Upwork (formerly oDesk) is by far one of the most popular and credible freelancing sites where thousands of freelancers are making good money online.
Personally, we have had a lot of success with finding quality clients through Upwork and we believe that having a complete, well-written profile has been a huge reason why.
Then what you have to do is to verify your email address;
1. Add Your Overview
After the title comes the overview. This is your chance to tell prospective clients a bit more about yourself. You get to sell yourself in a few more words, make it count.
Express the unique skills that you possess that will be of value to your clients in a professional and concise manner. Focus on your niche-specific skills.
Quick tip: Start with the most important information first because only the first two or three sentences of your overview are visible in search results and other Upwork pages. At the end of your overview you can include soft skills related to your area of expertise such as reliable, good communication skills, fast learner, attention to details etc. When creating your overview, have these things in mind:
- Type of work you want to do and the industry you want to work in
- Years of experience you hold
- Your proficiency with systems and industry-relevant software.
- Accomplishments you’re proud of.
- Languages you speak and are proficient working in
When writing all of the above, always remember to highlight how your skills and accomplishments can help the client reach their business goals. After all, you have to prove your value to them.
Finally, proofread your overview to ensure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes because nothing will make a client drop you fast like poor grammar. This is a perfect example of a well written overview:
2 List Your Skills
List a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 skills that enable you to do your job. These should be the most important and most relevant skills for your job category (and the jobs you will apply for).
Make sure you order them by proficiency. Upwork allows you to ‘drag and drop’ listed skills.
Upwork has thousands of skill-based tests. Make time to take tests related to a couple of the skills that you have listed. Taking tests is beneficial to your profile because employers look at them to confirm if indeed you are the right fit for the job.
3 Assess Your English Skills
The official Upwork language is English but there are thousands of freelancers who posses fluency in other languages. You will be required to assess your English skills – do so honestly.
Even if you’re not a writer, your ability to communicate with a client is important. By being honest about your language skills, clients can have an idea of what to expect from you.
If English is your native language then select the ‘Native or Bilingual’ option. If you can only write or converse in English, then select the appropriate option. If you possess knowledge of other languages, list them as well. Definitely don’t lie that you are fluent in a language when you know too well you can barely write in the said language.
4 Select your Experience Level
As part of having a 100% complete profile on Upwork you must rate your experience level.
There are 3 levels, Entry Level, Intermediate and Expert. The level you choose is not according to your experience on Upwork but the overall professional experience you hold in your area of expertise.
For most freelancers who are employed and freelancing on the side or those who have been freelancing part-time but now want to do it full time, their level of experience will more likely be Intermediate or Expert depending on the number of years worked.
However, if you are just starting out in a particular area, be honest and select Entry Level. This will not affect your profile but will help clients gauge your ability to handle different projects.
5. Add Your Employment History
To improve your profile and credibility, list your employment history as a way to showcase your experience, past projects and qualifications. In this section, list your previous work experience focusing only on projects that relate to the type of job you want.
Use bullet points to highlight achievements and specific expertise. Make sure that you add a brief description about your responsibilities and examples of projects you accomplished in each position listed.
When you get clients on Upwork in future, remember to go back and add them in this section. This will not only showcase your added experience but also reinforce your credibility as a freelancer on Upwork and get you more work.
6. Add Your Education
To further validate your credentials, let clients know more about your educational background. List the institution name and your degree(s) in chronological order with the most recent degree at the top. Education background is important even if what you studied is not related to what you are currently doing.
If you do not have a formal education, it’s not a big deal. Just add all informal and self-taught education in the “Other Experiences” section.
7. Set your Hourly Rate
Finally, the last step when creating your Upwork Freelancer profile is to set your hourly rate. This is probably the most confusing bit of the profile because people tend to feel shy about what they think they are worth, while some just over do it. While there is no right hourly rate, ensure that your starting rate matches your experience and skills. You could also take a look at what other freelancers in your chosen categories are charging and pick a rate that is competitive with theirs.
You just have to wait for 24hrs for your account to be approved. Sometimes, it might not be approved but try to be more niche specifics and you will see that your account will be approved.
After your account is approved, you can start getting work and getting paid.
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