Why does Upwork need a copy of your ID?

This is something that’s supposed to be in your personal and your client’s best interest. How?

Well, both honest and professional freelancers and clients have nothing to hide. Upwork will use your ID’s copy to verify your identity. Your potential clients will be notified that you are identity verified.

You become someone they can trust. Now, there are some privacy concerns, we can’t neglect.

The way Upwork regulates its verification process is Upwork’s way or the freelance highway. If you want to work and get paid there, then you will have to comply with this particular requirement regardless of how you may personally feel about it.

Is there an alternative?

I believe in something called digital credibility. What’s this supposed to mean.

The clients have every right to make sure they’re about to do business with the real people and trustworthy freelancers.

On the other hand, the freelancers should be allowed to decide how much they will disclose their private information and how they will prove their trustworthiness.

So, this is how digital credibility works!

On our platform goLance, you are free to use as many third-party links as you like attached to your freelance profile. For example, you can link your Quora profile, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or even your own website.

This way, you decide what’s going to be shown on your profile. Your clients will have an opportunity to convince themselves that they’re dealing with a real person by examining all of these links.

The best thing about digital credibility is that your freelance account won’t be suspended or banned permanently because of all of these third-party links.

We are all fully aware that this kind of activity is one of the top reasons for the suspension of freelance accounts.

My intention was to turn digital credibility into a win-win for all parties involved:

  • Freelancers,
  • Clients, and
  • A freelance platform itself.

Freelancers decide on a voluntary basis, which pieces of their private information will be shared online on their profile.

Clients can make sure they won’t be disappointed because some of these social media accounts aren’t something you can build and verify in a matter of days.

A freelancer platform, which in this case is goLance, doesn’t have to act as a law enforcer by penalizing its users for using these third-party links.

Mark my words, digital credibility is the future of freelancing!

Do you agree?

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