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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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William, I tolerate your snide insults, your nasty comments, your BS, your fabrications, and I have never threatened to try and get you banned. I thought we were all adults, and obviously I was wrong. Enough.

 

You have no right to tell other freelancers when, where, or to whom they may comment. You are the only one trolling here, with your insistence on posting off-topic, over everything that is said, and then throwing a fit and wanting people banned because they dare post. Unacceptable. You are the one who constantly posts off-topic, in some bizarre take over attempt of this thread.

 

Well, if you keep insulting and threatening other freelancers, I will be talking to management. I have never had to make this statement before, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

 

You made an error. I don't give a hoot what you say about me, my profile, my life, or my knowledge of AI. Why would I? You blew all respect when you started telling freelancers how they must do as you say or die. Then the constant attempts to derail this thread. And then you start insulting and threatening anyone who doesn't kiss your ring. I have little tolerance for bullies. If you feel better about yourself by degrading others, then you keep it between me and you. I'm the one you seem to hate for some reason, so leave others alone. Continue threatening other freelancers, and we have a problem.

 

 

83487c00
Community Member

Thank you for this very insightful post Jeanne. I've been on Upwork for over a year but I'm realizing I've been skipping a few steps.

8e8f6428
Community Member

I need the attention of Upwork's web site design engineers to look into my problem of edits, or corrections on my profile's education and work history sections not being reflected or saved.

 

Also, at my first visit to your website during my registration, the design of the typing window /space was problematic to manoveur or work with. It scrolls inwardly as one types from the right to the left, and was so narrow and does not permit a preview scroll for Proofreading and editing of typed in text thereafter. The visual effects of all these was a strain on my eyes and made my work, error prone and difficult to correct. I have attempted over 20 times to correct these embarrassing errors on these sections of my profile.

 

I need your urgent attention please.

Hi Akubue,

 

Weโ€™ve escalated your community post to a support ticket. One of our agents will be in touch with you soon to assist.


~ AJ
Upwork
8e8f6428
Community Member

Attention Jhon:Address on privacy and data security. 

II read your apt responses on some digest posts and felt it was right to share my thoughts on these issues. 

 

Well, I feel that Upwork's public publishing of freelancers' live locations is somewhat of a privacy breach, and expose to Insecurity of data. I say this, and make this suggestion in line with their prompt to me, during my initial registration that they will not expose my residential address.

 

I hereby suggest that they make public only their members' live state of location and country, which is broader, and less private and data secure than the contrary made public to all search viewers. However, clients in active contract with a Freelancer can be supplied the added information if necessary and so desired. 

 

A client also once pointed out this same observation to me. Please take note. 

 

Thanks for your cooperation. 

f71d113e
Community Member

please give me some tips,, how can I get my first client from upwork?

Go back to the pinned top post, read it and follow every link. Your current profile is a beacon to scammers. You need more information, divided into paragraphs. The top line is all clients see in a search, so you must make it something that tells the client why you will do better than anyone else. No greetings, no names. Tell the client why you are a better choice. For example, "I am an expert at writing advertising for purple widgets, and have increased my client's profit margins on the products.

 

When you read the top post, pay special attention to the Terms of Service and the Red Flags on Scams from Wes. You have to protect yourself, because no one, including Upwork, will do it for you.

 

Some people will tell you to use Chat programs, but you need to focus on the basics before you do a thing on the platform, including applying for a job.

fazza79
Community Member

I can't find a job more than a month, and I have years of experience and more than 70 jobs behind me. Never been worse.

Aleksandar,

 

Please modify your Summary into four compelling paragraphs with a focus on the first sentence since it appears in client search and add a Project Catalog. Also consider upskilling to more in-demand skills because generative AI is reducing the demand for your job category unless you are using these AI tools to take things to a higher level for the client. Think best value for the client.

Many excellent freelancers have been finding no work here. It isn't just you.

 

While your profile is not the official Upwork way, and doesn't conform to the advice, I'm extremely hesitant to tell you to change it since you obviously have had great success with your current profile. If you have had steady clients up until a month ago, it's not your profile.

 

Upwork allowed anyone to be a freelancer and gives 50 connects per person, per signup. The flood of unskilled created a terrible ratio of clients to freelancers. You are fortunate your business has not been impacted until now.

Before taking anyone's advice, look at the whole picture. There are many issues you need to investigate before making a decision about use using any ChatGPT, etc. including the ability to copyright. Don't believe me, or anyone else. Learn and decide what's best for you and your business, and proceed accordingly.

 

I would suggest using other platforms and/or the physical world. Spread your possible forms of income, because you never know what will happen. If you feel you want to change your profile, use the links in the top post to Upwork resources. You can hover over them with the cursor to see where they lead. With your experience, I can almost guarantee you the dearth of jobs is not about you.

 

The world will never be as it was before COVID. It is killing 500 people a day in the U.S. and is the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. The financial repercussions are still ongoing as well. One of the results was many millions of people trying to work online.

Anonymous-User
Not applicable

Upwork allowed anyone to be a freelancer and gives 50 connects per person, per signup. The flood of unskilled created a terrible ratio of clients to freelancers. 

And Upwork takes them even faster. Even a Pro account doesn't improve this. With this number of job offers, we should send at least 10 job applications per day! That's an average of 80-120 connects a day! So you only need to invest about $20 a day for this. What for? After all, both the client and the freelancer pay a commission! Upwork itself admits that its employees evaluate job offers and decide how much the connections will cost. But what's the point of charging 16 connects for a $100 deal from a new customer? And 8 connects from reporting for $1,000? Any logic? I myself took part in an offer with an hourly rate for which you can earn $100 - 8 connects, but the bidding for a place at the top of the list - 60!!! Doesn't this look like fraud?

This is a scam because it definitely looks like it's AI and not a human activity as Upwork suggests. Upwork certainly has its share of the benefits of โ€œscams.โ€ Because people have lost connections to jobs that didn't result in hires, but remain open on Upwork for years and retain connections from freelancers. Why? Because Upwork earns $0.15 per connection. So, as you can see, Jeanne, it's not always the freelancer's fault that they can't move. Upwork is trying to milk us from every angle, but as you write, they don't have to take care of us. A bad farmer is one who does not take care of his cows!!! In my opinion, the PRO plan should provide unlimited submissions. 

What you wrote is not true: no platform for freelancers checks clients. I know a few. But I don't know of any other than Upwork that charge a job application fee.

Regards

P.S.

As for fraud and milking users. I would like to remind you that the greats in the Internet world did this and then even stood up to the Senate committee. Facebook - selling data, user photos, etc

Upwork is not a farmer, and freelancers are not cows. Freelancers would be more akin to millions of pieces of gravel.

 

Please explain how charging a job access fee is related to selling data, user photos, etc.

 

There are nearly 150 platforms on the 'net, and that's the ones I've found. There are different rules and policies. Of course, there are other platforms don't have scams. That's why I use them.

 

As for the money, it doesn't change no matter where you go, including the physical world. You have to pay your way. Every self-employed person has business expenses. The device you use for work, Internet, electric, a place to work, and all the expenses you have to pay, including in some cases, job access. No, Upwork is not the only place to charge an access fee. The difference is in the number of scams and real jobs, where Upwork loses.

c27576b1
Community Member

Thanks for the information.

sirajyesuf
Community Member

Hi William T C,

I need your help. A few months ago, my account received a lot of invitations daily. I am a top-rated freelancer with a 5-star rating, but now I don't even see good jobs in my feed. and zero invitations.

It would be really great if you could take a look at my profile and give me some advice.

Regards,

Siraj Yesuf

There are many freelancers who are not receiving invitations or jobs.You are not alone.

 

However, there are steps you can take to improve your profile. Instead of graphics/emojis, form the writing into paragraphs. The clients only see the top line in the searches, so no greetings, no names. Write a sentence that tells the client what you will do with your skills that is better than the rest. Remove the part about being a top rated freelancer. The clients can see your rating, no need to list. And remove the "five stars" as well. The stars, and public feedback, have little to nothing to do with your JSS. It is unnecessary and doesn't read well professionally. The introduction should be longer, with more about what you will do with your skills, rather than just stating your skills. Take the individual lines and write paragraphs with similar skills grouped together. You have had success, but if you improve your profile, you may find more clients.

 

 

Hi Siraj,

 

Please use two Skills in the Title, write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary minus the emoticons with a focus on the first sentence because it appears in client search. Add a Project Catalog. Always do the work in a way that will get 5-Star reviews with a writeup.

 

Always continue to upskill to hot in-demand Skills in your niche. I have studied about two hours a day this year to stay on top of client needs so more Jobs are available.

f98317be
Community Member

Can someone help me here, I am working on client website name **Edited for Community Guidelines**as a content writer. But this site is not getting ranked. Somebody have ideas to overcome that problems.

Thanks.

Moazam,

 

A biography should be on either Facebook or Instagram since there is no real need for a website. Websites will become more buried due to SGE announced by Google for 2024.

f98317be
Community Member

I received the order as a content writer for**Edited for Community Guidelines**through Upwork but I'm confused about how to cash out the first payment. Can somebody share their 1st experience?

Do I understand correctly that this job is for a content writer?

 

You are a background removal expert, not a writer. I'm sorry, but your profile does not read like a native or bilingual English writer, and is full of basic errors. Freelancers get into great trouble when they take jobs in unrelated fields, where they do not have skills. If you are a background removal expert, then you should do that. When the client sees your profile, riddled with basic errors, they are not going to believe anything you say.

 

Think about your skills honestly. If you don't have more than what's showing, you will be scammed and lose it all.

 

If you are serious about freelancing, you need marketable skills, money to run the business, including connects, time, patience, motivation, and again, marketable skills. If you don't have them, you will fail.

 

Read this post to learn about how to use the platform safely.

spxpert
Community Member

This is a great post,  it deserves to be in the Blogs section.  Please do a justice and give this post the respect it deserves.  Publish it as a blog post,  you never know how many freelancers it might help

1b5ab4c9
Community Member

Please examine my profile as I haven't had any employment offers in the last few months.
I tried everything, but it wasn't successful for me.

Can you please help me?

 

Awaiting your response.

 

Best wishes

Belayhun,

 

Please use two Skills in the Title, write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary, and add a Project Catalog.

 

Upgrade your Skills to in-demand skills to qualify for more Jobs.

First, you are not top rated plus, so why do you have this listed? You have no jobs.

 

Go back to the top post, and read it and use every link. You will find nothing but scams with your profile.

4f7f4d5b
Community Member

Freelancer friends, I want to share something that happened to me These two people ((**Edited for Community Guidelines**))
(( **Edited for Community Guidelines**)) they contacted me under a false contract only to provide them with information about my previous clients, that is, information about the projects I have worked on previously, luckily for me one did not accept it and the other I gave information about a personal Facebook account that I had created some time ago, when I accepted the contract and sent him the information he requested, he completely disappeared and he did not respond to a single message, but it could be a scammer who asks for private information and then take advantage in any way, please do not provide information that violates the privacy of the clients you already have. If you want to hire them it will be because of their record or their credibility. I know there are times when we despair and although Upwork protects us, the wolves are lurking to see who falls into despair. Good luck to all God bless you

I hope you will be alright. Just never share personal information with anyone on Internet.

 Upwork does not protect you, you must protect yourself. The scammers can only feast when people break the rules. Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms are full of scams, and you can't trust anyone, even here. You have to assume that every client and freelancer is a scammer, until proven otherwise. Use the post pinned to the top and learn before you lose everything. It's not wolves waiting to see who despairs, it is scammers who will take your very breath if they could sell it.

aabd_elnaaem
Community Member

Please . what does this mean for a freelancer(Payment in escrow released thanks)

It means the money has been released. Now there will be a five day or so "security hold" unless you have other arrangements.

4170c387
Community Member

Could you please visit my profile and let me know about any thing missing in my profile. One more thing how i will optimize my profile to attract clients.

Awaiting your response.

 

Best wishes
Fredrick Waihenya

Fredrick,

 

Please use three Skills in the Title, write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary with a focus on the first sentence because it appears in client search, and add a Project Catalog.

Your profile is a beacon to scammers, who can tell, just as I can, that you haven't used the best practices and are a target for scammers.

 

You only have one sentence, the first, to grab the client's attention. Use searchable skills for your titles. In addition, there are many things you must learn to avoid scams and attract legitimate clients, so use the top post pinned for all of Upwork and community member resources on scams.

a90e9781
Community Member

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~012b1f4edd51b6f71f    Kindly tell me what I doing wrong. It's been months since I landed a job.

Ibrahim,

 

Write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary minus the emoticons with a focus on the first sentence because it appears in client search and add a Project Catalog. Click the Academy link to learn about other success tips.

I am not getting impressions or profile views and I can't even see my profile on search. How will these response solve my issue when my profile isn't even getting viewd in the first place

Follow the instructions - that's how the site works.

 

I average 2,000 monthly profile views with those instructions.

" Write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary minus the emoticons with a focus on the first sentence because it appears in client search and add a Project Catalog. Click the Academy link to learn about other success tips."  can you please break this statement down?

Start by clicking the Academy link above and follow their directions.

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~012b1f4edd51b6f71f

 

  Already made changes, what do you think William?     

The first Summary sentence needs to be more compelling. Write a sentence that would make a client buy your services or at least message you.

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