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TEST SAMPLES BEFORE HIRING

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
11 of 20

Mark F wrote:

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.


No Mark, seriously, you look very nice!

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
12 of 20

Your competitors love your profile intro:

 

Please excuse the fact that I have no jobs on this platform, I've had an account for a long time but I am just starting to use Upwork for production/Editing jobs.

 

 

 

 

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
Community Guru
Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
13 of 20

Dani - Do NOT do any free work for anyone. Refer anyone who asks to your portfolio of samples. And get rid of the first sentence in your profile. You do not have to make any excuses. Just say all the wonderful things you can do for someone.

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
14 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

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As Preston says. 

 

Don't do any kind of unpaid test. You (politely) say to the client, that you are happy to do a series of trials for an agreed price, once a contract has been set up through Upwork. Otherwise give the client a wide berth and keep applying. 

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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
15 of 20

Dani W wrote:
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.

No clear idea = nightmare coming.

 

And you can provide a test as long as it is paid. Your time is valuable and video work takes quite a bit.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
16 of 20

re: "No clear idea = nightmare coming."

 

I disagree. I would say this:

 

No clear idea = hourly contract

 

As long as a client is willing to pay my rate, they don't need a clear idea. I can help them form clear ideas.

 

Not every client emerges fully formed from the head of Zeus.

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Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
17 of 20

Preston H wrote:

re: "No clear idea = nightmare coming."

 

I disagree. I would say this:

 

No clear idea = hourly contract

 

As long as a client is willing to pay my rate, they don't need a clear idea. I can help them form clear ideas.

 

Not every client emerges fully formed from the head of Zeus.


Sure, I help them form ideas too and even teach them how to use Upwork, but I think the OP was referring to a fixed-price contract. I might be wrong.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
18 of 20

re: "Sure, I help them form ideas too and even teach them how to use Upwork, but I think the OP was referring to a fixed-price contract. I might be wrong."

 

The more that all of us can be unified in being strict about fixed-price contracts, the better the platform will be for all freelancers AND clients.

 

A fixed-price contract is for a specific deliverable, agreed-upon beforehand.

 

Properly executed, a fixed-price contract does not allow for changing one's mind or being wishy-washy.

 

Ideally, this is how things should go:

 

Client: "Hmmm, I'm not sure now. I think maybe it would be better to change this and do it a different way than we originally discussed."

 

Freelancer: "That's fine. You can close the current contract and we can set up a new contract for that."

 

Client: "The task is only 50% done. Are you sure you want me to close the current contract?"

 

Freelancer: "It is your choice. We can change things and go in the new direction, or we can complete the contract as originally discussed."

 

Client: "I understand. I really want to go in the new direction. I have released the full escrow payment for the contract and closed it. Now I will set up a new hourly contract that we can used to try out some of these new ideas."

 

Freelancer: "That will work. I'll look for your new contract offer."

Moderator
Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
19 of 20

Hi Dani, 

The Community members have shared valuable tips on how you can work around clients who requests for free test work, and how you can improve your profile. 

I would like to add that you may want to read up on the freelancer resources we have compiled for great tips and insights on how you can work successfully on the platform. Please also pay close attention to the Safety First! section of the resources, and these tips for avoiding questionable jobs for more information about working safely through Upwork.

Good luck!


-Avery
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Marko R Member Since: Oct 26, 2018
20 of 20

Hello Dani, everyone that said you should under no circumstances accept unpaid test work is 100% correct, that being said I have been asked to do test work twice before and I insisted that the test be paid (via contract and milestone), and both times I got hired for the actual job. So what I am saying is test work is OK as long as it's paid and can lead to you landing your next job. Clients asking for any kind of freebie, test or whatever should get flagged immediately.

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