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Jen B Member Since: Sep 19, 2018
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Who has a plus membership?  What is the primary reason you upgraded?  More connects?  To see what others are bidding?  Something else?

 

I've been on Upwork fo a few months now and have submitted multiple proposals.  I haven't received any interview requests, aside from the scam requests via Google Hangout.  I am wondering if my rate is too high.  Would it be worth it to upgrade my membership for a few months?

 

I'd appreciate any insight on this.

 

Thanks!

Community Guru
Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
2 of 6

I use Plus membership because it's worth $10 a month to see 1) how many freelancers have sent the client a proposal and 2) how many freelancers are being interviewed.

 

I notice the range of offers that's provided, too, but it has no effect on my own offer. If there are a lot of low-priced proposals compared to my pricing I may not make a proposal at all on a project.

 

I never use up all my connects applying to jobs.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
3 of 6

Will L wrote:

I use Plus membership because it's worth $10 a month to see 1) how many freelancers have sent the client a proposal and 2) how many freelancers are being interviewed.

 


You see that with the free membership, too.

 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
4 of 6

I've never paid for premium membership because I don't think more connects are the key--using connects wisely and strategically is--and I don't care what others are bidding on specific projects. I bid what it's worth to me.

 

that said, it's very useful to know what fee range others are operating in successfully. Search for FLs who are doing what you want to do. What are their credentials and qualifications? How do they present themselves? What are they charging?

 

I suggest a little rewrite on your profile overview. Make it less about where you worked (clients can scroll down to see that) and more about what you know how to do that will be valuable to them.

 

It's a good idea to start out lower than your target rate, to entice budget-conscious clients. But not too low. You don't want to attract bottom feeders--they're impossible to satisfy and often rude in the bargain. Again, do a thorough scan of what others are charging.

 

Remember, you don't have to quote your profile rate on every project. Use it to flag your ballpark fee, for clients who find you when searching. But feel free to deviate from it (up or down) based on what a specific project requires. 

 

I consider myself successful here. I don't earn my entire living here, but a substantial portion of it. And I only have a conversion rate of about 6% over the 2 1/2 years I've been here. Be selective about what you bid on, submit your best proposal, then forget it and move on. You won't get viable invitations until you have a few completed contracts under your belt. Even then, screen and vet those opportunities just as carefully as the ones you suss out yourself. Just because a client thinks you might be a good fit for their project, doesn't mean their project will be a good fit for you. (That goes quintuple if a Talent Specialist is involved.)

 

Get comfortable, it takes a while to get going. Good luck!

Community Leader
Robin H Member Since: Apr 9, 2018
5 of 6

I use plus membership, because, I can see my competitors highest and lowest bids, by the way, that actually doesn't matters to me much, because, I only bid on high budget projects, the ones who worry about quality, instead of how much they are paying...

 

Other reason is, I don't know why? But, I don't want anyone to see how much I'm earning...

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Gail J Member Since: Feb 18, 2017
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"I suggest a little rewrite on your profile overview. Make it less about where you worked (clients can scroll down to see that) and more about what you know how to do that will be valuable to them."

 

I completely agree with this assessment of your profile. It is the first thing I thought of when I read it. People want to know what you can do for them.

 

/gfj

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