Webinar: Beginning Your Freelancer Journey on Upwork

samantha_huls
Upwork Staff

Hey everyone,

 

If you recently attended my “Beginning Your Freelancer Journey on Upwork” webinar, you may have some follow-up questions. It’s a lot of information that we pack into our 1-hour session together and we're not able to address all your questions in that setting. 

 

So, let’s continue the conversation!  Bring your questions and we’ll keep talking about how to be successful on Upwork - with resources, tips, and ideas on how to land jobs and grow your freelancing business.  

 

If you haven’t attended “Beginning Your Freelancer Journey on Upwork”, you can register for an upcoming webinar on our Upwork Events page, or view the recorded version of it below. 

 

In the webinar, we talk about things like:

 

  • How to find and apply for jobs
  • Communicating with clients on the platform
  • Getting paid

 



We are so excited to have you on the platform and I hope that you continue to feel supported by us as you move forward on your own journey. 

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

-Sam

 

42 Comments
t_weems
Frequent Visitor

Is it possible to get a copy of the slides from this webinar?

samantha_huls
Upwork Staff

Hey Tony - of course. I've attached them for you here. 

 

Hope you enjoyed the webinar!

67bd996d
Frequent Visitor

Hello Samantha, I was wondering what the "Interviewing" tag means on a posted job. Is it the number of freelancers being interviewed currently, the number of interviews the client intends to hold, or what exactly?

 

Kindly see the attached picture for a pointer.

Many thanks.

g_vasilevski
Moderator

Hi Daniel,

 

The number you`re referring to represents the number of interviews the client has at the moment. To learn more about Upwork and how it works, check out our resources Here. Thank you.

67bd996d
Frequent Visitor

Thank you very much

samantha_huls
Upwork Staff

Daniel D wrote:

Hello Samantha, I was wondering what the "Interviewing" tag means on a posted job. Is it the number of freelancers being interviewed currently, the number of interviews the client intends to hold, or what exactly?

 

Kindly see the attached picture for a pointer.

Many thanks.


Hi Daniel,

You were right - it means the client is currently interviewing that number of freelancers. An interview constitues a response to a proposal, so it doesn't always mean that they're going to hire someone if they interview them. I hope that helps!

009cafc5
Frequent Visitor
Hey, guys, I am Farah Zain a new content writer at Upwork. I am struggling to find a way to get a job.. But haven't got any.
Can anyone suggests me or want to work with me?

Wanna hear from you.
Thank you.
andregutierrez22
Moderator

Hi Farah,

 

Submitting proposals doesn't always guarantee that you will get hired or get a chance to be interviewed, but you shouldn't give up on sending proposals to potential clients. You may check our Resource Corner and find some excellent topics there:

 

Submitting a Winning Proposal on Upwork

Make Your Freelancer Profile More Visible & Appealing

Enhance Your Freelancer Profile for Greater Success

 

When you apply for jobs, make sure your proposal is well written and that you're absolutely qualified and certain of your ability to complete the job you're applying for.
 
Thanks!
mahamud23045
Frequent Visitor

Hey,

Thanks for giving wonderful webinar. I am a new freelancer in Upwork. How I get 1st order in Upwork. I am very interested to work with Upwork.

Thank you

djondinium
Community Manager

Hi Mahamud,

 

I suggest checking out this Community thread to help you get started on Upwork along with the Freelancing Resources board in which you'll find plenty of articles to help you with writing proposals, negotiating with clients, setting your rates, enhancing your profile, and so on.

 

Thank you.

f12daba3
Frequent Visitor

Hi Samantha!

 

I was on the webinar today, and I have a follow-up question from one you answered earlier. Someone asked about how to propose a rate if the job description doesn't give specific details about the workload. You suggested having a conversation with the client in order to get a specific scope of the project. Are you suggesting we do that in the proposal or once the proposal is accepted and we go on to an interview? Or should we, like you also suggested, mention a rate in our proposal based on other work we've done, but then follow it up with something like, "This rate is dependent on the specifics of your project?"

 

Thanks for your help!

Brigid

0f57fbf7
Active Member

Hi Samantha!

 

Thank you for the webinar! I have a couple of questions:

 

1) In regards to verified payments you said that we shouldn't start work until there is money in the milestones. However, with hourly jobs on your slide you said that we are billed on a weekly basis. Will that money be in escrow too? Should I ask the client to verify payment before beginning hourly work?

 

2) You said not to include work experience that is unrelated to the job in my profile. Although I have retained the knowledge, the last time I worked in an office was 10 years ago and most of my professional experience is in restaurants. As a manager I have worked in Excel, Adobe PDF editor, Word, payroll, and scheduling along with many other skills learned in restaurants and I feel ignoring that would be a disservice to myself. As a server/bartender I have exceptional costumer service skills. Do you believe that including that kind of information would be helpful or hurtful to winning proposals?

andregutierrez22
Moderator

Hi Brigid,

 

For help getting started please check out this Community thread. You can also find some great topics in the Freelancing Resources board like: Negotiating Your Rate on Upwork.

 

Thanks!

andregutierrez22
Moderator

Hi Ashley,

 

When working on Hourly contracts your client is invoiced automatically every Monday. We suggest you make sure your client has verified their payment method before starting work on an Hourly contract in order to qualify for Hourly Protection

 

You can find some advice on how to build your profile here as well as some other great topics in our Resource Corner.

 

Thanks!

b683fc17
Active Member

Hello, this is the Webiar slide.

Note: I'm not a member of the webinar hosts, I just got the slide when I attended the webinar. I hope it helps.