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.
Six years ago, I was perched on my tiny Italian balcony, smoking a cigarette (when in Rome!), trying to figure out how to start freelancing.
Seeing the world and making money while you’re doing it sounds great and all, but it isn’t for everybody. Even many folks who’d love being digital nomads may not really be able to hack it.
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.
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 don’t think anyone expects freelancing sites to be completely free. Somebody has to be paying for something somewhere to keep those things going.
From talking to aspiring freelance writers, lurking around Reddit, and thinking back to the days when I was just getting started as a freelancer, I realize breaking into the game as a wordsmith isn’t easy. When it comes down to how to be a freelance writer, most people starting out struggle to get clients who will even pay a fraction of a livable wage… if they can find a client at all. And this is a problem.
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