In the beginning, I used to work on oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, and Guru. Over the years, oDesk and Elance merged into Upwork, Freelancer played its game, and Guru simply disappeared off my radar. I'm not sure if it's still active these days. Maybe, I will check.
At one point I had this fifty-fifty ratio between Upwork (Elance/oDesk) and Freelancer regarding my projects and earnings as a freelancer. Then, little by little this almost equal distribution or work and earnings started to melt down mostly thanks to Upwork's (un)reasonable decisions. The site was down at some of the worst possible moments I can imagine. I said OK. Then there was this devastating new 20% fee. It was like Upwork was saying to me, you're too small for this platform, I don't need you. I said that's still OK.
I'm definitely not someone you can describe as a statistics fan, but just the other day I realized that Upwork represents less than 5% of my total freelance income. In other words, with or without Upwork, my freelance budget won't notice a difference. I couldn't stand one bad year? Well, to tell you the truth, it was more than that.
Yet, I have a plan. I plan to start all over again in 2017 on Upwork. I talked with some of my colleagues freelancers. Sometimes, when you have a few not so positive feedbacks in a row and you have a long pause between two last projects, it's better to have a fresh start. There are some rumors that nowadays it's better to be a new freelancer on Upwork than an experienced one. Why? There's this new rising talent thing or something. Very supportive. Once upon a time, I used to be a Top Rated Upworker, but what's was the use at the end?
I would give it one more try in 2017. See what happens. If some of freelancers stumble upon this thread, I would like to hear what you think. Thank you.