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Re: Daily Quota

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Robert Reuben W Member Since: Dec 14, 2018
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I have a question for successful writers on Upwork. Do you set yourself a daily goal for how many jobs to apply to on Upwork? If so, what do you think is reasonable, 5, 10, 20? I have an income goal of 4,000 USD per month. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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@Robert Reuben W wrote:

I have a question for successful writers on Upwork. Do you set yourself a daily goal for how many jobs to apply to on Upwork? If so, what do you think is reasonable, 5, 10, 20? I have an income goal of 4,000 USD per month. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.




@Robert Reuben W wrote:

I have a question for successful writers on Upwork. Do you set yourself a daily goal for how many jobs to apply to on Upwork? If so, what do you think is reasonable, 5, 10, 20? I have an income goal of 4,000 USD per month. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.


 You sure you mastered the basics of upwork yet? You have 60 free connects per billing cycle (month), with most jobs requiring 2 for a proposal. That means 1 proposal a day on average. 

20 a day is possible, but then you have another 10 left for the rest of the billing cycle and the very high risk you will be bumped off the platform for never winning any jobs....

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Robert Reuben W Member Since: Dec 14, 2018
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Im not sure I have mastered the basics, thats why Im asking questions. Im not sure you answered it yet. Again do you set yourself a daily or weekly goal for applications? Perhaps Im not understanding your answer. Perhaps you can clarify.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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Robert Reuben W wrote:

Im not sure I have mastered the basics, thats why Im asking questions. Im not sure you answered it yet. Again do you set yourself a daily or weekly goal for applications? Perhaps Im not understanding your answer. Perhaps you can clarify.


Robert, it would be a big mistake to set a numerical goal for bidding. The way to bid successfully is to identify and bid on the jobs that are a great fit for you--not just jobs you're capable of performing, but jobs that you can for some specific reason do BETTER than the average writer. 

 

Some days, there will not be any of those jobs in your feed. Other days, there may be two,or three, or even five. 

 

 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "I have an income goal of 4,000 USD per month."

 

You don't earn any money by applying to jobs.

You earn money by working.

 

Although I'm sure there are exceptions, in general the most successful Upwork freelancers (financially speaking) do not apply to many jobs. They spend their time working on long-term contracts that require a lot of work or hours, and they work mainly for repeat-business clients and clients who send them invites.

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Robert Reuben W Member Since: Dec 14, 2018
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Right applying doesnt make you money. However you cant make the money unless you land the jobs, which requires applying. Is my question unclear? 

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Lila G Member Since: Dec 4, 2017
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I am no writer nor do I consider myself successful on this platform as I only been on here for a little over a year.

However, I did have the same 4k goal at the beginning of the year. Even though that was my goal, my average is 6k +/- pre-tax. To answer your question, I apply to about 5+/- jobs per week. I receive about 2-3 invitations per week. Most of my work comes from repeat clients. Preston is right, in my case those are the client-relationship I spent most of my time building.

 

Also, I learned that is not about how many proposals or clients I had in one month. It was learning to know my worth. Once I upped my hourly rate, I was able to meet my goal + sum.

 

Hope that helps,

Lila
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Robert Reuben W Member Since: Dec 14, 2018
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Thank you so much. That was the type of answer I was asking for.

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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There's no way to predict whether each day will bring a qualified candidate to the platform, so setting a daily quota would require you to apply to unsuitable jobs on some days. To succeed, your focus should be on only targeting those jobs for which you are the best match. If there are none in a week, then you don't apply that week. 

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Robert Reuben W Member Since: Dec 14, 2018
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Thank you.
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