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New Freelancer on Upwork

Hello everyone. My name is Chloe and I am a new freelancer on Upwork. I have been applying and submitting proposals but only had one response that went quiet on me. I am keen to connect with other freelancers and get some good advice about how to get started. Much appreciated. 

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Hi Chloe T.,

Getting the first job on any freelance site is a bit difficult. Even if you have a good experience.

So, How to get a job?

According to my experience...

  • Target some countries clients. Try to be online more when your clients are working.
  • Try to apply as soon as the job is posted. Because at that moment they are also online. At that time you will have more chances to get job.
  • Target as small clients as possible in the beginning.
  • Apply immediately if any client has urgent work.
  • Make a minimum bid for the initial few jobs. (approx 1 to 5 jobs)

I also check these lists before applying for a job post.

  • Payment Method Verified.
  • 4+ Clients Rating.
  • 75%+ Hiring Rate.

Mostly, I will apply for 5-6 countries job posts only.
This is just my practice. So far I have not met any scammers.


Before starting the work...

Know what not to do here.

For Example...

  • Don't go outside UpWork no matter who calls you. Do the work in UpWork.
  • Do not share any of your personal contact information.
  • Don't ask for money/5 star rating in message box. and etc.

If you need an answer to any question, search your question first in the community. If you don't get an answer, post your question. Because you will get late reply when you post.


Take some time and check out these courses



Important for data entry workers

Check this Expert talk

Identifying & Avoiding Scams : https://community.upwork.com/t5/Videos/Identifying-amp-Avoiding-Scams/ta-p/1088711


This is my opinion. I hope this message helps you.

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Thanks to Cloe I got valuable insight from Vijayakumar on how to land on jobs.


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