by Chris Durst 7/29/16
If you have a skill set that companies can use in the completion of their projects, but you aren’t sure how to promote yourself to them (if you can even find them), Upwork can be a great tool for you!
For a long time, the two big players in the Freelance Marketplace arena were Elance and oDesk. These two giants merged to create Upwork.
Upwork is a site where companies can post a detailed description of a project or task they need to have completed and where freelancers who would like to be considered for the work can respond with their best “hire me” pitch.
The types of freelance opportunities vary greatly and fall into such categories as:
- Admin Support
- All Admin Support
- Data Entry
- Personal / Virtual Assistant
- Project Management
- Web Research
- Other – Admin Support
- Web, Mobile & Software Dev
- Design & Creative
- IT & Networking
- Data Science & Analytics
- Customer Service
- Sales & Marketing
- Engineering & Architecture
- Accounting & Consulting
How it Works
- You create a freelancer profile to showcase your skills.
- Search the site for projects you would like to work on and apply for them.
- Interested companies will contact you and if there is a meeting of the minds, the project will begin.
As a freelancer, payment is on the fees you and the company that is hiring you have agreed upon.
There are two types of payment arrangements – hourly or fixed price.
For hourly jobs, there is an automatic software application to record the time spent on the project, or you can enter your hours manually if the client approves of this method.
For fixed price, you will be paid on completion of the project or, if the client agrees, you can receive a partial pre-payment. Upwork will hold fixed price payments in escrow for you to ensure the funds are available when you complete the project.
Joining Upwork is free.
Since this kind of work is for independent contractors, there are fees associated. (If you are unsure how independent contractors differ from employees, watch our video here.)
“Once you begin doing freelance work with a client on our platform, we deduct a 20% / 10% / 5% fee from each payment. So, be sure to price your services accordingly.”
For many freelancers, this commission is considered an “advertising” cost because the reach of the Upworthy platform is greater than they might accomplish through their independent marketing efforts.
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