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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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435052eb
Community Member

Manifesting to have my first project as a new freelancer ๐Ÿ™

8d8f31ce
Community Member

reach on me i may need more guiding and counselling realted freencler 

 

Did you have a question about how to use the platform?

usmanhaider42
Community Member

Jeanne H, you're doing amazing stuff here.

 

Please Help Me check this out.

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01c36cb040f8b2374f

I can see you have worked on your profile - good for you! And you have already had success here. You might consider lightening the background in your photo. It's too dark, and "you" get lost in the background. Just lighten it a bit or use any neutral color background.

 

The first line of the profile is the only part clients see, other than your name and skills. Instead of talking about the skills that are already listed, use the first sentence to tell the client what you can do for them with your skills. With the competition, you need something to stand out.

 

I am a seasoned Graphic Designer with a Knack for top notch creativity.

 

The client already knows you are a graphic designer. Instead, write the sentence telling the client how you can

do specific things for them, such as increase sales, decrease customer issues, lower costs by implementing quality control, etc. It's amazing how much you can put into a sentence without making it unreadable.

 

Do I resonate with your ideal talent? Shoot me a 'Hello Henry" into my DM. I don't use bullet proofs ๐Ÿ˜†

 

Remove this line. It is not professional.

 

Instead of a list, form into a paragraph or two, and add more detail about how you blend your education, hard skills, and talent to do impressive things. I'm curious, because you have a degree in architecture, but you are working in graphic design? You might consider ways to use your other skills, too.

 

Have a proofreader go over your profile, or at least use spellcheck and then check the work. There are a few spelling and grammar errors. While it's not crucial to have perfect writing as a graphic designer, the profile should be as close to perfect as possible.

 

You've had success here, and with some profile changes, hopefully you will attract even more.

a5780821
Community Member

Seems like a supporter of the scamming network.  (from: overqualified retiree that laughs at this "websites" attempt to be legitimate)

This thread is about how to use the platform safely. Because you are an inexperienced freelancer on this platform, you need to go back to the top, and read the post, and follow every link to the Upwork resources, and the Red Flags on Scams from Wes. The best way to avoid scams, and attract legitimate clients, is to have a complete, professional profile. If you use the Upwork resources, you will learn how to complete your profile, and hopefully find your first job.

b1728533
Community Member

Thanks

f1777334
Community Member

Thank you. This is very helpful as am new here.

5092eca4
Community Member

Milestone approved but Payment not showing under pending.

Client has released payment but it is not showing under pending or available funds. Contract says 

Milestones paid (1) :$65.00 but Total earnings :$0.00.
Contract ID: 37274716

You will have to deal with Upwork, as I do not have access to your case. Click on the three dots in the top right corner, where a menu will appear. Go to the bottom of the menu and click on "notify moderator" and explain your situation.

49cbb553
Community Member

Hi! i am here for an issue of work history updation. i have completed the job in feb 2024 and also withdrawn payment but it is not shown in the profile catalogue. I have attatched the screenshots well. kindly help me with that as it is disrupting my credibility. 

I can't help you with this situation, so I have asked a moderator for assistance for you. Hopefully, someone will respond soon.

 

I don't understand your question. If you withdrew it, then it will not show, because you didn't do the job.

 

Since you have a formal degree in nutrition, I advise you to use those skills, instead of data entry. I realize you have made a little money on data entry, but as a nutritionist, there are many more and better jobs available that come with better clients and better pay.

 

I suggest you change your photo. You need a neutral color background, because "you" are lost in the current photo. Have someone take a photo of your head and shoulders, facing the camera. Clients like to clearly see who they are working with. It also helps establish if you are legitimate in video calls that they can easily recognize you.

 

To write professionally, you need to be fluent in that language. You do not have a native/bilingual language listed, but there are many basic spelling and grammar errors all through your profile. You will not find clients to hire you for writing, but you will find plenty of scams. There are many thousands of writers here, and more than a few are excellent, and never make mistakes in their profile or in the work. You can't compete in this environment. While you won't be able to write, you can use your nutrition skills. You will have to use a native/bilingual proofreader, because the programs make too many errors, and the clients will be unhappy. Use the same for your profile.

 

Virtual assistant and data entry are the lowest paying jobs on Upwork, because things like data entry are not a skill. Anyone who can use a keyboard can do data entry. You have a professional degree, and there are jobs for genuine nutritionists. I suggest you focus on sustainable and better jobs. It's easy to get into the trap of low paying jobs like data entry, without realizing you have trapped yourself in bad jobs for the duration.

 

Separate your skills - do not mix data entry, etc. with nutrition. Instead of a professional nutritionist, it sounds like you are just throwing stuff until you are hired. I would remove the nutrition from the data entry and virtual assistant category, and don't mix them in the profile. Focus on your skills as a nutritionist. What can you do with that degree? Meal planning for one, a family, or a community event? Specialized diet for medical conditions? Focus on natal or geriatric nutrition? Find a way to stand out, and focus on the skills that will bring in real money, maybe not as often as data entry, but with better clients, and better pay.

 

 

 

 

wordpress_dr01
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Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹, can I get a review on my profile please ๐Ÿ™ 

If you haven't, go back to the top pinned post, and go through all of the Upwork resources, and the community information, especially the Red Flags on Scams from Wes. I suggest you use a plain, neutral color for the background in the photo. The background is too busy, and "you" get lost.

 

Change your skills title. Currently, you have

Top WordPress Designer | Admin Support | General Virtual Assistance 

 

It's great to have confidence, but you have no evidence you are a top designer. Drop "Top" and "General." Spell out "Admin."

 

The categories you work in are flooded. It takes offering something unique to get ahead of the many thousands in the same field. Virtual assistance is one of the lowest paying categories. Wordpress designer will yield better jobs.

 

:star:๏ธ:star:๏ธ:star:๏ธ:star:๏ธ:star:๏ธ ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

 

Remove this. First, the five stars are meaningless; you gave them to yourself. Second, never say you are Top Rated Virtual assistant & Professional Web Designer with 8 Years of experience in WordPress Design & Development always available. No professional is always available, and it smacks of being desperate. Clients hate desperate freelancers and either won't hire or will take advantage. Also, the first sentence is all the clients see in a search. Make it a powerful statement on what you can do for the client and how it will impact them. Tell potential clients what your skills, education, and dedication can do for them. Will it increase their ROI on ads? Does it increase viewers to the landing page? Are more people going to respond to a call to action?

 

Use the information you have further down in your profile, and condense the selling points into the first sentence.

 

You don't just need any website designer or VA on Upwork, you need a creative website designer with knowledge on SEO, graphics design, digital marketing and good attention to details, focusing on priorities while achieving your business goals.

 

Top Rated Virtual assistant & Professional Web Designer

 

Again, confidence is good, but you are not top rated, and the clients can see it. Your JSS is 81%, under the 90% required to be top rated. In addition, so many freelancers use 5 stars and top rated, when they are not, clients tend to gloss over those details.

 

Take the skills list and blend it into a paragraph. Use paragraphs, usually four is plenty, and you can highlight specific skills. Keep in mind that Wordpress is going to get you better clients than administrative assistant. Consider changing your pricing, to set apart the Wordpress work from virtual assistant. Currently, you are mixing all the skills together, and you will do better to keep them separate in your skills, and on the page.

 

Have a native/bilingual English speaker (because you have to use English in the profile) proofread your profile after the changes. There are multiple errors, and while it's not critical for you to have correct language, everything you can do to appear more professional is an advantage. 

 

You have had some success, and if you work on your profile, you will attract more clients and deter scammers, because they see a professional who will not fall for or cooperate with their scams.

 

 

46722831
Community Member

Thanks for the valuable advice! Increasing visibility as a freelancer is crucial, and your tips are really insightful. I'll definitely incorporate them into my strategy moving forward. :rocket:

faf09462
Community Member

"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."

6e368e6f
Community Member

After applying on Upwork, I did not receive the 50 free Connects. How can I get free Connects, and without Connects, I am unable to apply for jobs. Please help me get my free Connects! please help me

I will ask a moderator to address your concerns.

 

Please go back to the top pinned post, and read it, and follow every link. You are at high risk of being scammed. You need to redo your profile to make it professional. "Typist/Student" is not going to get you any legitimate jobs. If your typing skills are less than 100%, you will never find jobs with many thousands of competitors. In addition, you need to create a portfolio of works you own, or you have written permission from the client to use the material. Getting connects is not enough, because they will be wasted if you don't have hard skills and the money to run the business, including buying connects. Make sure you read and understand the Terms of Service and the Red Flags on Scams from Wes. Do not look at jobs until you create a solid profile. Leave "student" out, because the only ones who are impressed are the scammers.

 

celgins
Community Member

Upwork now requires new freelancers to subscribe to Freelancer Plus for $20 USD/month or purchase 100 Connects for $15 USD to submit the first proposal. After you fulfill this requirement, you will also get the 50 free Connects that freelancers traditionally receive when signing up.

 

Also, I'm in 100% agreement with Jeanne's message below. You should not purchase Connects and submit proposals until your profile is updated.

b9de02e7
Community Member

Hi! I'd be grateful for a quick peek at my profile. I have just started on Upwork, all the resources are ticked off, and I think I'm good to go but it can't hurt to double-check before I decide to invest in Connects. Thanks a lot!

I can see you have put effort into your profile, but it can be a lot better. The first line is all clients see in a search, so it must be a powerful statement of what you can do for the client with your skills.  Will it increase their production? Lower the costs of materials? Increase viewership? Result in more calls to action?

 

The introduction is far too short. Use three or four brief paragraphs to describe how your skills, education, and experience combine to help clients. Explain more about what you do for the games, because it might give a different client an idea that will result in hiring.

 

I understand not being able to use work because of NDA's. Although in a different field, most of my work is under strict NDA's. Be creative and come up with more items for your portfolio. It doesn't need to be long or detailed.

 

On the jewelry side, I would look through searchable titles, and consider making a change to the skills titles. When I searched using your jewelry skills titles, the results were not great. There are better titles to use for your skills. I would focus on either the business side of the jewelry or the creation of the jewelry, because I feel you need to focus on one aspect to attract clients. You can change your profile at any time, so if you discover more clients are leaning in one direction, you can put your attention there.

 

With a little work, you can have an excellent profile.

Thank you for your time and effort, reworking my profile will be way easier now. Much appreciated!

86ca63b7
Community Member

Isn't upwork free?

 

**Edited for Community Guidelines**

 

 I can't find a job for free?

Why would you think Upwork is free? This is a jobs platform. I suggest you spend some time researching and studying how to freelance before you jump in the deep end.

 

If you want to freelance, go back to the top pinned post, read it, and follow every single link. This is your complete profile -

 

I love to draw with pencils and watercolors, I love to create different characters in ZBrush drawing on a tablet. I really like this program. I like to design interiors, furniture and landscapes, and especially like to design gardens.

 

These comments are fine for social media, but all you will find here are scams. Having a professional profile is the best way to attract genuine clients and deter scammers. You are not prepared to freelance. I'm not being mean, I'm trying to help you. With millions of people on the platform with hard skills, you must be highly-skilled to compete.

 

I suggest you take a break from looking for work and assess what hard skills you bring to the marketplace. Your interests will never earn you a penny. Take some time to consider all of your skills, and whether they translate to online work. Perhaps you can find someone to mentor you in the art world, or you could trade work for lessons. Or, maybe you have other skills, but they don't work online.

 

Freelancing, no matter where you go or how you work, takes hard, marketable, in-demand skills, money to run the business, including connects, CV's, Internet, subscriptions, etc. It also takes time, patience, motivation, and again, those marketable skills. The only way around these facts, is to find an employer to take care of those costs for you.

Sarchazm...love it. If it would only sink in to ......pick a word

No sarcasm. Did you read my review? It's not sarcasm, half of the freelancers here really do think everything is free, and then get mad as hornets when they find they have to be responsible for themselves.

2297e2bc
Community Member

Best advice in the house!
READ Jeanne's full document FIRST!

link please

Go back to the top pinned post.

48faea77
Community Member

Hello Upwork Community members,

I am a Top Rated freelancer on Upwork and have met all the criteria for the Top Rated Plus status, except for the $10,000 earnings threshold. I currently have $9,500 in earnings, but my client has informed me that they will be leaving the Upwork platform, resulting in the closure of my contract before I reach the $10,000 threshold.

This situation is beyond my control, as it is the client's decision to leave Upwork. Given that I have fulfilled all other requirements, is it possible for me to still qualify for the Top Rated Plus badge despite not meeting the earnings threshold due to this unforeseen circumstance?

 

Muhammad Siddiq

No.

8d2393b4
Community Member

Hello there! 

Can I please get a review of my profile?

Thanks in advance! And thank you for this post. It's helpful.

8568874c
Community Member

hello my name is ebrahim i am happy i need to work with you

Take some time and go back to the top pinned post, read it and follow all of the links. Posting here for work shows that you do not understand how to use the platform. Until you do, you should not be looking for work. When you joined, you agreed to follow the Terms of Service. You need to understand what that means before working.

 

Your profile is barely there. Currently, you will not find jobs, but you will find scammers. I advise you not to accept invitations or apply for jobs until you understand all the rules, and have a complete profile. Scammers can see, just as I can, that you haven't done your job. This makes you a giant target for the scammers.

 

Data entry is a flooded field, and you are competing with many thousands of people, if not more. Your skills need to be excellent, and even then, the competition is very intense. Social media is in essentially the same category. You also list writing, but since you are not native or bilingual in any language, that will not work. Too many writers with excellent skills will win every time, because you do not have the skills. You list economics - what can you do with those skills? Or digital marketing? Remove writing and editing, because you cannot use translators or programs because you will anger clients and end up in disputes. I do not understand why you list social work, since you have no history or experience.

 

Take time out from looking for work to assess your skills. Honestly consider all of your skills. Do they translate to online jobs platforms? Everyone has skills, but not everyone can be a freelancer, or has skills that translate to online money.

 

If you decide you are ready to freelance, make sure you understand the Terms of Service and the Red Flags on Scams from Wes. These links are in the first post.

 

 

 

Ignorance really is bliss, and dangerous too. People just want to put the minimum amount of effort into this platform, and expect sunshine and roses, without having to understand anything. Dudn't work like that, bud. Enough said.

 

As Jeanne said, get on board, or get out.

f84ef923
Community Member

that was usefull thanks

 

abhinavrana52
Community Member

How do i stay awake when I work in an IT company as business executive My role is straight forward bid on projects and generta leads but the thing is when I work on upwork and say I look Shopify and related ecomm projects the company demands that I qurate a story board and not focus on sending similar work links I have worked with on a differr=ent agency 

I mean I find it waste of time to write an essay for a simiple development job when I can share the exact work and explain as to what I did on this project and hopefully get lead 

My question for all is what should I do work like my company asks me ignor them and continue working like I used to do?

Also I have to beg them to buy connect for me to actually apply for the jobs

 

and all my proposals are undergoing agency so I can even add catalogs on that Id 

 

 

 

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But now I'm using my own Id on  upwork and get to apply as an individual freelancer on jobs that I'm confiedent I can do with one of my friends and I aim to work independatenly by the end of this year and have that flexibility to work on my own terms and get a long term client to support my family 

 

I know if I can only make 1000$ usd in a month with taxes paid I'll be more than happy and satisfied

 

what do you all think

 

BTW I'm already a Post graduate who gave up on codeing when covid started and I haven't touched and lang till day but I still remeber bits about python and azure so I'm going to opt for online certification for python and get my skills back asap

 

well that's the plan but time is of essence at the moment I would really appriciate your guideance mind you I want to keep working with any agency till I get my first 1K$ from upwork then I might wait for 2-3 months and call it quits to work with any agency and do freelancing full time.

How do i stay awake when I work in an IT company as business executive

 

I'm not sure if you are looking for tips or what, but it might receive answers in the "Coffee Break" forum.

 

Because you have been working at an agency on Upwork, you need to go back to the top pinned post and read it, and follow every link. You need to understand all of the rules before you freelance on your own. It's very different working for someone else, and being self-employed.

 

Do everything you can to increase your skills and offer current methods. Learn about your field until you are highly skilled.

 

Only you can decide if you want to continue in your current situation and for how long. Consider your options carefully, and proceed in the way that benfits you the most now, and into the future.

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