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Re: Nigerian Freelancers

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Akinbode A Member Since: Nov 1, 2016
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Hi Afolabi,


Firstly, I do not think profile approval on Upwork is controlled by humans but by alogrithms for the first stage before the humans do the once that came through the first stage.


However, checking your profile, it is too weak if I may say.  You still need to go back and tweak it. You should not just resubmit after being rejected. I will list some things I feel you should brace up on your profile.


  1. You do not have a portfolio
  2. There are no tests at all. Take tests that are relevant to your skills and the Upwork readiness test too.
  3. One line or two line sentence for your experience is not enough. Explain what you do or did.
  4. Make sure you have 100% profile completeness.
  5. Is your email a professional email? I mean it includes your name and not some fancy aliases.

These are just tips and doesn't gurantee the approval, but I wish you success.


Kind regards,

Akinbode A.



"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

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Martins N Member Since: Dec 7, 2018
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Hello everyone, its been really difficult to land jobs for me. Have got my profile working for a long time now still no jobs come by where am i making mistakes. Any help thanks
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Bukola O Member Since: Dec 23, 2016
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Keep trying, no one trusts Nigerians but we still push. All I can say is keep pushing bro... You'll land something soon. That was how I started and I'm still struggling...

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Umar A Member Since: Dec 26, 2018
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ok bor tnxs i will,😊
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Noredia O Member Since: Jul 23, 2020
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Hello all,

It seems withdrawing via local account takes more than a day to reflect, can anyone confirm otherwise?

I am still waiting for my own withdrawal to reflect.
Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Noredia,


I checked and can confirm that a withdrawal you're referring to was successfully processed on our end. Please know that Direct to Local Bank transfers take between 2 to 5 business days. If it hasn't reflected on your account after 8-business days, please reach out to us so that we can issue a trace for you. You can check out this article for more information about fees and timing associated with the Direct to Local Bank method.

~ Bojan
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Noredia O Member Since: Jul 23, 2020
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Alright. I was thinking it would be faster than 3-8 days as you explained.
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Vivian U Member Since: May 20, 2019
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Ok, I'm new to upwork, I joined about 3weeks ago, I have submitted over 40 proposals got two replies and only one job from a Nigerian. I have this fear that people avoid me because of my nationality. I would be glad if someone can look over my profile, tell me I should do to get jobs. Thank you, would be glad if someone can mentor me here too.
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Remi O Member Since: Jun 6, 2016
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Hi Vivian.

Congrats on getting your first job, you also got a great review so hopefully, that helps in getting more opportunities.

I do have a suggestion. It might be best to pick two of the many skills you listed and focus on those. Create specialized profiles for those two and focus on getting jobs in those categories. Clients may have more confidence in your ability when they know you're focused and can deliver the best in the category they're hiring for.


Right now you've listed:


Graphic Design

Web Design

Music production

Data entry


Video editing


This probably has the opposite effect you're hoping for.  Clients want freelancers who are the best at what they need, not the ability to do many things relatively well.


Hope this helps!



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Henry O Member Since: Jun 5, 2019
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I'm with you..... That's so true