Is UpWork a scam? Or is it a great place to find some extra work online?
The Thesis Behind UpWork
The thesis behind a company like UpWork goes something like this: Oh, how many freelancers there are! And say, there are plenty of people looking for freelancers too: Website owners who are in need of writers, designers, coders etc…
Wouldn’t it be a great idea if we could somehow connect these two groups of people? Website owners and busy businesses would get their work done fast and effectively while freelancers would be able to find plenty of work and work from the comfort of their homes.
That’s the idea behind UpWork. Sounds like a paradise, does it not? But it’s not.
Yes, there is plenty of value in UpWwork, and plenty of freelancers, as well as website owners, have had success working for or hiring people at UpWork. But there are many problems as well (which is why UpWork is not on my recommended list), and here we’ll discuss some of them.
The Bidding Process
Website owners post jobs. Freelancers then contact these website owners and suggest a price. UpWork then takes a small commission off the freelancers’ wages. What could go wrong?
The problem, you see, is that freelancers are competing against each other to get at the lowest price possible. There are often ten or twenty freelancers competing to be hired for one single job. People want to get the most out of their buck, and there’s no reason why someone should pay a US writer triple that which he would pay a writer from overseas.
Now, there are people that are willing to pay more for writers that have received good reviews, but in order to actually get good reviews in the first place, you must first work for extremely low rates and still offer high-quality work, so that you receive good reviews.
That’s not the best situation.
UpWork For Website Owners
Website owners don’t have such an easy time either. Since all work
and communication is done on the UpWork website, it’s often hard to find a freelancer that you can be sure will do a good job and will satisfy your needs, even if you are willing to pay a decent price.
So, Is UpWork A Scam? Can It Really Be True?
UpWork is not a scam. They actually have an A+ rating at the BBB. There were actually many complaints against them, often consisting of not getting paid, but all complaints were dealt with effectively (it’s good to know that if you end up not getting paid you can always file a complaint and you’ll get your money – what a relief).
Browsing the freelancers listed on UpWork, you will find many that have completed a number of jobs or worked for a number o0f hours and seem to be doing well there.
So it’s really up to you. If you want to put in a bid or two daily (there is a limit on how much you can bid each month) and hope that maybe you’ll be hired, good luck to you. Just don’t let yourself be taken advantage of by people who want you to do a lot for as little money as possible.
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