You wonder if you should quit Upwork?
Do you find yourself thinking:
‘Their rates are to high.’
‘They are only for bottom feeders’
‘There aren’t any real clients on there’
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I get it. The last month on Upwork I have dealt with:
*My success rate dropping below 80% even though I haven’t had a score lower than 4.7
*Paying $380 in fees from the contracts I worked
*Being one of seventy freelancer proposals for a contract
*Having a prospect tell me I am too expensive and I should lower my rate to get hired
You know the crazy thing? I still use Upwork. You should to. Here’s why.
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Why You Should Stick With Upwork
You should stick with Upwork for three reasons.
1)It offers you the chance to expand your freelancing market:
Upwork has a unique feature. It shows you not only the different freelancer jobs clients pay for:
Upwork also shows you the different types of freelancer work you can do in each discipline:
Pro-Tip:Pick three services in the sub-section you choose and develop a ‘turn-key’ package for them.
Example:You could combine copywriting, article and blog writing, and creative writing to provide a complete web content marketing package.
Note:Clients pay more for ‘packages’ than hourly jobs.
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2)You can build a portfolio quickly:
Getting work without a portfolio can be hard. Platforms like Problogger and Upwork expose us to easy ways to get work without a portfolio which we can then use to create a portfolio.
When I started Upwork I ghostwrote cozy mystery outlines. The work was easy and my portfolio filled out quickly.
Pro-Tip:Most jobs under $1,000 don’t want specific portfolio examples that match their project. Portfolios serve two purposes. One, they create social proof. The client sees that someone hired you and that you are therefore worth hiring. Two, they let them see you actually do the work.
You want submit proposals but the project requires portfolio examples and you don’t have them? Check out Danny Marguiles amazing post on how to create instant content to get hired on the spot!
3)There are great clients:
A lot of freelancers disagree with me on this. I’ve booked multiple clients on Upwork that led to ongoing, well paying relationships. There are great clients and good jobs on Upwork. I know, I book them.
Does Upwork have bad clients? You bet. But so does everywhere else.
Pro-Tip:Forget bad clients and rude interviews. Focus on what you can effect, never take work you don’t want to do, and always be putting out new proposals.
Example:I had an offer on the table for a $7,500 contract for a B2B marketing consultant gig. The gig sounded great, the proposal fit their needs, and then I talked to the guy.
He was a DICK. Like a massive pain in the neck, email you thirty times a day, write in all caps kind of dick.
I withdrew my offer. Why? Simple. I do the work I want with the people I want. I keep enough leads flowing in that I only have to say ‘yes’ to clients that make me think ‘hell yes’. I never take gigs because ‘I have to’ or ‘the bills are due’.
Success Tip:Stay sane and survive the game long term by only doing things that are healthy to you. Say ‘no’ to bad clients. Don’t be afraid of turning away work that doesn’t feel right. Every single troublesome client I have worked for didn’t feel right before I hired on. If I had listened to my gut I would never have been in those situations.
Your relationship with Upwork is what you make it.
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What do you use Upwork for? What do you want it to do for you?
Leave your comments below and i’ll be sure to respond!