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careerbyrala
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Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
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Good morning,I am new and have been registered as a Freelancer on Upwork for several months. I am not sure I did the right thing, as so far nobody approached me even. What am I missing ? I am new and need a lot of support. Thanks - Rala

kam_andru
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Kamarudheen C Member Since: Jan 16, 2021
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Hi Rala, 

It quite usual for most of the freelancers on Upwork, you have a good-looking work profile and experience, the only thing you need to do is keep trying and be patient.

 

Maybe you can add related images of career coaching in your portfolio, like if you do offline training add photos of them, or add signed appreciation letters from your clients, etc.

 

I have been on Upwork for months and only have completed 3 jobs yet, I think I need to learn more about submitting an attractive cover letter and developing my profile more unique and professional.

 

Wishing you successful freelancing on Upwork.

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careerbyrala
Active Member
Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
3 of 14

Good afternoon Kamarudheen, I truly appreciate your answer. I am not sure how much you were able to see from my profile. I did fill all the requirements, letter from clients praising my work. I spent at least 8 hrs preparing my profile. It has been almost 2 months, I have not even received an enquiry. I wish Upwork Customer Support can get in touch with me to let me know what I am missing and get feedback. 

I truly appreciate your message. 

Best regards

Rala

martina_plaschka
Community Guru
Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
4 of 14

Rala B wrote:

Good afternoon Kamarudheen, I truly appreciate your answer. I am not sure how much you were able to see from my profile. I did fill all the requirements, letter from clients praising my work. I spent at least 8 hrs preparing my profile. It has been almost 2 months, I have not even received an enquiry. I wish Upwork Customer Support can get in touch with me to let me know what I am missing and get feedback. 

I truly appreciate your message. 

Best regards

Rala


Are you saying that you haven't sent any proposals to job postings from clients? You need to start doing that. As your profile is set to private, it can't be found in search results, not that this matters a lot, because clients will rarely hire newbies without a work history by invitation. 

careerbyrala
Active Member
Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
5 of 14
Thank you for your guidance, all this time I thought clients will approach
me. Now I know I have to make a bid. I would like to thank you once again.
prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 14

re: "all this time I thought clients will approach me."

 

Many experienced freelancers do not proactively send proposals or bid on jobs. We have more than enough work coming from private invites, clients inviting us from search results, and repeat clients.

 

But a new freelancer on Upwork needs to apply to job postings.

careerbyrala
Active Member
Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
7 of 14

Thanks for your guidance. I am still trying to figure out. Glad that I got some replies and directions. I went through the jobs what surprised me that many are under $8 p/h some are even $2 p/h is that acceptable ? Thanks - RB

careerbyrala
Active Member
Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
8 of 14

Thanks Martina, I will follow the steps. Now I understand it better. Regards

mtngigi
Community Guru
Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Rala B wrote:

Good afternoon Kamarudheen, I truly appreciate your answer. I am not sure how much you were able to see from my profile. I did fill all the requirements, letter from clients praising my work. I spent at least 8 hrs preparing my profile. It has been almost 2 months, I have not even received an enquiry. I wish Upwork Customer Support can get in touch with me to let me know what I am missing and get feedback. 

I truly appreciate your message. 

Best regards

Rala


Rala,

 

Do you understand how this site works? Clients post jobs, freelancers bid on jobs they're interested in by writing proposals. Upwork's customer service has nothing to do with this. If you haven't bid on any jobs, I suggest you read all the information Upwork provides so you know and understand the steps you have to take to win jobs and start working. If you have bid on jobs and not gotten any responses, that isn't something customer service will help you with either.

careerbyrala
Active Member
Rala B Member Since: Jan 26, 2021
10 of 14

No, I did not bid on any job until I read the message. But what surprises me that most jobs are under $8 p/h and some $2 p/h - I know in other countries $2 might be a fortune for them but not in North America. This means we are competing with very low rates. What do you suggest ? Thanks