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templeton1963
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I am new to Upwork. I am bidding on writing jobs. Thus far I have three people who have expressed interest but two of them insist that I get on Skype. What is up with this? Doesn't Upwork have a built-in chain of communication for jobs?

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lysis10
Member

eh , like no messaging in the message center except for a skype link drop? Meh, pass.

bc94
Member

sometimes they want to see you or hear your voice so they know you are who you say you are and your English is as good as you say it is.
(you have the option for voice/video calls in Upwork messages by the way, if you're not comfortable with Skype)

I can read into things better, noob. This guy is gonna get some **Edited for Community Guidelines** asking for free work.

 

GAR ANT EED

I've been asked to go to Skype many times ... and followed through on this several times. 

 

First -- I meet up with the same puzzle as the original post here. Why would someone need to go to Skype to communicate when there's a message system here?

The answer has been consistent: Every one of the folks that say "Let's talk on Skype" are untrustworthy.

 

They are trying to duck Upwork fees or trying to scam somebody -- not always the writer, but somebody. You are either being cohersed into something you wouldnt dream of doing or you are being hoodwinked yourself.

 

Every time I go to Skype, I pepper these guys with questions ... and nine out of 10 won't even tell you the name of their business.

The last guy, I peppered with questions got frustrated and said (litterally) this: "This proves you are an idiot for answering my post on Upwork." 

How about them apples?


@Anthony H wrote:

The last guy, I peppered with questions got frustrated and said (litterally) this: "This proves you are an idiot for answering my post on Upwork." 

How about them apples?


 I hope you reported that guy.

There can be legit reasons for skyping -- screen sharing would be one -- but I wouldn't want to give away my skype name prior to hiring, so as Reem suggested, ask the client to settle for Upwork video/audio instead.

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@John K wrote:

There can be legit reasons for skyping -- screen sharing would be one -- but I wouldn't want to give away my skype name prior to hiring, so as Reem suggested, ask the client to settle for Upwork video/audio instead.


Yes. This is true as well.

 

It all depends on other factors, for me, regarding whether or not the Skype call is going to be legit.

 

If it is, as Jennifer stated, just a direct request to chat via Skype, I ALWAYS pass. 

 

I've done Skype voice chats with clients and they became clients. But, we did a majority of our initial communication via Upwork messaging FIRST. 

Most of the people who asked me to skype turned out to be either totally wasting my time, or really in need of a dating service.  I've learned my lesson.

 

Now, I have a policy.  Hire me or don't.  I'm not skyping.   

If a client has been good and seems reasonable and all about the work, I will add them later if they ask. 

 

I've never had a good experience with someone who asks about skype before a working relationship has been established.  

The other side of the argument -

 

I will not accept a job without a Skype call with the buyer prior to saying yes.

 

My reasons:

1. As a writer I need to understand a plethora of things that are not included in the RFP and often not fully addressed in messaging.

2. The buyer and I need to establish a working relationship of openness at the start.

3. Are we a good fit personality wise?

4. Good old people intuition 

5. Using my personal Skype and email addy are more reliable and timely than relying solely on Upwork's system. I document everything in the workroom but relying on U for the only means of communication? Not a chance!

 

FYI - There is never a need for video and I've never has a client question this.

 

Specific to Michael T's question:  Based on the original RFP and any client PMs - I've been around long enough to recognize the serious buyer from the scammer.  

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