I’m logged into my account, then I go the page of a graphic designer that was recommended to me. I look for a way to contact her and I cannot find it. No contact link whatsoever. What shall I do?
It is easy to contact any designer or freelancer that you can find on Upwork.
After you create a job posting, you can click the "Invite" button to invite the freelancer to talk to you about your project.
This doesn't commit you to anything. This just gives you an opportunity to talk.
Let me see if I understand you correctly. In order for me to contact someone, I have to first set up a job posting? I cannot go straight to a graphic designer without creating a job posting?
This is correct. In order to initiate a conversation with a freelancer, the client will need to post a job in the Upwork marketplace. Freelancers can then send a proposal for the job post, or the client may choose to invite freelancers to apply for the job. From here, there two ways a client and a freelancer can initiate a conversation with each other:
I'm sorry if this is an inconvenience for you. This is working as designed to prevent users from sending each other spam messages. For your reference, I am sharing these articles here, and here, for more information about posting a job on Upwork.
Let me know if you have other questions.
On three separate occasions I've been contacted by clients WITHOUT a job post.
It is usually in this form:
I'm reaching out to discuss:
* Your availability
* Your expertise
* My budget
How is this possible?
For the record:
It is really not an "inconvenience" to post a job first before contacting a freelancer.
A client can create a job posting in a minute. One does not to write a master's thesus project description. A sentence or two summarizing what it is that I need help with is all that it takes.