The first thing I want to say is that the community of freelancers is growing every day, which personally makes me very happy. A lot of people of different professions are leaving their full-time job - I personally talked to a guy who working through Upwork in the industry of financial consulting, he has already left the office for more than a year and everything is fine for him.
The speeches were interesting, there were raised such topics as: - for what you can be banned? , how to withdraw the earned money, how to sell and etc - in general, everything that most important for every beginner freelancer. Link to the video of the conference, I'll put in the description below.
AT THE CONFERENCE SPECIAL ATTENTION WAS GAVE TO THE WORK OF THE AGENCIES.
Creating your own agency is a natural way of developing a freelancer. The same if you want to hunt a duck, then you can do it alone, but if you want to hunt a mammoth - then you need a team.
I would like to highlight the speech of the guys from Codemotion. They showed by their own example that in 5 years you can grow into a company with a staff of 60 employees and earn million dollars working only through Upwork.
Also, Oleg Lola (founder of MobiDev), said a very interesting thing about the freelance exchange, as a tool to traffic for clients for big companies. He compared the searching for clients through the Upwork and the most popular way, like a trip to a conference. From Upwork you'll get a real lead - the client, who already knows what he wants and is willing to pay - that means you do not need to spend money on advertising, and all legal things will be solved by the Upwork (for a commission of 20 to 5% - I think this is quite fair ) - you just need to make your work.
But if you want to go to the conference - then to put the stand you will spend 10.000 $ and also send there, for example, three employees - there will be another $ 5,000. And you can leave the conference with nothing.
So the commission that takes Upwork for their work is fully justified. Personally, I am and all the guys who visited this conference became very motivated. Conferences will still be in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa and Lviv - so, I strongly advise you to visit if you live in these cities.
THAT'S ALL I WANTED TO SAY TODAY.