re: "How do you search for work in your area?"
To be completely honest about this:
It's not easy.
And Upwork isn't set up for that.
This isn't Upwork's intention.
So it isn't like CraigsList or Uber or something which is very centered on specific localities.
When I have wanted to search for jobs in my area, I have entered the name of my city or state into the general search engine... to search in job descriptions for those names.
And I have often had positive results.
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