We highly value what Elance companies and their members bring to our community. We look forward to welcoming Elance companies to Upwork, and we’re working to enable even greater success for them on the unified platform.
With this in mind, we’ll soon be rolling out several updates for agencies on Upwork, with more to come in the following weeks and months. Here is a sneak peek at the first improvements.
· New Hide profile rate option: Select this box to limit a freelancer from seeing his or her profile rate and contract earnings, or contract rates and earnings on the agency’s profile. This will automatically limit the freelancer’s profile visibility to be “Upwork Users only” or “Hidden.”
Here are upcoming changes to existing permissions:
· Accepting offers: Agency Freelancers will no longer be able to accept offers unless they are also Business Managers (aka “Staffing Managers). You can designate Business Manager permissions to any freelancer. Business Managers submit agency proposals, accept agency offers, and communicate with clients.
· Submitting milestones: Business Managers will be able to submit milestones for any open agency contract. Previously, only hired freelancers could do this.
· Viewing Work Diary: All agency contractors with full Work Diary permissions can view the Work Diaries of other freelancers in their agency, across the agency’s contracts. Other permissions options include “View Self” or “None.”
To learn more, feel free to read details of upcoming permission changes in this help article.
This is only the beginning.
We have even more in store to help Elance companies be successful on Upwork. We’ll keep you posted on updates, and welcome your feedback on ways to improve your experience and success.
When you're working crazy-long hours, it's important to be comfortable and productive in your workspace. Here's a cheat sheet shared by Emily Johnson, who also posts for our friends at Freelancers Union. While it focuses specifically on writing, these healthy insights apply to anyone who works at home or other environments they can adjust to their specifications.
Occasionally we invite freelancers from our platform to discuss issues of importance to others who work in our marketplace. Here are some thoughts from Osama Khabab, CEO and Creative Director of MotionCue – a producer of video and motion graphics.
Whenever I tell someone that I have studied electrical engineering in a four year study program, the first thing that everyone asks is how come you are running a video production house?
Motion graphics was something that I grew interested in when watching brilliantly crafted videos online. After working on experimental projects for a year or so I decided to try my luck working as a freelancer. With some early success in freelancing I decided that I should pursue my passion and convert this hobby into my full time job.
One misconception that I bought down very early in my career was that Elance was only targeted towards clients that had low budget work or for individuals that don’t have full time job. But for me this presented an opportunity to create a video production house where today I now employ full time motion graphic artists and collaborate with the biggest brands of the world.
So how did it happen?
First thing that I focused was on honing my animation skills. You really need to be good to be selected by clients on Elance. I have learnt that the most important thing is to be the best at what you do. Being excellent at a skill that may not be the most trending is much better than being average at the most wanted skills/jobs out there.
So I started to take less work compared to other freelancers and tried to offer top-notch quality to my clients. Through this measure not only was I able to earn more, as I was able to create business relationships with my clients that valued my hard work and dedication to quality.
Shift towards freelance work.
Working for the past six years, I have observed how big brands are moving towards working with online freelancers. This allowed me the opportunity to work with global market leaders through Elance. One reason due to which I was able to work for them was my relationships with clients. Through word of mouth I was recommended to clients that ranged from global brands to startups needing mind blowing animated videos.
Upwork has already proven to be a rewarding marketplace for freelancers, and you too can start taking advantage of the marketplace and new opportunities with both new clients and ones you’ve worked with before on Elance.
We’re committed to making the transition as easy as possible for our Elancers as we wind down the Elance platform. In addition to live webinars and rich community discussions, we created an online course that you can take at your own pace. The course is broken down into quick 5-10 minute modules where you can learn everything from copying over your reputation to building a strong profile on Upwork.
Take the modules in order, or choose the ones that are most relevant to you:
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 weshared 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.