This post is going to be super quick because I’m literally going to share one tip that, in five minutes or less, can improve your Upwork profile — not just for the impression you make on clients but for how you show up in search results.
Feedback is a powerful tool, not just for you as a freelancer on Upwork, but also for the client as well. It gives them a chance to provide you with valuable feedback and help to boost your profile in the search rankings. The more social proof you have from clients on Upwork who have been thrilled with your work, the easier it will be to land business from others in the future. But as with any business relationship, there is always going to be scope for negative feedback. And so, the question is how do you handle this, particularly on Upwork?
One of the most common reasons people say they’re not bidding on Upwork or doing so consistently is that they’re worried about the competition – and they are absolutely right. You are competing against other freelancers on Upwork and you need to be prepared to show how you are unique or better positioned to complete the job than they are.
As a freelancer on Upwork, the way you identify and pitch to the right clients can make your life extremely enjoyable and lead to lucrative and fun contracts. When you’re not sure about how to find the right clients, however, you’re throwing spaghetti against the wall and getting frustrated by bidding on job after job with no success. Finding the right clients begins with an understanding of what you want to offer.
I have personally had a great deal of success landing quality clients on Upwork. That being said, many freelancers, both experienced and brand new, question whether it’s worth their while to invest the time and energy into creating a profile on the online job board site. This blog post is an honest reflection of my experience with the platform, and is intended to help you learn more about whether it’s worth your time.
All too often, freelancers cut themselves off from generating a snowball of leads on Upwork because they give up too soon. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard from freelancers who say that they bid on ten jobs on Upwork and didn’t hear back, or that they spent two hours last month bidding on Upwork and didn’t get anywhere. Consistency counts in all forms of freelance marketing and that’s especially true on Upwork. You really do need an Upwork bidding game plan.
Recently we received a notification from Upwork that they are changing the way they do things on the platform in order to make it better for those individuals who are very active. For freelancers who have an active Upwork profile and are regularly getting work on the site, this only makes things better for you because Upwork will now begin removing inactive profiles from search results. This way, when clients are looking for a particular freelancer, they land on only those who have an active profile and a dedicated commitment to working on the platform.
I have heard that many freelancers come away feeling that landing good paying gigs on Upwork is an uphill climb. Interestingly, my story has been quite different. I have found that Upwork has been instrumental in my ability to generate a consistent pipeline of business leads. Today’s video will focus on the two elements that will help you achieve success on the platform.
This post is written for those of you who wish to use Upwork as a means of finding clients and securing freelance work. For those of you who do not know of it, Upwork is the biggest online job site in the world and (when used correctly) a great source of clients. Specifically, I go into how freelancers can get into trouble with the platform and the importance of adhering to its terms of service.
Learn the importance of a high job success score on Upwork, how it’s derived and those elements that are within your control to ensure that you achieve a strong rating.
In this video, I briefly discuss issues such as:
- how the success score might affect new freelancers more than established ones
- the importance of managing bad client relationships professionally and what this might look like in practice
- the message having too many “jobs in progress” might send to potential clients
- and more.
When you accept a job on Upwork, you probably have the best of intentions of completing it. However, there are many different reasons why the job may actually fall apart and this could prove problematic for you as it relates to landing other jobs or your job success score.
This week’s video is about the two-way feedback system on Upwork and how you can make it work for you.
As a freelancer looking to start a new relationship with a client, it is beneficial for you to review the client’s feedback history to get a sense for what he or she would be like to work with. Regardless of the amount of money being offered for the job, multiple poor client ratings should be seen as an early warning sign for you as a freelancer.
Bear in mind, however, that the feedback system works both ways.
The fact is it doesn’t matter what type of freelancer you are – you could be a freelance writer, a virtual assistant, a web designer – you need to consistently put yourself out there to be able to rise above the irregularity of the freelance income cycle and to do well. This video specifically goes into the most effective ways of using Upwork as a means of finding and securing new clients.
Whether you’re hoping to be a freelancer part time or full time, I’ve seen the same mistakes made dozens of times by freelancers who are confused as to why they are not landing business on the world’s most popular freelance job site. If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear about Upwork before, I’m excited to introduce it to you. Not only have I worked on the platform since 2012, but it has also been instrumental in sending me hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of leads.
For those of you looking to establish or grow your freelance careers, there are definitely a ton of online job boards to choose from.
With twelve million registered freelancers, five million registered clients and three million jobs posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD as of 2017, Upwork is the world’s largest freelancer marketplace and a great source of clients in my business.
In this week’s video, I take you through the nuts and bolts of playing by the rules, and not getting banned on the platform – because let’s face it, ensuring continued access to such a wide network of connections that can potentially turn into future clients just makes sense.