Upwork; A Freelancer’s Paradise

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Upwork Global Inc., or just Upwork, is a freelancing base where independent professionals and businesses can work jointly and connect remotely. Formerly known as Elance and oDesk, both companies merged together in 2014 to become Upwork, located in Mountain View and San Francisco, California. Upwork is the largest freelance website in the world, and operating in 180 countries. The company has gone public now and has joined up with Nasdaq.

The fields in Upwork are various; from graphic design to web development to writing. The site is convenient for freelancers and employers to get together, find projects, and get paid. It is even a great place for someone who is new to the freelance world, and it only takes patience and following the steps outlined in the site. For starters, it is wise to set up an honest and strong profile, outlining your skills and level of experience. Put up a head shot, writing samples, how many hours you are available, education, and what your rates will be.

The better your profile, the more clients will connect with you with work, or submit a proposal to a client which includes a cover letter, rate, and any answers to questions the client may include with the job offer. You can submit previous work as an example of you skill and how it pertains to the current job you are trying to get. There are 5 star rating systems in place, much like Uber and Lyft, where you can review a client and a client can review you. It’s important to do the best you can as high reviews help others to decide if they want to hire you, or if you want to continue to work with a client.

There is a fee structure with Upwork; for the first $500 you earn with a client, you are subject to a %20 service charge. In the $501.00 to $10,000 range, you are subject to a $10 service charge, and after that, it’s only %5. You can charge hourly or by the job, hourly projects are billed weekly and only when you and the client review the work. Payments can be direct deposited into your bank account or through Paypal which makes it convenient and easy.