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Update On Migration Process To Upwork

Addendum: Within the next two weeks, we’ll begin moving new Elance job posts over to Upwork. Don’t wait to transfer your reputation over to the unified Upwork, and to get set up for new projects. We’ve already invited your clients to move to Upwork, and when you and your client begin a contract together we’ll honor the fee you paid on Elance. To stay updated on the move, visit our forum.

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We’re continuing to wind down Elance and move your reputation and work to our unified Upwork platform. As mentioned in our recent forum post, we extended the timeline to make some improvements to the experience, based on your feedback. This includes building the ability for agencies to merge their Elance and Upwork accounts.

Here’s an updated timeline:

·       Everyone in the Elance community will receive an invitation in the next several weeks.

·       Once invitations are complete, we’ll begin to limit the ability to post new jobs on Elance.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.  

Why migrate? Your business will benefit from moving to Upwork.

Freelancers and clients who have made the transition from Elance to Upwork are now realizing the benefits. Upwork has doubled the amount of jobs available to freelancers, which are resulting in 34% higher earnings than on Elance.

We’ve also launched major marketing campaigns to attract even more top clients, and we’re making it easier for search engines to find you through your Upwork online profile (Elance profiles will soon become less visible in search engines). Plus we’ve just introduced Upwork Enterprise, bringing you a world of new, long-term opportunities with large global clients.

You’ll find it easy to settle into Upwork.

While moving from Elance to Upwork may initially seem like a big departure, you’ll soon discover that things are quite familiar. You’ll still find clients from Elance, as well as new prospects now working on Upwork. There is also the protection you’ve come to know and trust, including Hourly Payment Protection and Fixed-Price Payment Protection (via escrow).

It’s easy for your existing Elance clients to find and hire you, and you’re able to keep your current pricing structure with these existing clients. Here’s an example of what your Elance clients will see on the screen when you’ve moved to Upwork:

We’ve prepared detailed documents to help you make the move (for clientsfreelancers and agencies), along with a self-paced course for freelancers to make it even easier to learn the ins and outs of Upwork.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on major milestones that get us closer to winding down Elance. In the meantime, we encourage you to accept your invitation today (available on your Elance My Jobs page), and start shifting your efforts to Upwork.

 

 

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Elance is best anf upwork still confusing. Love Elance. Please Keep alive elance. Easy and best to use.

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#saveElance

1. Upwork does not release payment to contractors immediately like Elance does.

2. The Upwork website is plagued with technical problems, which the management does not seem to be able to control. This has been going on since many months.

3. Ellance has better client, better jobs, and better paying jobs.

4. Winding down a a successful enterprise makes NO business sense.

5. Merging Elance into Upwork, seems like some individual's childish whim. The two could happily coexist and flourish.

i am agree with all,

Elance is batter that upwork as upwork is very very hard and we can lose client too.

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We are working on Elance since last 6 years and is the best system. We will suggest not to wind up Elance, instead upwork should be merged in Elance.

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I am on People-Per-Hour, Guru.com, Freeelancer.com, Elance and Upwork (now). It's really hard for these freelance companies to be successful. Freelancer is a joke, I like People-Per-Hour, but it's really low paying work, and hard to get. Guru.com is O.K. but not very many jobs.

Elance was the best of the bunch, and I could get enough work each month. Now I am trying Upwork. I am blowing through all my proposal credits and getting NO response.

Just because the owners of Upwork want this to work, does not mean it will. Likely, freelancers on Upwork will get discouraged and leave. Of these sites, Elance was the best, and it may have been luck. Upwork "says" that sales are up 32%, what does that mean? My sales are non-existent on Upwork. Not even a nibble.

If Upwork does NOT convince freelancers in it's value, all the platitudes won't save it. We need to get sales, or we're out of here.

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Please, Please Save Elance....I am not happy with UpWork...I am able to do navigation properly at Upwork..

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fees, team limitations and lot of things are not good on upwork...
agencies will treated as freelancers then what will be the difference between a banana and bunch of bananas...

we should start #saveelance campaign on facebook & twitter.

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Business is going down all the way, on elance lot of projects are not getting awarded and on upwork there are not much jobs...
we are looosing business, ****SAVE ELANCE****

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I want to stay in elance,not like upwork ever.please make a good decision before moving elance to upwork.Elance is a best structture to contribute for freelancer and employer.thanks

Yes, we want Elance alive........ But no body will hear our sad voice from Elance. They all are planned and already done everything for the closure.

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Ah! I don't like UPWORK. Elance is good site and long live

hi,

I have been working on Elance since 2007

I have been writing mails to Elance to send me invite to shift my profile still have not heard from them and cannot see invite on My Jobs page.

Can someone please help me to shift my profile to UPWORK ASAP

Thanks

Sudha

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Save Elance!!

Elance is much better than Up-work, We need to find some other sites for same as Up-work is horrible and so confusing !

I have to agree with the consensus; Keep Elance ! I regret the fact Elance is closing down. I have benefited from Elance over the past 1.5 years and this will affect me financially. I find Odesk is set up like junior high or high school platform. Elance was very professional and easy to navigate. I really don't have the time to reestablish myself in a new platform . This really, really sucks.

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"Very difficult to obtain a job. Elance is always good platform for freelancer and client."

I am more than willing to volunteer and help show anyone how to make his or her voices heard so that maybe we can get Elance back. #SaveElance

If you want to try and #SaveElance then everyone is going to have to 'make the time' to do social posts about this. The jobs at Upwork are poor quality and many are fake--- so you will have nothing but free time on your hands anyway, you might as well do social posts to try to help us all stay on Elance.

This migration to Upwork has been a horrible experience for me and others I am sure. I am one unhappy camper right now! Here is the link to Upwork Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/upwork where you can post whatever you want for anyone to read and here is their Twitter link: https://twitter.com/Upwork

I would think it best to post directly on their FB page and directly on your own FB pages using hashtag #SaveElance in the content.

Put @Upwork in your Tweets and ask everyone to retweet your tweets. Feel free to use this Tweet below.

Tweet this - Save us from disaster! @Upwork Shutdown until all issues fixed! Your site does not work! Put us back on Elance or ODesk. #SaveElance

You are welcome to take any or all of this that I wrote last night about the Elance to Upwork migration experience and overall experience and post it on their FB site, post it on your won Facebook page, change content to make it relevant to your own experiences with Upwork so far. Then you could do another Tweet and use the FB URL to link back to your FB post too! Then add a link on twitter back to the Facebook page.

Below is my FB post from last night Oct 6. Just now Oct 7, I see on Twitter that the Upwork site was down again just 2 hours ago. They can barely keep this new Upwork site functioning and they expect us to accept apologies for the 100th time.

FB post - copy or use any part you want and try to get management attention.

Titled - "When are you going to Listen to us? Attn: Upwork Owners/Mgt Team"

I totally agree with this from Touhid Rahman - "I suggest Upwork to completely shut down the current updated version and return to previous one until you fix all these errors. And also not to integrate Elance within until you fix Upwork. Elance was great, oDesk was good and Upwork is very miserable!" .......... Now I have to say what Touhid said is an UNDERSTATEMENT!

I basically just lost everything I have worked hard to attain the last couple of years on Elance, clients gone, can't find them on Upwork, I am sure they can't figure out how to find me either. I was forced to change username due to migration. What a joke this is! Basically just lost everything due to this STUPID and I mean STUPID migration from Elance to Upwork. I did great on Elance, plenty of jobs, good clients, and easy payments in a day or two. NOW, nothing but headaches, lousy jobs posted, looks like fake clients, non-verified payment, no locations. Not to mention this from Upwork/Downwork - Nothing but Apologies, bear with us, and we're sorry. Oh, and then they email us wanting us to provide a rating about how support did!

Why not spend the time fixing this Upwork Site or better yet, how about a big We're SORRY for Destroying your Business, forcing you from Elance to Upwork. We will turn back the clock and put all you from Elance back on Elance, direct your clients back to Elance, reopen ODESK, and when we get our heads out of the sand and figure out how to create a website that works, we will let you all know and we promise it will work this time without destroying your business.

Who in the HECK is running this Company? I wish I had the ability to do this .... I would FIRE every single person at this Upwork Company that decided to merge Elance and ruin a good thing just so you can get everyone on the same platform and try to charge all of us more money. You have not made anything better --- you have made everything terrible.

What insanity is at work at this company?

And I am not going to quit posting about how messed up it is because at this point the job postings are a joke, $5 hour jobs, no payment verification from clients, no locations.

From what I have seen so far, I am scared to death to take a job on this site! What are the chances of ever being paid from clients or from Upwork. It sounds like you (Upwork) have figured out a way to hold our money for 15 days so you can collect interest on the funds??? Is that it? I just learned about this from another post here on FB. I cannot possibly think of a reason for you to hold funds once a job is completed if the client is happy-- you have no business holding our money.

Whoever is running this company has no business running this company. It is a complete and utter disaster and we should not have to be your guinea pigs while you try to figure things out. I personally do not want to hear one more apology, I want you to take us back to Elance until you get your act together.

If we did this kind of work (built a website like Upwork), we would have been FIRED for sure!

I SUPPORT YOU MADAM
TELL ME WHAT TO DO ?
MY SKYPE IS : rupakiran115
i AM A BIG FAN OF ELANCE. UPWORK IS A DISASTER. BULL SHIT

I SHOCKED WHY THEY ARE MAKING THIS DECESION.

i AM POOR AT SOCIAL NETWORKING JUST TELL ME INSTRUCTIONS WHAT TO DO TO SAVE ELANCE I WILL FOLLOW ANY ONE CAN PING EM AT MY SKYPE

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Save Elance..

Save Elance..

Yes i totally agree that elance should not be moved to upwork.
Hope these comments reaches the top management in upwork?

Honestly I don't like Upwork ! Elance is Way much better for me

LIsten Elance Team

Dont winding up Elance, lot of persons will loose their clients and business without any reason, What will you guys get by doing that...

We want to work on elance for years...
May be business get closed very soon if elance goes down...

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I am scary to move to UpWork...I did not get even one order in a month at Odesk even through I put in same effort there similar to Elance (I used to get at least 10 assignments at Elance per month). I anticipate my business go down in coming months...

Save Elance Please :(

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#SaveElance

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I'm also agree with you guys. Elance is better than upwork. Please don't shut down elance:( #saveelance

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Responding to a communication from the Management team, I had written a detailed note telling them why this
merger has the potential of a suicide attempt. None of us will ever have access to the merger document between
UpWork and Elance.

I have been a freelancer for the past 8 years and started with the erstwhile GAF. When that platform transitioned to become freelancer.com everything appeared moving smooth for an year or so. Then all hell broke loose and Matt suddenly thought selling T shirts to freelancers, and opening up other silly windows would shore up his bottom line. In less than 6 months he successfully killed the golden goose. Many employers with a long-standing track record disappeared from the site. Service providers also followed suit. Revenues were steadily going down hill and Matt found it convenient to use money earned by freelancers to pay off his own bills. After all, there will be a dispute and he could take several months to pay back. The old adage Rob Peter to pay Sam. Some of you may also remember Helium.com and the way it has gone.

Elance has a brand equity with freelancers, and today, I opine that it is the best and most known across the globe. After the merger, the brand would vanish. Earlier, Elance had married O'desk, but the challenges from that marriage were never carried into the core of Elance.

The best solution should have been UpWork an Elance company, rather than the other way about. At the end of the day, it is all a corporate decision, and we may little or no say on the final outcome.

Obviously, my vote is for 'Save Elance'

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Elance is easy to use comparing with upwork. Don't shut elance.

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