Al Anany

Upwork Freelancing Guide

Upwork Freelancing

Upwork Freelancing is very much like dating on Tinder. Clients are looking for someone, and they’ll probably swipe you away. They will judge you by your cover, and you need to impress in a few seconds.

I’m Al, a business consultant in Zurich, Switzerland. I’ve spent over a year working on Upwork going from $0 to $100k+. Currently, my project ticket size is now ranging from $4k to $6k per job. Additionally, I used to consume quite a large number of hours working on a job. Now I have my team to work with me on finalizing the repetitive elements, while I supervise.

This decreased my working time per project from approximately 20 hours per week to 2 hours per week, allowing us to execute several projects in parallel.

This article aims to take you from a person with no Upwork profile to a person who’s making more than $100k on Upwork. In a nutshell, this is an outcome of over a year of working on Upwork, discovering the good and bad, and acing the system.

The problem with blogs all-around similar topics is that they propose how you can make “passive income”, but the requirements are always the trick. “You can be an affiliate marketer, and make $200,000” — Well, I don’t have an audience for that in the first place.

The objective is to show you how freelancing on Upwork actually works, how you can get a client to speak to you (and no, it’s not by being yourself) as well as sign a contract. After that, you’re on your own. Do your thing.

Here’s what we’ll cover.

  1. The boring basics.
  2. Things you probably don’t know.
  3. Things you definitely don’t know.

Let’s cut to the chase.

1. The Boring Basics.

– Profile
– Proposals
– Connects
– Earned
– Hourly vs Fixed
– Disputes

2. Things you probably don’t know.

– Which skills should I select in my Upwork profile submission?
– How does it look like from a hiring perspective
– Display picture & video
– Portfolio mockups
– Hourly protection
– How quickly do clients hire
– How to find the client’s name
– Remove the bad review
– Project catalog

3. Things you definitely don’t know.

– Upwork Job Notifier
– Five-star feedback? woohoo? no-hoo…
– Low or high rates?
– How to write a killer cover
– Your own website
– What Upwork really cares about
– What clients really care about

4. Further thoughts.

– Does your location matter?
– Should you outsource?

I’ve already posted this entire article on my Medium account, so you can read it here.

Alternatively, check out other value-adding articles in my journal.