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virtualbrix
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$2M Earned on Upwork. I would love to HELP!

Hey Everyone,
 
I posted this in the newbie group. I can answer newbie questions there,
 
I can help answer more advanced questions here, I would love to help my fellow freelancers : )

 

I have been on upwork for 12 years now (previously elance),

 

I have been on the forums for a couple years but never really participated much,

 

I figured, what better way than to help others, ask away, some stats below (you can also click to see my profile)

 

๐Ÿ‘‰ Earned $2 Million+ on Upwork.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Completed 400+ jobs on freelance platforms.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Attained 200+ 5-star reviews.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Worked 40,000+ hours on freelance platforms
๐Ÿ‘‰ Earned a 100% Feedback Rating
๐Ÿ‘‰ Worked with 1,000+ Clients

 

Thank You - Sam

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Great Job Ezekiel, Keep it going, it will happen

14abcb58
Community Member

Hi

I'd love you to teach me to maneuver through this app please

The best thing you can do is read the rules, watch the video sand go through the courses.

Absolutely Samer

best recomendation if people follow the advice. Nothing come quickly here either!

no overnight success here. Just takes a very very long time.

femstic
Community Member

For the first time since 3 years ago, I got my first contract. I delivered yesterday. Though it's very small but I believe Is the beginning to the journey of Millions dollar. Even the Client tip me for a job well done 

Hey Ezekiel,

 

That is great, You can do it!

rsatheeshupwork
Community Member

Hi Sam,

 

Most of the times, Upwork jobs are very low value and I see 50+ proposals.  How do we get to bid for sizable value jobs with actual qualified competition please.  Otherwise, we seem to be throwing stones in the dark. Grateful for your advise.

 

thanks,

c-hachem
Community Member

I have two questions:

1- This one may have been asked before:  I believe upwork provides 10 free connects per month, yet many projects require more than 10 especially those posted by clients with a hiring history. The projects with less than 10 connects requirement are mostly by clients with no hiring history. Upwork is filled with accounts of clients with no hiring history who post their gig and disappear without contacting anyone or hiring anyone (I believe many of them just do it to get an idea how low they can get their task done for them). Yet, upwork doesn't return those connects (let's say if the gig has been posted for more than a month without hiring someone) which means you are losing your connects for nothing. What would you advise to navigate the upwork connect policy?

2-  I believe that you have been freelancing on upwork for 14 years by now. Your profile says 100% Job Success. What's your advice to achieve that?

 

Thank you for this thread.  I believe that there is a lot to read here. 

1. Its a pay to play platform. You need to buy connects to bid on most projects.

2. I have been here for a long time, basically eLance first and than Upwork (after they merged with odesk) = upwork

3. Work hard, work very hard.

4. Keep testing new things, make sure your profile looks good
5. Keep upskilling, things are changing very fast, as you can see with AI

6. Keep clients happy, at any cost.

Thank you for your comment. Appreciated.

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These are some great points. I am not disputing them, only adding on...and thinking about them.

If you look at Upwork as a place to try out new things and experiment, it will help change your attitude about it.

1. Part of the connects issue is that this will in some way discourage scammers and spammers. How many jobs would we apply to if there were no connects? That's one of the reasons we have connects. 

2. After you are here a long time you begin to see patterns. I see job postings that are similar to almost identical and this means a few things, but ultimately it probably isn't worth the connects to write a proposal.

3. I agree, that you have to work hard, but also be smart, and try to put yourself in the mindset of a client. What are they looking for? What is their issue? How can you address this issue? 

4. Revamping the profile is a good thing to do. Keep doing it. Do some A/B testing. Try something for a certain amount of time try something else, and see which works better. Generally speaking, I think authenticity works best.

5. I think upskilling not only works in terms of Upwork, but life in general. Who wants to just keep doing the same thing? I love learning new things, even as at times I am scared of learning new things. AI can be a great tool, but it's also great to see its limitations. Its limitations will also help you to know your value.

6. Keep clients happy, but you can only do so much. Sometimes the best thing to do is to realize sunk costs are sunk. But do as much as you can to assist them. In general, more communication is better. I am still fairly new at this. I try as often as possible to over-deliver and give more value than promised.

 

 

1. I agree with connects. the big problem with connects is that it hurts those who cant afford them. Its great for anyone who is willing to spend and put out dozens of even hundreads of proposals. I do agree with you in general. It did weed out the scams and spammers.

 

2. I agree

 

3. I agree. work hard but smart. Initially, its mostly working hard, eventually, you will find patterns

 

4. I agree on the profile side.

 

5. I agree. Upskilling should be in all facets of life. I try my best to improve on all fronts.

 

6. Communication is EVERYTHING! I tend to see that the more i communicate, the more you can tackle problems.

 

 

2297e2bc
Community Member

You mention "Freelance Platforms"

How many / names?

What was the anual cost to do this?

ALSO,

40,000 hours full time emplouyment work out to 19.23 YEARS !

AND

Did you pay for a medical / lif insurance / retirement program?

bboro
Community Member

Greetings Samer,

I see you are EVT. I got vetted couple of weeks ago but still no change in my badge, I'm still 'just' Top Rate Plus.
Would you say that EVT badhe helped you land better clients? What is your experience with it?

Hey Branko. Yes, it helps a lot. Be patient, keep working, it will happen.

I hope I was able to help, Let me know any additional questions.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Let me know if you have any additional questions

virtualbrix
Community Member

Most freelancers I know work very long hours, I think their is a misconception with freelancers working 10 hours a week and sitting on the beach. That is NOT the case, most of the serious freelancers I know work 60, 70 and even 80 hours a week.

virtualbrix
Community Member

I also have to state to everyone. DO NO listen to anyone who is negative. Just keep working hard!

virtualbrix
Community Member

Yes. I have to pay for health Insurance and and of course, i have expenses like any other small business / independent contractor. I reinvest almost every penny I make in to my non profit and developer cool software.

73d5c11d
Community Member

My profile is complete and  i am submitting proposal. still no joy

I will have a look at your profile

Keep going!

codedmind
Community Member

Hi Sam

Your achievements look excellent. Great job!

At first when I looked at the post date, I thought this thread would be dead. Glad to know you are still replying.

I would really appreciate some advice from you. I started working as a freelancer web developer on another popular platform (you may already know which one) in 2011. For the first 3-4 years, I worked with about 30-40 clients and did around 100 projects and maintained 5 star rating and 100% positive reviews.

 

Then I found a client there who gave me permanent work for the next 9 years (he hired me at hourly rate). He is/was actually a tech consultant who took work from bigger clients and outsourced them to me.  For the first 4-5 years in those 9 years, I also worked on a few projects with other clients, all on the platform. With my main client, I worked off the platform on about 300 projects in those 9 years.

Now in mid 2023, he gradually started pulling out of all the past projects which we were maintaining for those years. By pulling out, I do not mean he hired somebody else. He actually broke from those projects/clients and deactivated the servers,etc one by one. In short, it seemed to me he slowly started shifting to another business may be. But he never told me about it and I kept expecting work from him but it kept getting smaller and smaller. In the past 4 months, he has hardly given me any work.

I tried to ask him what are the work expectations, and he never told me clearly what was going on. 

Now my issue is that my profile on the platform is dormant and the competition has increased so much. It's very hard for me to get awarded a project there. 

Please advise me. Thanks.

Hey Tarun, I will reply to this on the week end.

Hey Tarun,

 

1. I do my best to reply to all messages, sometimes, it takes a lot longer.

2. I am sorry to hear about the long term clients, he may have switched business models, who knows.

 

I would advice that you start by seeking smaller clients, work to build a strong reputation and learn the platform rules and strategies. This happens a lot but its why I always keep my sales pipeline full. I feel that a LOT of freelancers will get confortable and when things go wrong, they panic and have to find a few client. I would suggest the following:

 

1. Start with looking for smaller clients

2. Learn all the new features and processes on the platform

3. Work hard, make sure that you do a great job and get a strong review

4. Keep upskilling (I have put in 100+ hours in to AI, another 100+ hours in to other things in the last few months)
5. Once you feel good, start to go after the bigger clients

6. Never stop. I mean NEVER

Hey Tarun, I can also have a look at your profile but it looks like its Private

Hi Samer, do you mean my upwork profile or my freelancer.com profile?

Upwork. I dont really use any other sites / platforms.

codedmind
Community Member

Thank you. Take your time.

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cf699d5f
Community Member

At what point did you get Expert Vetted? I have almost my first $200,000 in earnings and a 100% job success score, dozens of happy clients, but I seriously don't know how to take those next steps to get noticed by Upwork and Expert Vetted! It's very frustrating since there are no clear requirements for it.

Hey Jamie, great job on the earnings and the score! that is awesome. For me, it was a loooong time ago. I will dig up more on this. You may want to reach out to one of the moderators on the forum and they may be able to shine some light on it. I have been on the platform a long time so it may have been loss common back than.

I hope the previously reply was helpful.

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