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Does anyone have any tips to succeed here?

I don't feel great doing this, but I gotta confess I don't know very well how to proceed. Maybe I've got a bit delusional, but my first week here was okay, clients would reply to my bids and in a very short time I was hired for a job. Since then all I got on my messages were some sort of scan (it was quickly removed by upwork). So, I really don't know what else to do, or how should I approach clients. I'm more than aware that I'm at the beginning and there are people doing a better job than me, but still, I candidate for small simple tasks, I even set the price even lower, and it seems I'm not even taken into consideration. I would really like to know what I could do to have better chances here.

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Figure out personality type of clients you work best with and target job posts from the clients who fit that personality type. Invest time into researching client and the job they require so you can figure out what personality pattern they mostly fit in, make a proposal that will answer their requirements once you find fitting client and wait for the answer. Rather than hitting tens of job posts, focus on 1 or 2 that will be winning. This is better approach for both you and the client, since by targeting personality type you work best with, you will put an extra effort in everything you do for that client, which will of course benefit client and to you possibly bring longer term work.

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Upwork has changed their algorithm in 2023 and it's necessary to update your strategies accordingly especially if you want Invites and new clients. Also click the Academy link on the top of this page for more success TIPS. Thanks!


PROFILE: Always complete your Upwork Profile before applying for Jobs. Create a synergized Title, Summary, and Skills to apply for Jobs to match what Clients are searching for. Use one or two of the Skill keywords in the Title to emphasize what you bring to the table for the Client. Create 4 short paragraphs in the Summary. If the Summary is too long, most Clients will not read the rest of the Summary; too short then there isn't enough information for a Client to hire. The first two sentences of the Summary are the most important because they are visible to the client as they search for a freelancer. Use all 15 Skills IF they apply. The Skills are used to assist a Client in locating your Profile via search. Add your Portfolio and always use a colorful image. Consider adding a Project Catalog if it applies. Use a short sentence description for each Employment entry. By the way, it goes without saying make sure that your Profile Settings are on Public not Private so others can view the Profile.

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Also, I would suggest that you increase your rate. I don't know what is the quality of your work (always up the quality no matter what), but charge at least twice (realistically 3x) the amount you currently have in profile. Sometimes low rate may be indicator to client that you are unsure in your work or that the quality of work is not good enough for what they expect. Don't be shy to fairly charge for the quality of work you provide.

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Sounds like you had some early success, which is unusual. What you are experiencing now is closer to the norm.

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