By Usman Salame
How to land your first client on Upwork As a Freelancer
Since the advent of the COVID 19, global pandemic, and the lockdown in 2020, freelance has gained more recognition now when compared to how it was before the pandemic
So now more freelancers are smiling to the bank than before because it fascinates people to know that you could earn money without stepping out of your home
During the lockdown, every business shut down operations, except, of course, health organizations that are at the forefront of the fight against Covid 19, few other essential workers whereas well on duties
People complained about hunger and hated the fact they can’t go out and look for their daily bread since most people get their income from going out every day.
But in the case of freelancing, it is different, because as a freelancer, you have no business going out before you earn a living, you could work from anywhere including your home, which was more relevant during the lockdown
Freelancers were not affected by the Stay-At-Home policy during this time
Many people began to pay more attention to freelancing and moved a step forward by learning one skill or the other to render their services on freelance platforms.
And that brings us to the topic of discussion, how to land your first client on Upwork.
Before we get starting discussing this very topic, How to land your first client on Upwork, please note that reading, knowledge alone is never enough, to be in progress, you must put what you are about to learn from this article into practice
So Let Proceed: How to land your first client on Upwork As a Freelancer
Getting To Know Upwork: Upwork is a freelance site where skilled persons render their skills to get paid. Although there are other platforms like Freelancer, Fiverr, and the rest Upwork appears to have more patronizes
Maybe because of how organized their platform is and how easy it is to understand and interact with potential clients.
However, landing a client seems somewhat difficult, especially for new and budding freelancers, as the saying always goes, the start is also the hardest, so it’s too many when Freelancing is mentioned
Clients are not robots who just accept anyone that comes their way, they need to be cleared of doubts and be sure that they are hiring the best candidate for the job.
This can only be achieved by viewing the freelancer’s profile to be sure they’d be up to the task and asking to see a sample of their previous works and other things that they might need to know before they hand their jobs over to you.
So, below, are some things you can do to capture the interest of a potential client:
Drafting A Well Crafted Proposal:
The first point of contact between you and a prospective client is your proposal. it has to be clear, it has to de detailed and it has to be direct virtually understood by others
A proposal is a piece of writing that states your qualification and explains why you are the perfect candidate for the job you’re applying for.
Since this is the first impression of you to your prospective client, it is advised that you draft your proposal carefully and fully highlight your qualifications and achievements all in one piece and yet without boring your client.
Only state the qualification that is relevant to the job you’re applying for, else, it would be avoided like a plague.
Clients have so many proposals to read most times and they wouldn’t want to spend time on a proposal that looks like it’s heading nowhere.
Attach Samples of Your Previous Works:
After drafting a good proposal, at the bottom of the page, you would see a field for attaching samples of your previous work, or any samples of yours at all that is relevant to the job you’re applying for.
This is to further authenticate your skill and gain your potential client’s confidence.
You’re more likely to be selected for the job when you send a sample that relates to what the client wants.
If you do not have any sample, you might want to draft a quick but well-crafted sample for this purpose, because nobody wants to hire a freelancer who does not have anything to show for his acquired skill
Updating Your Profile Up to 100%:
After reading your proposal and maybe it interests them, the next place they visit is your profile; to see how well you’re organized and see more details about you and decide if they would award you the job
Depending on how convinced they are after checking up your profile. So, you might want to fill out every space provided, or every section on your profile to further increase your chances of landing yourself a job.
There is a profile progress bar you would see on your profile, it is best to fill up your profile until the progress hits 100%.
Look Out For ‘Payment Verified’ Clients:
Another thing to look out for is a verified client. The ‘Verified’ badge could be seen on the profile of clients.
This is an indication that the client in question has verified their payment channel or has completed the requirement to be able to make payments after services are rendered.
Clients who do not have the verification badge have the chance of not being able to pay you until they do so, but it’s risky and you should rather go for verified clients.
Apply on Most Recently Posted Jobs:
This means sending proposals on jobs that have just been posted long ago, in other words, jobs that have not had up to 5 proposals yet
This could be your chance to land a client because clients pay more attention to the first few proposals, especially if they appear authentic and they have a feeling that the sender knows what he or she is doing.
They definitely cannot read all the proposals sent to them, because aside from getting tired along the line, they’re most likely to catch a freelancer that attracts their attention, and chances are that you might not be picked if your proposal is way down.
Be Available Most Times:
After succeeding in all the above-mentioned tips, being available is another thing you need to consider. Clients do not want a freelancer that is not active.
You could have been awarded a job you earlier submitted a proposal on, but because you were not available, the client could have changed his or her mind
So in conclusion, you need to be available most of the time so you could respond to messages when you have to, your absence might limit your chances of getting the job and you don’t want to experience that as a budding and new freelancer.
Freelancing is the new cool every young person out there is jumping INTO, but you have to be very good at what you doing, and in most cases patience is virtual.
Yes patience and working consistently will help you a lot as a newbie freelancer so don’t get disappointed in the end. If you haven’t mastered your skills
You might want to do that before bidding for jobs, and when you are offered one, give it your best shot, make sure you blow your client’s mind
That way, you are sure of another job from him or any other freelancer by his great reviews which you should ask him to leave you
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