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Large number of proposals received - how to act?

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Marie Helene D Member Since: Apr 17, 2021
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Hello,

 

I am new to Upwork and I care about getting it right. I posted an offer for which I received a lot of proposals. I have since put my private offer so as not to receive any more. I would like to know if you respond individually to all those who have submitted a proposal to you, even if you do not retain the services ? 

 

Also I would like to know what is the normal wait time after you submit a proposal to someone. How long do you wait for him to accept the task? Is there an option to indicate an expiration time for this offer?

 

Thank you for helping me increase my knowledge in order to get it right : smileyhappy:

 

Marie

richard_wein
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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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Marie Helene D wrote:

Hello,

 

I am new to Upwork and I care about getting it right. I posted an offer for which I received a lot of proposals. I have since put my private offer so as not to receive any more. I would like to know if you respond individually to all those who have submitted a proposal to you, even if you do not retain the services ? 

 

Also I would like to know what is the normal wait time after you submit a proposal to someone. How long do you wait for him to accept the task? Is there an option to indicate an expiration time for this offer?

 

Thank you for helping me increase my knowledge in order to get it right : smileyhappy:

 

Marie


Hi Marie. As a freelancer,  I really appreciate the fact that you want to do the right thing by freelancers. 

 

The reality is that the vast majority of clients only respond to freelancers who they think they might want to hire. As an experienced Upwork freelancer I don't expect to receive "Thanks, but no thanks" messages, and it doesn't bother me that I don't,  but it's quite nice when it happens (rarely).

 

I think that new freelancers on Upwork would appreciate it much more, especially if they've never yet received a response from any client. Sometimes freelancers in that position.wonder whether their proposals are even reaching clients. 

 

So replying to all the proposals is certainly not expected or usual, but if you want to be extra nice,  that's up to you. Another alternative is to select Decline, which lets the freelancer know you're not interested but doesn't require you to write a message. (But in my experience that's used only very rarely.)

 

Regarding expiration times,  I think the default is 1 week after you've made the offer. I don't know if you can change that.  But you can certainly cancel the offer any time before it's  been accepted, if you don't want to wait any longer. Personally, I think a freelancer should reply to an offer within 2 working days, even if that's just to say that they need more information before deciding. 

 

P.S. I don't think there would be anything wrong with giving them less than 2 working days if the job is urgent.

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Marie Helene D Member Since: Apr 17, 2021
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Hello, thank you very much for taking the time to answer me. This enlightens. So, without systematically responding to everyone, I will try to respond to those who seem new to me or to those who have made me personalized and more sympathetic messages. Regarding my pending offer, the girl I was talking to told me that she was very interested and could do it today, however it has been several hours since she seems "gone", I find it very strange for someone who was waiting for the job "now" ... Before withdrawing my offer, I imagine that I could chat with other freelancers who seemed interesting to me, without promising anything and mentioning that I am still in my selection? Obviously, if I don't choose them, I will come back to those with whom I spoke so as not to leave them waiting unnecessarily. Since the "decline" function does not seem to be used too much, I take it that people simply do not respond to offers they are not interested in? If we could write a reason with this function, it would be more interesting in my opinion. Sometimes we have to refuse because we have too many offers, not because the candidates are not interesting or competent. Thank you for the feedback !
richard_wein
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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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Marie Helene D wrote:
Since the "decline" function does not seem to be used too much, I take it that people simply do not respond to offers they are not interested in? 

That's right.  If you do use Decline you can select a reason from a list. Maybe you can write your own text too.  I don't know. 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "I don't think there would be anything wrong with giving them less than 2 working days if the job is urgent."

 

Urgency is in the eye of the beholder.

 

As a client, I sometimes post jobs which specify that I want to hire somebody "right now." I hire the first freelancer who applies, and then I remove the job posting. So if somebody is looking at my job post and takes 10 minutes to decide to apply, it will be too late. There actually ARE freelancers who like to work on immediate jobs. If that is something a client wants, there are freelancers to fill that need.

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