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What is "Auto Check-ins"?

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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Amanda L wrote:
*How many resources is this initiative eating up?*

This. Maybe they could fix the message notifications before testing new things to break the system?

Adding my angry voice to the chorus here. Upwork, are you crazy??

 

And glad to know I'm not the only one facing the message notification bug. I didn't even bother to go to customer support this time because last time they flatly denied there was any problem.

 

Can this company please fix existing problems before introducing new ones??

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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Sarah B wrote:

Oh, my. This is not an effective way for clients to manage freelancers, and it will annoy those who don't need it. I feel like this is a band-aid for real project management and hiring issues clients need solutions for that bots can't do (and aren't really in Upwork's purview). Clients can ask about the progress of a job any time they want. How many resources is this initiative eating up?


Maybe the system should send an email reminder to clients to check-up on the status of their projects.

Of course, none of this will matter if the messaging system keeps glitching out.  

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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HOURLY CONTRACT:

 

Q: What did you work on this week?

A: What you hired me to work on. What else would you expect me to have worked on last week?

Q: What will you work on next week?

A: What you hired me to work on. What else would you expect me to work on next week?

Q: What might delay your planned work?

A: Having to take time out of my schedule to answer nonsensical questions like this, which, by the way, I am charging you for. The tracker is running. Tick Tock, Tick Tock. 

 

FIXED RATE CONTRACT:

 

"Thank you for your questions. Please set up a new milestone for anwereing them. Upwork's terms of sevice forbid clients asking freelancers to work for free. Im willing to complete the above weekly at a rate of $ XX per week."

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Kim F Member Since: Aug 26, 2015
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Q: What might delay your planned work?

 

Assuming potential failure from the outset really instills confidence... 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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The "Auto Check-ins" feature is already available.

 

It is called an Hourly Contract.

 

When I hire a freelancer using an hourly contract, then I can see in near-realtime screenshots of the freelancer's work, and I can read memos describing what it is that she is working on.

 

Also: I (or my project manager) can ask the freelancer questions at any time, and she knows that she is being paid for any time that she spends answering those questions.

 

I COMPLETELY AGREE that some sort of check-in is necessary for many freelancers.
For those freelancers, it will be appropriate to hire them using an hourly contract, or it will be appropriate to have them work with a project manager. Or both.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Kim F wrote:

Q: What might delay your planned work?

 

Assuming potential failure from the outset really instills confidence... 


You have the opportunity to mention if you die things might get delayed. Maybe get hit by a bus. That might affect things.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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It depends on the size of the bus AND its speed.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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It's more than a bit difficult to mesh Upwork selling their (our) services as professional while instituting such gimmicks.

 

What was it Upwork was saying about TRUST and Transparency?

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Kayla B Member Since: May 12, 2017
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As both a freelancer AND a client on the website, I can't at all see who this feature would possibly benefit.

For hourly contracts we already have to state what we worked on in the diary and/or there are literal photos of our screen.

As for what we will work on next week, we literally are only allowed to work on exactly what we are told to work on.

For milestone/fixed price projects, what we will be working on is right there in the milestone, including a due date.

Who is this for? It's just another annoying thing I have to try to explain to clients, who are already miffed at me when I won't give them my phone call for an interview now that Upwork changed THAT policy.

Honestly, these days it seems like I LOSE more clients to Upworks assinine new policies than I actually gain new clients. Because often when *I* refuse to break the rules, the next freelancer is mre than willing.

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Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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SERIOUSLY??????????

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