Thanks for posting this question. No, we'll honor the previous 10% service fee for all active contracts, unless you billed over $10,000 with this client, in which case a lower 5% fee will be automatically applied to the new Milestone.
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I am top rated. Not for profit from a rich or long term client but for my overall success with ALL clients.
The fair way for charging Upwork fees shall be on the same principle: to calculate the total income of a freelancer and not his income from every single client. In the current situation, UpWork encourages us to look for huge projects or for long-term job clients. But most of the jobs, at least in my category are for much, much less than $500. Of course, we take on a lot of such jobs and accept the 20%, but on the part of the management, this is somehow hard and not quite fair.
What worries me (and the OP mentioned it) is that the great majority of jobs have very low budgets. And I'm not even taking into consideration $5 and $10 ones. I see a lot of jobs asking for experts and paying ridiculously low rates. This might not be the problem for top freelancers who already have long term clients, but for relatively new frelancers it is a reason for headache (I mean symbolically).
How can you even hope of earning more than $500 from someone offering $60 for ten articles? Move on to the next job is the usual answer, but almost 90% of jobs out there are more or less the same, at least in writing.
The way I see it, if they drive away the f'lancers who don't like the price changes then there will be more jobs for those who do remain. The remaining f'lancers will have more clients and posts to choose from and should help negate the 20% mark up in the long run.
As for the cheap clients, the best solution is to not apply for cheap jobs or deny interviews that asks you to lower your rates. It will drive away cheap clients along with cheap f'lancers.
So it's a win-win for those who stay.
@Justin M wrote:
> I hope all my competitors leave.
If they leave, your customers will too
Why is that? What do her ongoing clients have to do with "freelancers" who have oversaturated this platform? She's right, I hope this price change creates an exodus and seperates the wheat from the chaff.
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