The number of jobs posted on Upwork by clients on a daily basis is alot. This however does not reflect the ease of landing a job especially if you are a newbie (new freelancer). This is because a newbie has no Upwork job history or feedback. Other than not knowing how to build a compelling a profile and crafting a converting cover letter, newbies have problems landing jobs because they are unaware of the types of freelance jobs to look out for.
It took me about a month to land my first job on Upwork, therefore if you have not yet landed a job read through to the types of freelance jobs you should be applying to on Upwork.
If you prefer watching videos, here’s a video on freelance jobs you should apply.
1. Freelance jobs that encourage Newbies to apply.
Nobody on Upwork begins with crazy reviews and job histories. We all start off from zero- No job history, no feedback etc. Therefore the first type of job I would bid for is one that allows new freelancers to apply.
New freelancers, watch out for jobs that encourage newbies to bid because most of such jobs are easy to do and usually demand less of the freelancer. Such jobs help freelancers gain popularity, confidence, and experience that enables them to work on higher leveled ones.
2. Jobs with low pay
Take this advice with a grain of salt. Jobs that offer low pay are a good way to start out on Upwork. The only major requirement to the freelancer is -you have the ability to handle the job in the shortest time possible and with excellent results.
To this day I still apply for low paying jobs to boost my freelancer rating.
New freelancers should also not miss low paying jobs, especially if they require an excellent profile containing job history and feedback. As mentioned before, such jobs help in gaining popularity and building profiles on Upwork. So, if you are just starting out, watch out for such opportunities and apply every time.
3. Jobs posted by new clients
*This is my favorite*. Many freelancers (experienced and newbies) shy away from new clients and clients with unverified payment systems. I take advantage of this situation.
Take caution to always ensure that the client verifies their payment system before you submit any type of work. – Very Important.
As a newbie, you have a high chance getting such jobs posted by new clients because most freelancers avoid new clients for several reasons.
4. Short Contract Jobs
Short contracts jobs are quick ways of making money, building confidence in clients and gaining experience. If you work well these clients often become return clients/ A freelancer who always has short contracts that he/she completes and closes frequently gains better experience and feedback than those who wait for few longer contracts.
New freelancers always have a hard time getting jobs on Upwork ( and other Freelancing Websites) but if you apply to the job types I have highlighted above you can never go wrong. I used this strategy when I was starting out on Upwork and I continue applying for this types of jobs every time I need to make some quick money and also to improve my feedback.
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