Landing that first gig on Upwork almost seems impossible. Every freelancer ever remembers those days they started. Endless hours of reading, pitching, and offering services. Fortunately for you, many people already walked that path. How to find work on Upwork when you don’t have any experience? Let’s find out!
In this article, we will discuss Upwork. We will show you how to find work on Upwork when you don’t have any experience. Landing that first gig and earning the first bucks is a big deal.
It takes patience
In the beginning, you will have days of anxiety and passive aggression. We are not kidding, sending out applications will be frustrating. Sometimes it takes a few days until you get a first client to reply. Landing a job is the far end of the process.
Keep in mind that every Top Rated freelancer walked a mile in those shoes. Also, the Upwork platform is not a lottery. Those who persevere only succeed.
Tip: There are many easy-to-do online jobs, from data entry to affiliate marketing. It’s up to you to decide what best suits your skillset.
Start with a good profile
Of course, you have to create a profile first. Registering on UpWork is extremely simple. It works like registering on any other site.
- Go to UpWork
- Click SIGN UP, enter your first and last name
- Then click GET STARTED.
- Select the country you live in, create a password
- Check the WORK AS A FREELANCER box. (By doing so, you have indicated that you want to work through UpWork as an individual. Stating that you are not a client who will hire other freelancers.)
- Create your username
- Finally, choose a strong security code.
Like any other registration, Upwork requires you to enter valid data. Be punctual here so that Upwork can enter the system as quickly as possible. After that, you can start editing your profile as soon as possible.
Once you confirm your email address, you will need to leave them a Skype account. Upwork uses an”Aristotle Integrity” service to verify the authenticity of your data. It is a service system for the verification and correctness of data
They will schedule an interview with you. All you have to do is, when you answer the call, look at the camera for those few seconds and that’s it. When you verify your account, a green Checkmark will appear on your profile page.
The key thing in getting a job at Upwork is the orderliness of the profile from which you start to build a career. If you write a good offer, the first thing that the client will look at is the profile, so it’s up to you to keep it tidy.
Profile editing can take time
Keep in mind that editing your profile may take some time. Pay attention to your skills in the “skill” section. Here you declare what you are good at and what you are not. There are tests that you can take to confirm your expertise. This will give you an advantage when applying for any job.
In the Portfolio section, as a beginner, you can post some of your earlier works. Because you haven’t had any jobs at Upwork until then, you have nothing current to put there. Of course, when posting content to the Portfolio, you have the option to describe what you did, when, how, etc.
How to start bidding on Upwork
Once you have your profile approved, the real fun is only beginning. A few years back bidding was free. Unfortunately, that is not the case. As a beginner, you will be given 6 free options to connect. After that, each connection will cost you $0,15. So be careful with choosing what assignments you apply for.
The application process is fairly simple. Some clients will ask you to introduce yourself in a few sentences. Others may require you to read your CV or do sample writing.
Considering that as a beginner you have a limited number of free connections, be picky. We suggest you contact clients that want to hire newbies. Also, consider the budget. Lower bids will get you the job you are scouting for.
Minimal-budget clients are forced to hire newbies. It does not mean that your content and service are low in quality. It only means that the client cannot afford people who already made a presence.
Landing that first job
Before starting with your bidding, choose a niche you are good at. A piece of friendly advice for newbies is to look for work in the Admin Support category. There you can land a few gigs easily. Most of the assignments require you to do online research:
- excel sheets
- word writing etc.
When you find a job that matches your interests, start reading. Never send out an offer if the client does not have at least 2-3 green circles on their profile.
If their award ratio is under 50% don’t waste your time. You can send an offer to whoever you want. But doing this will land you your first gig faster.
You landed the first gig – congratulations
When a client officially hires you, it’s up to you to get the job done. Be maximally correct and kind, because the client will evaluate you after the job is done. For you, as a beginner, it is crucial to get as many good grades as possible.
At the end of the completed job, you report to the client. Report on how many hours you spent working and based on that you get your fee. Payment for your services is made through a PayPal account.
Make your profile shine
Consider your Upwork profile as a foundation of your career on this platform. It needs to be flawless. So, here are a few extra tips to make everything better.
Making your profile look professional, even as a beginner is extremely important. You will feel more proficient, and clients like to know everything.
- Use a specific career headline
For example, if you are a graphic designer- it is one in a million. On the other hand, if you want to create banners then you should include that in your title:
Google Ads and Facebook visual designer
It has a ring to it, doesn’t it? If you are not sure what you excel at, take time to figure that out. Be resourceful and do some research on the platform.
Use the Upwork search button and take a peek at the competition. Look at the top-rated profiles, and write down what you like about them. Implement the things you like in your way. Accentuate your skills, or ask friends to help you define them beforehand.
- Be specific with your skills
Skills always matter. Be focused on your services. Don’t offer data entry if you want to go into content writing. There is a specific skillset every job includes. Again, if you are not certain, do the research.
There is more to the list
- SEO optimization
Upwork has its internal search engine. Its algorithm determines the ‘Best Match’ similarly to google. Remember this and use good keywords. Include them in the title and the overview section. But keep in mind that the content needs to feel organic. Make sure to emphasize the skills in your overview structured in a sentence. A neat trick is to use the bullet form of writing.
- Build up your portfolio
Think long and hard. Add in the portfolio even the smallest assignment you did for a friend a few years back. Having examples to showcase your work is an awesome advantage.
- Determine your fee
Stay realistic about the price range of your services. You can’t compare to someone who has been working 5+ years in the niche. Don’t go too cheap either.
The best math is to think about the minimum wage you can earn doing any type of work. Adat least 50% to that in your local currency and convert that to dollars. If the amount is under $5, then go for $7. On average, starting prices should go $5-$15 per gig.
Keep in mind
- Don’t forget about Upwork tests
Taking tests relevant to your services is a great addition to your portfolio. This is beneficial for people with little experience in particular.
- Add certificates
People may tell you that you don’t need to justify your knowledge from the get-go. However, if you want to earn properly from the start you will.
In case you don’t have any certification look up some online courses and enroll. As difficult as it may seem, it is important to invest in yourself.
Having a course certificate will land you the longer project. Certificates imply that you have a structured knowledge in an area of expertise. Check for the type of certificates Upwork will accept. Then focus on attending such courses online. We prepared a guide on how to take online courses and make money with them.
- Experience will come over time
There is some philosophical intent on every beginning. Technically, after you attend an online course a benefit is expanding knowledge. Once you apply for several positions in the niche you have experience.
Even now you probably have a better idea of what the market demands than a few weeks ago. Every step you take in your career is personal advancement.
Consider every challenge as a step forward and enjoy the process. It will be frustrating, but it will lead you to your new career path. Keep in mind that everything takes time and slowly but surely you will get there.
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