Upwork is an online freelancing platform that was formed from two older platforms; oDesk and Elance. It is one of the most well-known online freelancing platforms, and has a large database with millions of professionals registered from all over the world. There is a massive range of work on this platform, from data entry to web design and marketing to thermodynamics calculations. It facilitates finding work as an independent contractor and for companies or individuals to find talented freelancers for a wide range of projects.
Professional freelancers of all kinds who are willing to put in the time required to build a profile with great ratings and work history.
How To Use It
Expect competition, and know that effort is needed to build a profile with good ratings and job history. Freelancers worldwide use this platform.
The Upwork registration process is as follows:
- Register on the Upwork website as a freelancer. You will be asked to add the following to your profile:
- Select up to five “skills” from a list, these can be quite specific (i.e MATLAB or C++) through to more general skills such as Data Science.
- Write a personal overview, effectively a very basic CV or cover letter. There are plenty of examples and hints available to help write these.
- Select an hourly rate, an approximate number of hours you are willing to work per week, skill level and spoken language(s).
- Add qualifications, work history, an introductory video, portfolios and a few extra things as you see fit
- Once you have set up your profile you are able to search and apply for jobs that you feel you can achieve. It is still an application process and some employers may receive large numbers of applications, so you will still be competing for work most of the time.
- Bid on projects or offer services. Pay is negotiated between freelancer and client.
Upwork’s fee structure favors freelancers that work with the same clients over time.
- Freelancers are charged 20% of their earnings, for up to $500 total billings with a client.
- 10% for total billings with a client between $500.01 and $10,000
- 5% for total billings with a client that exceed $10,000.
- Can make a lot of money if you can secure good contracts.
- Work in your desired field.
- Gain relevant experience and get to work on a wide range of fascinating projects.
- Very hard to start out due to high competition.
- Be prepared to take some jobs for very low pay just to get your ratings up and some good reviews.
- With competitors worldwide bidding for the same projects, it can feel like a race to the bottom regarding rates. Freelancers in developing countries can obviously offer lower rates than freelancers in developed ones. Make sure to position yourself well.
Things To Know
- Making a good profile is important. Build a stunning portfolio. In a market that is entirely virtual, employers are going to want to see some hard evidence of what you can produce before hiring – especially when you are competing against people who do. You can upload what you want, so it can be stuff from previous jobs or personal projects, it does not have to be specifically from Upwork.
- You need to get some good reviews under your belt.
- You can take tests for specific skills within Upwork itself that prove you have the skills that you say you do.
- There is the occasional report of fake/scam jobs being posted. If you are concerned, you are able to contact the employer and discuss things as well as be interviewed before being contracted to ensure legitimacy.
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