Disadvantages of general remote work platforms VS the advantages of specialized platforms.
First of all most of those who have an account on Upwork
definitely noticed the very rude account and skills verification system for freelancers. The system is not applicable only on new members, but it also included talented members with years of experience and highest rates. Further more Upwork
suspended thousands of freelancers accounts permanently. The excuses Upwork
team said to the suspended accounts holders are very weak and silly as many of them said. Even Freelancer
platform itself has its disadvantages.
Disadvantages of general remote work platforms (Upwork, Freelancer, . etc )
1- Low work quality
Very big platforms like freelancer
can’t guarantee the quality of work delivered to clients. Actually clients are responsible for testing the freelancer skills before the hiring process. For instance in graphic design field, any new member can register graphic design as a skill he got. At this point the freelancer is not forced to have any sill tests by the platform to verify his skill. As a result, when talented freelancers submit on work they are lost in the crowd of untalented freelancers.
some might argue that most of general remote work platforms have skills tests freelancers can take. Although this is a good practice, but it is not reliable for the following reasons:
1- The skills test are not mandatory so freelancers with very low skills still can submit to work without passing any tests.
2- Some platforms provides skills tests for a price which discourage new members to take them.
3- Mostly only experienced freelancers take skills tests. Experienced freelancers usually cost much more than inexperienced. So, as a client with low budget it might be perfect to hire a freelancer with little experience. But in this case the freelancer should at least have some good skills. In this case with bids from inexperienced freelancers mostly haven’t passed any tests, the client will not be able to distinguish those with good skills from others with no skills.
2- Wrong job categories
New clients usually have difficulties in using remote work platform. Thus they might submit a job under the wrong category. For example, a web development job under graphic design category. As a result, freelancers who have registered the right skill for this category will not see that job. On the other hand, the client in this case possibly will not find a good hire.
3- Technical support
Although technical support team is not supposed to understand the nature of the work they are solving an issue for, but in some cases the issue can’t be solved unless the tech rep got some background about this work. In a platform of 900+ skill like freelancer the tech support rep is not aware of the nature of most of the skills.
4- Pricing is lose
Definitely general platforms like Upwork
can not set a minimum price for each skill. This is one of the biggest issues in general remote work platforms. As a result we see a very low bids on jobs of skills that should have a very high price. This is a disaster in fact for talented freelancers because they will always have junior competitors ready to do the job almost for nothing.
Specialized remote work platforms
The advantages of specialized remote work platforms are the solution for all the mentioned issues.
- Talking about work delivered quality most of specialized platforms tests the remote worker’s skills before allowing him/her to bid on jobs. So there is no worry as a client to have a low talent bids and no worries for workers to have untalented competitors.
- Also it is almost impossible to imagine a job of the wrong category in a platforms specialized in only one skill category.
- Technical support might also don’t have any idea about the work category in specialized platforms but in some cases they do and this would be very helpful in solving client-worker issues and disputes.
- Finally, we can see that most specialized platforms usually sets a minimum price for the work. So both the client and the remote worker are committed to this price. As a result talented workers bids are not scrambled by low price junior’s bids as in general remote work platforms like Upwork.
There for we encourage remote workers to search for and work in specialized remote work platforms.
Fortunately, most of the major remote work categories have a specialized platforms. Bellow we will mention an example of some:
Graphic design platforms:
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