@Anita F wrote:
I just need to know if I am on the right track. Any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Very quick, I just read your profile diagonally but:
- 20+ yr English Teacher for proofreading/editing
- $15.00 /hr
No way. 20+ years of experience and a low price is not consistent.
- forum writing
You mean fake forum posts writing? And before you say anything, sorry but this is mostly what forum writing is. You will find such jobs here, plenty of them. They pay peanuts (sometimes) or not at all (mostly), because they are scammers in the first place (who else wants fake posts on forums?)
"I just stumbled upon this site and I am excited to be able to provide my services to so many different areas!! I am now retired from teaching, so I am extremely flexible with respect to my working hours. "
What? Get rid of this, like really. And if you're a proofreader, avoid double punctuations.
You need a portfolio.
Thank you for you input. Will make the necessary changes. Do you have a suggestion for a rate that would be appropriate for me? I was taking into consideration I have not completed any jobs on this site. Thanks again for the input!!!
Anita, browse the profiles of other writers, here on the forums and by searching them on Upwork. See what they charge and compare with your own experience.
Don't fall in the trap of accepting cheap jobs in order to get started, I swear, you'll regret it later when your profile will be full of cheap rate history.
Read all this first (I mean seriously, all of this, and twice): Getting Started on Upwork
Then, once you're done, read this: freelancetowin.com
Just to add to what has already been said: As a freelancer, you'll generally need to make more to account for taxes, insurance, software like Quickbooks, etc.
Being new on this platform means less than many people think it does. You have quite a bit of experience. You're a professional. If you present yourself as such, you can command a reasonable rate even with your lack of Upwork history.
Everything Rene said in a nutshell. Also, remember, you are a freelancer now, not a teacher. Teacher's wages are ridiculous. You know this very well. The idea is to make a living wage, not the same peanuts the government was willing to pay you before.