Freelancers and companies hiring them, please BEWARE of Elance / UpWork - They are Corrupt.
They simply closed my account and withheld more than $400 of my earnings. They take 8.95% commission, but that doesn't seem to be enough. They stole the whole cow.
I had near perfect ratings on their site, and a number of happy clients, and was growing my business. They just shut me down, for no reason, and held on to my cash. There is no dispute, no avenue for resolution, no reply on their "support" (what a joke! ) section - nothing.
They are CROOKS, THIEVES, SCAMMERS, CORRUPT and downright despicable. Stay Away!