According to the messages sent out to Upwork Freelancers by the CEO Stephane Kasriel, Upwork will begin to Charge Freelancers for every Proposal Submitted.
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Below is the email messages sent out:
I'm writing to tell you about an upcoming change to Upwork's Connects pricing and Terms of Service.
Starting in May, Connects will cost $0.15 each, with no free Connects.
a. You'll need between 1 and 6 Connects, depending on the job, to submit a proposal.
b. Proposals submitted for invitations you receive from clients will continue to be free.
c. On average, most freelancers will spend about $5 per month or less on Connects.
Why are we making this change?
We want to help professional freelancers like you win more jobs. With paid Connects, we expect freelancers will submit fewer proposals, increasing your likelihood of winning projects and making it easier for clients to identify high quality talent.
What does this mean for you?
This change will take effect between May and June. We'll follow up with a reminder. With this change, you can keep any unused Connects in your account, up to 140.
We understand this is a big change but feel this is the best way to create more opportunities for you through Upwork in the long term. To learn more about this change, visit our resource page.
Thank you for your business,
Stephane Kasriel CEO, Upwork