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Kim W Member Since: Dec 10, 2015
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Hello fellow Upworkites.   Just a quick question for the veterans.  I have only been active on Upwork since the beginning of January.  While I know it is dependent on the line of work, I would expect that the summer season sees a noticable drop in client job postings.  

 

Care to share your experience?

 

Thanks.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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For me, yes. May-July and then Aug kinda picks up. Also January and some of Feb are usually slow for me.

 

It's counterintutive, but December is usually one of my best months. I will rock it for the last 2 quarters. I'm hoping to pull a couple 5 figure months this year at the end of the year. And then I will go completely dead in January.

 

I'm sure each industry is different though.

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Melissa T Member Since: Dec 5, 2014
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Echoing what Jennifer said, it depends on the industry. Further, it depends a lot on the client. For example - larger clients who are part of a corporation often have budgets that have to be spent before fiscal year-end or else they lose that money for future projects. Sort of a use it or lose it thing. Those clients always have work near the end of the year. Smaller, more independent clients may have slow downs at year-end or over the summer. That's a lot of "it depends", but it does. 

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Amy T Member Since: Jan 31, 2013
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In my field, projects seem to slow down in the summer months of June and July then pick up quickly towards the end of August. And then I usually experience another slow down in January and February. Normally I would lump December in there too but like Jennifer, December has been quite busy for me the last two years to the point that I have had to turn down a few jobs.

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