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the-right-writer
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To all freelancers looking for help

I have always had freelancers come to me for help. In the last year, the river has swelled into an enormous ocean.

 

You don't need me; Upwork provides an enormous amount of information that few ever use. If, after you have gone through all the information I provide, you still have questions, that is when you ask additional questions in the forum.

 

If you think you will make big bucks right away, you are mistaken. The majority of freelancers never land a job because they have no skills and aren't interested in educating themselves. Others believe online freelancing is a path to full-time employment. It can be, but highly unlikely on this platform.

 

Freelancing is not for everyone. It means you are self-employed and must adhere to all regulations and laws governing responsibilities, such as paying taxes. Freelancing means you are on your own. No one has your back, including Upwork. If you don't follow the rules, no one will or can help you.

 

If you are willing to work hard, follow the rules and prepared to spend a lot of connects and proposals, you can be successful, as many are on Upwork. While so many fail, it is almost always due to lack of skills and treating freelancing like employment  where the employer will make sure you do the job correctly.

 

If you want to succeed, start with the Terms of Service, then read this from Wes.

 

Then go here. Then here.  Next, check this site regularly for events such as webinars and other learning opportunities.

After that, go here for safety information, and then here. If you still need help, after you have gone through all the previous steps, you can find additional help here. This thread is dedicated to new freelancers. And here are announcements from Upwork that can help keep you up to date.

 

It will take some time to go through all the information. I'm not suggesting people should not post in the forum, I am suggesting before you ask questions and want help, you need to help yourself first.

 

 

From Prashant P: "And have relevant profile picture of your face.  Not some desks, or Mickey mouse, or full face covering." 

From Susan S: "And patience! Have patience! It takes a while to get started, even after going through all the information available."

From Martina P:  "Only one thing you forgot, namely telling people to use all 15 skills, if you have all 15 skills"

And with advice from Maria T, I will say, 

Refrain from personal messages, please read all the links I have added.

 

 

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1f8cde66
Community Member

i am very interested to work on upwork

 

If you are serious, you have a lot of work to do. Go back to the top post, and read it. Right now, you are an invitation to be scammed. You obviously haven't gone through Upwork rules. You don't know how the platform works, or you wouldn't be here looking for work.

2b13c177
Community Member

I am Solomon a Graphics Designer i am new been here for a while but i just started using this platform though and also struggling to get a client. 

Read the top post you apparently ignored, and go through all the links. You need to learn the rule before you are scammed. The Academy has lots of information on improving your proposals, profile, and more.

 

You haven't done the basics on your profile, and I doubt you read the Terms of Service. You will not get a legitimate job with your current status.

59f51a17
Community Member

I'm  ready to start my work

 

No, you are not ready for anything but being scammed. I don't understand. I post a thorough guide that is even pinned to the top, and yet people go over it and want a job. You have no profile, job qualifications, portfolio and have put no effort into your profile. No one is going to give you a job. You are a target for scammers, but hey, if that's what you want to do, you have free will.

 

Go back to the top of the page and read the post, and follow every link. Spend time learning before you lose your money. Inexperienced freelancers have to be cautious. There are scammers on the platform that look for people who haven't done the work to know and follow the rules. Don't be a victim. If you are serious about freelancing, be prepared to work hard, spend a lot of proposals, and spend money on connects.

fb1292ff
Community Member

Hi I am Ralita and I'm new to Upwork. I would really appreciate it if someone could mentor me. 

As a new freelancer, there is a lot of work to be done by yourself before offering your services. Look at the top of this page to read the main article and follow all the links in it.

e6417c55
Community Member

Hello everyone!

I need your help writing a proposal can someone give me a proposal template? any guidance will appreciated in advance.

 

Profile link
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/zeeshanraza13

 

Thanks.

Go back to the top of the page and go through the Academy links or the ones in my post. Your profile needs work. Learn through Upwork resources about profiles and proposals. While a template is OK, if your proposals are not original, and you send the same one to all clients, it is going to be kicked to the bottom of the list.

 

The proposals need to be long enough to cover how you will complete the job. While Upwork and some freelancers will tell you to keep it around 100 words, for many jobs, that simply isn't telling the client anything. The proposal should let the client know why you will do a wonderful job. If it takes 500 or 1000 words to do what's necessary, use it. If it can be accomplished in 200 words, then that's ok, too. It depends on the job.

You dont need proposal sample, onlyb watch FreelanceMVP in Upwork blog

Tural Babashov

Zeeshan,

 

Keep the proposal to 100 words or less and only apply to jobs that match your Upwork profile. Click the Academy link on the top of this page for success tips.

e5cf79eb
Community Member

Hey Jeanne, that was very helpful. You did a very great job. Well I am new to upwork and have been struggling but I believe that i can do it I have skills I like to learn and I am passionate can you tell me 2-3 more tips for me that can help me in future I would be greatful. have a great day!

Be prepared to send lots of proposals and spend money.

 

Only apply for jobs you are well qualified for and know you can complete.

 

Boost only when you are well qualified and certain you can do the job better than almost anyone.

Thankyou so much! But i also learned somewhere to be patient and dont apply to much apply 1 proposal a day. Should I cut the strategy off ? 

Patience and determination are necessary.

 

As I said, only apply for jobs when you know you understand the requirements and can complete the project with high-quality. It doesn't matter how many. Some will tell you to apply all day long, but that just wastes time, money, and effort. If you don't see a job to apply for, don't apply. If you see four in one day that look great, apply to all.

great idea

Tural Babashov

Do not give up, if you have to do small jobs to get started on the platform and gain some reviews, do not hesitate. Just keep going and eventually your profile will build up without a worry.

I have been trying since last two weeks but it have been tough weeks no outcome at all but you're right to do not lose the hope. thankyou Nicholas

aamir4248
Community Member

Yes, i want to get help frm you becaasue i am new here and understanding things from the seniors. Please help me to sort out my issues on this. I will be grateful to you. 

I'm sure you would be grateful if I stopped my life to get yours together. I am pretty sure I have spoken with you before. However, regardless of our previous contact, you haven't done the basic work. You go right by the key to all the answers you need, to ask for more help. I have a question - why should I donate my time, energy, and business and freelance acumen to people who haven't even tried? Or, for that matter, anyone?

 

If the thousands of freelancers begging/demanding/guilting/ for a job or how to function had to pay me, guess how many there would be demanding my help? I don't want to monetize my help; I don't roll that way. However, if it would eliminate people who don't want to work and clear my messages, maybe I should.

 

Seriously, why do you feel I should provide even more help, individually, to people like you? I am quite serious. I am trying to understand the situation and why so very many expect me to give them everything.

thank you very much

Tural Babashov
5a439bc0
Community Member

Thank you for sharing. This is really helpful as a new freelancer!

8769fbcb
Community Member

Hi! I'm new to upwork. is there a way to message to other freelancers on Upwork or any other way of connection?

Hi Nadia! 
You can always meet your fellows here at the forum and connect with them. Have a wonderful journey at Upwork. 

e00ed12f
Community Member

Hello! I'm new here, i'm from Europe and don't know how the companies are going to pay and in wish way because here it's all dolars and i deal with euros daily so... i receive it in an account, i have to change it??! How it works?

Before you worry about getting paid, you need to worry about being scammed. With your current profile, you will not be hired, but only scammed. Go back to the top and read everything. Upwork explains everything, including what is your responsibility for money and taxes. When you are in business for yourself, you need to learn how to get and keep your money safe. Never depend on a platform to tell you about market exchange rates.

Hi there, Margarida,

I'm from Italy and have no problem in dealing with dollars on account. Yes, you just exchange them for euros - absolutely fine. Good luck!

86eeb9ce
Community Member

Add a video to your profile talking about your professional experience. 

 

9140645b
Community Member

Hello, I'm writing here because I don't know how to post in the forum about a new message. I woud like to warn you about a person who is called **Edited for Community Guidelines** and is working for **Edited for Community Guidelines**, I've made for them a 4-days job translation of images from English to Portuguese, and at the time of getting paid they're telling me that I have to pay a fee of 150 USD to clear out the currency for the payment. I'm trying to tell them that it doesn't work like this and they tell me that I have to pay a fee because the money are in the central bank of the country and if I don't pay the fee I can't get my salary, maybe is a scam, be careful!

FYI, Your post will be edited to eliminate identifiers. Accusations such as this are not allowed in the forum, for obvious reasons. And it's not their real name.

Of course, it is a scam. If you had taken the steps, all freelancers must take, and learned the basic rules, you would not be out of money now. I don't know what story they gave you about the funds being in some bank, but it's not real.

 

So, you had no Upwork contract, you broke the rules, which can cost you your ability to ever use Upwork again, and now you will never get paid for busy work. It was your choice.

 

If you want to be a freelancer, you need marketable skills. Your profile is private, but I know what's there.

 

No one can or will help you, because you willingly broke the rules. You will continue to be scammed if you don't learn the rules, and abide by them.

 

If you want to work hard, and follow the rules, go back to the post you skipped over and read every word and follow every link to the end.

 

When you see a scam, flag it and move on. The type of scam you are speaking of is in the job feeds every day and quite common.

Hello Jeanne,

I'm actually working hard, I would like to know what I have to do it to follow the rules, because I'm a professional translator and I've never found a serious job in Upwork, just a scam and another that was kind of prostitution.

 

Thank you

 

Andrea

 

Your profile is private, But I'm pretty sure I know what I would see.

 

How much more help do you need?

 

What do you have to do? Be an adult in business and learn the rules. Everything a freelancer needs to know is readily available. After reading the information, if you have questions, you can search for answers or ask in the forum.

 

My responses may seem sharp, and you may feel I don't want to help you. If you go through the top post and learn the rules, you will probably never encounter a scam. I can't follow everyone and make sure they don't get scammed. Along with many other freelancers, I can point the way to the massive amount of help from Upwork. I'm not promoting Upwork, but the work has been done. Yes, scams are more common than jobs. Protect yourself from the scams because no one, including Upwork, will do it for you. Knowledge gives you the power to protect yourself.

Hello Jeanne,

 

Thank you for your answer. Of course you can't follow everyone and I know that unfortunately there are a lot of scam (not only online), but I was thinking that a professional website like Upwork was checking all the people that they were giving jobs, from now on I'll pay more attention about these things. I'm not complaining if your answer are sharp, I've worked for long time in the kitchen and sometimes over there people answer very very sharply!๐Ÿ˜ It's not a fact  of being an adult or not, it's just a question of trust, especially when they promise that they pay a lot of money in a very short time. Thank you for your help anyway, Andrea๐Ÿ™‚

 

great info thankss

Tural Babashov
655be748
Community Member

Hello Jeanne,

I am interested in getting suggestions about my resume and continuing my up work journey. Any tips for me? I want to spend some extra time going beyond and learning new things in the freelancing industry.

-Faraz

Nice profile! It's refreshing to see a freelancer who has done the work to create a complete profile. Very professional.

I would change your introduction slightly, telling the client what you can do for them with your skills. Also, add more items to your portfolio.

 

I would suggest joining any of the groups that are relevant. There are country groups and some for different types of freelancers. Go through the Academy links and look for anything that might give you some ideas.

 

Upwork has lots of information on how to use the platform, but not much on being a real freelancer, who is looking to expand their skills. You will need to look outside of Upwork for going beyond.

 

You can reach out to others in your field and ask what training or courses they recommend. While there are numerous paid courses, there is so much free information online, it's not necessary to pay to learn. As you improve your skills, there may be a time when paying makes sense to thoroughly learn a new skill.

 

It helps to have a specialty. Develop skills within your current skill set. You will separate yourself from the many freelancers who have basic skills, as well as earn more money. If you don't see a niche, perhaps you can make a new one or offer a skill in a different way.

 

In your journey, make sure to choose your resources wisely. While Upwork and other established sources have reliable information, there are "advisors" and "experts" all over the 'net and even this forum who do not. Often times, the "advisors" have monetized their advice.

 

Read and listen. Learn all you can about freelancing and your particular field. Subscribe to blogs, podcasts and other sources of information on trends and future projections. Don't limit yourself to new information, because most of the advice still holds true. Learn all you can about freelancing, your profession, marketing, online safety, and advances in your field.

 

Thanks a lot Jeanee H

Thanks

 

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