How do I get my first job at Upwork and Fiverr?

Updated on : December 6, 2021 by Jayden Mccarthy



How do I get my first job at Upwork and Fiverr?

I have been an upwrold freelancer for a long time (5 years). The first year was very difficult for me as I am a civil engineer so it is difficult to trust someone without reviews.

Read lots of marketing articles, practice cover letters and seek advice and especially… be honest!

I'm sure this must be very frustrating for you. The good news is that there are always specific reasons why someone doesn't get jobs at Upwork, as well as specific steps you can take to turn it around and start earning.

Before I explain them, I'm going to assume that you want to get started getting jobs as quickly and easily as possible.

You can spend a lot of time and energy creating the "perfect" profile, measuring the number of words in your submissions, learning new skills, and more, but that's not the fastest way to start winning jobs.

It is not the easiest either.

The best real estate sellers understand

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I'm sure this must be very frustrating for you. The good news is that there are always specific reasons why someone doesn't get jobs at Upwork, as well as specific steps you can take to turn it around and start earning.

Before I explain them, I'm going to assume that you want to get started getting jobs as quickly and easily as possible.

You can spend a lot of time and energy creating the "perfect" profile, measuring the number of words in your submissions, learning new skills, and more, but that's not the fastest way to start winning jobs.

It is not the easiest either.

The best real estate salespeople get it. They don't try to make a whole house look perfect before selling it; they focus most of their energy on making the ENTRANCE to the house look as pleasant as possible.

They know that clients will forgive blemishes when they go further into the house, as long as their first impression of the house is that it looks good.

The same here. You can follow all the advice of the "experts", which is usually "do it all!" - or you can focus on a few things that will get you results as quickly as possible.

I'm going to show you a much faster and easier approach.

1. Fix your title.

Remember I said that the best real estate experts focus on the area near the front entrance of the house?

Think of your title as the "entry" to your profile.

You don't have to make it perfect, but if it's a disaster, it can be a deal breaker. The biggest red flag is when your title tries to be too many different things. For instance:

Nobody wants to hire an attorney who will also handle data entry, application development, and house cleaning. Would you like to hire that person?

So at the very least, your title should be in focus.

You can also try giving it a little shine. For example, anyone can add the word "Professional" to their Title. It takes 30 seconds and makes you sound 10 times more impressive.

Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect, at least not right away.

For now, you just want to make sure you are not a DEALER. Keeping it in focus and polishing it up a bit will take care of that.

You can always come back to it later once you are winning jobs and making money. Then it will make sense to spend more time and energy on it.

2. Fix your photo

Would you hire someone who seemed incompetent and unpleasant? Of course, no.

And yet that's often the EXACT message your Upwork profile picture conveys. Not good!

Check out the experiment I ran below, using two nearly identical photos of myself:

It may seem superficial, but it is a scientific fact that small changes in your appearance have a huge effect on whether clients hire you or ignore you.

The good news is that, in my experience, ANYONE can appear more influential, more competent, and more likable ONLY by taking the right photo.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Take your photo outdoors, where there is plenty of natural light.
  • Do it on a cloudy day (so there isn't too much sunlight and it doesn't look "washed out")
  • Smile - the friendlier you seem, the more customers will like you.

Once you have some good photos, you can try them out at Photofeeler.com (that's where I got the screenshots above). It's one of the easiest ways to know for sure if your photo attracts customers or repels them.

3. Fix your proposals

The other day I hired a freelancer to write me case studies for $ 200 each. If you gave me a million dollars to recite even one line from his profile, I couldn't do it.

But I can tell you exactly what your proposal said.

Remember, people pay more attention to what they see FIRST.

If your proposals are good, clients won't care much about what your profile says or doesn't say.

But if your proposals are not good, even the best profile will not hire you.

Therefore, it is worth spending some time to fix your proposals.

The quickest and easiest way to write a great proposal is to simply share your knowledge with the client.

Giving them helpful advice or specific advice shows that you know what you are doing and that you are looking out for their best interests. This is the most powerful thing you can do to get started getting jobs at Upwork as quickly as possible.

Here is an example of a proposal I wrote yesterday:

This proposal got a response in 1 minute.

Another great way to quickly improve your proposals by 10 is to avoid using certain phrases that, while common, can easily ruin a good proposal.

Here are some examples that I see every day:

  • "I have a passion for ..."
  • "Feel free to check my portfolio."
  • "I'm motivated / creative / organized / dedicated / another adjective"

For more "Upwork Proposal Killers," see here: Specific Phrases That Ruin Upwork Proposals (And What To Say Instead)

4. Arrange your test

If you want to get started getting Upwork jobs quickly, you need to prove to clients that you can get the job done.

Not just any job, YOUR job.

The best way to do this is by showing them hard evidence. That way, it's a no-brainer to get hired.

Otherwise, you're just telling them that you can do it ... which is a lot less powerful.

Remember the writer I hired to write case studies the other day? Not only did he write a great proposal, he also showed me an example of an item that was very similar to what I was asking for.

It wasn't identical, but it was close enough that I didn't have to ask myself, "Will you be able to write the kind of case studies I need?"

Made my decision quick and easy.

Which means you got a job at Upwork quickly and easily, exactly what I'm trying to help you achieve.

Now you might be thinking, "That's great, Danny, but what if I don't have any job samples that are similar to what a client wants?"

Make one!

I call this my crystal ball technique, and I have taught it to tens of thousands of my readers over the years. It's one of the quickest and easiest ways to build credibility with clients and get them hired quickly.

Sharmin S. used this approach to land her first blog writing job at Upwork. The job was to write beach reviews, so he checked out some New York City parks as proof that he could do the kind of work the client needed.

(You can read his full story here: Sharmin Gets 2 Upwork Jobs (While Working Full Time)

This doesn't just work for writers. You can create proofs of any type of work you do, including design, IT, spreadsheets, video editing, or anything else.

Mike N., a video editor, noticed that many Upwork clients were posting jobs looking for “green screen video editing,” so he created a green screen video to show them as proof that he could edit on green screen.

Please don't confuse the crystal ball technique with doing free work for clients, that is NOT what I am suggesting. (Doing work for free will get you kicked out of Upwork, so you should never do that.)

What I am suggesting is creating working examples that are highly relevant and similar to what actual clients paying on Upwork really need and are willing to pay.

That way you can show them proof of your ability and make it easy for them to hire you quickly.

One more thing…

Since you have already done 1 Upwork job, the best place to find a new job is with the client himself.

They already like and trust you (you said they left you a 5-star review), so why not start your job search there?

Make a list of a few different ways you can help them improve their business and send them a quick message about it.

Don't be pushy or salesy; If you do it right, they will appreciate the ideas and the fact that you are thinking of ways to help them grow.

Quick summary:

To quickly start earning Upwork jobs, you don't need to "do it all," create a "perfect" profile, and so on.

You only need to focus on a small handful of actions that will produce the fastest results. These include:

  • Fixing your title. Make sure you're focused, not the "Virtual Assistant / Designer / Spreadsheet Expert / Photo Retoucher" person.
  • Fixing your photo. Take a good photo and then upload it to Photofeeler.com to make sure it attracts customers, not repels them.
  • Fix your proposals. Avoid saying things like "Feel free to check my portfolio" and other phrases to kill proposals. Focus on helping your clients win and they will love you.
  • Arrange your test. Show clients that you can do their job by showing them a relevant work example. If you don't have any, you can create some.
  • If you've already worked at Upwork, the best place to look for new work is with your former clients who already like and trust you.

You can learn more about writing a great proposal as a newbie in another Quora answer I wrote here: Danny Margulies' answer to How do I write a great proposal on Upwork as a newbie?

See the full list of specific phrases that screw up Upwork proposals (and what to say instead)

Avoid These 7 Upwork Proposal Mistakes I See Every Day.

I've never gotten a job through Upwork or Fiverr.

Fiverr, of course, is full of people who will do tons of work - work required to earn a college degree - for $ 5, and of course that is leveraged. I just can't put hours of my time on a project and only earn $ 5. I can't eat or pay bills on it.

Upwork: what can I say "nice" about Upwork? Hmmm, not much. EVERY job I've bid on I've received an email from Upwork itself telling me the job was closed due to not following policy (someone else undoubtedly reported it), OR an email from ' work 'on himself trying to get

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I've never gotten a job through Upwork or Fiverr.

Fiverr, of course, is full of people who will do tons of work - work required to earn a college degree - for $ 5, and of course that is leveraged. I just can't put hours of my time on a project and only earn $ 5. I can't eat or pay bills on it.

Upwork: what can I say "nice" about Upwork? Hmmm, not much. EVERY job I've bid on I've received an email from Upwork itself telling me the job was closed due to not following policy (someone else undoubtedly reported it), OR an email from ' work 'on itself trying to get me OFF Upwork, which is a violation of Upwork policies. Those jobs are scams. As are the ones that Upwork closes.

It is quite frustrating.

Another site where you may be a bit lucky is guru.com. Is it scam free? Absolutely not. BUT, I can say that I have been able to find legitimate work a few times. But it's a rat race! Everyone everywhere seems to want a lot of something for nothing, so you'll just have to check out the bs (what I call those who want a college degree job for a budget of $ 5 or very little more, and 'looking for the lowest bidders.' I could see if they were very simple tasks, let's say like, create a spreadsheet of only about 50 entries, but when you hit 300-500 and often more entries and you want to pay $ 15 like max ... GET OUT OF HERE !!!)

However, working as a freelancer is what I do, so I don't give up. I hope you don't either. Good luck on your search.

  1. Apply for entry-level jobs
  2. Conduct competitor research to understand how other freelancers are trading
  3. After analyzing your competition, optimize your profile, especially since you do not have any previous work experience at UpWork, it is essential to have a 100% complete profile.
  4. One thing I would love to highlight: find the right job. After an unsuccessful first month of job hunting, I was desperate and started looking for jobs that were not in my profile skills. I was creating an English grammar quiz. In the end, the client was satisfied with the results, I got
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  1. Apply for entry-level jobs
  2. Conduct competitor research to understand how other freelancers are trading
  3. After analyzing your competition, optimize your profile, especially since you do not have any previous work experience at UpWork, it is essential to have a 100% complete profile.
  4. One thing I would love to highlight: find the right job. After an unsuccessful first month of job hunting, I was desperate and started looking for jobs that were not in my profile skills. I was creating an English grammar quiz. In the end, the customer was satisfied with the results, I got a 5-star feedback and was very happy.
  5. If you don't want to waste your connections, apply only for the latest jobs. If a job was posted a day ago, for example, the client has likely received a lot of proposals and won't even read your proposal. Please reload your feed for the latest jobs.

If you are a complete beginner without profession or skills, I recommend you watch this video: How to start working as a freelancer without experience (2020)

And if you have a profession but have no experience, check out this: How To Get Your First Job At UpWork (Complete Tutorial 2020)

Hello there,

I agree with other answers in this post. It is not easy to get the first order.

But I have few things to mention to you.

1 ... Before any buyer looks at your profile and gigs. You must show your profile in such a good and professional way.

2… Write a great description about yourself, don't mention too much and your school days, write something that reflects your profession.

3… The description of your concert, the image of the concert must be professional. Do not copy concert images from other sellers. Personally, I don't like that, even I'm back.

4… Gig Charge should be affordable. I even recommend charging less on the initial li

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Hello there,

I agree with other answers in this post. It is not easy to get the first order.

But I have few things to mention to you.

1 ... Before any buyer looks at your profile and gigs. You must show your profile in such a good and professional way.

2… Write a great description about yourself, don't mention too much and your school days, write something that reflects your profession.

3… The description of your concert, the image of the concert must be professional. Do not copy concert images from other sellers. Personally, I don't like that, even I'm back.

4… Gig Charge should be affordable. I even recommend charging less in the beginning, like $ 5 to $ 10 in the beginning, I can understand that doing a lot of work and getting a small amount is something that makes us sad, but making yourself visible in the search results on Fiverr is important for getting reviews.

5… Buyer Requests: Keep an eye on the buyer request page. This is the place where you get the first sale, here you have a lot of chances to get the first sale.

Send the application with a good cover letter, which should be professional and easy for the buyer to understand what you are offering.

6… Never argue with any buyer. Even if it hurts you.

7… Share your concerts on social networks in different groups related to the services you offer on fiverr.

8… If you have already carried out the previous steps and have not received an order yet. So ask your friends, cousins, sister, brother, father, mother, uncle, etc. for help, tell them to order your concert. This way, you will get reviews on fiverr. Once you receive reviews, your work will begin to be visible in search results, and then you will have many opportunities for sales.

But be sure to tell them to reach out to you on social media, as if you had a link shared on Facebook from your concert, tell them to click the link that is on Facebook.

If they get directly to your profile and order, May be fiverr will lead you to make fake orders yourself for review. So tell them to click on the social media links like this. Think that your buyer came through social media.

Fiverr is great for winning, but don't be overconfident ...

UpWork is a marketplace. A very noisy and very crowded market. If you are a person who sells an orange surrounded by a thousand other orange sellers, how can you stand out? You fill your position with the greatest proof that your orange is the best, that will make the customer the happiest.

Your problem, as I see it anyway, is that you don't even know that your orange is the best, or that it will make the customer happy, or that it is different in some way. You may feel very special with your orange, and you should, but you have nothing to convince anyone of that specialty. You have no proof.

I see

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UpWork is a marketplace. A very noisy and very crowded market. If you are a person who sells an orange surrounded by a thousand other orange sellers, how can you stand out? You fill your position with the greatest proof that your orange is the best, that will make the customer the happiest.

Your problem, as I see it anyway, is that you don't even know that your orange is the best, or that it will make the customer happy, or that it is different in some way. You may feel very special with your orange, and you should, but you have nothing to convince anyone of that specialty. You have no proof.

I see a lot of people wanting to freelance at UpWork with no experience, often no education, and I get it. But without any differentiation, I don't see how he stands out in the cast of thousands.

So whatever you put on your profile, it better be interesting, it better be unique. You have to stop selling oranges and start selling lemons or something equally strange.

It's hard.

Very hard. I hear you.

You should be happy that it's difficult. Really happy. Confused? Let me explain.

Anything worth doing in the corporate world is supposed to be difficult. This will help weed out people who are NOT engaged, NOT ready to work. Are you ready to work towards your first project? So keep reading!

I'm so glad you've been on Upwork, lobbying and submitting proposals every day for 2 months, but here are some very deep questions.

  • How do you approach this job?
  • What are your strategies to get your first job?
  • What is the quality of your proposals that you send?
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It's hard.

Very hard. I hear you.

You should be happy that it's difficult. Really happy. Confused? Let me explain.

Anything worth doing in the corporate world is supposed to be difficult. This will help weed out people who are NOT engaged, NOT ready to work. Are you ready to work towards your first project? So keep reading!

I'm so glad you've been on Upwork, lobbying and submitting proposals every day for 2 months, but here are some very deep questions.

  • How do you approach this job?
  • What are your strategies to get your first job?
  • What is the quality of the proposals you send?
  • How is your initial profile?
  • Who is your target customer in upwork?
  • What problems of your target customer are you solving?

These are just a few basic questions to think about about your upwork journey.

I started my journey around January-February 2016 with Upwork and my first proposals. It was quite difficult at first, submitting one proposal after another and getting no response, no work.

However, I approached all of this with a clear strategy, top-quality proposals, a great profile and much more for my target clients and had some basic ideas of what job I wanted and from whom. Lo and behold, I got my first gig in March 2016 and turned it into a more than 1 year project. This led to many more projects and a lot of work, so much so that I quit my job and now run my own consulting business from upwork.

Your questions are very valid and they ask me the same question multiple times. So, I laid out all the strategy I followed to get my first project and much more about the work on a guest blog 1 I recently wrote for @Pardeep Goyal

Check it out for the entire basic system, steps, and much more. Feel free to ask any more questions in the comments.

Footnotes

1 How to become a freelancer to earn money online

I decided to go full-time as a freelancer a few years ago and created a profile on as many sites as possible.

I encountered many of the same frustrations as you, not being able to apply for certain jobs and having to pay a fee for the service. I decided to look for better alternatives to these reputable websites and these are my top three.

Hubstaff Talent: Hubstaff Talent is a completely free website where freelancers and companies can connect, there are no fees or margins. Once you create a profile, companies can view your profile and contact you directly if they feel it would be good.

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I decided to go full-time as a freelancer a few years ago and created a profile on as many sites as possible.

I encountered many of the same frustrations as you, not being able to apply for certain jobs and having to pay a fee for the service. I decided to look for better alternatives to these reputable websites and these are my top three.

Hubstaff Talent: Hubstaff Talent is a completely free website where freelancers and companies can connect, there are no fees or margins. Once you create a profile, companies can view your profile and contact you directly if they think you would be a good fit for their role. You can also search and apply for hundreds of remote jobs on the Hubstaff talent pool.

AngelList: AngelList is also free to use, but more suited to startups. If you like working for startups, AngelList is perfect for you.

FlexJobs: FlexJobs charges a fee for the service, but what I like about them is that they take all the hassle out of job hunting. You fill in your preferences and they send you vacancies. Once you find work, you can cancel your membership with them.

Hope these tips help, they are definitely worth a try!

Disclaimer: Hubstaff Talent is one of my clients

On Fiverr, you can advertise your gig to stand out from the crowd, assuming, of course, that you know how to make a catchy ad with a brutally efficient CTA. And that's as far as you can go.

On Upwork, however, you can get it in the next two hours. Since Upwork is a type of bidding platform (unlike Fiverr), you can engage a client directly by submitting a proposal for a job that the client has posted.

Here's the key difference: on Fiverr, you are simultaneously competing against all active freelancers in a given category, while on Upwork, you are competing only against those w

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On Fiverr, you can advertise your gig to stand out from the crowd, assuming, of course, that you know how to make a catchy ad with a brutally efficient CTA. And that's as far as you can go.

On Upwork, however, you can get it in the next two hours. Since Upwork is a type of bidding platform (unlike Fiverr), you can engage a client directly by submitting a proposal for a job that the client has posted.

Here's the key difference: On Fiverr, you're simultaneously competing against all active freelancers in a given category, while on Upwork, you're competing only against those bidding on that particular project. On average, we are talking about max. 10 freelancers who struggled to put together a meaningful proposal.

In both systems, you need to build a strong portfolio first because clients are interested in seeing your past work as that's the only reference they can get to do their due diligence.

And while your Fiverr slash ad sales page is more of a blanket tone, Upwork, since you can see the details of a client's job requests, allows you a more personalized approach; therefore, you radically increase your chances of landing a contract. Precise targeting is always more effective than a wide bombardment.

Upwork is a platform to exchange your skills with someone who wants to buy them. By its very nature, it is a competitive platform, as you are not the only buyer or seller of skills.

Getting to the question of which skills are best for Upwork would depend on what you know well. If I say that it is best to know how to write code in Java, the point is, do you have that skill? Therefore, the correct approach would be to see what capacity you have and if the contractors demand it.

In addition, it is essential to have the ability to learn as you go. Which means that if you know any skills, you should know

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Upwork is a platform to exchange your skills with someone who wants to buy them. By its very nature, it is a competitive platform, as you are not the only buyer or seller of skills.

Getting to the question of which skills are best for Upwork would depend on what you know well. If I say that it is best to know how to write code in Java, the point is, do you have that skill? Therefore, the correct approach would be to see what capacity you have and if the contractors demand it.

In addition, it is essential to have the ability to learn as you go. Which means that if you know any skill, you must know how to develop it. The point is whether you can deliver what customers want on time and to their liking.

Skills such as creative writing, blogging, business plan writing, programming or coding, email marketing, content creation, social media management, and marketing are generally in demand today. However, these keep changing as customer needs change.

So the idea is to identify a niche and start working towards it if you want to make a steady income from this platform. It is not too easy or too difficult. Success on this platform will depend on your attitude, perseverance, consistency, and ability to continually learn.

Show your work.

Keep your bids low, but not too low.

Add some work and reviews from previous employers or colleagues (if they are nice and you have the rights to post them)

Get active in it. There are 1000 people who want it.

Keep your profile clean and professional.

Put a nice photo of yourself.

Respond as soon as possible with a good deal to the adverts.

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