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The second largest freelance marketplace in the world with other 9 million registered freelancers working on fixed price projects or by the hour ranging from coders to designers and too many more to mention.

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How Does Upwork Work


Employers can post a job relatively quickly via Upwork and start receiving applications within hours if not minutes. Employers fill out a straightforward job description including skills required, how to pay the freelancer (hourly or fixed price), desired experience level, length of job, time commitment of freelancer (more than 30 hours, less than 30 hours or 'I don't know yet). Once posted and applications arrive, the employer can interview certain freelancers if they so wish through the platform. Once hired, the freelancer will begin work and Upwork will arrange payment, contracts and invoices between freelancers and clients.


Freelancers start by creating a 'freelancer profile' which is essentially an online introduction, résumé and personal marketing brochure highlighting skills, experience, education and Upwork skills test results. Upwork skills tests are provided by Upwork so freelancers can prove their skill sets to potential clients through the site. Once the freelancer profile is created and polished, Upwork freelancers then apply for fixed priced and hourly jobs advertised on the site. Skillsets in demand range vastly from the web, mobile & software development jobs to translation & accounting. Once the freelancer is successful and appointed, the contract will be arranged via Upwork which includes fees etc. Upwork securely holds the payment from the client and pays freelancers according to their contract.


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Excellent freelancing site.

There are many low paid workers on site which mean sometimes you don’t get rates you want. But there are so many jobs and sometimes people want to work with you in the same country. I've got some great jobs through the site. Recommend to anyone that wants to freelance remotely.

Date: 30-07-2016 13:31:47
by John [view]

To date Ive sent over $30k on upwork, so I think its safe to say I think its a great platform to find remote freelancers, hence why i have given 4 stars.
I have mainly hired developers and also designers on upwork and pay around $25-$30 a hour on a hourly contract, to hire developers with the same skills within the UK I would probaly pay at least double that!
I have hired a few bad freelancers on upwork too, to stop this I now only invite freelancers to apply to my job openings and make all job openings private so that I dont have to sift through lots of poor candidates.
Ive also hired lesser skilled freelancers for around $5 a hour for basic admin tasks which can be done easily but take up a lot of time,this frees me up to do more important tasks within my business.

Date: 18-07-2016 10:23:29
by Trobs_UK [view]

I used Upwork to find a wordpress developer to create an online photo marketplace specializing in sports photography. I managed to find an excellent developer in India for a fantastic rate. There was a minor language barrier at first, however once we worked out how each other worked, I was very impressed with the results.

One thing I really liked about working with a developer 5.5 hours ahead was the fact work was done while I was sleeping, I'd then review thes site that afternoon, add comments and the work would be ready for next morning.

Upwork itself has a very useful tool for managing productivity. I chose to pay by the hour so was a little concerned if the freelancer would cheat with regards to hours worked, however the Upwork tool shows screenshots as the freelancer is working, so you can see what they're doing at intervals.

Would give five stars however the number of irrelevant applications once I posted the project was quite time consuming to deal with. However from that point onward, it was great. All payments and invoices were dealt through platform so no extra admin work. Recommend for finding freelancers overseas, however if using local freelancers would likely consider other sites, for example Total Freelance in the UK.

Date: 15-07-2016 11:05:12
by jack [view]