I have been working on Upwork for more than 2-years. Everything was going fine until the last couple of months when the number of high-quality jobs started plummeting. Personally, I didn’t have a clue what was the root of this problem. That is until I’ve had the chance to be on the buyer’s side. When I was on the buyer’s side - things were hectic. Hundreds of proposals from Meksells - and only a handful of proposals made sense. In the end, we hired a couple of designers that didn’t deliver what was promised.
In the past, we used to have 60 connects available for free. However, today Upwork announced, that every connection should be purchased for $0.15. Meaning, without buying a bundle, you most likely won’t be able to apply for a job. (https://www.upwork.com/i/connects/).
In my opinion, this move by Upwork isn’t bad at all. It might really lower down the number of meksels, as they can’t spam anymore. However, on the other side, 15 cents isn’t a lot of money.
Here is how I see it:
- Fewer meksells spamming.
- I would have more chance to be hired.
- It would be easier for the clients to the meksels up to some extent.
- I don’t like this, as in the future, Upwork might turn into PPH.
- Perhaps, driving away clients as they would get lot fewer proposals.
Honestly, this won’t affect me a lot - as I tend to apply to a few jobs a month. Personally, I only apply to jobs which are interesting to me, have a deadline that I can make, the client has a great rating, and they don’t lowball. I am hired on 40-50% of the proposals that I send (not more than 10 proposals per year). Which means that this isn’t bad at all for me.
I know that this won’t affect most of you, as you don’t offer your services on Upwork. However, I find it appropriate to share it with everyone here.