Progress Continues In Creating A Single, Amazing Platforme_darrellj | Aug 19, 2015
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.
As we shared last month, the team will now begin winding down the Elance platform and inviting freelancers and clients alike to join the Upwork community.
New clients and freelancers looking to sign up on Elance are now being redirected to the Upwork registration page. This is another major milestone in our process of building one single, unified platform that dramatically improves how freelancers and businesses work together online.
The next step will be to limit customers’ ability to post new jobs on Elance, which should happen in late September of this year. Note that if you’re working on a job already open on Elance, you will be able to continue working on that project through early 2016.*
To keep people informed, and to help make for a smooth transition to Upwork, we’ll also be updating the Elance homepage to reflect changes.
Your success is our number one goal.
We can’t stress enough how important the Elance community is to our entire team. Our aim is to make the transition to Upwork as easy and rewarding as possible.
In fact, if you’re a freelancer, this includes automatically honoring your current Elance fee (typically 8.75%) on Upwork, for all clients you’ve previously worked with on Elance.
To help expedite the transition, I encourage you to begin all new projects on Upwork – and to move existing contracts to Upwork as soon as possible. When the two communities combine, freelancers will find a much larger pool of available opportunities. This includes more clients posting more jobs -- thanks in part to new marketing efforts that for new client acquisition, are now 100% focused on the Upwork platform. An example is our new Ideas Need People campaign and video. You’ll also find that Upwork projects offer 34% higher earnings than the average project on Elance.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon on Upwork. For more details on the move to a single platform, visit our Upwork FAQ.
The Upwork Team
* Elance Private Talent Cloud customers will find the site open and fully operational through mid 2016.