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Seems that Upwork has began charging for Connects. 16 cents per pop.

But repeat clients don't need any Connects, so its good that repeat business isn't penalised.

Also, I got this email from Upwork:

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Good point from Upwork that skill field develop too quickly for skills tests to update quickly.

Some of the skills tests were embarrassingly no better than middle-school comprehension tests lol.

Wonder what benchmark or filters that Upwork will use now to have freelancers stand out, to replace skills tests.

Maybe more power to portfolios, as typically should be?
Are you getting billed for proposals? If so, where does it show up? I've sent a couple proposals this week to see how it all works and didn't notice any additional billings on my reports.

Upwork is empowering profiles more, starting with specialized profiles. There are new questions and options you can add to make it easier for clients to figure out if you're worth their time. I haven't played with those yet because I got rid of my specialized portfolio a while back.
 

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Are you getting billed for proposals? If so, where does it show up? I've sent a couple proposals this week to see how it all works and didn't notice any additional billings on my reports.
Seems you can buy Connects when you need them. Upwork doesn't do this automatically.
In amounts that you want.

It seems we can go finish our stock of Connects, and then pay to restock them whenever we want.

Extracting from the support website:

Add Connects
Connects cost $0.15 (USD) each and are sold in bundles of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80. To purchase additional Connects:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Memberships & Connects
  3. Click Add More Connects
Once you’ve selected the bundle you wish to purchase, click Add Connects and your account will be automatically charged.

Plus...

Connects may also be returned under the following circumstances:

  • If a project is canceled by the client without making a hire, the Connects used on that proposal will be returned to you for reuse. This does not apply to expired job posts.
  • If a job post has been removed by Upwork for a Terms of Service violation, the Connects used on that proposal will be returned for you to reuse.
Note: Withdrawing your proposal will not return your Connects.
 
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Seems you can buy Connects when you need them. Upwork doesn't do this automatically.
In amounts that you want.

It seems we can go finish our stock of Connects, and then pay to restock them whenever we want.

Extracting from the support website:

Add Connects
Connects cost $0.15 (USD) each and are sold in bundles of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80. To purchase additional Connects:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Memberships & Connects
  3. Click Add More Connects
Once you’ve selected the bundle you wish to purchase, click Add Connects and your account will be automatically charged.

Plus...

Connects may also be returned under the following circumstances:

  • If a project is canceled by the client without making a hire, the Connects used on that proposal will be returned to you for reuse. This does not apply to expired job posts.
  • If a job post has been removed by Upwork for a Terms of Service violation, the Connects used on that proposal will be returned for you to reuse.
Note: Withdrawing your proposal will not return your Connects.
We still get stock connects to work with? I thought they were adding the charge to all connects.
 

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We still get stock connects to work with? I thought they were adding the charge to all connects.
I meant by stock connects that prior to the charges update, we would have some Connects still in storage.
Never heard of anyone who went around with zero Connects to use lol.

Charge is to get new Connects, if we need them.

Let's say we have 35 connects.

And we used up 10, leaving 25.

So, we can choose to buy 10, 20 or 40 connects to replenish our store of connects.
 

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Ah, I see. I misunderstood. The only thing to do when you can't get approved is to keep trying and testing different things. In my experience, the best way to get approved is to try different skills and build your profile around the skill each time. Upwork wants you to show them what makes you someone who will be a good freelancer in that skill.

- How does your education support your ability to do the skill?
- What about your work experience?
- Does your bio focus on the skill and what makes you credible with it?
- Do your tags support that skill and only that skill?

Those are the main things I've focused on when getting people approved in the past. It's hit or miss though. Some people have taken 40 tries before they got approved. There's no guarantees. It might be worth looking through the Upwork Skills Index to find an in-demand skill and building your profile around that.

Mostly it comes down to trial and error, but if they haven't permanently suspended you, then just keep trying.
Maybe I'm misreading this but does this mean if you learn a certain (new) skill and you won't get approved and start all over again in learning another (new) skill? For me I don't own any particular skills that will sustain my expenses so I will need to learn new skills. By not getting approved I will need to change my skill and also learn a new skill completely from scratch again?
 
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Maybe I'm misreading this but does this mean if you learn a certain (new) skill and you won't get approved and start all over again in learning another (new) skill? For me I don't own any particular skills that will sustain my expenses so I will need to learn new skills. By not getting approved I will need to change my skill and also learn a new skill completely from scratch again?
You don't have to learn a new skill to apply to do a skill. You only have to support your position that you can do the skill. If I weren't a copywriter, I could still support my ability to perform copywriting by showing how my psychology degree is relevant, or how other training I've had backs up that ability. I could also show how past work experience in collections gave me persuasion skills that are useful in helping me write copy. It doesn't matter if I don't know how to write copy. It only matters that Upwork believes I can write copy and make money.
 

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You don't have to learn a new skill to apply to do a skill. You only have to support your position that you can do the skill. If I weren't a copywriter, I could still support my ability to perform copywriting by showing how my psychology degree is relevant, or how other training I've had backs up that ability. I could also show how past work experience in collections gave me persuasion skills that are useful in helping me write copy. It doesn't matter if I don't know how to write copy. It only matters that Upwork believes I can write copy and make money.
Gotcha, thank you for clarifying!
 

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  1. Why are you doing this?

    I am doing this so
    I have a time for money trade service skill I can start earning money from in the next week,
    I can work from anywhere - skip UK winters and potentially live abroad permanently,
    I could earn additional income to my main ventures / career job when I get one and scalable ventures,
    I can earn without having to rely on beta male admin jobs in boring offices where I have to pretend I’m happy or minimum wage manual labour jobs which realistically are below my level of intelligence and ambition and make me feel like a loser.
    I could always stop it if I find something better and then pick it up at any time in the future for income once I have the skill and understanding of how to get work,
    can support me when I’m trying to do what I enjoy - creating content out in the tropics, scaling up bigger projects, football coaching.

  2. Describe your endgame in specific detail...

    My end game would be taking on work and doing this for few hours per day to supplement my main income.
    Scaling it up to replace my main income when possible by virtue of being able to charge high rates due to my skill level and / or number of clients retained.

  3. How much money do you need to earn to make this worth it?

    If I can make £1600 a month net. from doing this I am doing better than what I have had at jobs and that would also allow a comfortable lifestyle in South East Asia.
    If I can net £5000 a month this is more than I can make in many careers.

  4. Who are you failing if you give up or don't succeed

    MYSELF.
    I also want the ability to travel some more (Australia, South America) and head back to Bali, to create enough income to be comfortable and feel free of the corporate world.
 

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Your homework today is to create your Upwork account following the guidance in this post. Create your account and submit it for approval. Then report back and let us know how it went or if you have any trouble. Do this now!
Thanks a lot for this amazing post! Already submitted my application and now I'm waiting for the approval. In the meantime will keep working on the startup.
 

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Having done free work for friends, I took the content and copywriting skills I've cultivated over the past two months and started hitting up upwork.

Even though it took about 120 connects, I landed a first copywriting gig.

Something very interesting popped up though...

Upwork is now asking me to submit a picture ID and get on a video call with their support team before I apply for more contracts. Even after I payed them for the joy of having 20 more attempts to send proposals.

This sketches me out, and it's caused me to look around for other freelance site options.
It's also made me pull back and look around to see what opportunity is in my area. The owner of a local shop is pulling me in to help with his sales letter and I have a meeting with him on wednesday. Need to find a way to turn this and helping others locally into gold.

Does anyone else have experience transferring off of online platforms to local opportunity?
 

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I've been following this thread but I didn't want to post anything until I tried it for myself. I finished updating my profile last night and preceded to bid on 4 jobs . Landed 1 and turned it around today.


Here are my answers to the day one questions.

1.Why are you doing this? - To earn extra money for debts and to finance my entrepreneurial pursuits.

2.Describe your endgame in specific detail - My endgame is to build my own video marketing agency.

3.How much money do you need to earn to make this worth it? $1200 per month would be ideal. $600 would still make it worth it.

4.Who are you failing if you give up or don't succeed? Myself, my daughter and my friends.
 

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Having done free work for friends, I took the content and copywriting skills I've cultivated over the past two months and started hitting up upwork.

Even though it took about 120 connects, I landed a first copywriting gig.

Something very interesting popped up though...

Upwork is now asking me to submit a picture ID and get on a video call with their support team before I apply for more contracts. Even after I payed them for the joy of having 20 more attempts to send proposals.

This sketches me out, and it's caused me to look around for other freelance site options.
It's also made me pull back and look around to see what opportunity is in my area. The owner of a local shop is pulling me in to help with his sales letter and I have a meeting with him on wednesday. Need to find a way to turn this and helping others locally into gold.

Does anyone else have experience transferring off of online platforms to local opportunity?
I already got my ID verified and the call with the Upwork support team done.

They were very quick and professional about it.

Finished it all within minutes.
A single attachment of your ID, and a short chat with an Upwork rep.

Don’t be afraid of getting cleared up with the Upwork team. It’s just some simple ‘house rules’.
 

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