Upwork is an online platform where companies across the world can hire as well as work with independent consultants/professionals. The company allows startups to access qualified talent. To this end, the company allows business to get things done by connecting them with freelancers. Freelancers can work on various projects including social media marketing, mobile and web app development, SEO articles, content writing, admin help and graphic design. According to the company, its aim is making it easy for companies to find, hire, work with, as well as pay the best freelancers anytime and anywhere.
It was started in 1998 and has its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Moreover, the company has additional offices in Chicago Illinois, San Francisco, California, and Oslo, Norway. Previously, Upwork operated as Elance-oDesk before it changed to its current name in May 2015. Recent statistics show that Upwork Inc. is the largest cloud-based freelance job platform in the world with the broadest coverage as well as largest pool of job finders and employers.
In the platform, freelancers and businesses bid for the best gig at competitive prices. It provides many benefits to employers including expeditious freelancer search and efficient working platform. The company has investment in algorithms and data science that makes it easier for employers search and narrow down on the best talent they would like to work on their job. In addition, employers can text or video chat with their freelancers during the project. They can also exchange files and other documents needed to complete the project. For freelancers, they benefit from upwork in that their payments are protected. They can also withdraw their earnings using different payment gateways such as mobile money, e—wallets and credit cards
Upwork has put in place measure to protect users from scams and frauds. As such, it has developed policies to limit the number of fake freelancers and employers thus protecting the integrity of the website and legitimate users. When employees and employers join the platform, they are assured that they will find genuine solutions.
Upwork has different features including chat scheduling, feedback sharing, work diary, global payments, profile browsing, and proposal reviewing. Other features include reporting and invoicing, mobile access, candidates shortlisting, and needs analysis.
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