Upwork Is Now Allowing Clients To List Jobs For Only U.S. Based Freelancers

Last Update: April 26, 2017

For those of you who aren't familiar with Upwork, Upwork is a website that allows companies and people to post jobs and allows freelancers to bid on those jobs. Upwork used to be called Odesk, but when Odesk merged with E-lance they renamed the emergent company Upwork.

Anyways, I just got an email from Upwork saying that they rolled out a new feature in which they are allowing clients to create listings that have a location requirement of being in the U.S.

This is good news for U.S. based freelancers because it will cut down on the competition from non U.S. based freelancers who can bid dirt cheap on jobs because they have a cheaper cost of living. However, I'm sure non-U.S. based freelancers are going to be less than excited about the feature.

For those of you who have never heard of Upwork before, it might be worth checking out to see if your skills match the jobs posted, especially if you are looking for a way to make some extra money to pay for your WA subscription. If you don't see any jobs I would definitely check back periodically.

For those of you who have cash, but not as much time to work on your sites, Upwork can be a great place to find a freelancer to do odd jobs on your website(s).

If you currently use Upwork as a freelancer, how do you feel about this new feature?

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Thank you for sharing!
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Hi Meredith, you're welcome. :)
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DebbieRose Premium
Thanks for valuable information. I wasn't aware of any of this. Debbie
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Hi Debbie, yeah usually I ignore most emIls, but this one caught my eye.
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MKearns Premium
I wonder what the Fiverr policy is?
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Not sure, I've never done any work on fiverr, but I have thought about it.
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GeoffGS Premium
Upwork has gone down hill from when I first joined. They raised their fee way too much.
Recently they tried to run a 10% special for certain clients. First thing I noticed was they were all payment unverified jobs. Then they caught on and took that info away (though it didn't change what they were doing).
Now, almost every new client I find wants to take the work away from Upwork. It's completely against their policy. I guess people are tired of paying the high rates.
I'll be looking into Outsourcely and other sites from now on.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Yeah, the 20% fee is a big amount to take out. I believe they charge the clients 5% as well.
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kasage00 Premium
Yes I use Upwork. it hasn't made me a full time income but at least some money. i agree that the jobs posted you are literally competing against people worldwide. that will be good is some jobs posted are for US freelancers only. it will help cut down the competition.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Yeah, I don't make a whole lot either. Right now I primarily do work for clients that have used me in the past and approach me with new work they would like me to do for them .
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