I think I’m gonna give up on Upwork

It’s interesting when you talk to people who’ve had success on Upwork… how eerily similar and simple their approach is.

A lot simpler than most imagine.

This comes from this question I saw on Quora:

“I’ve tried my best in UpWork, yet I can’t get any job. Should I give up?”

Reading through the answers, you’ll see a pattern:

  • Don’t copy/paste your proposals
  • Specialize don’t generalize
  • Be picky about the jobs you bid on
  • Charge more
  • Use good grammar

It’s not rocket surgery.

But, to the question, I think this answer said it best:

“It doesn’t matter if the platform you’re trying to succeed is Upwork or some other freelance website. This is the critical point for every freelancer. Now, it has to be decided whether or not you’re going to be a freelancer. Believe me, all freelancers had to go through this phase on their freelance journey. You just have to overcome this waiting period, frustration, and disappointment. There’s no other way.”

Yep.

It’s either in your DNA or it’s not.

And, if not, no big deal. You’re not less of a person or anything. You just need to be honest. And, if one small setback has you ready to give up…

Freelancing probably isn’t for you.

But, if you’re like me…

And, working a regular, 9-5 job just sucks the life out of you, then you just need to persist. That first client CAN be a bear, but once you get it…

The flood gates tend to open.

And, it’s gets easier and easier with each new one.

This comment says is best:

“I started out with with Freelancing as a WordPress professional on Fiverr, started taking on projects there and also at the same time bidding on projects on Upwork. It is think it was on October 2017 I started watching John’s videos where he said to spend atleast one year on Freelancing. Fast forward one year now I am Top Rated on Upwork, 100% job success score. Also on Fiverr I have 140 five-star reviews. Its only because of one thing, I dedicated one year of my life totally to freelancing instead of looking for jobs.”

Pretty simple.

Don’t let a little adversity stop you from going after the career and life you really want for yourself. Commit to yourself that “come hell or high water”…

“I’m gonna make this [email protected]#ing happen!”

And, it will.

In any case, if you want an assist int getting that first Upwork client, enroll in my Freelancing on Upwork course (for nothing) here: https://skl.sh/2OIxQrO

All the details on no-cost access are on that page.

Later,

John

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