Once you have moved forward in hiring a freelancer, it is very important as a professional courtesy to decline other freelancers who submitted proposals to your posting. This will also keep your postings and projects pipeline organized.
Declining a proposal or multiple proposals
Multiple pending proposals selected with Decline and Send Message buttons at the right
You can opt to decline proposals on a case-by-case basis or to decline multiple proposals at once. To do so, select the applicable proposals in your posting, and hit the Decline button.
We highly recommend that you send a message alongside your decline explaining to a freelancer why you decided to decline the proposal. This will give them a chance to understand your editorial vision, and allow them to improve their future proposals.
To make things easier for you and to provide freelancers with timely updates, unanswered proposals are automatically declined after a given time. For regular postings, they will be declined after 7 days, for pitch postings after 14 days.
Of course we’ll keep you up-to-date about these: on all related screens, you’ll see how much time is left to respond.
Need more time to think about a proposal? Simply send a message to the freelancer, and the proposal will be kept pending.
We still encourage you to respond to freelancers with individual feedback where possible.
Auto-Decline After Making an Offer
On making an offer to a freelancer, you can also choose to automatically decline all other responses. As soon as the freelancer accepts the offer, we will decline all pending applications accordingly.
(Note that this does not apply to pitch postings, as these commonly need to hire several freelancers)