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8 Things To Keep In Mind Before Your First Upwork Assignment

Entrepeneur 28 May 2020 02:45
8 Things To Keep In Mind Before Your First Upwork Assignment
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The world has changed a lot in the past few months. Maybe you got laid off from your full-time job and are ready to earn some extra money. Or maybe you now have time to pursue a freelance dream. 

I started freelancing a few years ago and eventually was able to open my own branding agency. Because I got my start on Upwork, I'd like to share with you some tips on taking the leap and joining this freelancing platform. 

Deciding to become a freelancer is a big decision, so once you're committed, make sure that you start off on the right foot. In addition to filling out your profile, writing a strong introduction, using a professional profile picture and adding to your digital portfolio, here are some tips to help you get started. 

1. Be selective about jobs

If you’re new to Upwork, you’re probably not familiar with the fact that in order to apply to a job, you will need connects. Connects are what you need to submit proposals on Upwork — think of them as virtual tokens. Once you create your new profile, you automatically get 20 free connects to help you try the platform and get you started. When you run out, you can buy more, or complete milestones. If you become a Rising Talent or Top Rated Freelancer, you'll get more free connects. You can also upgrade to a Freelancer Plus Membership, which comes with 70 connects per month.

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