Getting Started with Upwork- Work from Home
Updated: Aug 25, 2019
We have heard this over and over again, the work from home industry is booming. People are now finally starting to see the value of working from the comfort of their own homes. The work from home industry has been around for quite some time. It initially started with moms who needed to stay at home to care for their families, but it has become more inclusive over the years. There is great comfort in being able to work from anywhere once you have a laptop and an Internet connection. It removes the boundaries of the traditional office, and the world is now your workplace. Working from home is often met with skepticism, but there are reputable platforms that you can use. One such platform is Upwork! You've probably heard of Elance-oDesk, well Upwork is the upgraded version. If you're interested in joining the work from home industry, here are a few tips that you can use to get started with Upwork:
Identify the skills that you want to market on Upwork. Upwork is a competitive workplace, so you need to be a go-getter to stand out on the platform. There are a few key areas that you can look into learning, to increase your chances of being accepted on the platform (other than Customer service, SEO, Marketing etc). Check out this post for more details.
Always keep your asking price competitive, but do not sell yourself short. There is a thin line between being competitive and understating your worth. Research the freelancers within your field (rates, experience, and qualifications). Select a rate based on the market, your experience and your qualifications.
Once you are accepted on the Upwork platform take a few skill tests that are relevant to your freelance business. Clients prefer freelancers who have portfolios on Upwork as well as high passes in relevant skill tests. So, if you are a writer, focus on tests that showcase your writing ability.
Always ensure that you have the relevant experience or qualifications to match your claims. In some instances, you will have to provide proof of your qualifications, so it is best to be transparent about your skills.
Write strong proposals. Your proposal will be the first point of reference for your client, so take the time to express why the client should hire you. Just like your everyday cover letter, your proposal should highlight what sets you apart from the pool of freelancers within your field. Ensure that your proposals are also specific to each job advertisement (generic proposals are easily spotted and they send the wrong message).
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