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Welcoming Elance to the Upwork Community

NOTE: For recently updated timelines and info on the migration from Elance to Upwork, see the latest blog post.

Today we continue on the path towards creating a unified community. As we wind down Elance and projects move to Upwork, here are some thoughts from CEO Stephane Kasriel.

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After months of planning, we now begin the process of winding down Elance and migrating this important community over to join our new Upwork platform. Our goal is to create one unified and cohesive community. 

We’ve mentioned this upcoming transition before, but today we’re announcing specific details (see the timeline below) along with important updates to ease your move. The transition will happen gradually over the next several months, and Upwork has a plan in place to make it as seamless as possible.

First, however, I want to personally express that I make this announcement with mixed emotion. Like you, many of us have had a long and happy history with Elance. At the same time, I’m excited that our entire team can now focus completely on improving a single online workplace.

The importance of the Elance community.

As I shared previously, with Upwork we’re building upon a strong foundation that began with Elance and oDesk. I’m excited for you to be a part of Upwork as we continue to grow the number of online opportunities for freelancers. I appreciate your great work and hope you’ll experience even more success and see better innovation on Upwork.

What can you expect as we transition Elance to Upwork?

Freelancers and Companies on Elance: You’ll have the option of copying your profile and reputation over to Upwork. If you haven’t yet received your invitation, a personalized invite will be sent to you for this migration. This includes all active members of Elance who are in good standing.

Fees on Upwork: For any new contract started on Upwork, if you’ve worked with that client or freelancer previously on Elance, you’ll be charged at the same rate you were on Elance. Learn more about the Upwork service fee.

Connecting with new and existing clients: By bringing your existing credentials and reputation over to Upwork, we’re making it easy for Elance and Upwork clients to find you.

Clients working on Elance: We’ll make it easy to continue working with your current freelancers from Elance—you can find and rehire them from your My Jobs page on Upwork. We’ll also provide you with new possibilities as you take advantage of new Upwork features like our real-time collaboration tool and mobile apps to explore new talent available on Upwork.

Here are additional notes, timelines, and links to more information:

When will you need to join Upwork? We’ll be redirecting new Elance freelancer and client signups to Upwork in August. Starting in September, we’ll begin to limit the ability to post new jobs on Elance. The Elance site will remain open for you to continue working on your existing contracts through early 2016. When you see an opportunity to close an existing contract, please begin your next contract on Upwork.

What if I haven’t received my invitation to Upwork yet? Invitations to join Upwork are still being sent. Don’t be concerned if you haven’t yet received one. It should arrive before September 1, and if you miss the email, your invitation will be available via your My Jobs page on Elance.

How can I learn more? We’ll give you additional details as we get closer to key dates. In the meantime you can learn more about our plan for Elance, plus how to migrate to Upwork, here.

I know that with anything new there can be some apprehension. But by working together in unison, we can build one unified Upwork community that delivers more innovation and fuels more work opportunities. As always, our ultimate goal remains to make you as successful as possible.

Best Regards,

Stephane Kasriel

CEO Upwork

Comments

Comments or questions about this announcement? Join the discussion in the Elance community forum:

https://www.elance.com/q/forum/conference-room/update-future-elance