@James B wrote:
this is a little off topic,
Also a little ( OK, a lot) off topic......
James B - **Edited for Community Guidelines**
OP - Yes, it is worth it. Yes, it IS hard work to get established, Yes, it DOES take time, and No, it will not work for everyone.
But when it does work out it's pretty d*mn amazing
You're wise to avoid starting on low-end jobs; it's not really a start at all, but a self-perpetuating trap.
What I would suggest is that you focus bids on jobs in arenas you have specific experience in. There are a million writers (maybe literally) on Upwork, so it will be tough in the beginning to sell yourself based solely on your writing skills.
Seek out jobs that fall into niches where you have specific experience, whether as a writer or hands-on, and lead your pitch with the fact that in addition to X years of professional writing or marketing writing or whatever experience, you also know the Y industry in depth from your years of Zing.
Definitely worth sticking it out. It takes time to establish yourself and plan on doing a lot of tweaking to your profile. Take the time and read the profiles of Top Rated freelancers in your same area of work. See how they structure and layout their profile. Focus on your strengths and uniqueness. Like almost every selling document, the first couple of sentences need to clearly present yourself.
I have only been active on Upwork since January of this year and I've tweaked a lifetime full of little changes.
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