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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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Yes. basically, the main ways people can find you are: 

1. They search upwork for a skill / need and your profile shows up in the list and they click on it.

2. They search any of the search engines and your profile shows up.

3. You submit proposals

4. You advertise your profile on Social Media and other places.

 

This is the reality, you have to also do some promition if you want profile views outside of the proposals you submit

Facebook ads will do? i require no more than 3 clients a month, if lets say spending 10,000 can do the job?

Focus on submitting proposals, I would not advertise to much to get people to my profile. Find Jobs that fit your skill set and submit to them, keep doing it. and with time, you will land the right clients.

Hey Everyone,

 

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 the platform.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Attained 200+ 5-star reviews.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Worked 40,000+ hours on the platform.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Earned a 100% Feedback Rating
๐Ÿ‘‰ Worked with 1,000+ Clients (in my freelance career in general)

 

Thank you - Sam

Great to have will to help. Specially if it's genuine.

My suggestion would be to share your expertize on random topics people create as they won't bother to check out one in particular.
Most don't bother to search for answer, they just demand it.

*edit:

 

It's better when we don't spam. No reason to create bunch of same topics.

Hey There, Sounds Good. No worries. yes, i am going to start getting a lot more involved as I want to give back : )

How thoughtful of you to help the community!

 

Would you mind giving the TOP 5 SECRETS to long-term success as a TOP RATED FREELANCER?


Specifically dealing with clients.


I'm not sure how people maintain their Top Rated position for so long because it's not necessary for TOP RATED freelancers to satisfy all clients all of the time.


How do they maintain their position?


Here is what I would say:

 

1. Only take on work you can handle (meaning, you are confident in the work you are signing up for)

2. Communication is KEY, this is the MOST IMPORTANT things. If you update clients regularly, it puts them at ease.

3. Continue learning, clients love when you give new ideas, they love when you talk to them about the latest and greatest

4. Client Satisfaction, keep clients happy, they will come back, they will refer you to others and you get more business

5. Long Term Clients, do your best to land long term clients. That is the KEY to a successful freelance career.

Supurb!

Your contribution greatly helped me in understanding the process of advancing my freelance profession.

Thank You!

That is Great. Feel free to ask any questions here. I am always around to help. Good Luck!

Hey Sam!

Would you look over my profile CRITICALLY and tell me why a top-tier customer with a big budget wouldn't want to work with me.


Expecting feedback on my profile that I have yet to receive.

Hey Mehwish,

 

I hope all is well on your end, here are some things to look at: 

 

1. the video, can  you make a landscpe version (not critcal but can be more professional, i fall short here, no video) : (
2. Fix your headings = ใ€๏ผข๏ฝ•๏ฝ“๏ฝ‰๏ฝŽ๏ฝ…๏ฝ“๏ฝ“ใ€€๏ผณ๏ฝ…๏ฝ’๏ฝ–๏ฝ‰๏ฝƒ๏ฝ…๏ฝ“ใ€€๏ผท๏ฝ…๏ฝ‚๏ฝ“๏ฝ‰๏ฝ”๏ฝ…ใ€‘
3. The headings above are more of a distraction than anything, I would adjust those.

4. Eventually, You need to improve your JSS, once you get under 90%, people assume that is "bad", i know, its not

5. Did you try to take any certifications that fit your skill set? I would do some and add them, gives you more credibility
6. The $8.00 per hour is OK, I would go a bit higher. Lower is not always better, in my opinion.

These are some quick items that stand out to me, I am sure their are other things you can tweak.

Than you sam!

I read something I was curious about. Your comments are genuine pieces of advice that are truly valuable.
Could you please explain on the type of certification you're referring to? I have several certifications that I would want to add, but they are unrelated to Upwok. They are relevant to my skills. Is Upwork awarding certificates for their courses?

God bless you!
Mehwish

Hey Mehwish,

 

I hope all is well. For certifications. You would want to look at the ones that Upwork supports (basically, they have a list of certifications they can verify), They have a list of certifications that they are able to verify and display on your profile. For me as an Internet Marketing Freelance, they can verify my Google Ads, Analytics and other certfiications like HubSpot and so forth. They also allow you to add two certifications which are not on their list. Go to your profile, go to the certfications section, click AD, and you will see  alist in there, check fi any of those are relevant to you.

 

I hope this helps

Thank you for your advises.

 

My experience is at least as good as yours and i disagree with most of this advice.

1. Taking on work i can handle outright means my skills will stagnate, my market power decline, and i will be far away from the cutting edge of technology. I constantly take on jobs i have no idea how to do. Sometimes i fail them, but that's OK, then i refund. Clients are usually surprised when someone offers a refund and let me go with a perfect feedback still.

2. True.

3. True.

4. Client satisfaction is critical for the JSS of course, but repeat business is only possible when you don't have a narrow focus (and not having a narrow focus probably means having a lot of competition => making little money). Having a narrow focus, in most cases the client will only need what you do for them once in a lifetime, and does not know anyone else who needs it. I very, very rarely get any jobs by reference, most of the time it's Upwork search or invites - i see no problems about it.

5. I don't care about long term clients and moreover, they turn out to be more problematic because you will have to touch many aspects of their business and depend on a lot of other people you don't control and who may be not as good as you. Fixed price, short term deliveries are the best IMO. I do have long term clients but i don't seek them intentionally, and margin i have from the them is way inferior vs fixed price, short term ones.

Hey Alexander,

 

Nice to have your feedback, I definetly respect it a lot,

 

1. In general, I agree that you can stretch yourself a bit. But, remember, you have a lot of new freelancers on the platform, it would be a BIG risk for them to take on work they are not super comfortable with. The work you do is more technicall and usually more long term so you have time to figure it out. A lot of people here are just strating out and those are usually smaller jobs that they are working it, It would be a big risk in my opinion for them to start with work they are not confident they can quickly do, this can cause all kinds of issues.

 

2. Thank You

 

3. Thank You

 

4. In general, I agree, When first starting off, focus is KEY, as you become more experiences, have a history, have reviews, and so on, you can start to expand on the types of jobs you take on.

 

5. For long term clients, it depends what niche you are in. For example, I manage PPC (Pay Per Click) accounts, those need to be optimized, maintained and so on, most of my clients can be with me for 1-2 years. I do have some fixed job consultations and so on but I think this depends on the niche. 

In fact, i just thought that managing PPC accounts is the best niche i can imagine. I mean, everyone knows what PPC is extremely expensive, and that it doesn't work. Which means: every time you will be working with a client with a lot of money and little brains...

Second best is "everything cloud". Again, because clouds are extremely expensive and using them is always a mistake.

My niche starts looking empty and uninteresting in comparison...

I understand where you are coming from. I have a different opinion on Pay Per Click. I have managed hundreads of accounts and although you may be right that some niches are super expensive and its hard to make them profitable, the majority of accounts I work on have a LOT of success with PPC. Basically, 80% of my clients would not be able to grow their business without PPC. This is all considering that if you go to Google now and do a search, you will notice that the organic / seo resulsts are nearr the bottom : ) its a Pay to Play world, even with the new upwork connects model, you want to be shown on top? Sure, You have to pay more connects. This is the world we now live in.

Hello. Actually i am the new one here and have zero idea about these things. Can you please help me to what to make so that i can earn money . I am fully ready to give my manpower.

The first thing you really want to do is have a complete profile. From there, just start submitting proposals. You want to make sure that you submit proposals to work you are ready to do and have experience with. Do a Great Job and clients will leave you a Good Review, Just keep doing that, as you improve your reputation, you will start to get more invites and also start charging more for your service.

Hello, I just joined the platform, I can photography and videography, graphic design, I do not know how to understand how to receive more orders, to ask you for advice, thank you, have a good day!

I would say they are in this order: 

 

1. Make sure your profile is complete

2. Submit / Apply for Jobs

3.As you are just starting off, you may want to discount your rate (not to low - that just causes other issues)

4. Work hard and make sure that the client is happy (good work, deliver on time, communication, etc)

5. Get good Reviews

6. Keep doing all the above, raise your rates as you build your reputation and build a history : )

Hello Samer,

My name is Anne. I am just starting out on Upwork. Kindly is it possible for you to check out my profile and give me your opinion? I will greatly appreciate it. Thanks

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01d316e4c43e5618f9

 

Hey Anne,

 

I will have a look later today. I will do my best to help give you some good pointers.

Hey Anne,

 

Some of the same advice I have been giving others: 

 

1. video if you can (i knoiw, shame on me, I do not have a video on my profile but I am planning to add one soon here)

2. Longer and more detailed description
3. More Portfolio Items if you have them
4. More certifications if you have them or can get them.

You goal is to make your profile awesome, beautiful, clean and full of details. Its a lot of time. I have spend humdread sof hours on courses, exams, certifications and teaching myself everything I possibly can about Digital Marketing. It was painful and hard but I feel like I am finally there : )

Thanks alot for your timely response and advice
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Hello Sam. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with all of us. I am new to Upwork and I wanted your thoughts on how to get your first client. I am in the process of submitting so many proposals, but I am not getting any response. Could you please provide some tips or may be you can share on how did you get your first client? 

 

Regards,

Hey Yusra,

 

I hope all is well and welcome to Upwork. I truly love this platform and you will to. Its just a matter of time and work.

 

1. Make sure you have a good profile (good picture, intro line, description, certifications, etc)

2. Keep submitting proposals

3. Take on Jobs that you know you can do a great job on (even at times, if you get paid less, its ok)

4. I would even do small consultation jobs to understand the process and get some happy clients / reviews

5. Continue to learn new skills because that is what will allow you to get more clients / submit different proposals
6. Keep working hard and DO NOT quit, its hard, very hard but once you get there, it will be worth it.

Also, I want to note to others here, and for that matter, anywhere! No one has a "Magic Forula".

 

This is not how this works, this is basically like running your own freelance business: 

 

1. Great Profile
2. Knock on Doors (submit proposals)
3. Get clients, even if you have to charge less at the start, its OK, we all start somewhere!

4. Make clients happen. VERY Happy. They will most likely leave you a 5 star review
5. Build a History and Reputation
6. Rince and Repeat the above (now, your rates are higher, more people will reply and so on)

That is my general advice, most of you think their is a secret formula, their is not

 

Hard work + More Skills + History and Reputation. That is the KEY.

 

I hope this helps you : )

Thank you sooooo much, Sam. It was really helpful. Thank you once again for your time and your honest feedback.

 

My Pleasure. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out and let me know, i will do my best to help

Good work mate!

Yet to get 1st work on Upwork ๐Ÿ‘

Keep going, dont give up. Improve your skill set, continue to submit proposals and do your best, its just a matter of time.

Hey there 
I just started and have no idea when will i get my first job and feeling nervous not exactly knowing what can i do.
Could help me fixing that mindset?

 

How did you get all of your jobs to provide feedback? That's mad impressive.

Thats great.

How we can get more jobs. As you have acheived a milestone and proven point so what do you suggest for us.

Regards.

Skills > Profile > Submit Proposals > Do a Great Job for clients > Reviews / JSS 

Read the rules, learn as much as you can, check out other posts, review other freelance profiles, work hard, keep learning.

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Hi Samer,

I have a question,

why your profile description is too short?

I do need to update it,

 

I take the approach of submitting proposals first and than getting organic profile views / invitations second.

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