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5 Handful Tips to become a successful freelancer on Upwork

Are you tired of submitting proposals on Upwork without getting a reply? Trust me; you are not alone. In fact, if you go through freelancing pages on Facebook, freelancers are either discussing their inability to land a gig or how Upwork has suddenly become saturated.

Are you tired of submitting proposals on Upwork without getting a reply? Trust me; you are not alone. In fact, if you go through freelancing pages on Facebook, freelancers are either discussing their inability to land a gig or how Upwork has suddenly become saturated. 

The reason why many Upwork freelancers are yet to get their dream gig or land a high paying job is due to their manner of approach.

For instance, when you click on a job on Upwork, you will be surprised to see that 15 to 20 people had already applied even before you are done typing your proposals. But the good news is that 95% of the submitted proposals are just there to fill the spaces; surely, the client will never get back to them.

These people copy and paste their proposals without understanding the job description; little wonders why they expend 60 connect with zero replies from clients. Below are simple tips that can turn you into a successful freelancer regardless of your past histories on Upwork.


  • Forget your records


Some freelancers before signing up on Upwork have either worked in an office, or other cooperate organization. Mere checking their profile, you can tell you see them introduce themselves to clients just how they have it on their professional CV… They say things like

 ‘’I am XYZ, with over 15 years of experience in XYZ. I finished from the best school, with a first-class degree.’’ 

All they do is talk about themselves and not help the client solve their problem; unfortunately, a proposal is not an avenue to recount your personal successes. To get a client to respond to you, focus your profile on the skills you have and how they can solve the client’s problem, simple!


  • Stand out


Most unsuccessful freelancers are a jack of all trade; they claim to be writers and designers on the same profile. It would help if you thought about the skill you are good at and how you can offer the craft better than others. With this, you can niche down


  • Be specific with the job you apply to


Naturally, an average human being loves to make more money; this pressure has led many freelancers to apply to jobs that they are unfit for. In the end, they turn in gigs of low quality; in return, the client gives them a bad review.

Reviews on Upwork are permanent; they never leave your profile,it discourages prospective clients from working with you. It advisable that you only take on projects that you can perfectly do.


  • First Impression is very important.


Imagine you walking into a doughnut shop to buy a doughnut; you are most likely to pick a doughnut from several other doughnuts. The same applies on Upwork; to get a client to select you out of many other freelancers, you need to impress the client with the first few words on your bio or headline.

Below are tips that can be of help

  • Be specific in your chosen; for instance if you are into copywriting, you can niche down to pet niche copywriting as your professional title. When a client searches for freelancers in that niche, you will be among the first 10 people on the search button.
  • Let the first few words on your profile be engaging, give clients reasons to contact you and find out more about your services
  • Use an attractive profile picture that clearly shows your face.

 

Make your proposal stand out.


Standout out from the crowd with your compelling proposals. These are some pointers to consider:

Begin your proposals with how you’ve helped past clients with similar projects solved their problems and how that puts you as the best candidate for the job

Ensure you ask questions that are related to the project. It shows that you understand the job in depth.

Don’t be too professional or official in your proposal; your client is human, so be friendly.

Lastly, your proposal should be concise and straight to the point, talk more about the problems and how you intend solving.

Upwork is not as hard as you think. It is an excellent platform to get clients; however, do not put all your eggs in one platform.

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