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ray_2021
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Getting established as a freelancer on Upwork and Average number of hours

I read an article on how to get started on Upwork and was suprised to learn that as a new freelancer, you should expect to spend at least 40hrs per week (160 hours per month) in order to secure your first $1000 in paid work.  Whilst it seems logical that new freelancers will have to put in extra hours for research and become familiar with the platform, it seems like a lot of hours (particulalry if you are already working full-time) to put in for a very small financial return.

 

Are there any established freelancers out there specialising in content writing that can confirm thier own experinces as new freelancers in terms of the number of hours they committed and the thier financial returns?

Also, does the type of content you present in your portfolio have to match the type of work you are applying for, or skill level of the work you are applying for?

I would appreciate your insights on this ๐Ÿ™‚

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moonraker
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It sounds to me as though the writer of the article is taking his own experience and assuming it must be the same for everybody else. It'll be different for everybody. 

My first job was only $5 and I grew from there, but that's probably not an accurate reflection of how things *must* be. I didn't really take Upwork seriously as a source of income at that point and I was certainly underestimating my ability. Some people will jump in at $100/hr+ and start finding work straight away.


Rachel T wrote:

 

Also, does the type of content you present in your portfolio have to match the type of work you are applying for, or skill level of the work you are applying for?

I would appreciate your insights on this ๐Ÿ™‚


 You can put whatever you like in your profile, provided you wrote it.

But why would you not do your best to impress potential clients? 

tlbp
Community Member

Clients often spend small before committing. Which means you may need to spend several  hours searching for viable gigs, pitching and negotiating to achieve measurable earnings. You'll also have to invest time studying the market, creating and and improving your portfolio samples. 

data_divas
Community Member

I view Upwork as running my own business.  When starting a business you'll need to put in many hours to get it off the ground and running. It will take a while to build your profile with feedback and completed jobs, this more of a time commitment in the beginning.

I'd suggest investing time and reading through these forums, you'll discover a lot of useful information and learn from others experiences.

Can you hussel, can you pull some long weeks and weekends if needed? If so you can probably do well here, if not then no.

roberty1y
Community Member

When you say 40 hours per week, how many weeks are you talking about?

 

From my experience (and I'm still just getting started) I'd say you could easily spend 40 hours just looking through job postings to get your first $1000 of work (and it probably wouldn't be a single job, because it's unlikely anyone will hire a new member on such a big contract). Searching is the most exhausting and disillusioning part. I've applied for 109 jobs in the past 90 days and landed seven, with an average of around $200 per job. 

 

I'm careful in the proposals I send - I don't just spam people. Each one is written for the job it's aimed at. But most of the job postings don't result in anyone being hired. I was tracking my old proposals for a while, and I think it would be an overestimate to say a fifth of the ads I applied to ended in a hire.

 

I think it's best to hold out for fairly well-paid jobs. You might get rave reviews for $5 jobs, but no potential client will be impressed by that.

 

 

a_lipsey
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Rachel T wrote:

I read an article on how to get started on Upwork and was suprised to learn that as a new freelancer, you should expect to spend at least 40hrs per week (160 hours per month) in order to secure your first $1000 in paid work.  Whilst it seems logical that new freelancers will have to put in extra hours for research and become familiar with the platform, it seems like a lot of hours (particulalry if you are already working full-time) to put in for a very small financial return.

 

Are there any established freelancers out there specialising in content writing that can confirm thier own experinces as new freelancers in terms of the number of hours they committed and the thier financial returns?

Also, does the type of content you present in your portfolio have to match the type of work you are applying for, or skill level of the work you are applying for?

I would appreciate your insights on this ๐Ÿ™‚


Oof, I certainly did not spend that much time to make that much money. But I think the devil is in the details. Are you coming with an established career in your field, but are simply new to the platform? Or are you brand new to the field as well? Do you have experience managing clients or were you a full-time employee who just took orders from a supervisor? 

 

It takes as long as it takes, and that's different for everyone. 40 hours a week seems steep to me, but I could get behind that if you were really covering every facet of your business to build it up. You really do have to look at it that you are starting a business. Do you think successful businesses are built on just a few hours a week? It's okay to not spend that much time on it. Everyone differs. It may just take longer for you to make that first $1000. 

 

Summary: I really wouldn't compare your journey against anyone else's. It really is quite different for everyone, even in the same field. 

navidzafar
Community Member

No pain, No gain.

Its interesting to read that every one has his own story to tell.

 

What I conclude:

Determination and Hard Work is the key to success.

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