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of course, 1%-3% doesn't make sense if you want to be in the control of the transaction between the freelancer and the client. But you don't have to be. The client should pay the freelancer as he see fits, in euros, pounds, bitcoin, shells or giant round stones.

If you can leave that aside and just charge the freelancer with that 3%, let's say. If this doesn't make sense, you can always set a minimum charge, like 5 euros or 3% of the transaction, which ever is bigger.




If you don't have your hands in the transaction, then you'll be cut out if the transaction as soon as both parties are comfortable with each other.

That may be ok, but is definitely far less sustainable, as you have to keep creating new matches (as opposed to being paid for an existing match continuing).


You are right, but the same can be done over current Upwork; once I trust a freelancer, I can deal outside the Upwork range, using a normal contract.

However, the most freelancers get short jobs and many clients, as in the original article is specified, so this just simply works.

EDIT: it seems that as currently implemented, even Upwork is bumping in a search the ones with many hours/money earned. So cheating would be a bad decision, since it may drastically affect your visibility on the site


> So cheating would be a bad decision, since it may drastically affect your visibility on the site.

And may be one of the primary reasons for this "feature". I don't blame them, they are a marketplace and should encourage transactions on their platform.


Encouraging transactions on their platform benefits the people too, since the platform offers some degree of protection to them.




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