Upwork at a Glance
|Sign up fee||No sign-up fee, 3% processing fee added to payments|
|Online messaging platform||Yes|
|Live chat support||Yes|
|Variety of freelancers||Upwork boasts that 8,000+ skills are represented by freelancers on the platform|
Upwork Is No Longer What It Used to Be
Upwork is one of the biggest freelance websites online today, but bigger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, in recent years, the quality of work has gone done and there are a lot of flaws in the way the platform works. If you need a freelancer, I recommend you head over to Fiverr where you can hire a freelancer for as little as $5.
While its size does offer some advantages like advanced search filters, a handy mobile app, a desktop time tracker, and an effective messaging system for communicating with potential candidates, you need to be cautious.
You can view freelancers’ past work history and feedback to get an idea of their professionalism, but I’ve also come across quite a few freelancer profiles that were fake. You hire someone for a job, thinking they’re from London or Los Angeles as stated on their profile, only to later discover they’re from a different part of the world and hardly qualified for the job at hand. This can be incredibly frustrating, not to mention a waste of time and money.
Upwork’s pricing is straightforward in that there are no sign-up fees and you can set your own budget to narrow down candidates, but it can get pretty pricey. You’ll be paying a 3% ‘processing fee’ on top of every freelancer invoice so bear that in mind before you start hiring. Other platforms like Fiverr don’t charge you any extra fees to hire a freelancer, you simply pay the price on the job post, making Fiverr a much better option if you’re new to hiring.