For anyone not familiar with the freelance industry (probably not many of you), Upwork just announced they are increasing prices per connects for freelancers. They are also increasing paid tiers for freelancers who are not active on the platform but pay for occasional leads.
Not long ago, Upwork also introduced paid plans for people doing the hiring.
Everyone is hating on Upwork now, freelancers and businesses alike.
This is a huge opportunity and the timing is perfect for a savvy startup to come in and steal the rug from under Upwork. I imagine it would take a team of dedicated founders with savings, or raising money, but the cake is there to be eaten. I think @Vinrob is actually onto something with his design service. I imagine he is all over this on Twitter for design related work. But Upwork extends far beyond design.
The platform has treated freelancers like crap for a very long time. I can tell you every single thing that's wrong with it and so can thousands of people who use it.
Some people got so fed up, they started separate services like Crew, a design marketplace which sold to Dribbble.
The obvious take on this situation would be to take a look at all the industries serviced by Upwork, pick out a niche that's manageable and go for it.
You'd have the chicken egg problem of finding clients and finding freelancers, but I think the right individual or team individuals could pull it off.
Anyway, I don't know where I am going with this, other than to expose an obvious opportunity, ripe for picking.