How to Make Money on Upwork

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Have you heard about UpWork?

Well, trust us you will. It’s one of the fastest growing online marketplaces and there is no doubt that you have always looked for something like it.

A platform like UpWork is definitely a great winner. You will be absolutely thrilled to discover that you can work from anywhere in the world and so simple too!

All that you need to do right now is to ensure that you are on top of your earnings and spending and this is pretty much all that you want to do.

First, let’s introduce you to UpWork, the platform that offers hundreds of thousands of people an opportunity to be self-reliant and to never need an office job again.

#1 What’s UpWork

UpWork is just like any other job website out there. The only difference is that you will never have to worry about your CV being mothballed and never replied to.

UpWork is one of a kind company that will help you grow professionally by connecting you with hundreds of thousands of customers and that’s just a fact of life. By opting for UpWork you will be able to do many things to guarantee yourself a personal and financial/career growth.

Of course, it helps to pick jobs that will guarantee you some personal development first, because there are quite a few gigs where you simply have to enter stuff in excel. This is not so bad, and if you enjoy it – go right ahead.

#2 What Kinds of Job Can I Be Doing at UpWork?

 The answer is many! There are all sorts of brilliant things that you can be doing and you should probably be doing, including:

  • Coding
  • Machine learning
  • Voice acting
  • Blockchain
  • Security
  • AWS DynamoDB Deep Dive
  • Voice acting
  • SEO

These skills, and dozens more will guarantee you one thing – financial independence. If you want to really be one of the most successful freelancers out there you will have to pick the relevant skills.

There is something else. You will need to keep improving. To do so, we recommend that you start yourself a course. Here’s what UpWork themselves recommend as courses:

  1. IBM Blockchain Foundation for Developers (Coursera)
  2. Learning Path: TensorFlow: Machine & Deep Learning Solutions (Udemy)
  3. AWS DynamoDB Deep Dive (PluralSight)
  4. Voice-Over for Video and Animation (
  5. Learn All About Creating Subtitles (SRT) and Closed-Captions (Udemy)
  6. Learning Art Direction (
  7. The Fundamentals of Content Marketing (SkillShare)
  8. Become a Computer Vision Expert (Udacity)
  9. Microsoft Power BI – A Complete Introduction (Udemy)
  10. Getting Started with Augmented Reality (Coursera)
  11. Build Incredible Chatbots (Udemy)
  12. Become a Professional React Developer (Udacity)
  13. Descriptive Customer Analytics: Media Buying (Coursera)
  14. Creating Web Applications with Go (PluralSight)
  15. Information Security: Context and Introduction (Coursera)
  16. Functional Programming in Scala Specialization (Coursera)
  17. Consuming the Instagram API (
  18. Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro 2018 for Beginners (SkillShare)
  19. Machine Learning for Beginners (Udemy)
  20. AngularJS: Get Started (PluralSight)

As you can see, this is quite the extensive list. We recommend sifting through the areas you are already familiar with.

Conversely, you can always make sure that you learn something new. Of course, if you don’t have the time to “learn” right now, and want to focus on the skills you have, that’s also as well.

#3 How Do You Estimate Success as a Freelancer?

Easily enough. You will have to ask yourself if you are happy with the work you get – regardless of payment.

Payment is just a by-product of your efforts and if you are in what you do as a freelancer solely for the money, then you will not make it very far we’re afraid. The main reason for this being the case is the simple fact that such freelancers… prioritize quantity over quality and they soon lose otherwise promising projects.

To avoid just that, you will need to keep yourself in check by conscientiously and continuously reminding yourself that you are in this not to score the most money, but to make sure you have a job tomorrow.

It’s as simple as that and you will soon realize that you can be on top of it yourself. I managed to make the cut on UpWork.

Today, out of the submissions I send, you will notice that the majority of them are answered – in other words, I know what to say and do to catch my employer’s attention and that’s a blessing – clearly.

You can do it too!

Great Options for Steady Money

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Looking to make a solid profit?

Want to be your own boss? It’s possible and while people will keep telling you it’s quite the risk – it’s no risk at all.

Let me tell you a story, how I went from earning $1,000 a month to fetching $10,000. Apparently living outside the US these days, I’ve managed to fetch myself a 1000% increase of my income in no time.

And the best part is – I did it while doing several important things that will make me employable if I ever chose to go back to employment at all.

What are these skills?

Read on to find out.

#1 Never Give Up – Keep Looking

When I started looking for a job, I was no-one. I had some experience as a due diligence analyst, but the truth was that I was a glorified grunt.

With no ambition to be in management, I loved my job.

I was a very comfortable employee – doing A LOT of work, but never asking for promotion. Pouring cash into rent money, food and the occasional leisure. My true passion was work, and the friends I had but met once a week because we were all making a living and rather committed to our jobs.

Then I decided to move out and travel. Most of the jobs I came across were OK.

They offered decent remuneration, but tied you down to the 20-day holiday a year and office work.

Today I can afford myself months of holiday if I am smart and work well. However, just because I can it doesn’t mean I will.

But we’re digressing here. I want to just tell you the story of how I actually started. So, it was all very easy and very simple – I started looking for online jobs.

I knew that coders and writers had the highest chance of success. Admittedly, I am still learning how to code to this day, and it’s a passion of mine. So, I chose to write for a living.

It took me 3 months to get a steady gig – and I know what you would say.

You call yourself a writer? You are no writer, you create content of dubious value…

Look, there’s some merit to these arguments. I work in a niche and as such I adjust my writing. As an individual I may never hit the literary heights of the writers in whose company I learnt about the fruits of literature.

But it’s not necessary, because I am making 10 times more than before and trust me – I have a great appreciation for literature’s greatest works. Only now, I can afford to buy myself a house and stuff my walls with these books.

#2 I Looked for a Job for 3 Months!

I looked and looked for a job, doing pettily paid jobs every time a chance presented itself. I told myself – okay, this is how it works and never questioned my employers, even in the cases they forced me to cut the rates, because they had found someone cheaper.

Of course, I could have been a bit more assertive and it would have worked – but now I know that not all that my employer tells me is necessarily true, and this gives me strength.

It builds character.

It helps you grow. If somebody tells you that you aren’t worth it, don’t trust them. Don’t be mean to them either, because you will just confirm what they suspect.

Instead, ask yourself what skills YOU HAVE:

These skills can be any and varied. Writing, coding, music, design, voice acting, storytelling, there’s just so much great stuff you can be doing. And this is the beginning. This is year one, and with $120,000 on the line yearly, I am planning bigger for next year.

Having bumped my rates from $70 per hour to the whopping $80, I am yet to discover even more value for my writing. You might wonder – who gives you so much to write and for what.

The answer is- I was lucky and there’s no mistake about that.

$80 per hour is only possible in specialized in specific fields, and I’ve always been a sucker for science with the nose to create good narrative. I am also not the spending type of person, so a good meal and the ability to be anywhere I wish in the world is enough for me.

In 2019 I intend to by myself my first home, and all of this while I am not even 25 years old. It feels good.

I was lucky, but this doesn’t mean that anyone out there should give up on trying to become richer and provide better comfort for their family and loved ones.

How to Pursue Money When the Opportunity Is Missing

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Have you heard that your money can work for you? It’s true. Of course, it’s always tied to a risk. If you succeed – you will build your fortune throughout the years. If you fail – this is no biggie. You should most certainly pick yourself up and start all over again.

It’s a highly-competitive world out there and to be successful you will want to take risks. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba has said that poor people do stay poor because they are too afraid to invest.

Now, we’re not entirely in agreement with Mr Ma. The fact is that economic prospects are poor and as Fitzgerald has famous said – not everyone has had the same privileges, so who are we to judge?

But then again, there are things that you can do – mostly by creating your own opportunities.

Building a Future for Yourself – Create Economic Opportunities

Building a future for yourself and others is a tall order and to do this you need dedication and selflessness that will exceed your normal expectations and very possibly disrupt your comfort.

This is why, as entrepreneurs famously say, when you have a company – you don’t get days off, but the upside is that you are shaping up the future for someone. Of course, some people succeed and then quit – too heavy is the crown.

To truly want to create economic opportunities, however, is quite noble and we endorse it in its fullness. How then can you succeed?

#1 Acquire a Specialist Skill

If you want to help the people around you, you will have to become exceptionally good at something.

This is it – no shortcuts unfortunately.

Should this dispirit you?

No, we don’t think so. Instead:

You should focus on getting better.

So, tell us, what’s YOUR passion?

This can be as many things as you can imagine… whether it is language, computer science or SEO, you can create true opportunities in this global world.

You stand the best chance with skills that you can leverage on an international scale. This again includes things, such as:

  • Graphic design
  • Video editing
  • Voice acting
  • Writing
  • Coding

For all of these skills, you have an opportunity to actually do something about them. We honestly recommend you to give these some serious consideration.

Becoming a mart of each craft will take time, but here’s the thing – it’s insanely fun. Even if you are into languages and people tell you that machines will replace you…


Because it’s not true.

#2 Start Working Towards Connections

There are many ways to build connections, but the most honest one is the best. I’ve been building connections for two years now. How do I go about this? Easy:

  • I make myself available
  • I make sure to keep deadlines
  • I work closely with the client
  • I always stay polite
  • I never ask for more money

On a few occasions, I’ve been known to reduce the initial bid a customer would offer. Why? Because this leaves an immensely good impression. If your customer’s venture is a promising one, building loyalty early on will have immense results later on and that’s all we want to recommend.

Always seek to establish loyalty with the customer. You want to generate financial prosperity for yourself and others? Do consider starting by respecting people and giving them reasons to genuinely trust you.

#3 Start Working Hard

Now you have the connections, and if you have been a har worker – probably the capital. This is a time to act. You can start by doing couple of things:

  • See if a client that trusts you wants to expand
  • Check investment opportunities in your area
  • Study the available pool of professionals
  • Start looking for clients by doing outreach

If you are serious about business, you shouldn’t give up on your clients or current responsibilities. Just make sure that you start allocating time in other areas as well. Focus entirely on securing new prospects.

And prepare yourself for the long haul. It could take months of diligent research to even get proper leads, let alone satisfactory response. However, if you are serious about working for a change, then you couldn’t have done yourself a better favor than explore opportunities of success.

Businesses are easy to grow as long as you have the specialist skills, leadership and dedication.

And remember, if you are in this for the money, you should quit – sooner or later this turns out to be an unsuccessful formula.

Making a Top Freelancer Out of Yourself

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Making money online is not all about taking loans. Not in the slightest. Fast cash is rather hard to come by, but a continuous stream of money – now, this is something we can teach you how to achieve rather simply, too.

Let’s look at your options.

You will have to distinguish yourself from other freelancers. This is not too difficult to achieve at all. All you need to do is be honest and persistent.

Many employers will probably give you a pass straight away – that’s the nature of the market. It’s often first come, first serve. We’ll teach you how to shine, though, and make sure you are the sort of freelancer that secures themselves countless connections.

#1 Believe in What the Customer Does

You want to excel at the tasks that the customer hands you? Make sure you believe in them. Not each job will shine, but you can put things this way:

The person you are working for is trying to make a living and they…

Trust YOU.

It’s not just about you anymore. You have a choice a make – are you going to make a conscious choice and perform at your best or are you intentionally going to skive from work to make extra buck?

We find the latter to be the worst choice you could ever make. Plus, it will catch up to you sooner or later. So, why not save yourself the trouble and start working for your client’s best interest right away? Trust us – it’s going to work out!

#2 Value Your Time and Money, But Value the Client’s

Many people think that the question about the salaries at interview is a tricky one – that’s true. And this applies to freelancing as well, but you needn’t be that concerned about the trick question here.

It’s easy – employers who recruit freelancers want to know that they can trust you. I usually tell my prospective employers that they can determine the rate, though I specify a range. So, if I tell them $23-$26 for an hour of work, it’s usually how much I will get. Which is great.

$200 per day may not look like a lot, but if you do consider putting in extra hours, it will soon start paying off. It also depends on where you live.

In any event, the moral of this story is very simple: try not to put financial pressure on your client.

If you do care about them, then you will consider their finances & time as well.

#3 Didn’t Get the Contract? Always Be Polite

Look, it’s not personal.

Even in the cases when your recruiter has shown you a negative attitude, you should always be polite.

It helps you open doors in future. Not that you will come back to work for a person who’s discarded you like you were nothing, but it shows your attitude.

This positive, upbeat attitude will build connections. Yes, they might not pay off now or even in six months, but they might eventually pay off. As a freelancer you want to be in the know.

Remind clients of yourself. Drop them a friendly reminder every now and then when you are available. It helps to build your reputation, so build it.

#4 Let Clients Know You Are Available

I used to work with just a select few clients, making myself an invaluable asset to them. Over time, I have been able to amass quite the proceedings thanks to my commitment to individual client.

On occasion, you will run out of things to do for a client. If you have been keeping the dialogue going, you will most likely be part of the client’s good graces, which means that you can shake hands and part ways, knowing that should anything extra comes up, you will be the first one to find out about it.

So far as fast cash goes, you couldn’t guarantee yourself a better source of awesome income than the respect of a client who can give you more work.

Always build connections that will last in the long term. Avoid turning established partnerships sour by being inactive or skiving your duties.

Even if you need some more time to finish a task, a client that you have worked for months will gladly let you have that extra time you need to bring their project up to speed.


Because they know you are punctual and you can trust you. Need more time? You have all the time in the world with the right sort of clients.

To find them, though, you will have to be the right sort of freelancer.

Earning Money on the Internet

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Earning real money over the Internet is a possibility. And not a bad one, either. However, you will need to learn to distinguish between possibility and myth. Put simply, there are way too many people promising you to become rich overnight.

In 2 years, I saved 4 times more than I used to make on my old place in an entire year.

This is hardly a possible, at least not with any honest way of work anyway, and anyone who wants to offer you part of a dodgy scheme most likely doesn’t have your best interest in mind.

So, learn how to avoid titles such as:

  • “10 Ways to Become Rich from Home”
  • “Guaranteed Income in 5 Steps”
  • “Rich in 5 Months”

There are ways to become rich from home and we can share the tips and tricks that have worked for us, but here’s the thing- it all has to do with hard work. If you are not willing to put an effort, you may have to stop reading here.

What You Will Get Out of Hard Work

If you are up for a challenge, though, then the world’s your oyster. I managed to boost my finances five-fold. In 2 years, I saved 4 times more than I used to make on my old place in an entire year. How? I worked every day, investing between 6-10 hours – no exceptions. The upshot? I am leading a comfortable lifestyle and my unrealised assets can secure me an even more comfortable future.

Do you want to make sure you earn a top dollar for your skills? Read on.

Finding a Place to Work

If you want to realize your potential, what you need is a place to do just that. We can recommend you quite a few platforms, but let’s start with the main ones and highlight their distinct advantages:


Both platforms will provide you with plenty of work if you like it. The rates or entry-level jobs vary, but depending on your skill, you can easily be fetching between $20 and $40. As your expertise grows, commanding $30-$60 would be the next logical steps.

I mostly write, but I am also an SEO expert. When I started, I was happy with $10. Today I can charge $60 and clients will pay, because I have the portfolio to prove myself.

Upwork and are not just about writing. In fact, it’s one of the worst paid professions, to be honest, although if you pick a specific topic, such as cryptocurrency or online gambling, you can be making a lot of money.

If you are able to write in German or Swedish, Spanish or Portuguese, your prospects will grow, but remember:

You must strive to acquire expert knowledge. Otherwise, you will end up with bad reputation and almost no contracts to your name. It’s important to prove that you can do the work you are hired for.

Don’t Compromise with Your Rates and Time

This doesn’t mean to be unable to make a compromise. Negotiating your rates is a good idea – start big, but also let your client know that you wouldn’t want to make their budget hurt. This is especially true if you mean it.

When I tell a client that I care about them and their budget, I do mean it, and it later shows when I am on the job carrying out specific tasks for them. This is quite refreshing, because clients on Upwork, for example, are used to hiring freelancers who are trying to squeeze out profit with a nominal effort.

If you teach yourself the right habits early on, you will be turning a tidy profit soon – not to mention that you will also have quite the reputation to go by before you know it. Always negotiate your rates, but do consider your client.

If you break their budget, you are unlikely to have a long-term employment, and you will further end up turning your relationship with the customer sour.

Your ultimate goal is to make yourself available so that they know that you are a reliable and trustworthy individual.

This is your sure-way into the family of freelancers. Want to be one of the most distinguished professionals out there? Make sure that you work conscientiously!