Is Upwork right for you? In this episode, I will share why I still love the platform, especially for new freelancers. You’ll learn how the site works, the most popular freelance jobs that are available, how to bid and how often to submit proposals.


I reveal how much revenue I’ve made since joining in 2015 as well as my tips to earning retainer clients from the site.  You’ll discover how Upwork can help you build your resume, work samples, and job success score.


Finally, I share what you need to do to be successful on Upwork as well as what not to do on the site that will get you banned.  While Upwork is not for everyone, if you commit to the pitch, the profile, and the sample or testimonials while being consistent, your freelance business can begin to thrive by using Upwork’s platform.


Here are some things we covered in this episode:

  • Is Upwork right for you?
  • What is Upwork?
  • The fees and how to get them covered by your client
  • The types of clients that are on Upwork
  • Popular types of freelance jobs on the site
  • How does Upwork work?
  • The main reasons that I like the platform
  • The amount of revenue that I have earned since joining in 2015
  • Description of the Upwork Tracker tool and how it can protect you
  • The benefits of using Upwork to build your job success score and resume
  • The cost-benefit of advertising your services on Upwork
  • How to bid on the platform
  • What you need to be successful on Upwork
  • What not to do on the site that will get you banned
  • Why you should not take on a job that you cannot do well
  • How often you should be sending proposals
  • Why your proposals aren’t converting
  • Check out my Upwork Pitching Masterclass

Laura’s Takeaway: “There are three things that can really make you successful on Upwork. And they are in this order, the pitch, the profile, and the sample or testimonials.”

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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.

As a military spouse, Laura is passionate about serving her community and founded Operation Freelance, a nonprofit organization that teaches veterans and military spouses how to become freelancers and start their own business.