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Do a freelancer also have to be a superhero to work with upwork plus clients?

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Syed Muhammad S Member Since: Sep 11, 2015
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Greetings Up Workers,
Good day! 

It is evident from community discussions that a lot of people are irked by the latest released changes to the platform. A few who belong to the digital fraternity and working on the platform since the oDesk and Elance times can relate these changes by Upwrok's AI continuously adapting to new business strategy.


Today, I want to ask a question which is literally, the subject of this post. A lot of freelancers when initiating their freelance careers hold a permanent job and continue to do freelancing as part-time work — as a result, their profiles and especially work history do not reflect their latest contributions and true potential to clients and their businesses. Upwork has initiated specialized profiles but I haven't been able to land a SINGLE job for the past 3 months! despite being a top-rated freelancer with a 100% success score, and even though I made sincere efforts in writing most of the elegant cover letters to job posts. A freelancer has to be a superhero else to deal with the AI.

I would like to take my example, I started my freelance and corporate job career as a software developer and a creative executive about 5 years ago. During that time I kept doing software projects on upwork and constantly evolving my skill set as a business analyst and a project manager in my 9 to 5 shift. The last time I did a project on Upwork related to my skill set was truly an amazing and real-life learning experience. Finger crossed, it motivated me to leave my permanent job and switch to freelancing as my full-time work and I did! And, now when I have the full time to work on any project I am struggling to land new roles at my freelance career.

I still believe in Upwork and Up Workers are perpetuating a new way to work, so all hopes are not lost. There might be something I can do, something which I ca
n do differently, something which would put me back on track! I would appreciate it if anyone can help me and give me pointers to what a freelancer in my position can do? I am not a superhero, but I want to embrace the rest of my career as a full-time freelancer with both arms wide open.

Looking forward to hearing responses.

Warmest regards,
Shaheer Wasti
**Edited for community guidelines**

Community Guru
Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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Okay, whose letter is this because it doesn't match your name? And, what is the complaint exactly? You didn't use Upwork and now you want to and don't have a good history? 

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Syed Muhammad S Member Since: Sep 11, 2015
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This is very much my letter under my name. My full name is "Syed Muhammad Shaheer Wasti", I know it's a bit lengthy name but I can't shorten it for Upwork, so Upwork has shortened it for me to "Syed Muhammad S.". Now that name thing is cleared, I think you should read the letter again. I am not making any complaints because I have an amazing work history at upwork. I am just looking for suggestions from community gurus such as yourself, on how to land projects from upwork plus clients.
** Maybe they read they read my cover letters, and they go like "Okay who's cover letter he has copied because his name doesn't match with the letter." **

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Unless you can do small projects, I doubt most people want to hire part time developers. That would extend the timeline quite a bit especially on large projects. So you're stuck with small jobs, and everyone and their cousin goes for those jobs, so you then probably lose out to someone who can turn it around faster due to being a full-timer.

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Syed Muhammad S Member Since: Sep 11, 2015
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My last small-time project was of 6 months. And as I mentioned in my letter I sincerely enjoyed those 6 months. But no matter what I do now, and how much relevant job posts I now apply to, I don't get any response. I have a great track record, subscribed to upwork membership; the profile is visible, I apply to relevant job posts with precise cover letters. Can you kindly shed more light on how a full-timer can turn it around faster?

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Syed Muhammad S wrote:

My last small-time project was of 6 months. And as I mentioned in my letter I sincerely enjoyed those 6 months. But no matter what I do now, and how much relevant job posts I now apply to, I don't get any response. I have a great track record, subscribed to upwork membership; the profile is visible, I apply to relevant job posts with precise cover letters. Can you kindly shed more light on how a full-timer can turn it around faster?


Can you really not understand how a full-time dedicated programmer can turn around projects faster than someone who does this on the side? Like, is this so beyond your wildest imagination? None of the other stuff you mentioned matters. Your issue is that you're a part timer and the only way you could extend a deadline because you're just doing this part time is if you give the client a deal or you have a skill set that isn't commonly found on Upwork. They have too many other options and you're going into this with a disadvantage.

 

You are also trying to be a PM part time, and that just ain't ever gonna work out. If you think you can PM on the side, you've obviously never PM'd in your life.

 

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Syed Muhammad S Member Since: Sep 11, 2015
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I think you're right. Thank you.
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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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I have worked with quite a few PM's in that past that sure acted like it was a part-time job!

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Mark F wrote:

I have worked with quite a few PM's in that past that sure acted like it was a part-time job!


lolololol

 

Most programmers that don't go into management become PMs instead. No thank you with that crap. One of my good efrands is a PM and she seems to work 12 hour days and has non-stop stress. She's good at it though but still I feel like she's just a programmer's babysitter.

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