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Hello everyone how are you I am a new freelancer what can I do here to get more work. I have experience in data entry and have experience in graphics also creating business cards logos etc
Hello Abdul! Welcome to Upwork, and congratulations on starting your freelancing journey. Getting a job on Upwork or any freelancing platform can be competitive, but with the right approach, you can increase your chances of landing projects. I would suggest the followings:
- Make sure your Upwork profile is complete and professional.
- Showcase your work in your Upwork portfolio.
- List your relevant skills and any certifications you may have.
- Browse through job categories that match your skills and interests. You mentioned data entry and graphics, so search for jobs related to those areas.
- When you find a job that interests you, submit a well-crafted proposal.
- Consider your pricing strategy. While you want to be competitive, don't undervalue your work. Charge a rate that reflects your skills and experience.
- Landing your first few jobs may take time and persistence. Don't get discouraged by initial rejections; keep refining your approach and applying for jobs.
Remember, building a successful freelancing career takes time and effort. Be patient, stay committed, and continuously improve your skills and profile to increase your chances of getting more work. Good luck!
Hi I just signed in to Upwork today.
I really need a job desperately.
Please help me go through my profile to know what I am missing and message me here for advice: **Edited for Community Guidelines**
How did you get you first job on Upwork?
I'd love to hear from you, so I can be guided.
Winning your first client on Upwork can be an exciting milestone in your freelance career. Here are some key strategies to help you succeed:
Create a Polished Profile: Ensure that your Upwork profile is complete and professional. Include a clear and concise overview of your skills, experience, and expertise. Add a professional photo and showcase your portfolio or relevant work samples.
Craft a Compelling Proposal: When submitting proposals for jobs, take the time to tailor each one to the specific project and client. Highlight your relevant skills and experience, demonstrate your understanding of the client's needs, and explain how you can add value to their project.
Provide Social Proof: If you have previous work experience or positive client feedback outside of Upwork, include it in your profile or proposal. This can help build trust and credibility with potential clients.
Start with Lower Rates: Consider starting with competitive rates to attract clients and build your reputation on the platform. As you gain more experience and positive reviews, you can gradually increase your rates.
Focus on Niche Expertise: Specializing in a specific niche or industry can make you stand out from the competition. Clients often prefer freelancers who have deep knowledge and experience in their specific field.
Be Responsive and Professional: Respond promptly to client inquiries and messages. Maintain a professional and courteous communication style throughout the hiring process.
Leverage Upwork Resources: Take advantage of Upwork's freelancer resources, such as tutorials, webinars, and community forums. These can provide valuable insights and tips on how to succeed on the platform.
Could you please click on my name and send me a PM with the email address associated with the account you're referring to? I'll take a closer look and assist you accordingly. Looking forward to your message.
Hi Md Raisul,
Please, dear employers,
assist me in this matter. I have over 20 years of experience, and I have recently joined Upwork. However, when I send proposals with special offers, I do not receive any acceptance from clients. What strategies are important to you for acquiring clients? Please share your insights with me
First use your real name. Second attach a real photo of yourself.
It is also a fact that Freelancers who present themselves like you don't make any money on the platform.
1. Change profile name to original name
2. Change the picture to your original image, not some logo, etc
3. Upload more samples in the portfolio. your profile states 20 years of experience if you really have that much experience you would have plenty of recent work to upload to your portfolio.
4. Lessen your hourly rate a little at the start. Search about profile optimization and work on your profile.
Good luck with your freelancing career.
Graphic Designer 😊
I have applied the above 25 projects still I am not receiving any single project work. Prrvious month I have purchased the plus plan apply the lot of projects still not receving any work. Maybe you not provided any single work to new upwork members.
You need to reslove any workaround on this issue. Please check and let me know.
Only apply to jobs that are an exact match to your profile and keep the cover letter to less than 100 words. Click the Academy link on the top of this page for success ideas.
I don't really have tips, but I opened Upwork since January till now, I haven't been able to secure any job, I've gone through some of the Upwork academy courses, done the right things yet no job. Most at times my profile will be set private. Please Upwork team help me set my profile public and equally help me secure my first job.
Perhaps Favour you might have to write easier direct sentences. Most of the clients use Algorythms to discover freelancers with SEO key word search options. Are you sure you have done the correct things step by step -reviewed with Upwork representatives in the threads such as 'Hugo' in the 'Welcome to Upwork thread?'
If your profile is set at 'Private' - this means you have not paid Upwork the connects to be 'active' and live to be searching for a job (project). Good Luck.