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New features for freelancers

Freelancers can now create milestones 

From now on, freelancers will be able to create milestones to their fixed price contracts. They will be able to do so when they’r submitting proposals for fixed-price projects over 100$.

they can provide an amount, description, and optional due date to each milestone.

This feature is very important especially for big projects. Because clients will have to pay the agreed amount in milestones. Thus for projects that lasts for long time, freelancers will not have to wait until project ends to get paid.

Dividing fixed-price projects into milestones is not new to Upwork. But in the past only clients were allowed to use this option to create milestones.

Clients will also have the option to edit freelancers milestones. Then freelancers can accept or decline the edits made by clients.

New features for clients

Client Rehire Freelancer Button:

Now clients will see a rehire a freelancer button as they create a new job post. That would be very useful for freelancer as it will allow clients to reach their freelancers easily for new projects. Formerly, clients used to create a regular job posts and then mention the name of the desired freelancer in job description or job title it self. As we used to see job posts entitled “This job is for John”.  and that was very confusing for other freelancers who sees similar job posts. now clients can hire their freelancers directly without annoying others with jobs posted for a specific freelancer.

New features for freelancers and clients

Private Notepad in Messages:

Upwork also added a new feature in the messages page allowing users to add private notes. Both freelancers and clients can see and use this notepad adding private notes. It can be used as a to-do-list or so.  The noted written in this notepad will not be visible to the opponent.

 

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The dream team of talented freelancers

upwork rainmakers

6 hours Ago 

“We’re announcing Upwork Rainmakers, a “dream team” of talented freelancers. Each individual brings unparalleled skills and experience to clients, adding to the quality talent already available through Upwork.” said Lena E

“Among the Upwork Rainmakers already confirmed are:

  • Barack Obama – political consulting
  • Kim Kardashian – social media marketing
  • Tina Fey – script writing
  • Banksy – logo design
  • Dalai Lama – Zendesk
  • Warren Buffett – financial forecasting
  • Angela Merkel – German translation
  • Richard Branson – cloud services
  • Marc Benioff – Salesforce
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – business goals
  • Siri – language recognition

Each Upwork Rainmaker will set his or her rate, depending upon the project and scope, and will be available for contracts beginning on Saturday, April 1.” she continued.

 

Did you believe this announcement. 🙂

Just don’t. Actually it was a silly joke by announced on Upwork Blog which “falls on April Fools Day”. That was a joke that really got every one on upwork community and even on other social media.

Actually Upwork team released the announcement first on the Official Upwork announcement board by Lina E. In which she said “For more information, read our blog post here.”. Then when you follow the link to the blog you will find out that it was a big joke. Nice trek by upwork to get some attention.  Though might think it is not acceptable joke to be said by a professional remote work platform like upwork.

 

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Upwork: we plan to extend the “waiting period” to retake a skill test

skill test

Upwork community manager announced at earlier time of January 2017 that Upwork is planning to extend the “waiting period”  freelancers should wait to retake an Upwork skill test.

Introduction

Although Upwork skills tests is one of the most powerful advantages as a remote work platform. Not only because there is tests for most of the skills but also because its free of charge. Other freelance platforms like freelancer.com charges fees on skills tests .

“We have a couple of options in mind for the new “waiting period”, 90 days and 180 days. This would mean that after taking a Skill Test, if you tried retaking that same test, you’d be blocked from doing so until either 90 days or 180 days have passed.” said  , Upwork community manager

 

Upwork Community members sample reviews

Freelancers reviews 🙁

“The skills tests are hopelessly outdated. Making us wait longer to retake them won’t change that. All of the Adobe software tests, for example, are at least three years behind, and don’t reflect any of the new features of the Creative Cloud model. The basic English language tests are available by a quick Google to get 100% without any effort.”

“Hello. Kindly leave the tests’ wait time the way they are. Do not extend the waiting period so outrageously.”

“Wrong direction. 30 days is way too long. One week, or 10 days is plenty of time. ”

Clients reviews 🙂

“In general I don’t find test results that useful as a client. I glance at them but rarely use them to make a recruiting decision, because I find they’re not very indicative of skill at the moment. So improvements to the test system across the board would be welcome.”

“I like the 90 day option because it could, indeed, encourage the freelancer to improve their skills.  I also like it because it might be effective in discouraging wannabe freelancers who probably don’t belong on the platform in the first place.”

 

Our review

It seems that the free concept is resulting in lazy testing system. Everyone can notice that questions are not changing for long while. That was the reason Upwork set a long waiting time of 30 days before a freelancer can retake the same test.

But instead of developing the tests adding new questions, Upwork team came up with a poor idea. The brilliant idea is to extend the already long “waiting time” 3 time or 6 times longer.

Freelancers in Upwork used to retake skills tests for two reasons:

1- if they failed in a test.

2- if they wish to get a higher score.

The time extending idea might be reasonable only in the second case. Freelancers who passed the test would face no problem waiting a bit longer to enhance their score. But in the first case it is completely unfair to make freelancers wait even for 30 days. Given that some skills may only take two weeks to learn.

 

Conclusion

Extending the test retake time to 90 days instead of 30 would make no difference. The best thing Upwork can do at this point, is to increase the pool of questions. Or may be Upwork should use a third party to have a professional testing system.

 

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Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

Upwork report

 Upwork Future Work force Report (The most important findings)

work force reportThis report, conducted by an independent research firm and commissioned by Upwork.

We are going to highlight only the most important findings of this  report.

1- More Hiring Managers are satisfied with the skills of freelancers than the skills of their most recent full time hires.

2- 60% of hiring managers expected that freelancing will continue to increase.

3- 88% of hiring managers have openings on their teams.

4- only 10% of hiring managers believe in physical presence in office is important to a new hire’s success.

5- 35% of departments have freelancers that conduct a significant portion of their work from a remote location.

7- 77% of managers use more than one resource when finding freelancers to hire.

8- 48% of managers used online resources to find freelancers in the past year.

9- 79% of companies are more likely to hire the most qualified freelancer than the least expensive.

10- 4 times as many hiring managers plan to use more freelancers in the coming year than plan to use fewer.

Upwork verifying freelancer’s profile details by video chat

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Upwork video chat new verification program

Webcam

Upwork came up with a very Controversial way to detect “fraudulent profiles“, since the end of 2016.

“Unfortunately, sometimes we see fraudulent profiles, and to prevent this, on occasion we need to verify the information a freelancer has included in their profile. With this new program, some freelancers may be asked to join a brief video chat with an Upwork representative. During this video call, which should take less than three minutes, our representative will ask a few questions to confirm some of the information entered by the freelancer on his/her profile.” said the community manager Garnor M .

 

Freelancers opinions:

“Guys…   If you’re going to place accounts on hold for video verification. it’s probably a good idea to make sure your CS knows how to go through the process?”, said Kat CNegative opinion

“I just got the same email. And I am still waiting to chat with someone. This isn’t making me feel very confident”, Said Amy T, Negative opinion 

“Vlad (or other moderator), are you able to explain why this process is being rolled out in a way that cripples freelancer’s ability to submit proposals without warning.  rather than in an orderly manner that would allow time to schedule the verification before the ability to submit proposals was frozen?” said Tiffany S, Negative opinion 

“As asked before: What does this actually entail? So I have to go out and buy a webcam now?” said Kim F,  Negative opinion 

“What video verification would do (assuming someone doesn’t use a stand-in) would verify someone’s gender, age, race, and physical capabilities. All of which are protected categories here in California (where Upwork is also based). I don’t have or want a profile photo: my work speaks for itself. Requiring people to in effect verify their gender, race, age, and physical capabilities is huge invitation to discrimination. Both by Upwork and by clients. Further, the idea of picking people out at random for punishment is also how cults and dictatorial regimes operate.” said Chris K, Negative opinion

 

Summary

Dislike, Angry, Upset, Imoticon

Although Upwork officials said that this program is a part of their ongoing efforts to protect all users. It is too difficult for any reasonable adult to understand how can a three minutes video chat verifies his skills as a freelancer. While the official documentation provided in the profile can’t.

We think that this program is not doing what it supposed to do. On the other hand it is making freelancers frustrated. As seen in the sample opinions collected from Upwork community.  Upwork forced some freelancers to buy cameras making them so upset. This makes Upwork verification system is the worst among other freelance platforms. It’s actually leading many freelancers to move to another platforms such as Fiverr, and freelancer.com.

 

The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork

Upwork earlier this month released its latest quarterly index of the 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers in the U.S. freelance job market.

 

 

The upwork skills index

List of the skills:

1- Natural language processing (NLP)

2- Swift (Apple’s preferred programming language)

3- Tableau

4- Amazon MWS

5- Strip

6- Instagram marketing

7- MySQL Programming

8- Unbounce

9- Social media management

10- Angular JS

11- Business consulting

12- Machine learning

13- Brand Strategy

14- 3d Rendering

15- Information security

16- R development

17- Node-JS development

18- User experience design

19- Blutooth

20- Zendesk customer support

 

Data science is the fastest-growing category on Upwork for the second quarter in a row. Machine learning moved from the #1 spot in Q3 to #12 in Q4 but continues to see rapid growth. 🙂

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Upwork: On Wednesday, February 22nd, Danny Margulies will teach you how to build a portfolio that will make your profile shine.

 

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Join Danny Margulies to learn more about building a portfolio of work that will make your profile shine.

Tips include:
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Upwork: Skrill (No Longer Available) Starting April 24, 2017

Upwork removes skrill

Upwork removes skrill from its money transfer options list

A few days ago Upwork announced that they are not going to allow freelancers working for them to transfer their earnings via Skrill (Formerly known as Moneybookers) .

Skrill is considered a one of the most famous money transfers e-commerce business working on the internet. It used to be one of the favorite money transfer options for freelancers all over the world.

When?

Skrill will no longer be available as of April 24, 2017.

Read the announcement here.

Why?

“After a thorough review, we’ve determined that Skrill’s product offering and customer support to our community do not consistently meet the standards we require of our payment partners.” justified Lena E, The community manager of Upwork earlier this month.

“For example, Skrill’s sudden decision to remove their debit card service from certain countries have left many freelancers without adequate support.” she proceeded.

Upwork support team sent notification to all clients who used to us Skrill as a payment method to let them know about this serious decision and allowing them to set a new payment method until April 24, 2017.

Impact

Most of Upwork users denied this decision as Skrill was still a reliable option to withdraw their earnings. Obviously only non USA residents will be affected by the decision. As Upwork added new direct transfer options for them in a very low fees (about 1$ per withdrawal).

Some countries doesn’t support PayPal and. Now Skrill is not on the list too. So freelancers in those countries have only two option to get their earnings Which are Pyoneer and Wire transfer.

Wire transfer is the most expensive as it costs 30$  per transaction.

So freelancers in similar countries still hoping that Upwork offers a more reliable money transfer options for them.

 

 

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