Search for "Article writing" jobs, filter them so you only see the entry level ones, there are always people who are looking for native English writers to write on a number of topics, and generally they specify they are looking for newbies, their request will have a line that says "this job is ideal for people who want an easy 5 stars review to get started here on Upwork".Would I have a good chance of getting approved if I don't have any skills other than English being my native language, no work history or college degree?
Incredible topic Lex, I've been working on Upwork for a bit at this point, and I'm going to share my experience on here.
I started my Upwork journey in September 2018, I did not take it too seriously, ended up only doing 2 jobs (one of which I never got paid for) and gave up on the platform in mid November after spending all of my connects for each of these 3 months to no avail. Then in December I got a mail saying my account was set to Private, and that I would have to ask the support to get it back to Public.
I was a bit upset at the whole situation, but I simply sent a ticket and the automated system turned my profile back to Public. At that point I told myself "might as well try this again, why else would I bother reactivating my account otherwise". I re-read Lex' original Upwork topic, I armed myself with humility, watched a couple of his YouTube videos, and tried my best to craft as good of a proposal I could. I almost instantly found a job that paid 30$ per hour. I was speechless. Someone was willing to pay me, a literal who, 30$ per hour, without even being entirely sure if I was actually able to do the job. I finished the job in 2 hours, thanked the guy, and that was it.
Unfortunately, the following 2 months had no moment such as that one, I have done a lot of smaller tasks, I've even dabbled in some article writing just to earn some cash and build up my skills. Translating was still my main focus. I revamped my profile, and tried to make it a bit more interesting.
I now found a new client that pays decently, and it's repeated work, it's not enough to live on or anything, but considering the amount of time I need to put into this client, it's absolutely worth it. They are a pretty big company too from what I can see, so this will give me a boost of credibility.
This was about a month ago, the client seems satisfied with my work, and I've kept writing articles and doing other smaller translation jobs, up to today. I now saw this topic, and realized how TERRIBLE I have been at this whole Upwork thing. I'm still accelerating overall, I earned more in march than in the 3 previous months combined, but I wonder how much faster this could have been if I knew what I know now thanks to this topic earlier.
My profile was my weakest point, I have now rewritten it completely again, and this time I am 100% satisfied with it. It took me 2 hours. Previously I added extra categories to cast a bigger net, but I just now realized that bigger nets scare away the fishes I was trying to catch. My proposals were already you focused, and thanks to the example posted, and its breakdown, I can improve them even more now. I only need 5 more weeks to get the Top Rated badge
What is your opinion about what kind of portfolio pieces I should add to my profile? I am working as an English to Italian translator, my clients don't know Italian at all, so I'm not sure how to best showcase the content. I can't figure out the best way to show English text -> Italian text either, simple documents are not made for this.
Thanks again for all the amazing content, Lex. I really appreciate all the effort you put into this and into your YouTube channel.