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Client's maximum pay for job

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Ellen S Member Since: Aug 28, 2013
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Is there a way to require the Client to put the maximum amount for their budget in their job posts?

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Ramesh K Member Since: Oct 25, 2015
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That is what they are specifying in the Estimated Budget value in the project post, isntit?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Ramesh is correct with regards to how the Upwork user interface works.


But to further address Ellen's question...

Technically, when a client creates a job post, there is no "maximum amount I am willing to pay" field.


I'm not sure such a field is necessary.


The truth of the matter is that MOST clients:

"want something done"


Most clients are not:

"looking to pay a certain amount."


Clients want value.

So if a client hires me to do a project thinking that it will cost $1000...


It is common for the client to spend $5000 or more.


Because the client found great value in the work. And wanted to take things further. Paying $5000 when one thought she was going to pay $1000 can be a great value.

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Ellen S Member Since: Aug 28, 2013
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Let me see if I can explain.  When I applied for these past two jobs, I requested $13/hr (to give me $10.40/hr) even though Upworks recommended me requesting $24-30 (due to expertise).  But when the Client responded back, this is when they inform me of what they are willing to pay.  One of them was only $9/hour even though their posting listed it as and Intermediate ($$) job.  Same with this other job that I went ahead and took due to needing $$.  He responds back $7/hr (giving me less than min wage).  I finally got him up to $10/hr,  But I think this amount should be in the original posting, because I would not have applied for it if I had known.  These both should have been posted as Entry ($) level jobs.

There was also more involved in both of the jobs than what they listed as well.

Now does that make sense?

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Prashant P Member Since: Sep 29, 2015
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Up work is a playground where adults play.  Both you and buyers are free to negitiate whatever.  In my case whenever I see a $50 fixed price job that wants a moon  I put in my hourly rate and tell them that it is my hourly rate.  Most times I lose, but some times I win.


I don't have conclusive data, but it seems to me that I ruin cheapskate buyer's posting (becasue my bid gets advertized at a much lower rate then the posting.  Most freelancer's have learned that majority of buyers are cheapos.  They wouldn't want to waste their connects by under bidding me).