I’m going to base this entire section on the assumption that you’ve never worked online before. A few months ago I was the same way. That all changed when I read this article. Chase gave me the idea to start working online, and I haven’t looked back since. The difference between Chase’s article and mine is that he focuses on getting a job as a copywriter, while I’ll be narrowing my focus to look exclusively how to start earning money on Upwork. Let’s get started.
1. Sign Up for Upwork
Go to www.Upwork.com and create a profile. When you create your profile you need to take it seriously. A real live human being will actually screen your application and if your profile is incomplete, they won’t let you sign up until you fix the problems. To get it right the first time follow this advice.
*Upload a professional looking picture of yourself.
*List any experience you have writing or doing other online work.
*List real world experience you have in any industries.
*List what skills you specialize in (or would like to specialize in). Some examples include: SEO content, copywriting, translation, creative writing, web design, content marketing, social media expert, graphic design, and so on.
*Look at the picture below, which will give you an idea about how to create a professional, to the point profile.
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2. Begin the Application Process
Now that you have a profile it’s time to start applying for jobs. A good place to start is by simply typing in “creative writer” or “content writer” into the search bar. You’re going to find hundreds of jobs, of which you should apply to dozens. Play up any experience you have. If you got an A on a paper in high school for writing about a local event, say you have experience in journalism. If you wrote about about a your grandma who survived WWII, say your talented at crafting personal profiles. If you’ve never written anything in your life, say you’re enthusiastic about learning.
Spend anywhere from five to fifteen minutes on every application. The key here is volume. Every month you can apply to 30 jobs, and you want to apply to all 30 of them. Out of those jobs you’ll probably here back from three or four. Take this seriously, no matter what the wage is. Remember, you’re in this for the long run. In the beginning it’s way more important to get a positive review from a client then to earn a decent wage. For example, which one should you choose?
A – Work your first hundred hours on Upwork and receive an incredible $5,000 for your effort!
B – Work your first hundred hours on Upwork and receive$0 for your effort, but get amazing feedback from three clients.
If you picked B you’re correct. Feedback is going to make or break you. That’s why even if you’re earning $4 an hour you have to act like you’re earning $30 an hour. For me, even with extensive writing experience, I didn’t start earning more than $5 an hour till well after I had put in 50 hours. However, I got amazing feedback, and now I’m up to $10 an hour. That’s no coincidence.
3. Work Every Single Day
The more you write, the quicker you’ll gain experience, the sooner you’ll be able to start earning a decent living wage. If you fuck around and write two hours today, then two hours next Saturday, then a few hours in a month, you will get NOWHERE.
Since my first day on Upwork I’ve had a very simple rule: four hours a day no matter what. I’ve stuck to that rule like a nerd sticks to his girlfriend. The result is that not only have I doubled my hourly rate in two months, I’ve also gained a huge amount of experience in a short amount of time.
On Upwork, the more experience you have the more likely you are to get hired. For example, I’ve now written about the following topics: solar panels, renewable energy, water filters, web design, cloud faxing, healthy eating, losing weight, working out, dealing with peer pressure, Russian women, drinking water, and windows. That means that when I go look for a new job, I already have a huge bank of things I’ve already written about which means that I can ask for more money $$.
4. Apply for Higher Paying Jobs
After you have more experience, and some positive feedback, you can start applying for better jobs that actually pay you a decent wage. Once you reach this point, you want to change your application strategy a bit. Stop sending out applications in bulk, and start focusing on making several applications amazing.
I regularly spend in upwards of twenty to thirty minutes on a single application. Even though I get a response from only one person in five, it’s still worth it. Getting a high paying job is a really good feeling. But you’ll only get it if your application is one point. By the time you reach this point you’ll hardly need my advice. You’ll have enough experience to function on your own, and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your income goals.
1. Write down your income goals. Not only that, but set dates to reach them by. That will really light a fire under your ass to get on the computer and get hustling. My personal goal is to be making $2,000 a month by my birthday in May, 2016. Also, read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.
2. Always update your profile to reflect new experience. As you learn new skills, be sure to make that obvious.
3. Go above and beyond for your first few clients. It doesn’t matter how much you’re getting paid, you have to have that positive feedback.
4. Consider creating a website in order to showcase your portfolio. You can check out my website here. I have a full portfolio of what I’ve written and I’m always updating it. I literally only get a few views a week, but it doesn’t matter. Those few views are from high paying clients which makes it all worth it in the end.
5. Move to a cheap country where your dollar goes far. When I was earning $600 a month I was living in Ukraine. Do you know what you can do with $600 a month? Live like a fucking king! Do you know what you can do with $600 a month in New York City? Beg for change during the afternoons. You’re starting to write online so you can travel right? Well you might as well travel to a country where the dollar goes a long ways.