About Upwork (for Freelancers)
Upwork freelancers (i.e. service providers, sellers) can sign up for free and make money selling their skills to clients. This can happen organically (the client reaches out to you) or by applying to available jobs. After landing a job, all project communications and payouts happen directly through Upwork.
General Details 📜
|Helps You:||Hire Help Make Money|
|Platform Type:||Freelance Marketplace|
|Opportunities:||Administration Artificial Intelligence (AI) Audio Production Computer Science Copy Editing |
Key Points 📝
|Payout Options:||Direct Deposit M-Pesa Payoneer PayPal Wire Transfer|
Note: Some payout options are only available in certain countries. For example, Payoneer is only available outside the U.S. M-Pesa is available in Kenya only.
|Payout Speed:||5-19 days|
Payout speed will vary based on the type of project you're working on (i.e. hourly, fixed-price) and the payout option chosen.
|Commissions / Fees:||Upwork seller fees vary based on the amount billed to the client (20% for the first $500, 10% for total billings between $500.01 and $10,000, and 5% for total billings over $10,000). Depending on the payout option you choose, you may also be charged a fee for each withdrawal.|
- Easy to use.
- Fast withdrawals.
- Lots of clients looking for freelancers and therefore lots of work to be found.
- Variety of jobs and ways to earn.
- Secure and mostly free of scammers or spam jobs (plus payment protection for freelancers)
- Very professional.
- Flexible work. Work when you want, where you want, on what you want, and with who you want.
- Good for finding recurring work.
- Lots of competition from other freelancers on the platform. Other freelancers may undercut your prices.
- Upwork takes a large 20% cut of earnings from freelancers.
- Clients can at times be unprofessional (e.g. by changing the scope of work at the last minute).
- Application/site can be glitchy at times.
- You're limited in how many times you can bid on jobs (unless you pay for more connects).
- Account creation and verification can be a hassle.
- Optimize your profile (e.g. upload a high-quality headshot as your profile photo, list all your skills, list your educational background, put together a portfolio, etc.).
- Take lower-paying jobs at the start to get your first reviews.
- Apply/bid on jobs as soon as they're posted.
- Before applying to a job listing, read the description carefully and submit a custom cover letter for each job.
- Spend your connects carefully. Only bid on jobs you're fit for.
- Avoid working with clients with poor reviews or non-verified payments.
- Be patient. It can take time to land clients, especially when you're new.
- Find a niche. If you offer a specific type of work and market yourself as an expert, you'll be able to charge more.
- Work hard and deliver high-quality work in order to gain reviews, build strong relationships, and land recurring work.
- Ask clients for reviews after you finish working with them.
Note: The pros, cons, and tips featured above are manually curated summaries and/or direct excerpts from our 30 Upwork Freelancer reviews.