Independent Consultant (Former Employee) – Parker, CO – February 14, 2018
UpWork is a great place to find contract work in a variety of fields. It is very competitive and alot of people apply to the same jobs. If you have expertise and years of experience then you can find contract opportunities. I never found full-time opportunities with one company through UpWork which is what I am pursuing now.
Contract work done anywhere, you name your hourly wage
20% fee per contract until you meet a set amount of hours
Online Freelance Marketplace (Former Employee) – Online Research – February 5, 2018
Great Freelance Site. The best online site I've ever known. I've learned to communicate with the client to have a productive output. I learned to handle pressure when it comes to submission of reports and documents.
UpWork-It'll Work for You, but You Might Not Want It To
Freelance Writer and Copyeditor (Former Employee) – Online, USA – February 1, 2018
What can be said about UpWork? It's a loose collective of free-lance workers of (heavily-) varying stages of experience, and the average client can be described with similarly noncommittal language. All-in-all, it's not a bad gig, even if they take waaay too much out of your check as a "facilitator's" of "finder's" fee, and there's one, very simple reason to put up with the cut: you're actually guaranteed to be paid, unlike most of the Wild-West-Cutthroat-Gig that is freelance writing.
Great place to work online. Many skills learned. Great diversified culture. Management failed to protect the right of freelancers at times. Especially against bad clients. Most enjoyable when the client is good and the experience is good.
Freelancer (Current Employee) – Remote – January 28, 2018
Upwork can give a lot of experience, thats for sure. But the main drawback is that most of the clients looking for cheap abroad contractors with above median level of requirements for far far below salaries. Can recommend for junior to get practice (but beware - upwor clients don't trust new accounts and rarely hire someone with -0 hours of work there)
"Its the Selling Skill (required by Upwork) which is important ( to survive on upwork) than having the (relevant) Skills required by Clients. Clients require technical skills, but Upwork deliver them Salesman while keep on suspending all the technical peoples not having Selling Skill, there's the mistake, Clients has Nothing to do with your Selling skills once you get selected., all they require is technical skills.
Never ever rely on Upwork as your main source of income even if you have 5 Years old account, you can get suspended any time.
Work from home
Account suspended without breaking rules, without any warning
Developer (Current Employee) – Online – January 24, 2018
upWork is one of the best place for freelancers around the world it has a great reputation as well tool to work online. also it has a great amount of community support as well as team support as a freelancer i really like to work on upwork.
Freelancer (Former Employee) – Malaysia – January 23, 2018
Good if you are thinking about taking job you like and working at your own time (for some job only, some needs you to work in certain timezone) Higher chance of getting hired mostly for those with an established portfolio. For those who don't have much experience/ special skills, the chances of getting a job are low. You will have very fierce competitions among the freelancers, most of the time receiving no reply from clients, for some it took a long response time. Some freelancers are willing to take a jobs/offer at a ridiculously low price to increase their chance of getting hired. I feel that sometimes the freelancers are being paid so low for their work, not much different from an online cheap labor. Freelancers are also charged 20% Upwork service charge on each project and this do not include the withdrawal charge yet. My case here was my account has been suspended with the reason of me not securing enough contracts and earnings. With some of the proposal still under negotiation with clients, Upwork has chose to terminate my account straightaway without any notice beforehand. I had chose to voice this out because as a freelancer, you have the right to know what you'll be expecting working in this platform. For future freelancers, THINK THINK & THINK again if you are going to work with Upwork.
Choose job you want to do, SOME job offers working at your own time, chances to explore some other area of expertise (provided you are hired)
low chance of getting hired, low salary/ripped off, for my case: given absurd reason to suspend my account
Freelancer (Former Employee) – Home Based – January 23, 2018
Most of the clients don't know what they want, and thus don't know how much the contracts should be worth. This makes it difficult to compete with third world freelancers that are willing to put up with everything and only get fraction of what the contracts should goo for.
Independent Consultant (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – January 15, 2018
With Upwork having the opportunity to work as you like. I am working with Upwork for many years and doing along with my regular job. It is really fun to prove yourself at international level and may have an opportunity to learn new skills like me I learned research skills.