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How to take off, on Upwork ?

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Assaad J Member Since: Apr 12, 2019
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Hello friends,

 

I am a new freelancer on Upwork (Since more than one month). Up to now, I have had only one project successfully done. I am seeking your pieces of advice and tips. In particular, here are my questions:

 

* Any tips for the winning proposal ?

* Any pieces of advice for a winning profile ?

* Is it good or bad, to have the same profile with various 10 skills ?

* Is it normal, for a new freelancer (with only one project completed, which is 5 stars evaluated), to be rarely interviewed by clients ?

* From my own investigation, I feel that the traffic trigger for a new upworker is to have a good Job Success Score. Is it true ?... If yes, then this means that all the challenge is about getting 3 projects well done, and after that, winning projects will be much easier. Is it true ?

 

Regards,

Assaad

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AHS SHOHEL A Member Since: May 19, 2016
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Hi Assaad, 

Welcome to this arena!

I have just had a look at your profile and I would like to respond as follows: 

  • Your profile Title needs to fix.   Please craft a professionally sound title that also grabs the clients' attention.  Short and sweet. Something like; "Results-oriented Passionate Writer" 
  • A detail Overview covering your skillset and describing how can you really be a help.
  • Pass some more relevant Upwork Tests with good scores. It helps new freelancers.

Now about your questions:

 

* Any tips for the winning proposal? 

  • Apply only to the jobs that match your skills well
  • Write appealing Cover Letter highlighting your skills and describing how can you be a great fit for the project. 

* Any pieces of advice for a winning profile?

  • Mentioned above

* Is it good or bad, to have the same profile with various 10 skills?

  • You should move with similar skills.
  • Specialized Profiles feature allows creating two specialized profiles besides the main profile.  

Best of luck! 

 

Shohel
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Assaad J Member Since: Apr 12, 2019
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Dear Shohel,

 

Thank you very much for your answers and for the time you spent to give me this detailed response.

 

I will proceed, as you recommended.

 

Thanks again.

 

Best Regards,

Assaad

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AHS SHOHEL A Member Since: May 19, 2016
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All the best, Assaad! Smiley Happy

Shohel
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Assaad J wrote:

Dear Shohel,

 

Thank you very much for your answers and for the time you spent to give me this detailed response.

 

I will proceed, as you recommended.

 

Thanks again.

 

Best Regards,

Assaad


Your headline should be meaningful and give a clear indication what your skills are. Results oriented passionate freelancer is meaningless drivel. Put yourself into a client's shoes. What are you looking for, and what headline will make you click on the profile?

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Assaad J Member Since: Apr 12, 2019
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Dear Martina,

 

Thanks a lot for your advice. It makes sens, Indeed.

 

However, as I have more than one area of services, I think that the headline should be fitted to that. May be, I am thinking of this headline:

 

"Passionate Writer, Translator, Researcher & VA"

 

What do you think about it ?

 

Many thanks,

Assaad

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Assaad J wrote:

Dear Martina,

 

Thanks a lot for your advice. It makes sens, Indeed.

 

However, as I have more than one area of services, I think that the headline should be fitted to that. May be, I am thinking of this headline:

 

"Passionate Writer, Translator, Researcher & VA"

 

What do you think about it ?

 

Many thanks,

Assaad


When I see "Passionate" as a client, my eyes glaze over and I move on to the next freelancer.

For a beginner on Upwork, someone who offers 4 different skills turns me off because it screams "I am a Jack of all Trades and don't really know what I am doing as any one of them"

 

Your profile is a mess. It is all over the place. You waste the all important first line (which is all a client sees in a list of freelancer) telling the client your name which they can see anyway, and meaningless drivel such as how you care about quality (that should go without saying)

 

You list a bunch of things and don't show any evidence that you master any of them. The English of your overview has too many mistakes, so any client looking for a writer will dismiss you (unless they don't speak much English either) - there is no hint of evidence that you are a translator.

 

Your portfolio items - same as above... Poor English with shocking mistakes.

 

Again, any clients with fluent English will recoil in horror.

 

 

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Assaad J Member Since: Apr 12, 2019
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Dear Petra,

 

Thank you for your reply. 

 

You have bombarded me with criticals, but I understand that it is for my good.

 

Actually, I have tried to treat all your critics. Please, have a look again on my updated profile, and tell me if things are better. What about the English mistakes ?.. I hope that they no longer exist.

 

I have updated the Portfolio item related to my done project, and it is under review. That is why you can't see it now.

 

Thank you again.

Community Guru
Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Assaad J wrote:

Dear Martina,

 

Thanks a lot for your advice. It makes sens, Indeed.

 

However, as I have more than one area of services, I think that the headline should be fitted to that. May be, I am thinking of this headline:

 

"Passionate Writer, Translator, Researcher & VA"

 

What do you think about it ?

 

Many thanks,

Assaad


I have found that researching successful freelancer's profiles that offer the same skills is very instructive. 

Most importantly, all your content in your profile must be flawless and error-free. There is no excuse for mistakes and typos, because not only you have all the time you need to perfect your texts, you also advertise as a writer.

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