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TEST SAMPLES BEFORE HIRING

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Dani W Member Since: Aug 19, 2019
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Hi, So I sent in an application to a job that looked pretty interesting at first. Took 6 credits from me...

Apparently she wants to see a 45 second test video of what I can do (no real instructions and is asking to be creative). Also she has very little idea of WHAT she wants to do and is offering 1500$ for a completed project.

The more I think about it and the more I write about it I think she’s just wasting my time and is trying to get free work.

I was thinking of putting a watermark on the test but after reading up on these kinds of things I think I might be getting scammed and I don’t have the time to be working for nothing.

She just joined and is offering something that’s too good to be true, which probably it is.

I’m practically new to upwork... do I send in the test with a watermark to see what happens or do you think it’s a scam and I shouldn’t waste my time?

Thanks for the help
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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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You're not supposed to provide free work on Upwork, it's against TOS. The best solution is to just flag the job offer and add that she's asking for free work.

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Damon F Member Since: Aug 18, 2019
3 of 20

True enough we should not send free work to clients but often time client would like too see if your are capable of doing the task before hiring. By wanting to see a sample piece or portfolio. From my understanding we are not too use any outside link or website I am confused. If you send a sample it does not have too the job details but something relevant or similar showing you can do the job. I noticed I have been submitting proposal and not getting a response. So if I do send a piece am I too put a watermark on my work.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
4 of 20

Damon F wrote:

True enough we should not send free work to clients but often time client would like too see if your are capable of doing the task before hiring. By wanting to see a sample piece or portfolio. From my understanding we are not too use any outside link or website I am confused. If you send a sample it does not have too the job details but something relevant or similar showing you can do the job. I noticed I have been submitting proposal and not getting a response. So if I do send a piece am I too put a watermark on my work.


It's only on your profile that you can't link to an outside site or provide contact information. It is perfectly fine to link the client to your portfolio or examples of work you have done in your proposal or in messaging later.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Dani W wrote:
Hi, So I sent in an application to a job that looked pretty interesting at first. Took 6 credits from me...

Apparently she wants to see a 45 second test video of what I can do (no real instructions and is asking to be creative). Also she has very little idea of WHAT she wants to do and is offering 1500$ for a completed project.

The more I think about it and the more I write about it I think she’s just wasting my time and is trying to get free work.

I was thinking of putting a watermark on the test but after reading up on these kinds of things I think I might be getting scammed and I don’t have the time to be working for nothing.

She just joined and is offering something that’s too good to be true, which probably it is.

I’m practically new to upwork... do I send in the test with a watermark to see what happens or do you think it’s a scam and I shouldn’t waste my time?

Thanks for the help

Not a video person but can't you do 45 seconds of test video about something else not whatever she wants.  Something that highlights what you do but isn't something she can use?

 

Then you could use that test video for other clients.

 

Just a thought.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Dani W:

 

As freelancers on Upwork, we do not work for free. It is a violation of Upwork ToS for a client to ask freelancers to work for free.

 

If a client wants to see samples of your work, that is what your portfolio is for.

 

If a client is not really providing any instructions, and wants you to be creative, then it does not appear she is asking you to work on her project.

 

You can refer her to your portfolio. You can also refer her to links where you have your sample videos posted.

 

You are not expected to create an entirely new video for the client.

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Richard S Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
7 of 20

Dani W wrote:
Hi, So I sent in an application to a job that looked pretty interesting at first. Took 6 credits from me...

Apparently she wants to see a 45 second test video of what I can do (no real instructions and is asking to be creative). Also she has very little idea of WHAT she wants to do and is offering 1500$ for a completed project.

The more I think about it and the more I write about it I think she’s just wasting my time and is trying to get free work.

I was thinking of putting a watermark on the test but after reading up on these kinds of things I think I might be getting scammed and I don’t have the time to be working for nothing.

She just joined and is offering something that’s too good to be true, which probably it is.

I’m practically new to upwork... do I send in the test with a watermark to see what happens or do you think it’s a scam and I shouldn’t waste my time?

Thanks for the help

Hi Dani. I suspect that she's seeing an opportunity from the opening lines in your profile. You shouldn't be apologising or explaining to anyone why you havn't done any work yet...

 

Send a sample of your work as others have suggested, or tell them to do one.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
8 of 20

Richard S wrote:

Dani W wrote:
Hi Dani. I suspect that she's seeing an opportunity from the opening lines in your profile. You shouldn't be apologising or explaining to anyone why you havn't done any work yet...

 


Yeah, seconded, delete that the instant you read this.  That has to go man, what if they don't even NOTICE it is your first job on Upwork, what if they don't even care, you just made them notice and care.

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Dani W Member Since: Aug 19, 2019
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Roger that, deleted
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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
10 of 20

Dani W wrote:
Roger that, deleted

And, seriously not picking on you, but edit the quarter of face of the other person out of your photo.  My photo sucks, I need to go get a new one (I also need to get better looking), but that little bit of face looks wrong to me.

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