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Suggestion: $20 Minimum for Fixed Jobs

Community Leader
Michael John M Member Since: Jul 8, 2015
11 of 16


The fixed price escrow is guaranteed in Elance, is it the same in Upwork?

Community Leader
Scott E Member Since: Feb 24, 2015
12 of 16

I'm with Preston. It's entirely possible for a job to take 10 or 15 minutes of work, including writing a proposal, completing the work and sending it over to the client. Therefore, a pro-rata fee of $80 to $120 per hour is maybe a bit excessive.


The thing is, if they state a budget of $5 it doesn't mean you have to put in a proposal for $5. If you want a $20 minimum then self impose a $20 minimum.



Community Leader
Michael John M Member Since: Jul 8, 2015
13 of 16



You have a good point.


However, this has indirect consequence.


The blowback is you would be attracting many headache clients to Upwork.


This would in turn would give rise to more admnistrative overhead.


Another unintended consequence of this is that Upwork will be directly competing for the market share of the race to the bottom sites like Fiverr.


The overall goal of setting the price minimum is so that Upwork can distance itself from sites which has a reputation of being cheap.


A rising tide, after all, raises all boats.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
14 of 16

I don't really agree with Michael John's suggestion, but kudos to him for presenting a compelling case and a well-reasoned argument.

Community Guru
James S Member Since: Mar 20, 2015
15 of 16

Preston Said:

Let me be very blunt. Fiverr is a joke. Nobody wants Upwork to be like Fiverr.

But in a lot of things I'm seeing; sadly it has.

Community Leader
Michael John M Member Since: Jul 8, 2015
16 of 16

@ James


I see what you see.


I'm new at Upwork, but from my observation, the fixed jobs is littered with $5 jobs.


In Elance you can get by with doing only fixed jobs, in Upwork I don't know if this is feasible.


There is even a criteria that you have to work a number of hourly jobs to be qualified.


What if the freelancer prefers fixed jobs?