Photo by Alex Iby on UnsplashI left Upwork after seven years for good.One of these days would have been my eighth anniversary.What happened?Why, oh why?Strike One — The Double Bubble FeeI began my freelance journey on Elance. Then, I joined oDesk. It worked for me just fine. Elance was my freelance plan A. oDesk was something you would call a “sidekick” platform to work on.Then, The Great Merge took place. Upwork was born.To tell you the truth, they did me a favor. They merged both of my accounts. All of my reviews were now in one place. Cool.They also rubbed me the wrong way during this process. The number of my available bids or connects stayed the same as if I were still working on Elance or oDesk only. That wasn’t cool. But hey, I had to live with that.Then, Upwork doubled its fees just like (...)
What Can #freelancers Learn From Will Smith’s Mistakes?
▻https://medium.com/media/c033038314640dfaaad60f92edac9294/hrefSo, Will Smith made a bad call by turning down the leading role in the Matrix. I think that this interesting story involves more than meets the #freelance eye. Here’s why.Why Good Freelancers Choose Bad Projects?It happens even to the best of actors and freelancers. They simply take the wrong turn and end up working on a bad movie or freelance project.Why is it so easy to make a mistake?Well, I can think of a handful of the most common reasons. I will use Will Smith’s story as the perfect illustration. He actually made more than just one mistake, which cost him this iconic role.I’m Just Too Good For Some ProjectsJust to clarify. I’m not saying that you should become a yes-man freelancer. You don’t have to accept every single project (...)
Why Is Digital Credibility The Future of #freelancing?
Photo by rawpixel on UnsplashWe all know what is credibility all about and why it is important for everything we do in our lives, don’t we? Digital credibility. Yeah, it makes sense.How about digital credibility in freelancing? What does it mean for #freelancers and why it is so important?Freelance Digital Credibility — The Best Remote Work OpportunityHow do you know that you stumble upon a great idea? If you think, how come I haven’t thought of that, then you know that’s the real thing. This is exactly how I felt when I heard about the digital credibility in freelancing for the first time.That’s not my idea, but I wish it were because it’s good. I dare to say it’s even a revolutionary one. Why?First things first, the founder of goLance Michael Brooks came up first with this concept.Now, luckily (...)
Two Years an #upwork Slave: How to Own #freelancers and Sue Those You Can’t Own
Based on handcuffs alphabet by Crystal KentSo, my story goes, one day I decided that enough is enough and it’s about time for me to part ways with Upwork. Once my beloved platform has rubbed me the wrong way more than once. I was free to opt in. So, I’m free to opt out. Right? You are free to join and you are free to say goodbye. This is what #freelancing is supposed to be all about — freedom. Right again? Well, it turns out that there’s a catch — an Upwork legal catch.The Legal Catch 22 — Section 7 of Upwork’s TermsI honestly thought it would be as simple as that. It didn’t take too much time to create an account on Upwork. It would take even less to terminate one. Oh boy, I was in for a nasty legal surprise. It all started with one message I stumble upon an official Upwork’s Facebook page. It turned (...)
Let’s Talk About Fees, You Busy #freelance Bees!
The necessary evil. For #freelancers they are always too high. For freelance platforms always too low. Is there such a thing as a win-win percentage?What’s the situation? What can we expect? Are the fees going up or they may go down? Let’s see and begin with Upwork.Upwork FeesOne fine day, Upwork simply doubled its fees. Truth to be told not all freelancers have been affected equally.Screenshot UpworkMany questions remained unanswered. I didn’t have the time nor nerves to stick around and wait. Once you earn more than $500 or $10,000, do you get your money back? I mean, does the Upwork fees system work retroactively? I guess, it doesn’t. The best you can do is to try to earn as much as possible, so you find yourself in the VIP 5% fee zone.Screenshot UpworkWas this really necessary? Well, (...)
Par Michèle Léridon, directrice de l’information à l’#AFP
Dans cette logique, nous refusons d’utiliser le travail des journalistes freelance qui se rendent dans des zones où l’AFP a décidé de ne pas se rendre. C’est une décision forte, et je ne sais pas si elle a été assez bien entendue, alors je la répète : si un journaliste free-lance se rend en #Syrie et nous propose du matériel à son retour, nous ne l’utilisons pas. Les #freelancers ont payé un lourd tribut au conflit syrien. Ils ne sont pas de la chair à canon. Nous ne voulons pas encourager des #journalistes à prendre des risques inconsidérés.
Voir la discussion qui s’ensuivit :
▻https://twitter.com/greglemarchand/status/514698085696430080 en miroir du désormais fameux doc de Vice :
et comme au @mdiplo :
Nous avons décidé de ne plus employer telle quelle l’expression « Etat islamique ». Désormais, l’AFP utilisera l’expression « l’organisation Etat islamique (#OEI) » ou « le groupe Etat islamique ». Dans les titres des dépêches ou dans les « alertes », nous utiliserons si possible l’expression « djihadistes de l’EI ».