Recalling the period of oDesk and Elance, these are the two freelancing platforms that brought together Contract workers and employers. These two platform was in business since 2003, serving hundreds of thousands of clients all around the world. Provided an opportunity for the freelancer to showcase their skills and bid a job, which they are interested on.
In late 2013, these two platforms merged into one company and continued to operate as separate entity. Later in 2015, oDesk has been re-branded as Upwork, a giant platform, wherein more than 9 million freelancers are ready to work. Upwork has varied areas, wherein, any type of freelancer can find a job. From data entry, web research, administrative support, virtual assistant, writers to software developers, web developers and many more we can find here.
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Upwork has no sign-up fees for freelancers as well as for the clients. Within a few minutes of your profile setup, you can start bidding on the jobs. As a client, can post your requirements and can find freelancers bidding on your job right away. As a freelancer, only on the first $500 earned by you from the client will incur a 20% service charge. Once your income grows from $500 to $10000 range from this client, Upwork will charge 10% service charge. After that, you will be charged 5%. Every client, you work on, will process the service charge this way individually.
Upwork provides connects to apply to a job. As a basic free membership you have 60 connects in a month. Each job requires 2 connects to apply, thereby you can apply upto 30 jobs in a month. If you have premium membership, then you have 80 bids in a month. Premium membership offers rollover of the unused connects in the following month, also have the privilege to see other applicants bids. Thereby making you aware of the low bid and high bid in the loop through which you have the option to bid appropriate and negotiable.
You have the option to work on Upwork either by hourly or fixed price. Hourly mode, has the Upwork Time tracker, wherein you can log and start working for the particular job. Every 10 minutes, screenshot will be captured and also the activity within the 10 minute will too gets captured. With the help of this, the client can follow your work regularly. Fixed priced don’t use time tracker, but has the option to work by milestone. The client has to accept the milestone and pay the amount, which will be in escrow. Only be released to the freelancer, when the said milestone is complete and the client accepts the finalization of that milestone and release the fund.
As an Upwork Top Rated Freelancer, I have learnt a lot during my career and would like to share this, so that you may have an idea of how to use this platform, tips and tricks in creating a stunning cover letter and more. You can of course within a short span of time will learn lot, instead of taking more time to proceed by yourself.
Will let you know in detail the following in my coming blogs.
- Process involved in profile setup
- Skill Tests
- Tips and Tricks to bid on a job
- Cover Letter procedure
- Tips on answering Additional Questions
- Upwork Chat Room