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Can't get jobs with provided connects

m_soremic
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Massimiliano S Member Since: Dec 29, 2019
1 of 11

Hi

It's difficult for me even to get any replies from clients with the provided 20 connects.

I've sent several proposals but I couldn't get any replies and I'm now wondering if this is nomral case with other new freelancers on upwork or this is the only case for me.

I want to know if other new freelancers easily get jobs with 20 connects. If then, there'll be no hope for me to competite others here Smiley Sad? Or any other methods or guides to get jobs easily on upwork?

Thank you.

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
2 of 11

Massimiliano S wrote:

 

It's difficult for me even to get any replies from clients with the provided 20 connects.

I've sent several proposals but I couldn't get any replies and I'm now wondering if this is nomral case with other new freelancers on upwork or this is the only case for me.

I want to know if other new freelancers easily get jobs with 20 connects


I am pretty sure that only a small minority of new freelancers win their first contract with their 20 free connects, and most end up buying connects before they win their first contracts.

m_soremic
Active Member
Massimiliano S Member Since: Dec 29, 2019
3 of 11

I appreciate your quick answer.

Any suggestions for me to get the first contract as soon as possible?

Thanks

joansands
Community Guru
Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
4 of 11

Massimiliano - I had to buy a great many connects for a while but now do not use them very often. It takes a lot of time for most people, I think, to get started on Upwork. However, you really need to improve your profile if you want to get hired.

m_soremic
Active Member
Massimiliano S Member Since: Dec 29, 2019
5 of 11

Thank you!

I'll try to improve my profile and struggle to get hired!

joansands
Community Guru
Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
6 of 11

The first two sentences are the most important and many people won't read beyond that. Try to dwell on what you can do for a client.

shyam524
Active Member
Shyam Sundar S Member Since: Feb 24, 2015
7 of 11

Try to bid fixed price job which needs just 2 connect and which meet your requirement. You need to complete first few fixed job which will help you to save some $$ and get opportunity for some good reviews.

 

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
8 of 11

Massimiliano S wrote:

I appreciate your quick answer.

Any suggestions for me to get the first contract as soon as possible?

Thanks


Instead of bidding on a lot of jobs, look carefully for the few jobs that you are confident you can do better than your competitors. There will be a huge number of jobs you can do (and maybe do well), but most of those jobs will also be jobs that a lot of other people can do just as well as you.

 

Seek out the ones where you have some specific experience or knowledge that will give the client a reason to see you differently than all of the other freelancers who could also do the job.

petersonsue
Active Member
Sue P Member Since: Nov 26, 2011
9 of 11

Hello,

 

It took me 3 months to really get moving on Upwork. I would suggest fixing your profile (have a few people review it) and bidding on the fixed jobs as others have mentioned. I would also look for lower fixed payment jobs and in your cover letter mention that you are new to Upwork but you are competent in doing the job, etc. Add a comment about you just needing the opportunity. I would also stress that you should only bid on the jobs that you can do well. This is the surest way to get a contract, ensure higher ratings, and then continue to get contracts. I started over 8 years ago and took any job I could ($7/hour or really low fixed jobs) and now have worked up to $50/hour. Remember, you need to break into the market so it will take time, patience, and exemplary skills/service. 

m_soremic
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Massimiliano S Member Since: Dec 29, 2019
10 of 11

Thank you!

Really appreciated.

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