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  • Joseph Chikeleze
    Posted at 08:26h, 07 November Reply

    I’ve been working on upwork back from when it’s Odesk.

    I have once published the best guide I use to get jobs there.

    Thanks for this post.

  • Jo Lo
    Posted at 03:39h, 30 October Reply

    AVOID USING UPWORK

    Unless you want to have your account suspended one day for no reason and no explanation given.

    They even blocked my ability to post something on a forum or even contact the customer support. So silly.. they really don’t want other people to know that they started to randomly suspend people for no reason

    Here is my story:

    I have been using Upwork for over two years. The first year I didn’t use it much, just to look for what kind of jobs I can find here as I had my full-time job I didn’t need it anyway, Howver as I recently quit my full-time job I started using Upwork for the last months – I have applied for many jobs but never exhausted my available connects (not even 50% of them). I did get only one job (for 500$) in the last few months of applying for contracts due to quality reasons. Here on Upwork many people are looking for the lowest rates and not for the highest quality so for people offering the best quality it is not so easy to find a client – but the rate is higher too which means Upwork gets more money from that as well.

    Anyway if this is the reason my account got suspended I could understand (even though it’s very silly and doesn’t break any rules as I didn’t use even 50% of my connects). But I’m pretty sure that’s not it as no reason was given at all.

    I also never made any client’s work outside of Upwork. There were some clients asking me for Skype contact information because they wanted to make a video call but that never happened and all of my work from Upwork was done at Upwork. Again I can understand if the people from Upwork tell me that they think maybe I’m doing work outside of Upwork and breaking the rules but that was never said or expressed from them, they just decided to suspend the account and don’t tell anything. So I’m left in the dark let to assume what did I do wrong when I didn’t do anything wrong..

    So after my account got suspended I contacted the customer support and after several days I got a reply asking why my account should be reinstated and that I need to provide additional documents about my education, work etc… Why is this required after two years of not having issues with any of this? Nobody knows.

    So I asked again for the third time what is the reason they suspended my account since I didn’t do anything wrong and didn’t break any rules and as usual they didn’t asnwer that question. Instead they just said (after few minutes they sent the e-mail which makes me think it was decided long time ago that they will not give back the account) that my account will not be reinstated and that they will not write me back anymore. After that they blocked my contact to customer support and to the forums …

    But if they think I’m just going to forget about this they are wrong 😀 I’m going to tell everyone I know about this… to make sure people are aware of the business practices of this dodgy company

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 17:14h, 02 November Reply

      Sorry to hear you are having a bad experience with Upwork. This looks like a common problem these days. It used to be much better in the way it’s treating freelancers, but those days are long gone it seems.

  • Yuki Suzuki
    Posted at 17:28h, 20 October Reply

    My account is suspended permanently.
    but I don’t know the reason…
    I got a job on upwork and I was working on first milestone.
    but my account is suspended.
    so I contacted upwork helper center and I UPLOAD MY ID CARD and BANK STATEMENT.
    But They said me my account is suspended permanently.
    They didn’t explain me the reason.
    Upwork rule and service are very BAD.
    Maybe they don’t want to join new upwork account!

  • Rituparna Pal
    Posted at 21:22h, 10 September Reply

    My upwork account is permanently suspended. I give them my all document’s but they are say that your document is not real. I lost my 1st client & also lost my 100$ Payment. I do my work but not get my payment. they close mt account. Upwork rules are very bad.

  • Echoesofhervoice
    Posted at 10:03h, 08 June Reply

    This is a great read. Thank you for the detailed discussion……appreciate it!

  • Jona
    Posted at 16:43h, 04 June Reply

    Such a very informative post. I have an Upwork account but unfortunately I don’t have any jobs from it until now.

  • Antoaneta
    Posted at 08:54h, 03 June Reply

    I signed in tha platform, but I haven’t studied the site and its rules, so your post is quite interesting for me. Thank you!

  • Shubhranshu Mishra
    Posted at 01:37h, 03 June Reply

    nice one. helpful too

  • Emily
    Posted at 20:48h, 02 June Reply

    Thanks for the post! I hope I can avoid this situation!

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    Posted at 20:41h, 02 June Reply

    Helpful information, I hadn’t heard of Upwork before so interesting to find out more and some of the issues to avoid

  • jackie alecho
    Posted at 18:21h, 02 June Reply

    very helpful. I shall share this information with other freelancers i know. I didnt know much about this subject till now, i am very clear. so thank you for this!

  • Mercy (Zen Maud)
    Posted at 15:48h, 02 June Reply

    Your insights on how not to get your account suspended makes me realize that upwork might be a great resource for freelancers. I’ll check it out this weekend to see if I can sign up. Thanks for letting us know which pitfalls to avoid.

  • Lady Chi
    Posted at 13:28h, 02 June Reply

    I really did not know anything about Upwork. I am not a freelancer myself but my sister is and I know she will really appreciate these tips.

  • Anurag Sharan
    Posted at 12:38h, 02 June Reply

    Well written article with relevant information as needed.

    Thanks 🙂

  • Lea Hecker
    Posted at 12:27h, 02 June Reply

    Hey, thank you for this great post. I must say I wasn’t really educated on that subject so this Info is really great for me!

  • mishelle
    Posted at 11:55h, 02 June Reply

    It’s a shame that so many sites are offering services like this so you can earn legitimate money, but others seem to want to break the rules with spam / false profiles etc. If you just use it in the intended way you will have a very successful reputation online.

  • Daddy Poppins
    Posted at 11:51h, 02 June Reply

    That’s really informative Vladimir. I’m not on Upworks at present but it’s something I’m considering

  • nikhila
    Posted at 06:15h, 02 June Reply

    Quite informative!

  • Kasia
    Posted at 21:07h, 01 June Reply

    I’ve never used this service before. Thanks for posting this tips. I’ll bookmark this should I decide to use it.

  • Rhiannon-Skye Boden
    Posted at 19:27h, 01 June Reply

    I’ve been dipping my toe in the upwork world recently, so this is super helpful!

  • Abhinav
    Posted at 18:21h, 01 June Reply

    Well, I am about to sign up with Upwork and this will come handy then. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 18:43h, 01 June Reply

      You’re welcome. Good luck on Upwork.

  • Alex
    Posted at 22:26h, 30 May Reply

    Very helpful. Thanks 🙂

  • Qybare Pula
    Posted at 20:51h, 30 May Reply

    Just signed up for Upwork. good helpful tips! Thank you!

  • Basundhara Ghosh
    Posted at 18:50h, 30 May Reply

    Your posts are always helpful for newbie freelancers 🙂

  • vinod verma
    Posted at 09:45h, 30 May Reply

    I am using upwork. It is great to use upwork.

  • Naijaintrovert
    Posted at 07:58h, 30 May Reply

    Thanks! Helpful tips! As a freelance virtual assistant who is striving to succeed at freelancing, I will take this seriously.

  • jhilmil
    Posted at 07:02h, 30 May Reply

    haven’t yet used upwork, shall keep in mind once i start doing it!

  • shahin
    Posted at 06:17h, 30 May Reply

    Good lesson…All readers might get help from this writings.

  • Sonja
    Posted at 21:05h, 29 May Reply

    I’ve signed up for Upwork but haven’t actually tried getting work yet. Thanks for info!
    http://www.stylequest.se/

  • Mercy (Zen Maud)
    Posted at 20:50h, 29 May Reply

    I’m not on upwork, yet because I have my own client pool. But I’ll be sure to note your tips if I ever join the platform.

  • Rikki Singh
    Posted at 18:42h, 29 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing this useful tips

  • Kavita Singh
    Posted at 17:46h, 29 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing this useful tips as a few days ago I have created an account on Upwork but haven’t used yet. I will consider these points before any start

  • Suanlian Tangpua
    Posted at 16:53h, 29 May Reply

    “Your account is your own. Allowing someone else to use it will lead to an Upwork suspension.” This is my biggest mistake done so far. I let my friend used my account a couple of time. They suspended my account but luckily I got it back last week. Good post…

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 17:23h, 29 May Reply

      Glad you got it back! I heard that’s almost impossible once Upwork suspends you.

  • Kirti
    Posted at 16:28h, 29 May Reply

    Very informative.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • RED RIDING HOOD
    Posted at 13:24h, 29 May Reply

    sharing contact info… ??? really? people do that?

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 13:27h, 29 May Reply

      Yeah, some do. I guess they think it will make it easier for the clients to reach them and increase their chance of getting a job. Of course, it doesn’t work as they predict.

  • Brooke B
    Posted at 21:18h, 28 May Reply

    Thanks for the info. I’ve signed up for Upwork but haven’t actually tried getting work yet. I’ll definitely take these tips into consideration.

  • Jalil Mehar
    Posted at 10:30h, 28 May Reply

    It’s Very Useful and Informative.

  • Gidokblog
    Posted at 08:45h, 28 May Reply

    Very vital info from you. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa K
    Posted at 01:49h, 28 May Reply

    Nothing needs to be said about spam, lol. I like your humour, in a serious post which addresss an important issue for freelancers such as yourself.

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 08:20h, 28 May Reply

      Hey, if I start talking about spam, that’s easily another 300-500 words alone 🙂 I didn’t want it to take over the entire post.

  • Paul Green
    Posted at 01:41h, 28 May Reply

    Very informative – Thanks!

  • Miranda
    Posted at 00:59h, 28 May Reply

    I had only recently looked into Upwork and was considering being a part of it; so this is great info for me!

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