Reply
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply

Will upwork require a minimum hourly rate?

ameshkin69
Active Member
Amir M Member Since: Apr 26, 2016
1 of 16

It is incredibly hard to find work when there are people on this site that charge $3 an hour.  I am a talented web developer that usually charges $75 an hour.  I dropped my rate to $25 an hour, and then to $10 an hour but no one will give me a chance.

I've tried for 3 weeks to find just one job, and I've had no luck.


And then I read complaints about freelancers who don't know what they're doing.   You get what you pay for. If someone is charging $3 an hour, then that should be your first red flag.

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER
2 of 16

Set your rates back to what you think you're worth. You can't compete on price and that is okay, because those charging $3 per hour are not your competition.

View solution in original post

turbocro
Community Leader
Igor S Member Since: Apr 8, 2015
3 of 16

Amir,

 

I have checked your portfolio and I'm sure you are a capable developer, it just take time to land first job on new site, especially in such crowded category as web development.

 

Maybe for start try going after fixed price jobs, after you won few jobs it will be a lot easier to get another one with some on site history to back up your bids...

 

Also I would like to warn you that you can't have link to your personal site on Upwork profile, you can send that link to clients in application but you must delete it from main profile overview text. 

 

ameshkin69
Active Member
Amir M Member Since: Apr 26, 2016
4 of 16

Thank you. I was not aware of that.  I will remove that link.

I need to spend more time perhaps on getting better pictures for the sites I've done.  The ones I have now are widescreen and taken from my portfolio.

lysis10
Community Guru
Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
5 of 16

I eat $3/hour people for breakfast. 

tlbp
Community Guru
Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
6 of 16

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/How-can-fixed-rates-be-so-low/m-p/183113/highlight/true#...

 

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/Top-Excuses-for-Not-Making-Sales/m-p/184339#M106703

 

Blaming the competition really won't get you far. 

You can compete like everyone else who chooses to freelance, demonstrate that you are worth the rate you seek. When you choose to be an independent contractor you choose to give up salary guarantees and minimums.  

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
7 of 16

Igor is right. You need to getting on the playing field with a few fixed-price contracts for small projects that receive positive feedback.

 

Don't even bid on hourly contracts until you do some fixed-price jobs first.

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
8 of 16

Amir: Why does your location show up as [blank], United States?

 

It looks like you are lying about where you live.

 

Everybody else has the name of a city. You have a blank.

 

(I don't think you're lying... But I don't like seeing that blank.)

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
9 of 16

@Preston H wrote:

Amir: Why does your location show up as [blank], United States?

 

It looks like you are lying about where you live.

 

Everybody else has the name of a city. You have a blank.


 Some places are not worth mentioning.

-----------
"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
ameshkin69
Active Member
Amir M Member Since: Apr 26, 2016
10 of 16

My full address is now in the system, but when I look at my profile, it just says United States.

I live blocks away from the white house.  

TOP SOLUTION AUTHORS
TOP KUDOED MEMBERS