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Can clients see how many active proposals I have out?

bethrosselle
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Elizabeth R Member Since: Sep 2, 2017
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Hey Upwork community!

Can clients see how many active proposals we have out? I ask because right out of the gate, I landed 2 gigs with a 100% success rate plus great feedback. Now I have probably 30 + propsals out with no responses. Should I withdraw some? Are people seeing this and assuming I'm desperate? Please help. I'm stumped!

Thanks
oranus
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Abderrazzak B Member Since: Mar 23, 2017
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There's no way a client could see that, but I may advice you to not send too many proposals at once to avoid account suspensions... relax, choose very carefully the job you know for sure that you can nail...

dataextract
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Ramesh K Member Since: Oct 25, 2015
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//I may advice you to not send too many proposals at once to avoid account suspensions...//

Wrong information. Upwork will not suspend any account for too many proposals.

oranus
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Abderrazzak B Member Since: Mar 23, 2017
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@Ramesh K wrote:

//I may advice you to not send too many proposals at once to avoid account suspensions...//

Wrong information. Upwork will not suspend any account for too many proposals.


 oh really? see here:
https://community.upwork.com/t5/Announcements/Addressing-accounts-that-don-t-show-work-activity/m-p/...

and here:
https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/Avoid-suspension-for-too-many-proposals-How/td-p/308812

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Ramesh K wrote:

//I may advice you to not send too many proposals at once to avoid account suspensions...//

Wrong information. Upwork will not suspend any account for too many proposals.


 And once again - You're wrong. Upwork suspends accounts for too many UNSUCCESSFUL proposals.

You really need to be more careful with the statements you make and advice you give. Too often following your advice or believing what you think can be to a freelancer's detriment or just spread nonsense which others might then also believe.

tta192
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Andrei T Member Since: Aug 30, 2016
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Feedback is key, but who gave it to you can be far more important. It's pretty common nowadays for people to spend some bucks and hire themselves a few times. Some get caught, some get top rated... So clients learned to simply ignore profiles that might fit this description.
Unfortunately for you, those two projects were both marked as 'private'. So a prospect would not be able to see the history of your clients, which can significantly lower your chances of being hired.
Maybe you can talk to your clients to make the job posts public?

tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Elizabeth, this is conjecture, but I think the breadth of your profile may be hurting you.

 

I am also a writer with a wide variety of writing experience and experience in other fields. When I started on Upwork, I did okay. But, since I narrowed my focus and started offering only one specific type of services (law firm website content and ghostwriting for attorneys) through Upwork over a year ago, I've had more work than I can handle--and, at a higher rate.

 

In the real world, being an interesting person with broad experience is often helpful, but when someone comes to Upwork to hire a freelancer--especially a freelancer at the higher end of the price scale--it's usually because they're looking for a very specific expertise. It seems (from my experience and that of some other successful freelancers here) that a higher-end Upwork client doesn't want to think about you splitting your focus between his/her type of work and volunteer work, art, etc. That extra information seems to trigger a "jack of all trades" perception in many clients.

 

If you have the writing chops and that's the service you're offering here, consider narrowing both your profile and the type of writing services you're offering and bidding only on jobs that are a very good fit based on some specific aspect of your past experience. There are nearly half a million writers on Upwork, but if you can take yourself out of competition with the masses and target a particular type of client to whom you have something special to offer, there is a lot of good work to be found.

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