The type of work varies greatly – from programming to writing services to graphic design and virtual assistants, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. This is one of the ultimate platforms for all types of freelancing work.
Employers can pay through PayPal, with credit cards, or through a bank account, and all payments go through Upwork’s secure system. If an employer is unsatisfied with the work there’s room for negotiation or changes before actually depositing any money while freelancers can rest assured an employer won’t walk away without paying them.
Employers aren’t charged any fees, only freelancers. Once an employer makes a payment, Upwork takes 20 percent from the payments. Once an employer has paid $500 or more the fee decreases to 10 percent. Additionally, Upwork sets a minimum payment at $3 to protect from excessively low bids.
Freelancers can also join for free, and are given 60 connects a month, which they use to apply to jobs. For extra connects and other perks like being able to see others’ bids, they can pay a $10 monthly fee.
Upwork offers a wide variety of ways to manage work and pay for projects. One popular and secure way is through desktop monitoring – an employer receives regular screenshots and data about what a user is doing to make sure they are truly working. You can pay by the hour, by completed work, set deadlines, create group projects, and much more.
Upwork has so much information, but is ridiculously easy to use for both employers and freelancers. It’s simple, straightforward, and you can get going almost immediately. Unlike other sites, neither freelancers nor employers have many extra service fees. Although freelancers can upgrade to get more “connects,” the basic 60 is very reasonable and usually equates to between 30 to 60 job applications.
There are a wide range of freelancers from all over the world and the same is true of employers. Finding the right freelancer or employer can be a bit difficult since there are so many applications to go through and so many job offerings. As a freelancer, searching for a specific type of job is easy, but it’s nearly impossible to search based on how much you’d like to make. Although employers are required to list a price in the job description, it often just serves as a place holder, and you can only sort based on what type of experience level the employer is asking for. Even if someone is looking for an advanced freelancer, they might still be offering the bare minimum wage.
Employers are better off – they can look through a pool of freelancers, review job applications, read review for freelancers, see their portfolios, ask for samples, and even see which freelancers are highest ranked.
Although Upwork is a valuable resource, it does have some major issues. The site often goes down for updates a few times a month, and they lack a more flexible messaging system. If you are working with many freelancers or have a lot of clients, it can be difficult to sort through the messages.
In 2016, Upwork increased their commission fees from 10 percent to 20 percent for all initial projects, which makes their fee one of the highest. If a freelancer makes $100 from a project, Upwork will take $20. Upwork continues to charge 20 percent for each job until the freelancer has made $500 with a client, at which point the commission drops to 10 percent for just that client.
Upwork is one of the largest and most popular outsourcing sites... the ultimate platforms for all types of freelancing work, from programming to writing services to graphic design and virtual assistants.
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- Large user base
- Secure platform with conflict resolution and responsive customer service
- Can monitor freelancer’s work
- No fees for employers
- Wide variety of services
- Easy search tools
Upwork has a lot of potential, and it’s so easy to use with no fees you might as well give it a try, especially if you are an employer. However, Upwork might be a very pricey platform for freelancers who only work on short-term projects with various clients. Since Upwork has such a large user base and is a secure platform, the best strategy for freelancers may be to make connections and find long-term clients who would be willing to move to a less expensive payment platform once they’ve built a relationship of trust.
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