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Social Media Marketer's bidding $5-$12/ hour. Why?

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Eric S Member Since: Apr 13, 2019
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I'm new here, but I can't imagine this is good for the UpWork community.  Lowballing offers like that doesn't help anyone out whatsoever.  Is it because you are desperate to get hired or do you truly believe you're only worth poverty-level wages? 

 

 

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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Lowballing, race-to-the-bottom freelancers are an annoyance in some fields. But you also have to remember that Upwork has people bidding from literally all over the planet. While $5-$12/hour might not seem like much to someone in the US or Western Europe, that's a very decent wage in developing nations.

 

Clients can always restrict their posts to only allow proposals from US-based freelancers, and freelancers can always filter their feed to show only US-based clients.

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I'm gonna say: Both. 

 

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Eric S wrote:

I'm new here, but I can't imagine this is good for the UpWork community.  Lowballing offers like that doesn't help anyone out whatsoever.  Is it because you are desperate to get hired or do you truly believe you're only worth poverty-level wages? 

 

 


The thing is, the freelancers who accept those rates aren't here to benefit the Upwork community. They're here to make money, pay their rent, maybe feed their kids. I sincerely hope no freelancer ever thinks, "Wow, I'd like to buy groceries this week, but I should probably think about the good of the strangers in the 'Upwork community' instead."

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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In one country with one of the highest number of freelancers on the platform  $ 12 an hour is 3 times what an average medical doctor earns.

 

In another it is 63 times (!) the minimum wage.

 

It is all relative on a global platform.

 

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