I’m a big fan of Upwork for folks who are getting their start as freelancers. In fact, I’m such a big fan, regardless of how busy Team Impressa gets, I keep my profile up. But many struggle to make it on freelancing websites like Upwork, but there are some things you can do to actually land gigs.
Some freelancers avoid platforms like Upwork and various freelance job boards because they claim there aren’t any good opportunities there. I completely disagree: there are indeed profitable posts on freelancing job sites. However, there are plenty of listed freelancing gigs that are horrendous.
If you’ve paid attention to my site, and my “I Became My Own Boss” video, you know I’m a big proponent of freelance job sites. I talk about Upwork a lot because I’ve had a lot of success with it, so I use it almost exclusively, but there are plenty of others out there too. And regardless of what some folks say, there are ample profitable, worthwhile opportunities on these sites.
I’ve met so many people who echo the same sentiments:
As I mentioned the last time I talked about Upwork, not everyone is a big fan. If you spend enough time on the right parts of Reddit, you’ll come to think that all Upwork jobs are complete rubbish. Heck, sometimes I even wonder if I’m all there because I keep talking about how keen I am on that website.
While I talk a lot about freelancing and entrepreneurship, there’s another path to being a digital nomad or just being able to work from home. Yep, I’m talking about location independent jobs.
Yep, I am a big fan of Upwork. I talk about it in a video, I go on about it in any number of blog posts, and I’ve even spouted off about it on sites like Reddit–where Upwork is not popular. But you can find freelance jobs–and lots of them!–without Upwork and other freelancing sites.
I first became obsessed with the idea of careers you can do anywhere when flat broke and unable to land a job while essentially stuck in Italy. Then people were calling these “portable careers” (and now it’s known to many as being a “digital nomad“). But whatever you call being location independent while still making money, this lifestyle isn’t a unicorn. It does exist, and this can be your reality too.
I’ve previously rapped about what the best business to start from home are, but for some folks, their sights aren’t on what’s best, but on what’s easy. They look for online jobs and explore online business opportunities that promise quick startup and big bucks.
I don’t think anyone expects freelancing sites to be completely free. Somebody has to be paying for something somewhere to keep those things going.
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