I will no longer be taking on any further work/clients on the freelancing site Upwork and neither should you.
See this feed on Reddit to see the thoughts & comments of rightly angry clients & freelancers.
"Freelancers who had previously been charged a flat 10% commission on all jobs won through the Upwork platform will now be charged commission on a sliding scale. Those earning less than $500 per month will pay 20% commission, earning between $500.01 and $10,000 will pay 10% commission, and top earnings billing in excess of $10,000 will pay only 5% commission. And clients have also been hit with additional fees. Apparently in efforts to offset high payment servicing costs, a processing fee of 2.75% per payment or flat $25 monthly fee will be charged to clients."
"The internet community has quickly made their thoughts known, and in typical fashion dissatisfaction is most loudly stated. Clients, freelancers, and general commentators have expressed anger and disappointment at the changes, though a few savvy Twitter members are using the trend in #Upwork to source new business outside of the platform."
- By Jennifer Klostermann
This one from Natalie MacNeil @nataliemacneil
#Upwork made $1 BILLION in 2015 & put simply, @Upwork can afford to pay its processing fees w/o passing them to its users.
Another from @antijenic
Well, @Upwork's new pricing scheme means I'll have to find other ways to freelance. A 20% cut is practically predation.