TLDR;

  • Choose your best skill with least expected competition.
  • Look for projects which you have already done before and have proof of working link to share.
  • Search exact job terms you are looking for. Use double quotes for some search terms.
  • Have friendly professional profile picture. Use good language and complete profile.
  • Remember your first project is not just 1 project but a gateway to several more projects.
  • 60 connect = 30 proposals, you have not tried enough if you haven’t used them all.

 

How to get your first project on Upwork!

 

Choose your best skill with least expected competition.

Here choosing a skill with least expected competition is more important than choosing your best skill. You might have lot of experience working on PHP, but there would be too much competition. So write down all your skills and find a skill set where you expect least competition but a decent demands. It could be a subset of a generic skill like Laravel Framework in PHP or Android OpenCV.

 

 

Look for projects which you have already done before and have proof of working link to share.

When you are bidding for a project show your clients that you have already done exactly same or similar project. For instance if you have built a hotel booking website, search for “Hotel booking” projects. If you have developed a weather Android app, search for Android projects which need weather integration. When you show your client that you have already done similar work, the client can take a risk with a upwork freelancer with 0 projects hoping to get the work done much faster.

 

 

Search exact job terms you are looking for. Use double quotes for some search terms.

Once you have narrowed down your skill set, search for projects with the given skill set. If your skill set is knowledge of Twitter APIs search for “Twitter Apps” in quotes, these would give more relevant results.

 

 

Have friendly professional profile picture. Use good language and complete profile.

Get a good profile picture. Not a good looking one but one which will make you prospective client that you are easy to interact and trustworthy. Here is a guide from Upwork for getting the perfect profile picture. Complete your profile and fill your portfolio with projects with skillset you are trying to bid.
 

Look for projects which you have already done before and have proof of working link to share.

The first project is hardest to earn. But once you complete few initial project, it could open up lot more opportunities. In fact out of every 5 new clients, 3 have come back to me for additional work. My first project which started with 100$, eventually netted me a total of 1250$.

 

 

60 connect = 30 proposal, you have not tried enough if you haven’t used them all.

It is easy to give up when you do not get any positive response initially. You can reduce your efforts in bidding by creating snippets of proposals, but make sure to customize it as per clients requirement. Just go with a ritual of one bid every day till you run out of your available connects.

 

Feel free to write to me at vishwesh.shetty@adevole.com if you want to talk more about earning projects on Upwork.

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