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Anyone have good success as a freelancer on one of the websites such as UpWork? I have a good amount of financial modeling expertise but as far as getting noticed, I don't know what the best way to go about that is.
It'd be pretty sweet to have a good stream of $50 - $100 an hour jobs coming in from a site you don't even have to maintain/get traffic for.
Might have some insight. Had minor success for the time I put in (3 hrs of work @ $20/hr roughly) plus a few hours setting up a proper profile, etc. Mind you, I haven't been pushing UpWork full time yet because finishing up my semester. I'm sure others on here are making much more of a killing. I've focused on writing gigs. Financial modelling will definitely be more lucrative.
What I can comment on getting noticed:
- take a proper profile picture (suited up preferred)
- take the UpWork skills tests related to the work you plan on pursuing (proves some credibility)
- treat your bio/about me as a sales page. By that I mean avoid doing a rehash of your resume. You want to focus on how you can help them and why your the one to hire. Think of angles that will make you stand out to other freelancers.
- when sending proposals, again focus on them and how you can help them. Your "credentials" don't matter as much as you think, so don't make them the main focus (or even include them at all) in your proposal.
- DO NOT send generic template proposals, take your time writing them. Show you're serious about solving their problem.
Again, I haven't been pushing UpWork full-time yet so if more experienced people would like to chime in that'd be great. It is definitely an avenue to make some solid money (at least better than most standard jobs). If I can start my hourly rate at $20/hr for simple article writing gigs, your hourly rate can be much higher for more technical gigs (financial modelling, data management & analytics, programming gigs).
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