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kisses_lumpas
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Kisses Marie L Member Since: Apr 15, 2016
1 of 6

It seems that some of the clients hired a people who already worked experience in this site even some of the new freelancer has a perfect output profile. I would say give chance to others so that they can show their skills.

chris_macartwork
Community Guru
Chris M Member Since: May 6, 2015
2 of 6

It's difficult to get your first contract on Upwork, or any freelancer platform for that matter,  when you are new to the platform. It took months for me to secure my first contract - before Elance merged into Upwork. I sent scores of proposals and eventually got some work. After the first contract was secured I gradually got more contracts - but it was a slow process.

 

Every freelancer was a newbie once and you can't expect experienced freelancers to just stop bidding for work to allow, as you said, 'give chance to others'.

 

Work on your profile, try to provide specialised skills, and persevere. Nothing is easy - especially in the freelancing world.

 

I tried to see your profile - but it's set to private. I hope you have some work experience before going freelance? Clients want experienced freelancers - freelancers who have experience outside freelancing - and / or a freelancing job history.

 

Good luck.

 

 

boshoffirene
Community Guru
Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
3 of 6

As a freelancer, I AM a business...my business...a business of one. As a freelancer, I am out to make money. As a freelancer, I do not run a charity organization. As a freelancer, I have bills to pay. As a freelancer, I will bid on the projects that I want and for which I feel I am a good fit. As a freelancer, I am not going to stand aside and say...ok don't hire me hire so-and-so because they have earned less than me.

 

Quite frankly, I don't care what someone else earns. I don't care where they come from or what their capabilities are. What do I care about? Getting the job, doing it so well that the client comes back for more, and getting paid.

 

Sorry, I feel for those that are not able to secure any clients, but on the other hand, I worked darn hard for my tiny little slice of the pie...and intend on doing so in future.

yowiedesign
Community Guru
Craig A Member Since: Jan 18, 2016
4 of 6

I agree with Chris and Irene on this. You will find most people on here will readily offer any advice they can to help out another, but no-one is going to step away from work so another freelancer can have a go.

We all have our bills to pay, and our businesses to run.

 

My advice, you need to make this case to your potential clients, not us. Convince them that you are worth taking a chance on. You wil have much greater success if you can show them why they should hire you, rather than trying to convince everyone else to withdraw from the race.

mariawicz5
Community Guru
Maria A Member Since: Apr 6, 2016
5 of 6

Just give it time. Although it stinks for less expereinced newcomers, I can see from a client's perspective that they want to spend their money on the strongest freelancers with proven results. You may have to take a few lower-paying jobs just to build up your reputation.

magreth
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Maggie C Member Since: Jul 20, 2015
6 of 6

Wait until you are the experienced freelancer.

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