I use Upwork as an industrial/product designer. This area of design requires a longer work duration, unlike graphical design, for example, as it covers research, concept development, technical development, and sometimes continues further.
It takes longer to find a job in this field. The past year I completed on Upwork two projects that were successful.
However, after one year and two projects, I ask myself realistically if this is what I can achieve with Upwork.
I see two possible reasons for that; I expect too much from Upwork in the area of industrial design, or that my profile is not convincing enough.
I read the guides and forums, made changes to my profile, Ordered a copy for my cover letter (I am willing to share it if needed), but didn't see any difference.
Your insight will be welcome.