I mention what I think is necessary for a platform in any vertical to work. We just happen to already be doing it for our vertical.
> how is it really a race to the bottom?
- Just about everyone has a 4.5+ star review, so the cheapest 4.5+ star review looks objectively better to a Co trying to cut costs. Just like any review system, it can be gamed.
- Customers get preferential treatment. That's not a fair two-sided marketplace -- that's a race to the bottom, for whoever keeps the customers happy, including the bad ones.
- Look at average salaries/hourly fees for different fields and look at UpWork. That should be the clearest "race to the bottom" evidence.
> Maybe the vetting process could be better, but Upwork is the best contract to hire marketplace for a variety of work, IMO.
They're the biggest. That's about it. Read OP's write-up, ask other freelancers, ask other customers. UpWork is a lame excuse for what part-time, remote work has the potential to become in the economy.
Re: it being an imbalanced marketplace in favor of customers, I guess you’d also say the same about eBay?
I understand your motive is driven to compete with Upwork, but it’s the most built-out and legitimate platform out there, and given their size, I trust them over some smaller operation.
P.S.: I read the OP’s naive writeup. He didn’t follow the platform rules and was surprised that it went against him. Shocking. $400 is a lesson to do more research next time.
I would say the same about eBay. Would you rather bet on eBay or Amazon today?
> given their size, I trust them over some smaller operation
Fair enough, but "trust the biggest fish" is a dangerous assumption.
> P.S.: I read the OP’s naive writeup. He didn’t follow the platform rules and was surprised that it went against him. Shocking. $400 is a lesson to do more research next time.
Maybe the platform rules suck?
Any self-respecting professional would think the random screenshots thing is creepy. If talent is vetted and to be trusted, the screenshots/camera thing should be unnecessary.