I said it so you don’t have to. I even have an Upwork profile, but I've never used it because the fees make me feel queasy. If you make $500 with a client, Upwork takes 20% of it.
Don’t forget you have to pay taxes too. You could spend ten hours working for $25 an hour, and you’ll only make $20 an hour before taxes. That doesn’t seem like a fair deal to me. That’s why I avoid job boards for the most part.
Even worse, most Upwork gigs are short-sighted. They are one-and-done jobs that get you nowhere. The client pays, they leave, and you’re left with nothing but a portion of your rent for the month.
What if I told you there’s another way to look at client work, one that is more fulfilling for both parties. Long-term clients aren’t impossible to find, and you have to squint your eyes and look in the right places.
Ask yourself if you want to work in an office for the rest of your life or not. Bosses love to make the excuse that the office is the most productive workspace, when in fact, we’re 13% more productive from home.