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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.

 

 

Comments

Read my post (TopQualityWriter-SEO). There are examples of what you might want to send via social channels about this disaster they call 'Upwork' so we can try to #SaveElance.

I love Elance.

me too

And me :(

I'm happy to move over to Upwork; I have a lot of reputation built up here and I'm glad I get to save it.

That said, I've tried several times to move to Upwork and it keeps failing. I've been on the phone with Elance several times and I'm still told to wait for their email about resolving my issues. It would be great if I could have some real assistance with this.

I have to agree. Upwork is a mess and Elance is more professional and more organization. Give you professional feel unlike upwork

Read my post (TopQualityWriter-SEO). There are examples of what you might want to send via social channels about this disaster they call 'Upwork' so we can try to #SaveElance.

Upwork is an absolute disaster. I can't believe this is happening.

Me Too.....

It is a nightmare for nearly every elancer to move to Upwork(Odesk)

WHY don't someone asked for VOTING POLL that it is RIGHT decision or NOT. We are NOTHING anywhere, I think ?

I have to agree. Upwork is a mess and Elance is more professional and more organization. Give you professional feel unlike upwork

Elance is best..

I don't have people working on Upwork for me except one. I have a huge team of people working for me at my office without they having anything to do with Upwork. And, as a businessman how do you expect me to reveal the trade secret to my staff and let them access Upwork apps and accounts? Apart from that do you think it is at all possible to monitor their apps for correct entries and then if there are mistakes or errors go back to clients and waste their and our time? This system is really not going to work.

I have dealt with several clients on Elance without using the time tracker and never in my 5 years of existence there have ever had an issue with any client. The simple rule is client will pay on mutual agreement and if he sees worth of results against what he is paying.

Please pass on my deepest dissatisfaction about this system to your management. While I am exploring other options and marketplace I am sure I will not be able to work on this unlike Elance and I am sure many like me will do the same.

well said..i have never used the time tracker either. Upwork is trying to do much. And no more reviews on proposals?!! what a joke..super mad

True. I wish RentACoder was still around to go back to!

I LOVED rentacoder.com ... found a programmer there 12 years ago and we're still working with each other on projects. :)

Your ABSOLUTELY right. this is more panic experience I ever seen. We have been kicked off and have no mutual values.

Read my post (TopQualityWriter-SEO). There are examples of what you might want to send via social channels about this disaster they call 'Upwork' so we can try to #SaveElance.

Please donot shift to upwork.

Will Upwork adapt to the privacy rights freelancers have on Elance? i.e having the choice to disclose or not our earnings (total and per project). This is a major issue that would deserve an arbitration if it is not dealt with by Upwork.
Thanks.

No, they won't, about two months ago support said the option to make financial data private is not implemented and is not on the todo list.

Also an issue for me( to publicly display my earnings).
Don't know how to deal with this.

Who the hell gave the idea that elance should be dissolved? I hate that person.

No, they won't I had a fit about this (showing earnings) and they basically said that is the way it is. So, you have no choice except to try and fight the move to stupid Upwork platform. Read my other posts here.
SAVE ELANCE! Sign this Petition. It takes 2 seconds and you can post a link on your social sites afterwards to try and get more people to sign it.

Petition to Upwork's, "Stephane Kasriel, Thomas Layton: Stop Upwork from shutting down Elance."

I think this is important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

https://www.change.org/p/give-freelancers-what-they-deserve

Thank you. Read my other comments here for examples of Tweets and FB posts to try and #SaveElance

Pass this forward to other elancers here. You can HELP by staying in this forum area and looking for people that don't want to move to Upwork and post this above to them in a Reply. it would sure help if everyone did this. Just look for a post, then Reply with the above. Make sure the link to the petition works if you copy/paste this as it may it cut off. So open in your browser and resource the link to the petition again and then paste it into your reply to one the elancers here.

Elance is better than Upwork. Really disapointed by this step.

seriously the worst idea ever

upwork has a 7 day hold on all funds..that is going to un motivate a lot people to not work on there. Listen to us Elance..we all hate Upwork, terrible idea

Yes, aside from other issues I have with Upwork, the week-long hold on funds really doesn't help with personal finances :(

It seems that Fabio Rosati has put some cotton in his ears and closed his eyes,

All the elancers are saying that they don't want to migrate to upwork but the new CEO of Upwork is treating us like devil and pushing us into his den.

The new CEO of Upwork needs to be FIRED immediately. That person is lucky I am not the owner of this company because if I was ---- The CEO, their laptop, briefcase, and all their dumb Upwork policies and ideas would be escorted out the door. I am so sick to my stomach about Upwork (Downwork, Doesn'tWork) I can't see straight.

SAVE ELANCE! Sign this Petition. It takes 2 seconds and you can post a link on your social sites afterwards to try and get more people to sign it.

Petition to Upwork's, "Stephane Kasriel, Thomas Layton: Stop Upwork from shutting down Elance."

I think this is important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

https://www.change.org/p/give-freelancers-what-they-deserve

Thank you. Read my other comments here for examples of Tweets and FB posts to try and #SaveElance

Pass this forward to other elancers here. You can HELP by staying in this forum area and looking for people that don't want to move to Upwork and post this above to them in a Reply. it would sure help if everyone did this. Just look for a post, then Reply with the above. Make sure the link to the petition works if you copy/paste this as it may it cut off. So open in your browser and resource the link to the petition again and then paste it into your reply to one the elancers here.

Read my post (TopQualityWriter-SEO). There are examples of what you might want to send via social channels about this disaster they call 'Upwork' so we can try to #SaveElance.

SAVE ELANCE! Sign this Petition. It takes 2 seconds and you can post a link on your social sites afterwards to try and get more people to sign it.

Petition to Upwork's, "Stephane Kasriel, Thomas Layton: Stop Upwork from shutting down Elance."

I think this is important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

https://www.change.org/p/give-freelancers-what-they-deserve

Thank you. Read my other comments here for examples of Tweets and FB posts to try and #SaveElance

Push this forward to other elancers here. You can HELP by staying in this forum area and looking for people that don't want to move to Upwork and post this above to them in a Reply. it would sure help if everyone did this. Just look for a post, then Reply with the above. Make sure the link to the petition works if you copy/paste this as it may it cut off. So open in your browser and resource the link to the petition again and then paste it into your reply to one the elancers here.

Massively disappointed an frustrated to leave Elance. Elance was like a heaven. Upwork is a total failure. Miss Fabio Rosati

I did not liked this decision and Business is getting down on Upwork. Not sure how our business will grow 30%. For now it seems like just a Joke. Upwork is not friendly platform very slow and difficult.

Not only is Elance better and easier to use IT WORKS! That is not the case with Upwork. Their support is HORRIBLE!

I seriously think user experience is much better on Elance.

It's a big mistake! Elance UI and flow is much better. I'm not sure how I will work with upwork now. Tried a few times but it's a mess. And really slow.

Correct I think same way!

Elance is better place to work dont like this step

moving to upwork is not at all best iead .. not sure why this is happening... Seperate is better... its increasing the competitions..

also elance is clean and professional , upwork is really a mess..

Elance is better then others . I am very sorry that Elance is moving to Upwork . Please stop . Elance is Good > Better > Best .

Please think again . Upwork is > Downwork

Elance it's a humble request ,please don't move us to Up work, Upwork system has no match with Elance. Upwork is totally disaster. Not Happy on this migration.

Thanks,
Anne Alden

Yes, why don't the elancers launch a campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

#DoNotWindDownElance

#SaveElance

Hey Elancers, Let's launch an awareness campaign on Facebook and Twitter, so that our voice reaches the ears of decision makers of Elance.

We want Elance to stay.

Long live Elance.

I don't know how to do this because I am not so much experience in using Facebook and Twitter.
Also I have lack of time,

Will anyone volunteer and lead this campaign for the sake of all Elance community? Come on, wake up.

#SaveElance

I spent about four years learning, growing and improving my efforts on Elance. I have a 4.8-5.0 rating (depending on category). I accepted the invite in August to upload to UpWork. I have yet to receive one single job. I do not see the Upwork platform as a dependable source of income, as I did Elance. Not at all. Oh how I wish that corporately, the organization could revisit the need to keep Elance as a separate division, targeting clients who want quality - and are willing to pay for it. Otherwise, Upwork will become a "may the lowest bidder win" platform. If the strategy was to get those of us who do bring in higher average revenue jobs to "do the heavy lifting" --- it ain't workin. Don't be in a rush to revenue - before thinking things through. Look at what happened to Demand Media. They tanked. Stock went from $20 and now fights to stay at $4.00.

Agreed

Same experience.

Personally I am very sad about having to say goodbye to Elance. I far prefer the Elance platform; it is more user-friendly and makes logistical sense to me. I keep hoping for a miracle - that we get to keep our beloved Elance! Please!

Totally agree! I think it's going to have a very large, negative impact on many of us :(

Agree! Elance is the best! I hope they will keep Elance, even if fee will rise,

Yes, why don't the elancers launch a campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

#DoNotWindDownElance

#SaveElance

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