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django_expert
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what is the advantage of having a person in network on Upwork profile?

I want to add some random people having the same skills. what type of conversation can I have with them?

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mdbutnayem
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Having a person in your network on your Upwork profile can provide several advantages:

  1. Social proof: Having connections on Upwork shows that you are an active member of the community and have established relationships with other freelancers and clients. This can help build trust with potential clients who are considering hiring you.

  2. Referrals: Your network can refer potential clients to you, increasing your chances of landing new projects. If someone in your network is approached with a project that is a better fit for your skills, they may refer the client to you.

  3. Collaborations: Your network can be a valuable resource for finding collaborators on projects that require multiple skills or expertise. By working with other freelancers, you can expand your portfolio and offer more services to clients.

  4. Learning opportunities: Your network can also provide opportunities for learning and professional development. You can connect with other freelancers who have more experience or expertise in your field and learn from their successes and challenges.


MD N wrote:

Having a person in your network on your Upwork profile can provide several advantages:

  1. Social proof: Having connections on Upwork shows that you are an active member of the community and have established relationships with other freelancers and clients. This can help build trust with potential clients who are considering hiring you.


Let me guess - your whole post was AI generated? There's no truth to this - clients can't see your network, so it has no impact on whether they hire you or not.


Christine A wrote:

MD N wrote:

Having a person in your network on your Upwork profile can provide several advantages:

  1. Social proof: Having connections on Upwork shows that you are an active member of the community and have established relationships with other freelancers and clients. This can help build trust with potential clients who are considering hiring you.


Let me guess - your whole post was AI generated? There's no truth to this - clients can't see your network, so it has no impact on whether they hire you or not.


lol it is. The ones that do the numbered lists are always ChatGPT. lol


Jennifer M wrote:


lol it is. The ones that do the numbered lists are always ChatGPT. lol


It's also kind of a giveaway when the response is BS.

Yeah, point 1 seems to be generated by AI.

When I see posts like this, I'm not surprised the poor crime crusader in Australia was labeled the evil villain.

fca8eb72
Community Member

Easy peasy!
I once thought adding people of the same niche to my network would increase my competition rate but, no that isn't the case.

The typical conversation you can have with them include:

  • Appreciating them for the kind of services they are offering.
  • Networking on purpose in other to know what the person knows in your skill that you may not know (especially with Top earners).
  • Asking questions relating to how you can probably partner as an agency to better increase your visibility (if you are new to the platform and need jobs).

    Among this and many other conversations, you can strike with your connections.
    I hope this answers your question.

While I appreciate your efforts to help others, I disagree strongly with part of your advice.

 

I have had my fill of freelancers who do what you suggest and want me to "give tips" "write my profile" 'write my proposals" and the always flooding, "give me job." When you network, everyone should bring something to the table. If freelancers want to learn skills, there are dozens of free, easy accessible excellent business and freelancing advice available for free. Freelancers should not ask, expect, or demand that an experienced freelancer "help them."

 

I'm always amazed at those who feel it's unfair for some to succeed. We all started at the bottom with no Upwork experience, no job history, and nothing but our skills.

 

Also, no matter how much Upwork tries to make me, I am not starting an agency to corral a bunch of inexperienced and lazy freelancers who have little to no skills. Then I can get a bunch of jobs and use my credentials while giving the clients work someone else did, isn't getting paid much for, and then I have to fix all the problems. There are plenty of "agencies" and farmers out there as it is. I highly caution any freelancer, especially new ones, before jumping into an "agency." You have to be honest with yourself. If you can't get a job with your skills, why do you think an "agency" would want you? They want inexperienced people because they don't know the rules and are easily manipulated and cheated.

 

Are all agencies like this? Of course not. However, after extensive work with freelancers over the last two years, the majority of "agencies" I encountered are only really benefitting the owner. None of the freelancers receive credit or can build their own path and career. Upwork couldn't care less, so freelancers have to protect themselves. No one should join an agency before asking the same things that are in the Terms of Service. Freelancers need to see the agencies rules for everything before accepting. Just because someone works   within Upwork does not mean they are good at what they do, are honest, decent, or are not out there to use new and inexperienced people for their own devices.

django_expert
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can I discuss what is their approach to landing new jobs on Upwork?

NOTE: I never ask for a job or client referral from m network. I just wanted to use this network feature to learn more about my skills, like how clients approach to a freelancer about their project and what they want for their projects considering my field-related skills.

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