What is wrong with Upwork that it keeps refusing qualified freelancers? It lets in millions of people wanting to do data entry, many of whom are simply scam bait. It is incomprehensible
Speaking practically, there may need to be a dollar threshhold.
Because, otherwise, the system could be rigged.
"John X" is really not very skilled, but "John" wants to be a contractor on Upwork. "John" knows that Upwork is cracking down and rejecting would-be contractors who have little to offer.
So "John" creates (on his own, or with the help of a friend) a client profile: "Fred."
"Fred" now invites "John" to do a project.
Because Upwork has a "loophole" that fast-tracks contractors invited by clients into the marketplace, "John" is now a full-fledged member of the marketplace, although he don't really deserve to be.
"Fred" pays "John" for ten minutes of work, a tiny sum, and is never heard from again.
So, in my hypoethetical scenario, using hypothetical rules and people, there is a system by which contractors invited by clients are fast-tracked into the marketplace. But that system is being manipulated and used in a dishonest way.
But what if the system is unnecessarily blocking freelancers who really are being invited by clients and really should be fast-tracked to be able to work within Upwork?
So an alternative is this:
There still checks and balances. Profiles can still be checked to see if they are "offering skills that are in demand within Upwork."
But contractors can be invited to work a client's project without any difficulties, without really needing to "qualify." It's money for Upwork. It's all fine.
Then, if the contractor wants to access the general marketplace, they would need to go through the checks and be approved...
...but after a certain dollar amount, Upwork just figures, you know what? They paid their dues. This isn't a sham contractor/client relationship, or even if it is, it netted us this much money, so it's worth it to us to let them in.
A dollar amount could be set high enough that it would realistically filter out all or nearly all sham hirings.
For example, if an invited contractor earned $1000 working for a client, then that's $100 (ten percent) for Upwork, and that's going to be a lot more money than an unqualified wannabe is going to spend just to access the marketplace.
that makes sense !!
So I guess I will have to wait until I make my first $1000 from this one client ?
Or ~$200 will suffice for now? Because thats what my current client's deal with me is !
re: "So I guess I will have to wait until I make my first $1000 from this one client ?"
I have no idea. I was postulating a hypothetical rule. I don't know what Upwork's actual policies are in this matter.
Thanks for answering !!
Well, I can access the job I was invited to. I was able to accept the invitation as well.
Problem is, I can't make proposals to any other job. It comes and gives me the error message below. Since I was able to accept my client's invitation, my progile should now be complete, at least thats what I thought. But why do I have this error then ? I have completed everything !!!
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