OK, so it is finally in action, I just felt the urge to share my thoughts on that move.
1. Bigger picture:
The main issue is that if we get plenty of opportunities to work, it doesn't matter whether you are paying a small sum or not. I understand that you want to do away with low earning freelancers but not quite sure that gambling is a better substitute.
2. Arbitrarily giving 6 connects for most projects:
Well, any person working on this platform (longer than a couple of months) knows that if a project is considered "long term" that doesn't mean a thing. So, I guess it is just because you want to take more money than actually required.
3. I was on Odesk and after the merge the innovation on this site can be summarized with one sentence: give us more money. OK, as long as I earn I have no issue with that. But where are the improvements for the freelancers?
4. In my case I have been top rated for quite awhile and although had small pause for several months am back on track. Only to realise that the quality of the jobs and their number have decreased (at least for me, feel free to share your take on that). Adding the paid connects I am starting to get worried it is not only the vacation time playing here. Here is my logic. After 1 month and a half my top rated status will be over. So, what I will do is buying some credits TILL that moment. Because, after all, any sane person will expect return on this "investment". Once, I have my status over (first time after all these years), there is no point in PAYING for the CHANCE of getting a project. Convince me that I am wrong? What if my case is not unique?
What I am waiting for is an inprovement in job descriptions. Without good descriptions you don't really know if you could be a good match. I was very selective before, now even more. Those clients who don't include good descriptions or go "I'll send more information upon hiring" may be receiving pure trashy proposals now.
Sergio S wrote:
....Those clients who don't include good descriptions or go "I'll send more information upon hiring" may be receiving pure trashy proposals now.
"Will send more information/details upon hiring" is often a giveaway for an academic fraud job that the poster does not want to spell out in the RFP.
Jobs that have not verified their payment or have not had previous contracts should cost significantly less credits to submit a proposal for. So many postings are abandoned after they are posted (Poster never logs back on to look at the job). This results in me paying 6 credits for a potential gig that the owner never planned on using. They were just curious what it would cost. If the poster does not accept any proposals, applicants should get their credits back.
i guess freelancers will keep on complaining until the rotation policy or alogrithrm is not taken off... there is absolutely no need of this..keep everything transparent, right now everything seems to be hidden and these things do create some doubts when you are not getting any invitations or offers...
and rightly said the connect charges should be on the basis of level and budget...it makes no sense to charge 6 connects for entry level projects if it is long term one...
and make verfication of payment method compulsary before posting of project so non serious clients are out of the picture and atleast have some lower limit for budgets ie fixed price and hourly price..
have these things implemented you will notice difference in 1 week..if these are not done i am afraid jobs and budgets will keep on going down...
and forgot to mention remove this US only jobs restriction...clients preferring to get the work done from freelancers from a particular region is totally fine...but unable to view and bid on US only jobs is also not at all right.
Rahul V wrote:
and make verfication of payment method compulsary before posting of project
Please, not that again. You keep trying to push something that would mean fewer clients and fewer contracts for freelancers and less money in our pockets.
If you don't want to bid on job posts from clients who have not verified their payment method yet, simply don't bid on them and the problem is solved for you. You can even filter them out, so you never ever have to see them again.
Do not keep trying to deprive those of us who earn tens of thousands of Dollars from such clients (because they verify their payment method after choosing us) from them.
Clients (including clients with $ 100k and more spent on the platform) have confirmed over and over again that they would never have posted their first job had that been a requirement.
Anything that chases away clients is a really bad thing and directly takes money out of freelancers' pockets.
Every time I'm facing a situation in which I need to make a decision I ask myself "What would Rahul do?". I try to imagine what he would advise me to do and I do the exact opposite. It almost always work.
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