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UPWORK IS NOW FRUSTRATING

siydmzito
Active Member

Dear Upwork, I have noticed that over the years it is getting harder and harder to get any work here especially the last 2 years. Ever since you re-branded and reduced the number of connects, it is really hard to get any decent work here, which is really frustrating.
Additionally, you cheated us when it comes to connects knowing quite well that there is no job that requires 1 connect to apply. This is therefore a very unfair playing ground because a freelancer from Africa would require twice the number of connects(minimum 100) every month just to survive.
My question:- "are you guys attempting to sabotage the efforts of freelancers who are based out of Europe and the United States?"
Kindly address this issue and have the CEO look on it.

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amurigi
Ace Contributor

Hi Sidney,

 

I do not think this has to do with connects, but more to do with the possibility that very few freelancers based out of Europe and the US are getting hired on Upwork. I am also quite frustrated with this platform. When Upwork was oDesk, I had no problems getting contracts, but since it became Upwork, I hardly get any contracts. I have good ratings, great client feedback and yet I am still struggling to land a job. I never apply for low paying jobs, as that is such a waste of time, but I also do not charge very high rates. I also noticed that many of the clients are hardly hiring. I have applied for so many jobs and everytime I go back to see the progress, I find that the client is not even intervewing anyone and it has been over three weeks or more. I am a writer and I am not sure if freelancers in other categories are experiencing the same thing, but Upwork needs to take a keen look at clients. We cannot keep applying for jobs when clients are not even bothering to hire. 

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dmoreno28uw
Ace Contributor

Why would a freelancer from Africa need 100 connects per month? Be more selective in the jobs you apply to.

Obviously you wouldn`t understand

mtngigi
Community Guru

I second David's suggestion.

 

And by the way, you have four more active jobs than I do, so your complaint doesn't wash. I would suggest that you stop working with clients only willing to pay $5. It looks like you have the profile and feedback to up your game quite a bit. Raise your rates and don't apologize.

iaabraham
Community Guru

I'm from Africa and I don't need (nor want) 100 connects every month Smiley Indifferent

lakemarionstudio
Active Member

I agree, I pay more for (via connects and comissions) a work site that crashes frequently, allows fake jobbers that are trying to spread malware, and now would like to have my bank account to verify my location. 

 

I suspect that many job offers are not legitamate and placed to burn off connects and I think the star rating system is faulty.

 

 


@Steve Y wrote:

 

 

I suspect that many job offers are not legitamate and placed to burn off connects and I think the star rating system is faulty.

 

 


Steve, I think you should not keep working on a platform if you think it posts fake jobs only to waste your connects and with a rating system that you think is faulty. It's not worth your time.

 

I would have closed my account.

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless

Rene beat me to it.

 

Anybody who legitimately believes that Upwork is creating fake jobs to steal your money through the sale of connects should obviously leave the site immediately.  

 

Anyone who does not legitimately believe that but goes around tossing out the accusation in public may want to educate himself about trade defamation.

Do you think that it is a good idea to give UpWork my banking account numbers to verify my location?

I gave them my banking information to get my payments and it has been working just fine for almost a year now.


@Steve Y wrote:

Do you think that it is a good idea to give UpWork my banking account numbers to verify my location?


 No.

 

I didn't have a problem with entering bank account information, but since you clearly don't trust Upwork it seems obvious that you should not give them any sensitive information, especially financial information.

amurigi
Ace Contributor

Hi Sidney,

 

I do not think this has to do with connects, but more to do with the possibility that very few freelancers based out of Europe and the US are getting hired on Upwork. I am also quite frustrated with this platform. When Upwork was oDesk, I had no problems getting contracts, but since it became Upwork, I hardly get any contracts. I have good ratings, great client feedback and yet I am still struggling to land a job. I never apply for low paying jobs, as that is such a waste of time, but I also do not charge very high rates. I also noticed that many of the clients are hardly hiring. I have applied for so many jobs and everytime I go back to see the progress, I find that the client is not even intervewing anyone and it has been over three weeks or more. I am a writer and I am not sure if freelancers in other categories are experiencing the same thing, but Upwork needs to take a keen look at clients. We cannot keep applying for jobs when clients are not even bothering to hire. 

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Exactly my point, you just hit the nail on the head. Most of the other guys obviously don`t have a clue what we`ve going through, that is why their responses seem so clueless. You`re definitely right when you say that it was much easier to get hired during the Odesk days.

I have great feedback with a 95% job success score but somehow getting hired is a problem these days!


@Sidney M wrote:

Exactly my point, you just hit the nail on the head. Most of the other guys obviously don`t have a clue what we`ve going through, that is why their responses seem so clueless. You`re definitely right when you say that it was much easier to get hired during the Odesk days.

I have great feedback with a 95% job success score but somehow getting hired is a problem these days!


 The key point you seem to be missnig is that if the "other guys" don't have a clue as to what you're going through, that means the "other guys" are still getting hired. That means it isn't harder to get hired now, but harder for YOU to get hired now. The smart response is not to call the successful people clueless, but to look at what they're doing that you're not that allows them to continue winning contracts while you're floundering.

 

ETA: Sidney, "versatile" is probably the worst thing you can say about yourself as a writer. It translates in many clients' minds to "expert at nothing."


@Sidney M wrote:

Exactly my point, you just hit the nail on the head. Most of the other guys obviously don`t have a clue what we`ve going through, that is why their responses seem so clueless. You`re definitely right when you say that it was much easier to get hired during the Odesk days.

I have great feedback with a 95% job success score but somehow getting hired is a problem these days!


 We're in the same category.

 

Writing is an over saturated market.

 

I'm an expert in my field of writing, solid JSS, and I've worked with quite the list of enterprise clients on Upwork (as well as several big names off of the platform). I've advanced degrees and certifications in more fields than most writers here, but that isn't consistently enough for a majority of clients.

 

They want experts at very low $$$. I have no problem with that aspect -- after all, Upwork is a global marketplace. 

 

As such, the competition is stiff (I know -- I'm understating) even for seasoned well-reviewed writers. Is it Upwork's "fault"? Or is this a supply and demand issue?

 

There is an overabundance of highly educated writers who onboard to Upwork at low rates (lower than mine -- which I know are on the high end). Whom is a client going to choose? Someone with a Master's Degree in English, Communications or Journalism at $25 per hour or $50 per article? Or someone who may have great reviews on Upwork, but doesn't quite have the same publishing credentials, etc. at a lower rate? 

 

Clients are seeking the highest quality for the absolute lowest price points (I'm sure we're all aware of this).

 

When you have bored housewives and retired Boomers onboarding who have the higher creds and still reasonable rates (ok, yes, I understand "reasonable" depends on the client; and I don't mean any of this in a derogatory way -- I've continually performed research analyzing the who, what, where, why, and when of the writer's section), you're going to see the competition heat up. 

 

That's just the nature of the marketplace (so, no, I'm not clueless -- I pulled the data as any good data scientist would do). 

 

You have a valid point


@Sidney M wrote:

Exactly my point, you just hit the nail on the head. Most of the other guys obviously don`t have a clue what we`ve going through, that is why their responses seem so clueless. You`re definitely right when you say that it was much easier to get hired during the Odesk days.

I have great feedback with a 95% job success score but somehow getting hired is a problem these days!


I agree that decent clients seem to be scarce when compared to oDesk days, but more connects is not going to help this problem, and saying that African freelancers need more connects is ridiculous.

 

Also, I'm sure a lot of clients don't hire you because you can't claim to be a native English speaker with an Overview like that. How can you say "all my content is free of grammatical and spelling mistakes" when your profile says otherwise?

Your point exactly Ms Native??????


@Sidney M wrote:

Your point exactly Ms Native??????


 My point is that lying on your profile is not the way to a potential client's heart.


@Sidney M wrote:

Exactly my point, you just hit the nail on the head. Most of the other guys obviously don`t have a clue what we`ve going through,




I had a look at your profile and your portfolio Sydney. Considering how poorly written your profile overview is and your unprofessional profile photo, it's no surprise that you are struggling.


I'm going to be very blunt here Sydney, you are in a totally crowded industry: the low-end catch-all content production. The clients who hire in this specific industry seek the cheapest rates possible and no, they don't hire US or EU providers, they depend on cheap labor.


Sydney, being a talented writer is not given to everyone and only those who have it will see great success on Upwork. This has absolutely nothing to do with your location or the color of your skin. Nor the amount of connects that you have.

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@Anne M wrote:

 

I do not think this has to do with connects, but more to do with the possibility that very few freelancers based out of Europe and the US are getting hired on Upwork.


Anne,

That is a quite unlikely possibility. I'm all but certain that most of the client money is from the US, and most of it goes to US contractors.

 

Best,

MM

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