bring clients in and they will not charge us a fee ... can you believe that? ... Though would expose me to competition .. and clients will naturally go for cheaper freelancers.. and they get their 20% and I lose a client ... I mean rationally they should at least offer the introducer a commision for every job that the client engages on Upwork, even if it was to be with another freelancer... I have lost faith in UpWork actually ... everything that they give me ... places them at a vantage point
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I don't understand why Upwork doesn't clarify this. All that's needed is to change the form so it reads:
"Promo Code (if you don't have a promo code, please ignore this box)"
If you made this simple addition, then perhaps people wouldn't be constantly asking where to get a promo code?