How To Win Your First Upwork Contract [Webinar Recap]
The most common question we get is how can one really land a job as a freelancer. So last June 27, we decided to run a no nonsense webinar to walk you through Upwork’s (formerly oDesk) application process. We were graced by one of the most successful freelancer-turned-entrepreneur, Roel Manarang, to share how he made it in the freelancing world. Roel is the author of Freelance1k. He is an entrepreneur and a growth hacker who has helped more than 100 businesses around the world. He started freelancing at the age of 12 and has been earning five to six figures since then.
To jumpstart your freelancing career, here’s the step by step guide you need to follow:
STEP 1: Create an account and choose your membership plan.
STEP 2: Create an outstanding profile.
- Catchy headline
- Reasonable hourly rate
- Effective overview
- Take relevant skills tests.
STEP 3: Start applying for jobs.
STEP 4: Submit a proposal.
- Write a winning cover letter, tailored to each job.
- Set a reasonable rate.
- Check for errors.
STEP 5: Prepare for an interview.
STEP 6: Download the Time Tracker App
The speakers pointed out character traits that are needed to be a successful Freelancer:
- Have a career goal in mind
- Confident – can market themselves
- Resourceful – Google is your best friend
- Disciplined and Accountable
- On top of things
- Meticulous – detailed oriented
- Internet savvy – willing to learn
- Willing to go extra mile