Freelancing is becoming increasingly popular, many people are exploring how they can make an ongoing career online. Here are some tips on how to make money on Upwork with no experience.
Maybe you are an experienced Freelancer who is new to Upwork or maybe you are fresh to the job market wanting to land your first paid job.
In this post, I’ll share the in’s and out’s of being a freelancer on Upwork for all types of experience levels. I’ll show you how Upwork can help freelancers find work, as well as offering tips for how to get your first client, plus more.
Why should I have an Upwork account?
Upwork is the world’s largest freelancing platform. There are many reasons why you should consider having an Upwork account.
Upwork is a great marketing tool
Upwork can be used as a marketing tool. It’s another platform where potential clients can find you. You can create a profile and upload your portfolio so clients can discover you. Upwork opens doors into new opportunities, even if you don’t apply for specific jobs, you will probably still get invited into a few.
There are freelancing opportunities everywhere
With a huge variety of project within reach and new listing everyday, there are freelance opportunities everywhere, from proofreading jobs, design jobs, programming jobs, and many more. I have personally met many clients through Upwork, and have formed numerous business relationships. You can find work fast, you’re on-demand.
Choose how you work
You can choose whether to work on a fixed price contract or an hourly contract, depending on preferences. From my knowledge, no other freelancing platform does this as smoothly as Upwork..
Get paid quickly without chasing payments
Upwork do the chasing of payments on your behalf. You get paid fast and quickly. Because Upwork have their own Payment Protection, you always get paid. You don’t have to spend your valuable time chasing invoices.
Build your business from Upwork
After freelancing successfully for many years, and having many clients on the books, you may want to start expanding your business. Upwork is a great platform to help you facilitate this. If you setup an agency account, you can manage freelancers to work with specific clients.
There’s no reason to not have Upwork.
So, how do I make money on Upwork with no experience?
Upwork facilitates, many opportunities for all types of people. Many freelancers make a living on Upwork and it can be very sustainable, even if you are a stay at home dad or mum, juggling side work with child care. Here are selection of jobs that pay well.
Obviously, Money isn’t the only reason on why you would look for work on this platform. Upwork is a great way for you to take more control over your life/work balance.
Collaborating with clients, and choosing who to work with, when you want to work with them is what makes Upwork special. If you get invited into a job that you don’t want to do, you can just reject the proposal.
Attitude is important on Upwork, especially for beginners
Clients are drawn to freelancers who are friendly, confident and have a positive attitude, if you can spin negatives into positives, you have a bright future!
Having a great attitude makes you more productive and others will want to work with you.
Working remotely can be tougher than physically working at a place of business, in person. It’s very difficult to get personality across while sending emails. messages can easily come across rude.
Show attitude with gratitude; even if you are working with a not so nice client, or the job you are doing is low pay. Remember you have to start somewhere and you don’t have to work with them again, after your contract has finished. Just strive to make them happy clients, and try to give them a great experience with you.
Sometimes clients will want to work with you, even if you tell them you have never done it before. Having a great attitude will result in more work. Just be honest.
I believe that attitude is even more important than skills and experience.
Know your own value
Many freelancers suffer with an occasional imposter syndrome. Which briefly means doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. When freelancing, you are providing a service. It can get emotional.
Forgetting the value you bring to the table, can happen for a number of reasons. For me, this issue makes an appearance when there are communication breakdowns, clients see things differently, and sometimes the chemistry just doesn’t work. Should this start to happen, aim to be objective, avoid anything subjective.
When imposter syndrome happens, have confidence in your own ability and work. If you have a few successful projects under your belt, remember how well they went and use this feeling to drive you forward and succeed in what you are doing.
How do Upwork beginners make money?
Everyone has to start somewhere, whether you are an expert freelancer or not, there are jobs on Upwork for every level.
Beginners can make money from Upwork the same way more experienced freelancers do: By selling their freelance services to clients who are willing to pay for them. It’s a supply on demand model of staffing.
The only difference, is that it’s harder for new users to become established straightaway, and have that authority through the Upwork system in the form of positive feedback, ratings and badges. But these all come in good time after you prove yourself. After all, Upwork want to retain talent so their platform remains superior from the competition.
To become well established on Upwork, it will take time and in the beginning you may find it challenging. If you are confident, persistent, and determined you will make it..
Can I invite my own clients into Upwork?
The concept of inviting existing clients out of Upwork, into Upwork is relatively new. The benefit of doing this is to utilise a more managed system, so you have less time dealing with the boring paperwork. This can also bring the more experienced Freelancers and clients onto the platform, which in turn increases the platforms professionalism and talent pool.
The problem with inviting existing clients onto Upwork is that they may find a new freelancer, but if you are confident in your skills and relationship with the client, this is not a problem. Currently Upwork have different zones for clients you bring in.
Is Upwork competitive?
On Upwork, the competition can be fierce. There is a huge database of skilled freelancers that the client can invite into jobs, many are on-demand at any given time.
But, everybody is good at something. Once you discover what you are good at, zoom in onto it, and make it your core niche and strength. Make sure people are aware of what you are amazing at.
Also, If you are not confident in yourself, no one will be confident in the service you provide.
Here are some popular areas of services you can offer as a freelancer on Upwork, there are also lots of specialities within, which I suggest you aim for. Becoming the best in your certain niche and Specialty will wash the competition out of the water.
- Accounting & Consulting
- Admin Support
- Customer Service
- Data Science & Analytics
- Design & Creative
- Engineering & Architecture
- IT & Networking
- Sales & Marketing
- Web, Mobile & Software Dev
Can I learn on Upwork?
Yes. If you think you can do a certain job on Upwork but have never tried it before. Sell yourself, and learn on the job. Just be honest with the client. They may give you an opportunity to impress.
Keep in mind that freelancing is a business, and just like any other business you should act professional and be willing to invest time and effort, in order to succeed.
In today’s market, you can learn nearly anything with a click of a few buttons or the swipe of a finger. There is no reason for this to set you back, from going out and getting your first client. Determination is key for success.
How do I get my Upwork profile set up and approved?
Not every freelancer who sets up an Upwork Profile ends up getting approved, here are some tips to increase your chances;
- Focus on the quality of your profile, rather than quantity.
- An Upwork account is a reflection of yourself as a professional. Clients will judge you on what your page looks like ands reads. You don’t need a logo to start with, but Branding is important in business. Presenting yourself with the correct tone of voice is everything. Aim for your profile to give every client that ‘wow’ factor
- Fill out your entire Upwork Profile and don’t try to skip any steps. Once accepted by Upwork, your profile will help you land clients.
- Upwork is a popular and trusted website. Lastly, make sure you have a way to receive payments!
How do I get my first client on Upwork?
The hardest part of Upwork is landing your first client. Feedback is so important on Upwork so you have to be very service minded.
- Don’t focus on being a new freelancer. Remember that every new freelancer on Upwork, started where you are now. Focus on getting one client, then build up your client base from there. If you do a good job, clients will come back to you.
- Apply to jobs that are obviously a great match for both you and the client. If a potential client feels the same as you do about landing their job, the more likely you’ll get hired.
- Read job posts and send a personalised Proposal to each client, who’s job you’re interested in. Many freelancers don’t make their proposal relevant to what they are applying for, don’t be one of these people. Remember, you are talking to a real person, and it’s important to get the relationship started on the right foot. Make sure to address what the client needs and tell them how you can help accomplish their goals!
- Be personal, no one can replace your personality. Because the competition is so high, sometimes it’s the only thing that stands you out from the freelancing crowd.
- Start with small, simple jobs, that you know you can easily complete.
Is Upwork trustable?
Upwork is trustable, however this is not the same for everybody using the platform. It is unlikely to get scammed on Upwork, as the company is great at detecting scams and suspicious accounts.
At the end of the day, you are a freelancer and a business owner, it’s important to take responsibility and accountability for your business. Upwork does a great job at preventing fraud and scams, but ultimately it’s up to you, to ensure you have a safe experience.
Is Upwork still good?
Millions of other people, as well as me say ‘YES’.
You can find excellent clients on Upwork and many will be returning clients if you do a great job. Clients seem to be of a better quality on Upwork than on other platforms.
Whether you’re a new freelancer looking to get your first freelancing job, or you’re an experienced freelancer who wants to diversify your business channels; using Upwork can help you do all of the following, plus more…
- Promote you as being top rated, which results in attracting even more great clients.
- Receive payment for your hard work, automatically and quickly.
- Make money online in a safe environment
- Vet potential scammers
- Expand your reach globally and reward you publicly for achievements in forms of badges.
While it’s ultimately up to each freelancer to decide for him or herself whether to use Upwork. I personally believe that Upwork is invaluable tool and platform for both new and experienced freelancers alike. As work is becoming increasingly more remote, it’s a great time to start utalising freelancing platforms such as Upwork.