World is changing; once there was a majority of people that were steadily employed, working for a single company for years. Today, especially since the economic crisis of 2008 has wreaked havoc on the global economy, there is an increasing number of freelancers, people working on their own for a number of different clients. These people are no longer tied to a specific place and job, and are offering their services to anyone who might need them. Once the contract has been fulfilled, the freelancer moves on to the next job.
On the surface, this sounds very positive; freedom for freelancers, less costs for the clients who no longer need to rely on a single person in their employment. But the life of a freelancer is anything but simple and calm; it is up to them to find their own work, evaluate the clients and decide whether or not they want to work with them, to fulfill the contract and make sure they get paid. All the additional “negative” features – taxes, paperwork, inability to take vacation, problems about health care and so forth – fall on the freelancer as well. In order to help themselves out and ease their own burden, freelancers often join platforms that connect them with perspective clients and make many interactions easier. These platforms usually take a cut from both the freelancer and client alike in exchange for the mitigating and administrative services rendered. In short, the platform brings them together and takes a slice for their service rendered.
How to survive Upwork guide
This is where Upwork steps in, the largest platform of this type today, connecting millions of freelancers and clients all over the world. By the mere fact that it is the largest platform it is also the most important platform; no other place has so many jobs and contracts offered, which in turn brings in most of the freelancers who are willing to offer their services.
I have worked both as a freelancer and employed a number of other freelancers on the projects I worked on throughout the years, and was able to see both sides of the business. On Upwork, however, I have found one of the most important places for freelancers, but also one riddled with dangers that a newcomer to Upwork cannot understand or anticipate.
In short, if you start working on Upwork as a freelancer and rely only on your experience to survive the many pitfalls this platform has, you will very likely ruin your career very early, with little to no chance of recovery.
Having worked there and, even more importantly, having benefited from the experience from some of the top freelancers on that platform, I decided to write a book on how to kick-start and maintain a sustainable career on Upwork for years to come. If you are a freelancer starting out and have your eyes set on Upwork, this is the best place you can possibly start.
There are many books on Upwork out there, but majority of them is outdated and refers more to Elance, the predecessor of Upwork, rather than Upwork itself. Most of these books are focused on unimportant technical details (click here to upload your profile image and other useless information anyone can figure out on their own). There are some with inexplicably bad, outdated info, and some that are guaranteed to get you banned from the platform if you follow them. Up to this day I can’t understand how someone can put such information in a book or a video tutorial without even bothering to put a disclaimer that following that method might cause you serious trouble. Unfortunately, you can’t even trust all the authors, including some of those that are making the bestseller lists with their Upwork books.
I focused on writing a book filled with information of the “I wish somebody told me that when I started out!” type. With a lot of help from top earners and highly experienced freelancers on Upwork, I managed to dig out and filter some of the main problems freelancers can face on Upwork and listed best methods how to avoid and solve these problems.
This book will help freelancers create a successful and sustainable career on Upwork, the largest freelancing platform in the world by providing them with practical advice on how to avoid many pitfalls that are a part of working on Upwork. Updated for the year 2017 and describing all the changes of Upwork platform since the merger of Elance and oDesk, it will will show you how to achieve and – even more importantly – keep a high Job Success Score, how to deal with difficult clients and how to avoid all the landmines working on Upwork brings along.
As an online marketing expert with more than a decade of experience with many leading brands, Vladimir has been dealing both with clients and freelancers from all over the world, seeing both sides of the story. On Upwork, however, the freelancer is the one who carries the majority of risk, especially the newcomers to the platform. This book was composed in order to help freelancers avoid making catastrophic mistakes that would end their career prematurely – even if they themselves have done nothing wrong!
This book will teach you the following:
1. How to set up an Upwork account that attracts clients.
2. How Upwork algorithm works
3. The best pricing strategies for your services
4. How ratings and feedback work
5. What Job Success Score is and how to achieve and maintain 100% of your JSS!
6. How to separate yourself from your competition
7. How to find and win best clients and turn them into your long-term customers
8. How to make a perfect sales pitch
9. How to resolve any potential conflicts with clients
10. Finally, and most important, how to achieve a long-term, sustainable Upwork career
Succeeding on Upwork is not easy, but working hard is not enough – you need to work smart! Benefit from the author’s and other Upwork freelancer experiences that will show you the many potential pitfalls that have ended the careers of many young, talented freelancers on Upwork and how to avoid them!