I've had several recent interviews initiated on Upwork, then continued on Skype. Clients wanted me to submit articles outside the Upwork portal. Is this a common practice?
Sometimes. I do it. Sometimes, it's one person paying the bill and someone else managing the content. It's a pain because I have to remember who does what, but whatever. I do it.
Just make sure you always submit to Upwork too to keep it on record in case things go south.
Edited because I misunderstood what he was asking.
You can submit articles outside Upwork, but I would also submit the copy through Upwork. This so the payment protection can be used in case of a dispute.
Obviously, no payment should be done off-platform. You need to be paid through Upwork only.
@Mary W wrote:
Given the "stability" of the platform, I communicate through personal email. I submit both through Upwork and through my personal email. Hope this helps.
Ditto. To echo other folks, always be sure to do the financial portion of the project through the platform. Communication and deliverables are up to you, but I've found it's best to have at least some record of the project's communication in Upwork so that there is documentation if needed later.
It's not only common, but because of all the ongoing "buggy" issues, it's necessary. I always request a client's, and give my own email address because of this. As everyone else recommends, also keep a record here on the site as well.