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Why do clients not give new freelancers a chance?

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Hasna K Member Since: Jan 8, 2019
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Thank you so much Luce, i appreciate your advice and i'll keep it in mind 🙏
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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You need to up the ante. Increase your price for a start. You will not be taken seriously otherwise; particularly as you are also a practising medical doctor with eight years training. Make medicine, and health-related subjects your niche for translation. Do not translate into any language other than your native languages - particularly medical texts. If you do, some client will eventurally call you out on it. It's not worth it. 


Lose the first two sentences of your profile. A client only sees the first three lines of your profile to begin with, so you should state what you can do for the client in those three lines. What you have at the moment is waffle.  Also, as you are a practising physician, it goes without saying that you have a medical degree - you don't need to add it (third line of your overview).


You need to start your overview with something like: "I am a medical doctor and translator of scientific, medical and health-related texts from German and English into Arabic or French, my two native languages." etc.   


As Luce says, you need to streamline your overview, so that your potential clients get an instant idea of what you can do for them. 




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Hasna K Member Since: Jan 8, 2019
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Thank you for the honest advice Nichola.
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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Despite Nichola's sage advice, Hasna your translation skills when it comes to the written word are sorely lacking. As Petra is a native German speaker and Rene a native French speaker I have to put utter faith in their critiques.


Being able to hold a conversation in a 2nd language does not and never will a translator make.


As far as clients giving new-comers to U. a chance ... as Preston so succinctly stated, each and every one of the freelancers on this platform began with zero jobs.  While our track records were tested and proven in real brick and mortar jobs - we were all novices on U. when we began.



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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Hasna, if you are living your worst nightmare due to clients preferring experienced freelancers, you have been very blessed. How wonderful for you that you have never battled cancer, lost a child, been the victim of a violent crime, been involved in a natural disaster, lost a partner to a drunk driver, or any of the many other actual nightmares people endure every day.


As to your issue about clients giving new freelancers a chance, it's worth noting that one of the reasons many clients hire freelancers is because they lack adequate staff and do not have the time required to train and supervise someone to handle the project. Thus, hiring someone who may or may not be able to do the job and who will require more oversight entirely defeats the purpose of hiring a freelancer. 


I would love to hear more about how you feel it's "unfair" for a business person to prioritize his or her business.


That aside, freelancers with strong backgrounds generally have no trouble getting started on Upwork, despite having no earnings and no ratings on their profiles. We were all brand new with no ratings at some point, and yet here we are a bit down the road with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings. 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Hasna K wrote:

I'm a new freelancer on upwork and i'm a highly skilled and qualified person in my domaine looking to get a chance in here.
However i'm living currently my worst nightmare on this platforme as i'm seeing alot of new people with potential and so much to offer (and i'm not only talking about myself) being "ignored" or not given the chance they deserve to prove themselves. Instead all the credits go to top rated freelancers (who might have less to give than the new ones looking to estabilish themselves)

 To be honest one of the reasons why some clients don't give new freelancers a chance is because they may have previously hired fraudsters who pretended to be able to do something they can't do and lost money. (And it is not just the money they paid to the fake, incompetent, dishonest new freelancer who claimed to have skills he or she does not, it is the loss of moving forward with a product that has been messed up by an incompetent freelancer.)


Experienced translation clients may take a chance after having a small translation contract professionally proofread, but most are more naive and / or have been bitten once and are now twice shy.


So the problem is not the clients who won't give a new freelancer a chance, the real problem are new freelancers who are delusional or dishonest enough (it is one or the other in this case) think they are something they are not, such as a translator into languages that are not their native language, and mess up contracts for clients who will consequently no longer give newbies a chance.

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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