There are few freelance writers, coders, web-designers, voice over talents and others that are not familiar with the Upwork platform. Equally, you’ll hear from people that love the site and those that hate it with a passion. Who is to say, who is right? For many new to freelance work, it provides an excellent opportunity to build a portfolio, receive an escrowed payment that Upwork will take a healthy cut of as commission. But, you will get paid. It’s essentially like learning to ride a bike with training wheels. It’s safer, but the reward will feel a bit muted.
Upwork, formerly oDesk, is the largest freelance site on the internet. After years of operation as oDesk, the company purchased Elance and two other freelance work clearing houses to solidify its industry lead. With this, they both reduced their competition while increasing yours internally by bringing on tens of thousands of new workers.
Thankfully, you select the project that suits you and you choose your price from the clients suggested budget. If you don’t think it pays enough, don’t bid on the project. If you feel that the budget is ludicrous, suggest the price that suits you. While a strategy like this will see you turned down often, you’ll also feel you didn’t shortchange yourself. If you have savings, maybe that the route to go.
Create a profile, upload a good pic and only select work that you’re willing to do and Upwork can be your reliable friend and likely a source of frustration as well. You’ll likely have to do work well below the value you assign your work for awhile in order to build a solid work history at Upwork.
It’s not for everyone but a free membership is, well, free. You’ll likely get what you put into it within a few months if you do, in fact, possess talent. It’s a reliable way to have work, sell your soul, and build a portfolio all at the same time.