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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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Someone to tell these people that Elance is much far better that Upwork. I am not comfortable with upwork because their platform is not straight forward. Their rates are a bit expensive. Their compensation for the job done too is not worthy the workload. If they insist on moving, I will have to reduce my activities on their site and get another job.

If you think that your words will stop them, you're dreaming!!

Days ago, at Upwork they were making a new change to freelancers profiles (replacing the 5 Stars feedback with Job Success) which all freelancers didn't want, however they did it, they don't care for you, they Only care for their benefit!

The service fee on upwork is 10% while on elance it is 8.25%. That alone makes me ill. Also, Upwork has frequent technical problems and of course there's that dreaded time tracker crap. I wish elance were remaining a seperate entity and I woudn't use Upwork at all.

I haven't been to upwork yet.
I'lll stay with elance to the bitter end.
If I don't like upwork
Ill go somewhere else!

Upwork is a mess ..Elance is user friendly to work .

Elance is better than Upwork.....

Easy way to apply and getting jobs...

I migrated to Upwork and have been exploring it for the past couple of months but sadly the system is lacking features that have been paramount to my success here, particularly the ability for the freelancer to initiate repeat jobs. The Upwork interface is very slow for me even on a maxed out (32 gb ram, iMac) new computer and high-speed 55mbps connection so I'm sad to say I probably will be be forced to part ways with Elance and moving on to something other than Upwork once the shut down is complete.

Please don't close it :(. Upwork sucks big time...

Totally agree that Elance is a much user friendly platform than Upwork

Worst website,maximum timing DOWN :(

Those who don't know much about upwork (odesk) they'll do negative comments to UPWORK, pls note Im user of upwork, elance, freelancer, fiverr sites. still I can see UPWORK is the best. so not be disappointed. but problem is in UPWORK too much competion to get a job.

Thanks all :)

I don,t think so UPWORK will stay as Elance. PATHETIC FORUM UPWORK

Its really a sad notification in this morning. I don't know, who is the stupid, who make this decision to marge with Upwork?? I believe Elance is doing very good then Upwork. I am working as a freelancer since 2010 and started with Odesk but when I face many problems and lake of organization, I move at Elance in 2011 and till 2015 I am working here with clients satisfactions and healthy earning and managing my family very nice.

But their recent decision makes me so worried and I really don't want to go back in Upwork again.. :(:( :( :(

I agree. Elance is a better platform then UpWork.

#Save Elance. I don't like to work on upwork.

How can migrate elance account to upwork

This is for Elance team if they can read and understand our concern. I can imagine why Elance is closing??? You guys can charge more from Elance platform also instant of Upwork. We know other websites like fiverr, freelance, worknhire and other websites for freelance work. But, Elance was awesome and you guys can read all comments and see yourself. If still you guys think Upwork is nice and good platform Than I am sorry to say you guys will lose business, nothing more than that.

Save Elance for clients who want to get done Professional works from experienced professionals.

Keep upwork( Odesk) for clients who want to get done unprofessional work for $ 5

Thats true, that is fair

I agree pls don't close Elance.

When we move to Upwork, do we have to start all over again building our reputation and growing our client base? I'm so disappointed with this decision to move Elance to Upwork. I feel uprooted. #SaveElance

We should start a petition, because Upwork is very terrible. Elance has always been user-friendly and very easy to use. It also has more resources, allowing freelancers to be successful. I'm going to Freelancers.com after Elance shuts down. I can't imagine being stuck with Upwork.

"Your business will benefit from moving to Upwork." Really? Waiting 6 days to get the money I earned is not a benefit.

Pathetic, terrible decision to shut down Elance. It was poorly conceived, and has been a comedy of errors trying to switch over.

I find this whole 'move' ridiculous. I have been on both Elance and Odesk (Upwork) for a few years now, and to be honest, Upwork is not even half as user-friendly as Elance. The showing of people's earnings on their profile is also a disadvantage for freelancers. The move to not include feedback ratings on profiles anymore is ABSURD. The new system takes TOOOOOOOO many things into consideration that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the quality of the work I provide each client. WHY should the number of proposals I send out on a regular basis affect my ratings? Why should an inactive job affect my ratings since some clients use our services on an as-needed basis? And These aren't even half of the ridiculous factors that affect the new ratings!!! Upwork, for me, has always been a PAIN!!!!!!

Upwork new messaging system is very slow. Elance is far better than Upwork. Without taking any membership on Elance, it allow me to apply for 40 jobs in a month while on Upwork we require two connects to apply for a work. I suggest not to wind up the Elance. Some time Upwork is temporarily unavailable. Unfortunately if one site not working then other urgent projects can be completed on other working site.

Elance is better that upwork, By restricting to relevant category it makes competition between professionals. while on upwork its very difficult to win project out of 100's of bids. Very bad Move from elance. i am disappointed

I have followed a link saying that I can see the schedule of migration here, but where is it? If Elance stops people from posting new jobs, I will stop paying for the monthly fee immediately for sure.

i am not disappointed with Elance to upork migration . i have lost my history and not get migrate my Elance account on Upwork.. this not a good idea .

Upwork terrible experiance .

1) Double connect

2) Slow compare to elance

3) Posted project hang 2 sec

#SaveElance

I also prefer ELANCE. I know on Upwork has lots of good feature like real time chatting and not limited to one category. But bidding process is too long some times, 10% charge, etc..

so #SAVEELANCE

Elance interface is much better than upwork one

Extremely disappointed with UpWork. I agree with you all. Delayed payments, terrible customer service experience, awful UI that is difficult on the eyes (neon green on white? Come on guys, we have to look at this for hours!), more difficult to find jobs, 10% fees, lowered ratings, the list is very long and I really hate that they've done this to us. I'm looking at other freelance marketplaces.

I agree... Elance is losing a ton of people because they want to be greedy. In the end the fact that they're getting more $ per person won't mean anything because of all the people they lost

Upwork sucks! I do not understand why take away a good thing (Elance) and replace it with something that doesn't work half the time (UpWork) is complicated and prone to freezes, glitches and bugs.

yes you are right, it sux

This is not a way. Elance can not enforce us to move all things to other market place. If i want to work on upwork i will create my account on upwork. Always time website has rules and regulation, What about us ? Is there no rules for us ?

I'm torn, I LOVE Elance, yet I have gotten some work on Upwork BUT I've been scammed 3 times. There are so many scammers on Upwork where as I have NEVER been scammed while on Elance.

I told upwork that I found this man was a scam and he cleaned out my bank account and they did NOTHING .

Save elance, I did not like upwork at all.

what the hell.., Upwork eating $1 for paypal withdrawal, upwork is just hungry for money.. is the 10% is not enough for you.
boycott upwork & save elance...
it's enough.

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

Also, 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.

Honestly i am worried about this, I try upwork for a while and here my experience about them.
-Not user friendly
-not good user interface
-loading slow
-diificult to navigate
-can not attached multiple files to showed for clients
-high rate of charged
-lowest fix priced at 10 (at elance minimum fixed price 20)

Conclusion:
ELANCE still THE BEST

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.

It was foolish idea to move elance to upwork... Freelancers losing their clients due to this decision as clients are very very busy and they have no time to do this... My many clients have not login since 150 days and me and most of clients of my working on hourly basis so payment auto withdrawal each time then how they are able to do this type of migration process and i have no control of my client's profile to migrate him/her to Upwork... SO PLEASE THINK ON THE DECISION ONE MORE TIME BEFORE YOU WILL LOSE CUSTOMERS AND I WILL LOST MY CLIENTS...

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 odesk or upwork. i do not want to move from Elance.

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

Also, 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.

I believe Elance is such a amazing platform that upWork (sorry) doesn't even come close. I can start comparing platforms, jobs availability, connects, customer service, privacy.... everything is much much better on Elance! Please don't change that!
I wish you can hear us!

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.

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