11 Reasons Why Your Upwork Account get Suspended

Here are the 11 reasons why your Upwork account gets suspended:

1: Having fake Identity (fake name or pic).
2: Allowing others to use your account or using others account on same system.
3: Not doing or Failing the ID and phone Verification.
4: Receiving payments Off Upwork.
5: Payment Disputes and Failing to Perform on Your Contracts.
6: Multiple IP/MAC Logins
7: Contacting client outside the Upwork via Skype, emails or personal sites.
8: Forcing or abusing client for the positive feedback.
9: Sending copy paste, non-professional or non-personalized proposals.
10: Sending Many Proposals And Not Getting Hired
11: Poor feedback by clients.

PS: Have more reasons? do add them in comments

SEO Tips for Business Success

seo tips for business success

Being a founder of multiple failed startups, I always tried to find a way of cheap advertising techniques to get results with minimum investment. In this struggle, one day I came across Search Engine Optimization (SEO) platform and I can confidently say it changed my life.

The moment, I became convinced that how much powerful SEO is in the world of advertising, I didn’t waste any time and started learning it right away. I implemented it on my website. And after years of trying SEO techniques on my website, I became expert at it.

Here, I want to share the journey of my startup. It is an auto mobile blog, where I used to write SEO optimized articles and my partner worked as a sales guy.

The Business Model
Our business model was to get auto mobile leads through the website using SEO tricks and then refer those leads to partner workshops which can give us commission on every sale.

SEO Strategy

In the start, We managed to attract only few hundred visitors per month. After few months, We reviewed our SEO strategy and made a new one. In the new strategy, we focused on picking new SEO keywords. So, for all daily routine queries and new auto mobiles, we tried to make sure that we were at the top of Google search. Since it is easy for new keywords to beat powerful and old websites.

For every new vehicle or auto mobile service, we made a new page on website with the same name. Hence, the race to increase the number of visitors started. After making its page, we worked on its SEO.  We wrote few articles on it and back-linked it to our landing page. Furthermore, to give it an extra juice, we made a Facebook ad which sends interested users to our new page.

Beating Big Market Players

In few days, we were at the top in Google search by beating other websites of big market players. So now, anyone who searches information about auto mobile services or models, they see our website page in top rankings. As most people prefer to go to a website which is on the top, this gives our page higher Click Through Rate (CTR). Our daily users increased from 5-10 to 1k+ daily visitors.

This helped us attracting potential customers fall on our website. We started to receive nonstop calls. We made an easy money just by being a middleman. We referred our clients to our partner workshops and they gave us a healthy commission.

How can you make your business a success through SEO

SEO is not a rocket science. Anyone can learn it with little knowledge of computer science and marketing. These days in our Pakistani market, good SEO experts are difficult to hire as this is something that is not taught in our universities. It’s about time that our computer science course gets digital marketing subject as a compulsory elective. Its future is wide and unlimited. Print media is going to be obsolete in coming years. For a business owner, don’t be late to implement SEO, your competitors probably know about SEO, but you might have been left behind.

Tips for Startup Success and Growth

For your startup to be successful unicorn, all you need is a great idea, certified by your best friend’s enthusiasm and the rest will take care of itself. Although you will have to work, but there are always shortcuts, and the billion-dollar exit is just a meeting away.

For help & insight, find a big-name chairman who travels the world for a dozen boards, because he won’t get caught up in all the details of your business. Those emails he’s reading during your board meetings are with very important people who could help with an IPO. The critical thing is to take all his wisdom to heart, even if it’s based on pre-historic market information, and make sure not to dilute it with your own judgment.

When it comes to strategic decisions, speed is the most important factor, so to help you with that, the following is a list of ideas to blast off your startup.

1. Create Buzz

Instead of wasting time with customers, who may not even use social media, focus on getting your name out there, winning awards, and producing expensive videos that have one chance in a million of going viral. Generating a PR buzz is the secret to success, plus your friends will think you have made it. Focus on your numbers, numbers of facebook friends, likes, connections on Linkedin, and how many times you are mentioned in the press. People who see all this may not be interested in buying your product, but they will soon recognize your name.

2. Be Nice

Avoid conflict so people will like you. Never make a decision that might upset someone; putting it off is more comfortable for everyone, even when that makes the problem worse in the long run. Negotiating is unseemly, and totally unnecessary, as most people are reasonable; whatever they’re offering is probably fair.

3. Hire People You Trust

The most loyal teams are made with friends and family — anyone you can’t fire. They may not have relevant experience, but at least you won’t waste time trying to find someone who does. Plus, if their performance suffers, you’ll have plenty of time to get into it at parties and family dinners, where other loved ones can chime in.

4. Work Hard

Capability and results are no match for a busy, frenetic office. If everybody’s working 12 hours a day, progress is a sure thing. Plus, it’s much more satisfying to check off all the little tasks on your To Do list than to sit back and waste time with strategic contemplation.

5. Strive for Excellence

Prototypes are ugly. No matter how long it takes, make your product absolutely perfect before showing it to a customer for user feedback or test marketing. If the customers don’t rave about your product when it’s finally finished, that doesn’t mean you’re not meeting their needs; it only means they don’t understand your product, but they’ll get it eventually.

6. Stay Positive

When you receive bad news, try to put it out of your mind as quickly as possible; no point thinking about something that’s going to crush your mood. Also, always believe the engineers’ forecasts on time and cost, regardless of history. The last 10 times they underestimated, they had very good reasons. This time will be different.

7. Don’t tell anyone your idea, They might try to steal it

The product development process will only get derailed and bogged down by customer input. You know best what the market needs. Plus, it’s difficult and time-consuming to find customers, never mind figure out what to do with all those different opinions.

8. Don’t be scared of competition

If there are already several players competing, it must be a good market. Product differentiation and innovation are nice to have, but if that doesn’t work out, you can always compete on price. Nobody has ever considered trying to lower the cost of this particular product before, and commodity businesses are always the most profitable.

9. Grow as fast as possible

Don’t worry about cash; it’ll be there when you need it. You have more important things to worry about than the details of your financials. You’re not an accountant, after all, and who cares about profitability when you’re shooting for the moon. Sustainable business models are old-school. As long as your revenues are growing, M&A or IPO are a sure bet.

10. Put on a great show for investors

In your pitch, before you state in simple terms what you sell, make sure to use lots of industry acronyms. Investors may not understand, but it’ll make you sound like an expert. Creating a chart with a clear comparison to the competition takes too much time and effort. As long as you have colorful diagrams showing how great your product is, and the projections show your recurring revenues skyrocketing, there’s no need to quantify your value proposition. And, regardless of what business you’re in, don’t forget to say you’re using blockchain!

If investors aren’t interested, don’t waste time rethinking the business; just fix the pitch deck.

Remember, a great product sells itself. The reason your product will be better than that of the huge incumbents in your space with years of experience and millions to invest is because they’re slow and stupid, while you’re smart and nimble. After all, didn’t you just win an award?

Ref: Venturebeat

Top 10 In-Demand Skills To Help You Get Hired

Python

  • One of the top most advertised software skills.
  • Listed among the highly scarce skills in the software industry.
  • Heavily used in prime industries including Big Data, Data Analytics, and Data Mining.
  • One of the most in-demand skills with a vast number of job opportunities internationally.

Data Analytics

  • Data Science and Statistics seem to make way in every workforce possible.
  • Big players from top sectors like banking and healthcare rely heavily on data for their business decisions.
  • Data Analytics has become one of the most commonly cited skills in the last few years.

Caregiving

  • With an increase in global healthcare improvements, there is a huge demand for talent in the Caregiving industry.
  • Caregiving jobs are expected to gain significant momentum in 2018.

Personal Finance

  • The expanding investment opportunities are prompting new aspects of saving and investment.
  • Personal Finance Advisor careers are gaining popularity.
  • Helping clients with money management, advising on insurance and other forms of investments are some of the key trends in this industry.

Digital Marketing

  • Research says marketers with digital skills, especially SEO and SEM, are most in-demand.
  • Some of the other top skills that are in-demand include content creation/curation, content strategy, social media and email marketing.

Network Security

  • Recent cyber threats like Ransomware and NotPetya have boosted the demand for cybersecurity positions within organisations.
  • Cybersecurity Specialist happens to be one the most popular job titles in the IT Security industry.

Database Management

  • Different approaches to efficiently storing data has become a necessity.
  • Reports say that about 25% of companies aimed to fill Database Management positions in 2017.
  • One of the top most popular job roles is “Database Administrator”.

Language Skills

  • Knowing a foreign language is not just an additional asset, but also a necessity in certain fields.
  • Some of the fields that require language skills include Customer Service, Marketing, Technical Support, and Sales.
  • In-demand languages include: Chinese, Japanese, German, French, and Arabic.

Mobile App Development

  • Mobile App Development roles account for 28% of IT-related advertisements.
  • Mobile App Development surpassed Web Development skills, which was deemed to be the most popular in past years.

Web Development

  • JavaScript is the most sought-after skill, followed by Java, C#, Python, and Amazon Web Services.

 

 

Get rid of these bad habits to become a better co-worker

Many top performers at their companies suck at managing or leading. That’s because the same competitive drive that led them to the top can also cause an all-out war with peers. This article “Get rid of these bad habits to become a better co-worker” is to list those habits.

In the book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, top executive coach Marshall Goldsmith breaks down the bad habits that are stopping many people from climbing higher in their careers.

1. An overwhelming need to win. Even the trivial stuff.

Your desire to win made you successful. However, you run the risk of wanting to win every argument, which could ruin your relationships with colleagues, spouses, and even your kids. Know when to compromise to become a better co-worker.

2. Giving your input or meddling when it isn’t helpful.

You like telling everyone what to do instead of letting them figure it out. However, giving too much input could cause your subordinates to be less committed to an initiative or idea, since it didn’t come from them. While your idea might be better, the trade-off is less enthusiasm from your colleagues.

“The higher up you go in your organization, the more you need to make other people winners and not make it about winning yourself,” writes Marshall.

3. Passing judgement on people after they give suggestions or feedback.

When people offer useful suggestions with or without our asking, we often react negatively. Perhaps we think the feedback is rubbish. Or we think the person’s undermining us. Instead, adopt a neutral position toward all feedback, and evaluate them objectively. Instead of criticizing the suggestion, say thank you.

4. Making destructive comments instead of shutting up.

Sometimes, we can’t help but say something snarky to show how witty we are. This can backfire on you. Sometimes, you may forget the nasty comment you made. But it could be seared into your colleague’s mind for a long time.

5. Letting negativity be your default response.

We often start sentences with “no,” “but,” or “however.” You might actually be dismissing what they’re saying right away. Often, we say these things to gain or consolidate power. But it could stifle rather than stir discussion.

6. Telling everyone how smart you are.

While most of us are not braggarts, we often resort to subtle means of saying that we know more stuff than others. For example, when someone tells us something, we tend to say, “I already knew that,” or a variation of it. Instead, just thank them.

7. Speaking when angry.

When we’re angry, we say things without holding back. And that might cause us to blurt out words we’ll regret.

8. Withholding information.

We often keep information to ourselves as a means of gaining power. Or we simply forget to inform someone about important matters. Imagine how you’d feel if you were left out of a meeting you should attend, or if you were the last person to know about something.

9. Failing to give proper recognition. Or worse, claiming credit for what you didn’t do.

‘Nuff said.

10. Blaming everyone else for your bad behavior or mistake.

You may attribute bad habits to your upbringing. Or whenever something goes wrong, you shift blame to someone else. Stop doing that.

11. An excessive need to be “me.”

There’s too much of a premium put on “being yourself.” What this thinking glosses over is that people can ably mold their behavior, even if their personalities stay the same. After all, I’m not sure if “being yourself” is a valid excuse if you’re making sarcastic remarks that hurt others’ feelings unnecessarily.

12. Refusing to say sorry.

Apologizing after you’ve made a mistake is the first step towards healing a relationship.

13. Playing favorites.

We often hate the butt kisser who sucks up to the teacher in class. But when we get into management, it’s harder to spot such behavior and stop ourselves from being manipulated. Be vigilant.

14. Not listening.

Nothing communicates “you’re not worth my time” like letting your mind drift while someone is talking to you.

15. Failing to say thanks, or saying it badly.

It doesn’t hurt to say “thank you.” Sometimes it’s the only thing you should say, as I’ve mentioned above. We often feel compelled to qualify someone’s compliment. For example, if someone says, “you look nice today,” and you say, “wait till you see what’s in my closet,” you might be perceived as boasting. Stop at “thank you.”

16. Punishing the messenger.

When someone gives us bad news, we might lash out. Or react negatively. While understandable, the messenger might think that you’re targeting him or her. Stay calm.

Ref: Tech In Asia

Upwork Profile Not Approved? Here’s What You Can Do

If you want to become a freelancer, we often recommend Upwork as a good starting point.

However, lately we’ve been getting some feedback and questions from our readers that they are having trouble with their registration.

So today, we want to address why your Upwork registration might get rejected.

Why was your Upwork profile not approved?

With more and more freelancers signing up, Upwork now seems to be looking for freelancers with expertise and those who offer the most sought after skills by clients worldwide.

So if your profile does not have a combination of skills and experience that clients are looking for, Upwork might just reject your registration.

What can you do to make sure your Upwork profile is accepted?

Besides your skills set, there other issues that could get your profile rejected. Let’s take a look at how you can make sure your profile doesn’t end up in the unapproved bin.

1. Use Authentic Personal Data

When using an online platform your first instinct is to hide your identity and personal details.

“What if I get hacked?”  

“I don’t want my boss to see my photo on a freelancing site.”

Such thoughts are common and understandable. We get it.

However, authenticity and transparency are very important to Upwork in order to filter spam and bots. The platform  obviously doesn’t want a reputation of having scammy freelancers. So, your profile will be automatically rejected should your personal data be deemed inappropriate or inauthentic.

  • Use your real name instead of pet names.
  • When uploading a profile picture, ensure it’s a picture of yourself and not celebrities, pets, abstract objects and the likes.
  • Use your real email address, phone number, and address.

In most cases, Upwork support will use a couple of ways to authenticate the information you provide. You may be asked to provide your government issued identification card, a utility bill or receive a phone call via the provided phone number.

If they are unable to verify your identity, your profile might not be approved.

2. Complete your profile to 100%

A common practice when joining freelancing jobs sites is to do a quick registration and then come back to complete your profile later.

While this is ok, chances are that it will take you weeks if not months to go back and complete your profile. With so many incomplete profiles, it definitely makes sense to reject them.

When registering on Upwork, increase your chances of getting accepted by completing your profile immediately

Complete your profile to 100% by adding a profile pic, a headline, overview, portfolio, certifications, employment history, education and any other experiences.

Don’t just mindlessly fill out the fields just to complete your profile – put some thought into it and create a profile that will get you hired.

See also: 12 Steps To Creating An Upwork Profile That Gets You Freelance Clients, FAST

Once you’ve completed your profile, you should see the 100% complete bar below ‘My Profile’

3. Take the Upwork readiness test

The Upwork readiness test tests whether you are ready for Upwork (duh!) and have a clear understanding of how the platform works.

Before you get started on the test, you will be provided with a freelance guide with everything you need to know about using Upwork as a freelancer. From getting started, types of freelance accounts, getting hired, getting paid to withdrawing your funds.

Demonstrating that you understand how the platform works by passing the Upwork readiness test will put you one step ahead of the other newbies.

4. Take tests relevant to your skill set

Having the right skills is a prerequisite on Upwork and the more you’re able to showcase that you’re highly skilled, the better your chances of getting accepted on Upwork.

To further demonstrate your skills, take free skill tests. There are hundreds of these tests and they cover a range of topics such as SEO, basics of copywriting, Bookkeeping, Virtual Assistant Skills, Internet Marketing, grammar and so on.

Take as many tests as you can but make sure you only concentrate on those that correspond with the skills you want to market yourself for. If you score below average, you have the choice to hide the score and only publish what you’ve scored favorably.

Skills tests can be found by clicking the Find Work tab and the clicking on Tests. You can search for the relevant test either in the category list or by searching using a keyword.

5. Delete multiple profiles

You may have created a profile in the past that either was rejected, you lost your login details or you completely forgot about it. Before you create another profile ensure that you delete any other profiles that you’re currently not using. Multiple profiles will make the system suspect you for a fraud.

6. Find a client to hire you

Upwork has a program called “Bring Your Own Freelancer” (BYOF) that allows clients to directly hire freelancers that are not currently on Upwork.

If you know someone who wants to hire you, you can request them to hire you via Upwork. If someone wants to hire you, it proves to Upwork that your skills are valuable.

When the client hires you, you will receive an email with the client’s contract terms. Your profile will automatically be activated once you accept the invitation to join the client’s team.

7. Join an agency

Alternatively, if you don’t know anyone who is hiring, you can join an agency. This is a team of freelancers already on Upwork. Your profile will be activated immediately you accept the invitation to join an agency.

An agency works differently from independent freelancers so make sure you understand all the ins and outs before you sign up as an agency freelancer.

8. Build your profile around an in-demand skill

This is probably the most important step in improving the chances of getting your profile accepted.

Take a look at your skills and what skill is in high demand. Use this skill to build your profile in a manner that expresses your expertise clearly. If you do this well, then you might just get your profile accepted without much struggle.

If you’re not highly skilled this might be a difficult step for you and it’s definitely ok to take some time to learn or practice one or two skills that are in high demand that might interest you. You can always come back to improve your profile and re-submit.

9. Contact Upwork support directly

If you believe that you’ve done everything right and your profile deserves a chance don’t give up, instead, contact Upwork Help and Support and plead your case. Even if they don’t approve your profile, they’ll at least give you the reason for your rejection and possibly some tips on how to improve it and then you can resubmit it.

10. Seek clients elsewhere

If everything fails and your Upwork profile not approved, don’t throw in the towel, you can still run a successful freelancing career. While Upwork is by far one of the best places to find clients, there are other avenues to find paid work.

You can use other platforms to build your skills and earn some experience that you can later on use to create the perfect Upwork profile.

We have a mega list of 52 Best Freelance Jobs Websites to Help You Find Online Work.

There’s no guarantee that doing any or all the above will get your profile accepted on Upwork. But with so much competition you want to make sure that you do everything right and increase your chances of getting accepted.

Ref: Fulltime Nomad

How to Be a Freelancer While Working Full Time

Let’s get real, no one is ever going to be ready to just quit their full time jobs and start freelancing without having a stable source of income in place first.

And that of course, makes complete sense.

What you need to do is, start freelancing while you still have the security of a full time job. You can rely on your income while you carve out a spot for yourself in the freelancing world. I call this the overlap period and it’s definitely something I recommend.

Why do You Need an Overlap Period?

Starting anything for the first time is always a daunting experience. Freelancing is no different.

The overlap period is your security blanket. You have the security of a stable income to fall back on while you give yourself the time to learn, make mistakes (you WILL make mistakes) and gain experience as a freelancer.

Some people will say having a security blanket can make you less motivated because you always have your income to fall back on. Yes, that’s kind of true. But, I will never recommend anyone to just quit their job on a whim, without first seeing if freelancing works for them. So you know, find that motivation in you to start freelancing and just do it.

But what I’ve learnt from my experience as a freelancer is that freelancing while working full time is a lot of hard work and it can be tricky.

How to Be a Freelancer (and Still Work Full Time)

I spent a lot of time in the overlap period. I failed at managing the two worlds a few times before I succeeded. Here are my tips on how to be a freelancer and juggle both your jobs without going insane.

1. Be A Good Employee

Sounds counterintuitive when you’re trying to break out into freelancing doesn’t it?

Truth is, you have a commitment to your full time job and that should definitely not suffer when you start to freelance. Also, you should never ever use company time or resources to get ahead with your freelance work. To me, that’s just Ethics 101.

Oh and make sure you check your workplace policies/ employee handbook for no-compete clauses or anything else that might be relevant to you working freelance for someone else.

My full time job was within within an in-house marketing team. My employment contract had a no-compete clause that obviously prevented me from working for anyone else in a similar industry. That’s cool. I wasn’t planning to anyway.

The freelance work I did while working full time was mostly internet-marketing related blog writing. I also worked for an agency in Melbourne creating social media strategies for their clients. Had I been working for a marketing agency as a full time employee, it definitely wouldn’t have been right for me to take on freelance work with another agency.

2. Don’t Over Commit

When the freelance work starts coming in, it’s very exciting and it might be tempting to say yes to everything that comes your way.

Don’t.

First, you don’t have the time. You’re still working a full time job so don’t promiseto do 5 articles in 24 hours when you know you’ll be at work for most of the day.

Second, start slow. Take the time to learn and gain experience before saying yes to everything.

And finally, when you overcommit and can’t live up to your promise, the quality of your work will suffer.

Take on smaller amounts of work but do it well.

3. Make Time For Work

Before you jump into freelancing, have a good hard think about when you will be doing the actual work.

Can you spare a few hours, a couple of evenings each week? May be you can commit your Saturday mornings to freelance work?

Whatever it is – make a realistic assessment of what works for you and stick to your schedule. Otherwise, you will get so caught up in your regular working week that time will pass and before you know it, you will have missed your freelancing deadline.

4. Stay Organised

Juggling your freelance work while still holding down your job will seem overwhelming at first. You will have a million things to do, at work and at home. Don’t give into the chaos.

Instead, take control and start organising your to-dos in a way that works for you. You have to become really good with managing your time. This is especially important so you never miss a project deadline.

I am borderline obsessive compulsive when it comes to being organised about my work. I have lists and lists of lists. Not even kidding.

Staying organised soothes me. It also makes me more productive and makes sure I stay on track with my tasks. I use tools like TrelloGoogle CalendarsWunderlistand good old pen and paper to keep my work organised and make sure I never miss a deadline.

5. Be Honest with Clients

Make sure your clients know that you have a full time job and are only available part time. Most clients are happy for you work on your own time, as long as the work is completed as per deadline. However, sometimes they will expect immediate responses to emails.

Make it clear from the start that you are unable to respond during the time you are at work. If you set expectations from the outset, clients are less likely to become upset when you don’t respond to their emails within the hour.

6. Don’t Take Your Pay For Granted

Like I said before, the great thing about the overlap period is having the security blanket of being paid your salary. But don’t become complacent about this unless you want to work a full time job and freelance part time only.

Train your brain to think of your current salary as fleeting. Work on growing your freelance career so you can eventually quit your job and your freelancing income is good enough to replace the income you had from your job.

7. Don’t Burn Out

And finally, give yourself a break. Yes you need to work doubly hard right now but it’s important to make sure you don’t burn out. Make time to relax, unwind and spend time doing things you enjoy.

If you don’t, I promise you will start to resent the idea of freelancing and it may make you want to give it up because it’ll feel like you’re working all the time. I know because I definitely burned myself out by working more, exercising less and sleeping very little at one point. Never again.

Anyone who has worked two jobs at the same time will tell you that it’s hard work. Freelancing + working full time is the same. But, if you’re really committed to starting your freelance career then this is definitely the best way to ease yourself into it without having to worry about not having an income.

Ref: Fulltime Nomad

How To Make (More) Money On Upwork By Finding Your Niche

You know the old saying – “Jack of all trades, master of none” ?

It’s something I’ve learnt is incredibly true for freelancers as well.

When I first started freelancing, I took a very general approach to it. I believed I was a good enough writer to write on any topic.

What I didn’t realise is just being a good writer isn’t enough to get paid the high rates. Especially on Upwork. I was spreading myself thin across a variety of niches and by doing every type of job, I wasn’t becoming an expert in anything.

So if you’re here wondering how to make money on Upwork — my advice to you is start niche-ing down

So how did I find my freelancing niche?

The reason I’m here telling you it’s important to niche yourself as a freelancer (especially on Upwork) is because I didn’t do it for so long! In fact, I found my niche by accident.

I applied for a job to blog for an online furniture store. This coming from someone whose furniture-buying experience at the time extended to buying one couch and one desk. Needless to say I didn’t get the job.

However, the guys who owned the company also had another business – an agency that provided social media marketing services. After checking out my experience and portfolio, they contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in writing about social media marketing. They said my experience in the industry made me a better fit for this role.

Of course I said yes.

Having those articles to prove my expertise in the niche further, I was able to apply and get even more jobs in the internet marketing space. Immediately, I was able to increase my rates and start making more money on Upwork.

Why should you niche yourself on Upwork?

Recently we had to get our GoPro camera repaired. We hunted down a GoPro camera specialist and got him to look into it for us. There are hundreds of camera stores in Ho Chi Minh City but we preferred to take it to the guy who was the expert in GoPros.

Um, what does this have to do with making money on Upwork? The fact that — we all love and trust experts.

So, as a freelancer when you pick a niche to specialise in, you start to establish yourself as an expert.

Expertise = better prospects

When you narrow your focus, you tend to attract better prospects. When you take a general “I can do everything” approach to your freelancing, your clients see you as just another freelancer. However, once you start to hone your niche and establish your expertise, you start to attract clients who are looking for niche expertise as well.

Get jobs without freelancing experience

The catch-22 of every job market, including freelancing, is that everyone wants someone with experience but how do you get experience when no one is willing to give you a go? How to make money on Upwork when no one will hire you? *sad face*

If you have expertise in something, or are particularly knowledgeable about a specific topic – you become a preferred candidate for a job even if you have never freelanced before. Clients are more interested in your knowledge than your freelancing experience.

Be paid better

Making money on Upwork is a lot easier when you’re an expert. When you establish yourself as an expert in an area, your clients will be more willing to pay you higher expert rates.

How to find your freelancing niche

Don’t wait for your niche to find you (like I did) but instead start to actively think about it.

1. Do you have any professional expertise?

Think about what expertise you can bring to the table as a freelancer and then think about how you can carve yourself a niche within your field of expertise.

Johnny’s chief area of professional expertise is in online advertising. Now there are thousands of other online advertising freelancers on Upwork, so we started thinking about how he could stand out.

He then decided to niche himself and market himself as an expert in Facebook Advertising alone. He immediately saw results with clients preferring to work with someone who was an expert in one particular type of advertising.

2. What are your passions?

While my professional expertise is in online marketing, I do have other interests and passions as well.

I used to write for a health and fitness blog. I got this job because healthy living is something I’m very passionate about. Although I’d never written about anything to do with health and fitness, I was able to convince the clients by writing an article about my personal experience of attending a Body Pump class (which at the time, I attended twice-weekly.)

When you have a passion or a hobby, you tend to become very knowledgeable about it. So start to think about your passions as a marketable skill.

3. How big is this niche market?

Before you niche yourself, it’s important to consider whether there is a demand for the niche. You might be an expert in knitting little mittens for kittens and have a wealth of knowledge in the area but how many clients are looking for kitten-mitten experience?  😉

Always consider the demand for your expertise because without demand, you won’t get paid.

4. Learn by practising

While niching yourself is important, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find your niche right from the beginning. You may have to try on several different hats first to see which one fits. Give yourself the time to experiment with your skills and passions.

Practice and pay attention to what you enjoy, which projects inspire you, which clients you enjoy working with and what type of work makes you feel passionate. Gradually, you will be able to hone in on your niche.

Should you only have one niche?

I don’t necessarily think we need to limit ourselves to one niche as freelancers. As I’ve mentioned above, as a freelancer writer, my niche is online marketing but also health and fitness and travel.

These are all topics I’m passionate about and know a lot about so I believe clients can see my expertise.

I definitely think you can be an expert in 2-3 different areas however I don’t recommend trying to sell yourself as an expert in 10 different areas. Your approach then becomes too general and clients are not going to see you as an expert in anything.

The employer’s perspective on niche freelancers

As someone who now employs freelancers as well (for our agency), I definitely know that clients would also rather work with someone who’s an expert in something.

When I advertise jobs and get responses from freelancers who want to be everything from an SEO expert to a web designer to a WordPress developer – they almost always go in my reject pile. The lack of focus is very often proof that they don’t really have the time to hone one particular skill.

This is an example of all the skills listed on the Upwork profile for a freelancer who applied for a job I had advertised.

Their profile had no specific focus and by trying to be a jack of all trades, they definitely didn’t stand out to me at all.

Understanding yourself as a freelancer takes a bit of time. You’re definitely not going to wake up tomorrow and have it all figured out. Have patience, experiment and you will soon figure out what your freelancing niche should be. 

I definitely believe having a niche is one of the key strategies for those of you looking to make (even more) money on Upwork.

Need some more advice on Upwork? Be sure to check out our articles on creating an Upwork profile and also our tips on getting more jobs on Upwork.

Ref: Fulltime Nomad

How To Get More Jobs On Upwork – 14 Tips

Breaking into Upwork, can seem tough at the start.

There are hundreds of established freelancers from around the world and you’re all competing for the same job.

So the question is: How to get more jobs on Upwork and beat the competition?

Today’s post is designed to help you stand out, attract clients and make it easier for you to get jobs (and make money).

1. Spruce up your Profile

When asked for advice on how to get more jobs on Upwork, the first thing we usually tell people is to put work into their profile.

Needless to say, a good quality profile is very important on Upwork. If you already have a profile, go back and make sure that it is 100% complete. Fill out as many sections as you can, in detail.

A 100% complete profile ranks higher on the Upwork search engine compared to incomplete profiles. A few things to pay attention to when sprucing up your Upwork profile:

  • Make sure you have a professional profile photo of yourself and not a pet or abstract objects.
  • Be specific in describing your skills.
  • Add work/experience history
  • Add a portfolio if possible.
  • Add a reasonable pay rate

See also: How To Create An Upwork Profile That Gets You Clients, FAST

2. Take Relevant Upwork Tests

I know I know, taking those Upwork tests can seem very annoying. Truth is, if you want to get work on Upwork, taking those tests is a necessary evil. One very important test that is a MUST is the Upwork Readiness test. Most clients will not give your profile a second thought if you haven’t done this test.

Once you’re done with the Upwork Readiness test, take a couple of other ones that cover the skill sets you are hoping to work with. Generally a test will take about 20 minutes. Tests will help show just how good you are at something, so it’s worth taking them. Once you’re done done, ensure that you set the results to show up on your profile (especially if you did well on the test).

Completing tests on Upwork will raise your profile up the Upwork search engine much faster. To take a test, go to the ‘Tests’ section and search for tests that are relevant to your field under ‘categories’ or ‘keyword’.

3. Build Your Freelancer Reputation (Upwork Job Success Score)

Reputation is everything on Upwork. You can create your reputation in various ways on Upwork; such as quick responses to job invitations, communication with clients, job satisfaction and so on. The better your reputation on Upwork, the more jobs you’ll manage to get (and the more successful you’ll be).

Upwork uses the Job Success score to measure your reputation. Put simply, if a client is happy with your work, you will have a high job success percentage (score). Your Job Success score also affects how you rank in the Upwork search engine. The higher your score, the higher the chances of getting a Top Rated badge.

Learn how your Upwork job success score is calculated.

See also: Upwork Job Success Score: What It Means and How to Improve Yours

4. Work on your Proposals

A well-written proposal is a huge part of bagging a contract on Upwork. Many freelancers, especially those who are just starting out, tend to pay very little attention to their proposals. Don’t be one of them.

When sending a proposal:

  • Don’t use a stock response. Make sure you send a new and customised proposal for every job.
  • Be specific in why you are interested in the particular project and what experience or skills you have that will help you complete the project successfully.
  • Provide samples of your past work that are related to a project you are bidding for.
  • If there is anything that you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the project in your proposal.

5. Find a Niche

When starting out as a freelancer, it’s common practice to take up any job that has potential to earn you some money. However, as you progress and especially if you are interested in getting well-paying gigs that will earn you more, you will have to find a niche. Choosing a niche increases your chances of getting a job because clients will see you as an expert in a particular field.

As you set up your Upwork profile focus on 1 or 2 skills that you feel you are best at. Once you’ve chosen a niche, build your profile around it. Make sure your job title contains keywords relevant to your niche. Add the keywords to your description, add portfolios of projects related to this niche and also take tests related to this niche.

See also: How To Make (More) Money On Upwork By Finding Your Niche

6. Find the Right Project

When applying for a job, don’t just apply to any job, be selective. To begin with, make sure that you search for relevant projects by setting up a job feed. This will make it easy to find a project within your skill set.

There are hundreds of jobs advertised on Upwork every day and finding the right one can be quite difficult. The Upwork Job Feed, lets you narrow down the job results into jobs that are more likely to fit your skills and from your preferred niche. The Job Feed is also important because it ensures you never miss out on new opportunities that match your skills.

To set up a job feed on Upwork:

Pick a skill

Enter one or two skills into the search bar to find projects that match your skills.

Set filters

Use filters on the left-hand side of the Search Results Page to set a targeted job feed.

Add to Job Feed

After setting your search preferences, add it to your Job Feed found on the left side of your homepage.

7. Understand the Two Types of Upwork Jobs

To get more jobs on Upwork, it’s important that you first understand that Upwork has two job types:

 1. Fixed price

Fixed priced jobs are jobs with a set scope to be delivered at a fixed price. With fixed price jobs, you can work as many or as few hours as needed to get the job done. Most of these projects are short term and payment is made after the project is completed. Fixed price jobs are good if you are starting out on Upwork and you need projects that you can work on and get paid fast. However, be careful because the client can dispute work done and end the project early without submitting your payment. Even though Upwork has introduced Escrow for fixed price projects, there is a certain amount of risk involved.

2. Hourly Projects

Hourly projects on Upwork are projects that are payable for every hour spent working on the project. Upwork’s time tracking app takes random screenshots of your computer every 10 minutes and uploads them to your work diary while you’re working. Payment for hourly work is guaranteed as long as the hours are logged using the time tracker and not manually. Upwork guarantees that as longs as you using their time tracker to do the job, you will get paid for the time.

8. Know your Worth

Deciding how much to charge for a project can be confusing because you do not want to undercharge nor overcharge a client. Before you set your rate, do a bit of research to find out the average pay for the type of jobs you are interested in. Take a look at what other similar freelancers are charging and use that as a guide. Once you have figured out the right rate make sure you stick to jobs that will pay you something close to that rate.

9. Bid Often and Reasonably

As already noted, competition on Upwork is high so it is important that you bid for as many relevant jobs as possible to increase your chances of getting hired. However, you also need to be reasonable in the kind of jobs you bid for. Make sure that they will be worth your time, pay what you deserve and that you will be able to complete them within the set deadline. If you don’t have the time to work on a handful jobs, make sure you apply to only those that you will be able to handle.

10. Keep your Clients’ Needs in Mind

Before you start working on a project make sure that you fully understand what is expected of you and what the clients wants you to do. Always listen to your client’s concerns and respond positively and in a pleasant manner. Make sure that you deliver exactly what you promised. Ask the client to give you feedback on your work and should they request for changes, do so without complaining. Remember if you deliver what is expected of you, your clients will report good job satisfaction – which will increase your Upwork Job Success score.

11. Plan your Time Well

The beauty of freelancing is that you have the freedom to work whenever you want to. This can sometimes get out of hand if you don’t plan your time well. When taking up jobs be sure not to accept too much work that you have no time to complete. If you are working full time and freelancing on the side, make sure you have systems in place to balance your workload.

See also: How to Be a Freelancer While Working Full Time

Also, if your client is in a different time zone, be clear on exactly which time zone the deadlines are applicable to.

Remember as a freelancer you are your own boss and you will be expected to follow through on what you’ve agreed to do so plan your time well to ensure that you have enough time to complete your projects in good time as agreed.

12. Build Relationships with Clients

Communication is key on Upwork. It is important that keep communication with clients open. Respond to messages as soon you possibly can, do not let days pass before responding. This will greatly affect your reputation. Creating a working relationship with clients is important if you want them to consider you for future or long term projects. By creating great relationships, you’ll build up your reputation making you successful.

13. Stick to Set Deadlines

Agree with the client on appropriate and reasonable deadlines. If you feel that the time provided to complete a project is too little, make sure you let the client know before you begin the project. Agree with the client on due dates and make sure you make them. If for are unable to meet a deadline, let the client know immediately and tell them when you’ll be able to complete the work. Sometimes circumstances beyond your control may make it impossible to adhere to deadlines. Do the right thing and let the client know in advance or as soon as you are able to communicate. For fixed price projects you can find the deadline on the project contract as shown below:

14. Request Feedback

Once you complete a project successfully, clients can rate your work with 1 to 5 stars and add more feedback regarding their experience working with you. Feedback is very important as it contributes to your Job Success score. Should a client forget to rate you, make sure to politely request them to leave you feedback. To get good feedback:

  • deliver high quality work
  • communicate with clients early and often
  • be a pleasure to work with
  • keep deadlines

So to answer the question – how to get more jobs on Upwork? Experience is what you need.

To ensure you are among the best freelancers on Upwork, work towards perfecting your skills. This will require you to keep learning about the jobs you’re interested in and how to best complete them. Take the time to continue learning about your niche.

Freelancing is a great way to earn a living as it offers you the freedom to plan your work around your lifestyle and not your lifestyle around your work. If you do it right, Upwork can be a great source of continuous, dependable income.

Ref: Fulltime Nomad

Upwork Job Success Score – What It Means and How to Improve Yours

The Upwork Job Success Score – it’s Upwork’s unique feedback scoring system and, based on the number of questions we get about it – we are guessing it’s something that confuses many of you.

As a freelancer, your reputation is everything. The Upwork Job Success Score is a measure of your reputation on the platform.

And, we cannot emphasize enough, the value of a good reputation on any popular online jobs site, including Upwork.

Clients like to know they’re hiring freelancers who have a good reputation for quality work and delivery. The way they assess this on Upwork, is through the Job Success Score. So for you, a freelancer, it’s important to maintain a good score.

Top freelancers will normally have a score of 90% and higher. To clients, this is a reflection of a freelancer who meets or even exceeds work expectations – leading to happy clients. These are the freelancers every client wants to work with. That’s how important your JSS is.

Radhika’s Upwork profile is at 100% Job Success – a score she works very hard to maintain.

 

So, what exactly is the Job Success Score (JSS) and how can you make sure that you get a higher score? What impacts your JSS? Let’s get into the nitty gritty.

The Upwork Job Success Score Explained

The Upwork Job Success Score is a measure of the quality of your work and reputation on Upwork. Your score is based on how clients rank your performance over a period of 24 months.

In simple terms, JSS is the comparison between your happy clients and unhappy clients, against the total number of clients you have had over the last 24 months.

Upwork’s Job Success Score is always displayed on your profile. If you’re a new freelancer, your JSS will be displayed after you’ve completed four or more projects.

While obviously we don’t know the exact algorithm behind the score, we do know that the system takes several factors into consideration when determining your performance.

These include:

  • Client feedback
  • Successful completion of work
  • Client complaints
  • Missed deadlines
  • Responsiveness levels (to interview invitations and client messages)
  • Disputes
  • Repeat clients

The JSS is updated every two weeks. Your goal should be to keep your score above 90%. If your score falls below 70%, you risk having your account suspended. You certainly don’t want this to happen especially after all the effort you put into landing clients in the first place.

You can find your current Job Success Score on your My Stats page.

What Causes Your Upwork Job Success Score to Dip?

There are several issues that can result in a drop in your score.

1. Negative client feedback

This is one of the biggest causes of a poor JSS. Both public and private feedback will affect your reputation on Upwork. Most clients are reasonable and will give credit where it’s due but if you do not deliver as agreed then you definitely won’t have a happy client.

Constant negative reviews will lead to a poor score and ultimately a suspended account. Focus on providing your clients with a great experience and you’ll receive great ratings and feedback.

2. Lack of Feedback

This is closely related to negative feedback. Also it is probably one of the factors that most of us don’t take into account.

So you’ve completed your job successfully and ended a contract, the client doesn’t give you any feedback.You ignore it because at least it wasn’t negative feedback!.

While a few jobs without feedback will not affect your JSS; if you have a pattern of contracts ending without feedback, it’s very likely to affect your score.

Whenever you complete a job successfully, politely remind the client to leave you feedback.

3. Inactive Contracts

There will be instances where you start a contract but for whatever reason, the contract doesn’t kick off. So no work/time is logged and no payment is made.

In other cases, you may work for a while and then the client doesn’t assign you any more work for a long period.

These two cases can affect your Job Success Score. Request a client to end such contracts as soon as you can, to prevent having a history of inactive contracts.

4. Missing Deadlines

Sticking to set deadlines is one of the best ways to build your reputation on Upwork. Clients want someone they can rely on. In fact, many clients will give you a bonus and a good review for work done under tight deadlines.

Missing deadlines will have an effect on your job success score. So unless it’s the client’s fault, always ensure you hand in work in good time. If you need more time, ask the client to change the due date in advance.

How Can You Improve Your Job Success Score?

Think of the Upwork Job Success Score as a trust signal for clients. Clients trust freelancers with good scores because it means they’re knowledgeable in their field and also reliable freelancers.

They want to hire freelancers with a track record of delivering projects on time and do the work as promised. A high JSS will therefore make your profile stand out and land you more projects.

To improve your Upwork Job Success Score, focus on delivering great work and maintaining a good reputation by doing the following:

  • Complete your projects successfully

Every time you accept a job, make sure that you give it your best and complete it successfully and under the agreed terms. Great communication is key in the success of your project. Work closely with your clients and communicate effectively and frequently during the contract.

Communicate promptly in case of instances where you may not be able to deliver work at the time agreed or if you are having any difficulties with the job.

Remember that a happy client equals good feedback and good feedback will improve your JSS.

  • Avoid poorly rated clients

Thankfully, freelancers are allowed to rate clients too and some clients are just not worth the time.

Before applying for a job or accepting an offer, check the client’s current review score. Are they rated highly or poorly?

Avoid poorly rated clients as they might be difficult to work with or may even leave unjust negative feedback to their freelancers.

No matter how enticing the job might be, you’re better off looking for another client as a poorly rated client might just end up giving you a poor score that affects your hard earned JSS.

A client’s rating can be viewed under ‘About Client’ in the job details page. You can also check out the actual feedback from other freelancers at the bottom of the job post so you know the reason for the poor feedback as well.

This client’s feedback is based only of 1 review but it’s already not a good impression.

 

  • End inactive contracts

If you have a client who has not assigned you any work for more than 4 weeks, contact them and ask to end the contract if they don’t have any more work for you at the moment. Remember to request them to leave you feedback.

A good reputation on Upwork is important if you want to keep a steady flow of income as a freelancer. Some of these mistakes can be easily avoided so do your due diligence to ensure that you get a high Upwork Job Success Score and keep it above 90%.

Ref: Fulltime Nomad