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excited, first job, but now what?

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Cynthia M Member Since: Mar 10, 2019
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ok, i just got my first job, do they reach out by phone, how does it go now? I don't want to seem like I don't know the process.

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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All the main things you should know can be found here:

 

https://www.upwork.com/hiring/education/getting-started-for-freelancers/

 

Also, unless you see an active (and if fixed-price, fully funded) contract on your "My Jobs" page...do not do any work whatsoever. No contract listed = no job = don't waste your time.

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Syed Ebad H Member Since: Jan 14, 2019
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Hi Cynthia,
Client will discuss about the contract on Upwork Message tab. You should need know that contract is funded or not. If contract is funded then do your work, otherwise don't do any free work. You can see the active contract on 'My Jobs' tab. I hope this information will be helpful for you. Thank you.
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Cynthia M wrote:

ok, i just got my first job, do they reach out by phone, how does it go now? I don't want to seem like I don't know the process.


They can only reach you by phone if you have given them your number. I have never done that, but that's my personal preference.

It does not sound as if you have material to start your work?

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Cynthia M wrote:

ok, i just got my first job, do they reach out by phone, how does it go now? I don't want to seem like I don't know the process.


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As Michael says: You do not have a job unless the client has sent you a formal contract via Upwork and you have accepted the agreed terms, whether an hourly job or fixed rate. When this has been agreed, Upwork will send you a notification saying your contract has started. If none of this has happened, you have not yet got a job. 

 

You can communicate with your client in whatever manner you like, but you must make clear to him or her that you will not do any work until the Upwork contract is in place. Your safest option is to insist on tracked hourly contract. If you are not comfortable with this, then fixed-rate with the entire agreed amount paid into escrow before you start.   

 

 

 

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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@mallyc wrote:

ok, i just got my first job, do they reach out by phone, how does it go now? I don't want to seem like I don't know the process.

 

Have you read all the available help articles Michael suggested, as well as the wealth of information provided on your account page under the question mark?  Do that first, and then you won't seem like you don't know the process.


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