I quite understand that you are so happy to do the jobs you enjoy that you are willing to do them for a lower price, but try not to go too low, it's not going to help you, now that you've done your beginings on the platform.
I have the same with transcription, I enjoy it so much that I accept jobs I shouldn't, because they are not well paid, but they are a nice break from translation.
Besides you should be getting invitations, which will help you not spend as many connects. Many of my best clients sent me an invitation to begin with.
That's so funny, transcription actually is my least favorite 😂 as soon as I had enough clients for other work I stopped applying for transcription jobs. So far I do not receive many invitations which are applicable to my skill set. Often I get the same offer three times and it's something like "We need native Spanish speakers to do voiceover", and I am not native Spanish so I simply turn it down. So far I do save connects by working with long-term clients but I don't know if there is a way to make invitations more accurate?
Well, what I really hate is proofreading.
The only bad part about transcription is that most clients pretend to believe that it's done miraculously by wonderful dwarfs working day and night in a magic country where you don't have any bills to pay. Other than that, it's like listening to the radio or to a podcast. I've learnt very interesting stuff while transcribing, and if I could get 5/10 minutes a day of transcription, I would forever be in a fantastic mood.
I think the invitations get more to the point once you have done the same type of job a few times. When you search freelancers, for example, with the keywords "English French translator" you are told how many times such and such a freelancer has done that type of job. It's probably linked to some sort of deep learning (I've done a transcription/translation on deep learning ).
I've been using Upwork for 3 years, and I must admit that I rather enjoy doing so. The forum makes it a specialy pleasant place to relax and get to know other users.
Now, I have a question for you: how come you can read Chinese?
This type of behaviour (in which a person doesn't understand the efforts someone else puts into completing a task) is seen in every industry. Nothing shocking there. :/
@Petra: I'm also not surprised by the fact that original poster wanted to "test the market" by creating a fake job ad: I've seen it done in the offline world as well. I guess, this is a warning for other freelancers to peel their eyes open as not to get cheated out of their time. Though, I assume that no skilled translator applied for that lowed paid job, and only folks from countries where $1 might actually feed them during 1 day. :/