I joined Upwork on mid-February this year and have applied to 206 jobs (I bought connects for around $ 100-110). I only got 4 jobs. That is around 2% success rate only! & these jobs didn't even cover my cost of buying connects.
I can't figure out why my success rate is so miserable. Below is my applying strategy:
Feel free to address any issues with above points or add new points that might be helpful.
The issue could be also with my profile but I'm not sure.
I think trying to find the client's name shows interest in the client and the job. Not sure how clients preceive it.
Yeah, I'm kind of happy with the change since this will reduce some competition.
Your method may be cool, it follows the best practices, it's intelligent, very efficient, and blah, blah, but if I enter in your profile and after scrolling down I find out that you are charging ridiculous (for not saying humiliating) amounts such as $5 or even $1 for entire projects, that's the perceived value I have from you: "the work quality of this guy is worth $1 - $5", and thus, I will automatically close your profile.
And even if I was a poor client, I would keep my little money with me rather than
investing wasting it on such cheap quality work, unless I was planning to scam you.
And yes, you may be great on your field, I don't know, but if your profile is saying that a bag of peanuts is more valuable than a hour of your time, your hiring rate will follow accordingly.
These two jobs were only 20 minutes jobs. That is why their rates are low. I was trying to get some good feedback. My last job was worth $ 60 so not sure if this will change clients view.
It sounds like your proposals are highly detailed, but for me, your profile doesn't sound like there's anything special about you - it just says that you know how to automate Google and Excel spreadsheets. Lots of people know how to use these programmes. You talk about why automation is a good idea, but presumably your potential clients already know this, or they wouldn't be posting a project in the first place. You need to say why they should hire YOU and not one of your competitors. Frankly, the samples that you've posted aren't impressive, either - they just look like the sort of thing that anyone with a basic knowledge of Excel could achieve. You need to up your game.
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