Upwork: How It Works And How To Get Accepted Easily

Update:  For reasons of profitability I have decided more never to use freelance pages . If you want to know why you click on the link and I give you 5 + 1 reasons. Apart from that, the content of this post has remained the same. Just have Note that I no longer recommend these platforms.)
Upwork is one of the most used platforms in the freelance world.
In fact, it is the one that today has more income than any other, exceeding one billion dollars a year.
It is one of the platforms for freelancers with more opportunity - but also competition - in the market today, one of the many where most start their freelance life.
I have had the opportunity to win several projects, I was able to win my first project to the fifth proposal I sent and although I have temporarily abandoned the platform (since I have gotten freelance work outside of it) it is likely that I will resume it one day.
To understand a bit the emergence of this beast platform and how it works, let's briefly see how they reached such magnitude.
Upwork And Its Fusion
Upwork: How it works in simple terms
  1. Both the freelance and the client create a profile.
  1. The client applies for a job.
  1. Freelancers use the search engine to find opportunities.
  1. Freelancers apply and send freelance proposals  to those projects that interest them.
  1. Wait patiently (come on! Without despair) for the answer.
  1. If you are selected, the contract is made through the platform.
Do I need to register as a self-employed locally?
If I Only Speak Spanish Can I Register?
How Do I Register In Upwork?
Can I make my profile in Spanish?
  1. Do it in English (if you are not very good, you can translate it into relatively cheap Fiverr or ask an acquaintance for help.)
  1. Do it in both languages, letting you know that you intend to apply to projects in Spanish too ..
But ... What the hell do I put on my Freelance Profile? I have no idea
  1. A professional image (preferably of your face and smiling).
  1. A creative and specific header. (eg "Logos Designer" instead of "Designer")
  1. Use a personal tone.
  1. Know what your client wants and talk more about how to solve their problems than about you.
  1. A readable format.] And spacing.
I'm afraid they won't accept me ...
What do I do if I applied and did not accept me?
Yuppy, they accepted me! I will apply to all the projects that I can
Something You Should Know Before Applying To A Project
How to Send Winning Proposals?
How much will Upwork Remove from My Earnings?

  • 20% for the invoiced between $ US0-500 with a customer.
  • 10% for the invoiced between $ US500.01-10,000 with a client.
  • 5% of $ US10,000 and up.
And that of Upwork Payments, how does it work?
Is My Money Safe?
Other Upwork Details

  • Unlike Fiverr, where you can offer anything (literally), Upwork is considered a more professional platform.
  • They have included an internal messaging system to 'chat' in real time with your client and make video calls.
  • Accepting payments outside the platform is prohibited, so be careful.
  • Freelancers say that Upwork is easier to navigate than other platforms.
  • Add work sample in the section of your profile corresponding to the freelance portfolio, you can double your chances of being selected.
  • You can take test in different categories. Surely they help a little too.
Conclusion: Upwork: How It Works And How To Get Accepted (In One)
Back to 1999 (Wow! And I found out about this so late), in order to support virtual work, the Elance platform emerged.
Inspired by the prediction of the continuing decline of conventional employment in large companies and the birth of remote work by Harvard in his article, " The Dawn of The Elance Economy ."
In 2013, 14 years later, this platform had generated a total amount of $ 850 million (less than Upwork does in a year today).
On the other hand, one of its main competitors in the battle for being # 1, oDesk, which had emerged in 2003, decided to acquire Elance and in 2013 they announced the mixture of these two great platforms to give result to what it is today You and I know as Upwork.
Today, more than 3,000,000 jobs submitted per year, 5,000,000 customers and 12,000,000 freelancers are reported. Every year its clientele continues to grow, and I don't think that growth will stop for the next decades.
If you are not familiar with the operation of freelance platforms, where most use the application-application methodology, I explain briefly. It is similar to how Freelancer works.
In a nutshell:
Upwork: How it works
Source: Agriya
After this, the customer pays, you do the work and the platform takes a commission — more detail below.
In a simple (and visual) way, this is the operation of any platform that operates in the application-application mode.
There are other modalities such as spec work or contests and hourlies or gigs, but that is the subject for another day.
Now that you know how everything works, let's continue, but first, let's answer a couple of questions that always arise when you start as a freelancer.
Many wonder if before starting to do small jobs they must register as freelancers in their country.
In legal matters I do not usually enter, but I will contribute my 2 granites in the subject.
(Note: None of my tips on this blog constitute legal advice. If you want more details on this aspect, please consult an accountant or a qualified lawyer.)
If you haven't made a penny yet, you shouldn't be worrying about it; Even if you have made some money, but you have not consistently earned a significant amount, it is a waste of time.
In my opinion, thinking about signing up at this stage is something that will distract you from your main goal as a freelancer: make money.
In my opinion, it is something that many use as an excuse for not taking action in the first place.
The Upwork page as such is in English, but there are many clients who publish projects for Spanish-speaking workers on a daily basis.
I look for some recent of the last 24 hours to see ...
We have here to write a business proposal.
Writers in the finance niche.
A representative for calls in Spanish.
Oops! Ignore this ...
Of course, if you speak English there are many doors that will open to you, and it is ideal that you can at least read it a little, but it is not obligatory.
So ... do you accept the challenge?
Well, I like your attitude.
We are going to register.
(Keep in mind that for growth reasons, Upwork will evaluate your profile before accepting, do not be intimidated by it!)
Go to the page  and click on "Sign Up" at the top right.
You will then see boxes to fill your name, surname and email. Be sure to use real mail as you will have to verify it.
Then you must select the country where you reside, enter your password and select the type of account (I imagine you are here because you want to be a freelancer ).
Once you have verified the email, you will have the opportunity to select the skills and services you can offer (you can see these jobs online on demand or this list of +100 freelance jobs  if you are not sure).
Select each one that applies to you. This will increase your chances of being accepted.
Finally, you will complete the details of your profile. (Reach me below to give you some tips)

My honest recommendation is that, since Upwork will review your profile to approve it:
A while ago, I would have told you to put it in Spanish and change it later, but I think we can't take that risk today.
Make the effort before applying and secure your space.
Remember that within the platform you can see jobs for a Spanish-speaking person. Do not worry about that.
With the approval process, now more than ever it is important that your profile be done carefully.
I already had the opportunity to write about how to ensure that your freelance profile does not stink. Some of the tips were:
If you want more detail regarding the writing of your freelance profile, go ahead:
Pay attention…
Because these are the tips that many people have used to be accepted after being rejected more than 3 times.
I'm being honest? You should be glad that they are taking less freelancers.
Now there will be less competition after all.
Of course, you must get them to accept you first, but you have the opportunity to apply multiple times.
With this change, all freelancers who only make customers waste their time, leave the platform.
I just hope you don't feel intimidated by this.
Courage, you can do it! Do not give up.
Apply once again, try expanding on the type of categories you are selecting or reorganize your description.
Generally, Upwork gives you a vague idea of ​​why they haven't accepted you, and I've heard of people who select a few more categories and let them in.
If you have questions and want to see your profile, you can comment below to review it to see what you can improve.
Do not do it.
That is the # 1 mistake of all freelancers.
In fact, there is a possibility that if you apply to many projects and they do not accept you, Upwork will remove you from the platform and will not allow you to enter.
You must be very careful and make sure that each proposal you send is exactly what is in line with your profile and your skills.
(It may sound obvious, but you would be surprised to see the number of people applying to random projects. Applying to any project, nobody earns. )
To limit the amount of applications that each freelance performs, Upwork has implemented a kind of currency, or as they call it: connects.
If you have a free plan, you will have 60 connects per month, and to acquire more you will have to wait for them to be regenerated or apply to the premium plan ($ US10 / month).
Each application to a project will require your connects.
Look closely at how many connects you need to apply to each project since it may require more than one.
Winning projects with your proposals is more an art than a science.
Something works for certain people and something different for others.
In general, there are certain details that every proposal should have and this is not intended to be a complete guide on how to submit winning proposals, but rather the functioning of Upwork.
Previously, I shared my tricks on how to write a freelance proposal , which can help a little more.
You may also be interested in replicating this example of a freelance proposal to see how it goes.
I recommend both articles before submitting a proposal.
Currently the commission system is a bit complex. It depends on the amount of money you have billed with a particular customer.
That is, the more long-term relationships you can establish with a client, the less commissions you will have. The thing goes like this:
This gives a disadvantage to all those freelancers who usually work with sporadic projects — such as web page designers or logos or programmers, for example.
But professions that run continuously (or are more likely to run like this) as virtual assistant , community manager, freelance editor , are more likely to benefit from this change.
Every penny you earn in Upwork will be immediately deposited in a kind of internal wallet, where it will be stored as you earn and complete projects.
You can configure the system so that every time it exceeds a specific amount, it is automatically deposited in one of these three accounts:
1 - Payoneer
2 - Paypal
3 - Direct Deposit to an Account
4 - ACH transfer
5 - Wire transfer.
See more details here. The charges will depend on the method you use and even your local currency.
My personal preference has always been PayPal.
I understand that not everyone has the facility to withdraw money from Paypal to a local account and they do not have an American account that makes things a bit easier.
Check out Payoneer. Many recommend it and you can have a card with many advantages — like shopping in online stores or physical stores anywhere in the world.
Paypal and Payoneer are the most used methods and I have already covered how to register and validate these online payment methods.
One of the main advantages of freelance platforms is that most (including Upwork) have security policies to ensure that freelancers are rewarded.
This is done through an escrow system (or escrow) where Upwork retains money from your client and releases it to your account once you have finished or as you work (if you do it per hour).
Being freelance is the work of the future.
Everything is projected to this work methodology and you can start being part of this today.
Upwork still remains and will be the largest of the platforms (although not necessarily the most convenient).
It is a good starting point for many freelancers and with this information, you can surely start on the right foot.
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Fiverr: Tutorial in 2019

What is Spanish Fiverr?

Fiverr is one of the biggest references in the self-employment industry, commonly known as freelance. Founded in 2009, this platform has become the market for buying and selling digital products and services more Big, famous and used in the world.
A meeting place where people from all countries can offer and / or acquire some of the most demanded services of today in the world of online business: writing and translation of texts, graphic design, digital marketing, video and animation, photography, SEO, web programming, business and finance, music / audio, fun, lifestyle and many more.
So, if you are an entrepreneur whose objective is to work from home offering your services or on the contrary you are looking for professionals from a certain sector, this article will be interesting. I invite you to discover its operation 😉

What is Fiverr?

Fiverr is a marketplace or independent market where you can buy and sell products and services from $ 5 (hence its name). Founded in 2009, the company is based in Tel Aviv (Israel) and international offices in several countries such as New York, London, Berlin, Florida, etc.
Since its birth, the company has had a totally exponential growth, having already overcome the barrier of 50 million dollars in transactions made within the platform.
It has more than 200 employees and its founder and CEO,  Micha Kaufman , has already indicated on several occasions that his goal is to continue growing. Reasons are not lacking, since this market is booming and has no signs of stopping its evolution.
As soon as you enter the web, you will realize the huge range of possibilities that a market of these characteristics represents for any freelance worker.

   Categories and markets

Category Market
Graphics and designDesign of logos, business cards and stationery, web and mobile design, illustration, portraits and cartoons, packaging design, etc.
Digital marketingSocial media marketing, SEO, web traffic, local listings, surveys, network analyst, mobile advertising, etc.
Writing and translationProduct descriptions, creative writing, legal writing, translation and editing, press releases, copy-sales, etc.
Video and animationIntros & outros, video editing, visual effects, animated characters and modeling, short video ads, etc.
Music and audioNarration, songwriters, jingles and drops, sound effects, producers and composers, mixing and mastering, etc.
Programming and technologyWeb programming, wordpress, e-commerce, desktop applications, databases, chatbots, support and IT, etc.
BusinessVirtual assistant, brand services, business advice, financial consultation, market research, etc.
Fun and lifestyleArt and crafts, jokes and tricks, viral videos, health, nutrition, fitness, relationship advice, astrology and reading, etc.

How to register with Fiverr?

Fiverr uses a unique registration system for both sellers and buyers. Registration is completely free and available to people from all countries.
It is as simple as entering the official website and clicking on the "Join" button. You can use an email or simply link your Facebook account 🙂
➡ Access the official Fiverr website and register completely FREE

How does Fiverr work?

In the first place, we are going to see the operation of the platform from the point of view of a buyer, that is, in the case that you are looking for a place to acquire infinity of digital services at very competitive prices.
If you are already logged into your account, you will see a menu divided into different categories and a search engine in case you want to perform a search directly. As an important detail, Fiverr  is not in Spanish , but it can be easily translated with any online translator.
Spanish Fiverr search engine
Fiverr search engine in Spanish.
For example, imagine that you are looking for someone to do an intro for your YouTube channel. You can enter the word directly in the search engine or find this market in the "Video and animation" section.
Find services in Fiverr
Intros & outros creation services for Youtube.
At that time, you will see a lot of offers with a short description and their corresponding prices. You can click on any of them to review them in depth or use the different filters you will see on the left to further refine the search .
Filters search in Fiverr
The different search filters in Fiverr.
Once you have chosen the most interesting service (here known as Gig ) according to your tastes or needs, it will be time to review the most relevant information.
•   Information about the seller : A brief description of the seller of the service. Name, country, skills, user level, assessment within the community, etc.
Fiverr services seller information
Review the information of the service provider.
•   Description of the service : All the details about the service offered. It is important that you review it carefully to know with certainty what you are going to acquire.
•   Opinions : Here you will find the most valuable information of all, which is none other than the opinion of other users who have already used the services of the seller in question.
Fiverr user reviews
Check out the opinions of other users.
•   Order details : From here you can place your order, in addition to being able to choose between different additional services (higher quality, faster delivery, increased revisions, etc.).

   Finalizing the order

If you need support or clarify any questions about the service you want to hire, you can click on the "Contact me" button that you will find below the photo of the seller.
Once you receive the contracted service, you will have time to review it and be able to make modifications . As a general rule, sellers usually give the possibility of at least one free review, although there are some that offer several and even unlimited.
When you are 100% satisfied with the requested service, you must confirm that you have received it correctly and within the period stipulated by the seller. Finally, you can leave your assessment for other users to consider.
To consider
If you do not confirm receipt of the order within the stipulated period, it will be automatically accepted.

How to make money with Fiverr?

After having seen the operation from the point of view of a buyer, we will review the possibilities offered by this platform to all those freelancers or private users who want to monetize some of their skills.
As you can see at the beginning of the post, the categories and markets that make up the Fiverr marketplace are huge, so whatever your skill or talent is sure to fit 😉
The great community that makes up Fiverr can be the perfect showcase to make yourself known and start making money with your skills and knowledge. Seize it!
First of all, you have to go to the official website and click on the " Become a Seller " button , if you have it in Spanish.
➡ Do you want to monetize your skills? Click here and become a  seller
If you were previously registered as a buyer, you do not have to register again (the same account is used). If you are not, the steps to follow are the same as I mentioned at the beginning.
From there, you will have to complete a small form in which you must indicate your skills, studies, languages ​​and everything that can corroborate and certify your knowledge of what you are willing to offer your services.
Be a seller at Fiverr
Complete the form to be a seller at Fiverr.
It is important to fill in all this information completely and truthfully, since part of it will be visible to the entire buyer community and will be like your cover letter. Finally, you can also link your social networks, something that is also highly recommended.

Creating your first Gig

A Gig is the name of any service offered at Fiverr. Creating a Gig is your opportunity to show your skills to the entire community and provide buyers with the information they need to help them decide if doing business with you is a good decision.
The steps to create your first Gig are as follows:
  • When you are logged into your account, go to the "Sell" menu → "Gigs". If you have Fiverr in Spanish, «Sell» → «Concerts».
  • Click create a new Gig.

Step 1: Title and category

Step 2: Price and delivery time

Step 3: Frequently Asked Questions

Step 4: Requirements

Step 5: Image and video

Step 6: Publish
In the following video by Annie Ross, you can see the previous steps explained.

Seller levels in Fiverr

Fiverr has a system of levels to differentiate all freelancers who offer their services within the platform. Higher levels allow sellers to create more Gigs and offer more extra services with each Gig.
This system is also very useful for buyers, since they can differentiate the quality and reliability of each seller in a more exact way (at a higher level, greater confidence).
The different levels along with their respective requirements and benefits are as follows:

   New Level

✅ Advantages
  • 7 active gigs.
  • 2 extra Gigs ($ 5, $ 10, $ 20).
  • 5 multiple gigs.
  • Send personalized offers up to $ 5,000.
  • Withdrawal of earnings: 14 days.

   Level 1

⭕ Requirements
  • Complete at least 60 days as an active seller in Fiverr.
  • Complete at least 10 individual orders (all the time).
  • Earn at least $ 400.
  • Maintain a 4.8-star rating over the course of 60 days.
  • 90% response rate within 60 days.
  • 90% of the order completed within 60 days.
  • 90% delivery on time within 60 days.
  • Avoid receiving notices within 30 days.
✅ Advantages
  • 10 active gigs.
  • 4 extra Gigs ($ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 40).
  • 10 multiple gigs.
  • Send personalized offers up to $ 5,000.
  • Withdrawal of earnings: 14 days.
  • Eligibility to appear in promotional ads.

   Level 2

⭕ Requirements
  • Complete at least 120 days as an active seller in Fiverr.
  • Complete at least 50 individual orders (all the time).
  • Earn at least $ 2,000.
  • Maintain a 4.8-star rating over the course of 60 days.
  • 90% response rate within 60 days.
  • 90% of the order completed within 60 days.
  • 90% delivery on time within 60 days.
  • Avoid receiving notices within 30 days.
✅ Advantages
  • 20 active gigs.
  • 5 extra Gigs ($ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 40, $ 50).
  • 15 multiple gigs.
  • Priority customer service.
  • Send personalized offers, up to $ 10,000.
  • Eligibility to appear in promotional ads.
  • Eligibility for the client's success program.
  • Withdrawal of earnings: 14 days.

   Highest qualified level

⭕ Requirements
  • Complete at least 180 days as an active seller in Fiverr.
  • Complete at least 100 individual orders (all the time).
  • Earn at least $ 20,000.
  • Maintain a 4.8-star rating over the course of 60 days.
  • 90% response rate within 60 days.
  • 90% of the order completed within 60 days.
  • 90% delivery on time within 60 days.
  • Avoid receiving notices within 30 days.
✅ Advantages
  • 30 active gigs.
  • 6 extra Gigs ($ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 40, $ 50, $ 100).
  • 20 multiple gigs.
  • Priority customer service.
  • Custom offers, up to $ 10,000.
  • VIP customer service.
  • Eligibility to appear in promotional ads.
  • Eligibility for the client's success program.
  • Withdrawal of earnings: 7 days.

How to put Fiverr in Spanish?

Without a doubt, the fact of not having an option to put Fiverr in Spanish within the platform itself is a true mystery. Given the huge community of Spanish-speaking users who operate on the web, nobody understands why this has not been corrected for some time.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that in the past this option was available, so the reason for its elimination  is a bit incomprehensible  😐
Meanwhile, the only alternative (fully functional) is to use the automatic translator of any current browser. I use the one that comes built into Google Chrome and perfectly fulfills this function.

Commissions and fees for sellers

As is evident, Fiverr is an intermediary who earns money through the commissions that he applies to the different transactions that are carried out within his platform.
The standard rate is 2% with a minimum of $ 1 . Although for large amounts it is not an excessive commission, it is for small amounts. For example, if you make a sale for $ 5, you will receive $ 4, which means that Fiverr will take 20%.
Additionally, withdrawals have a commission of $ 3 in the case of bank transfers, being  free through PayPal  *.
Although Fiverr does not charge commission through this route, PayPal can do so depending on your country and / or currency.

Positive and negative aspects to consider

Regardless of whether you are going to use this platform as a buyer or as a service seller, it is important that you first know its main virtues and its most prominent defects.

In favor
  • As a buyer, you can find many services at really cheap prices.
  • Totally free platform, without costs or subscriptions of any kind.
  • As a seller, you can offer your professional services very easily and conveniently.
  • You do not need any technical knowledge to sell in Fiverr. Any creative person can do it.
  • You can earn money doing what you like most from the comfort of your home.
  • As you level up, your degree of exposure is increasing.
  • Available for people from all countries.

  • Except at the maximum vendor level, earnings cannot be withdrawn within 14 days after being charged. It is a security measure of the web in case the buyer poses any problem.
  • If you are new to the platform and create a Gig where there is a lot of competition, your visibility may be virtually nil.
  • The commissions are quite high for small amounts.

Conclusion and opinions about Fiverr

Whether you are a freelancer in search of work or if you are a user who is simply looking for a place to buy hundreds of digital services at very competitive prices, Fiverr is a really useful platform.
From a buyer's point of view, there are times when you find really impressive offers. Without going any further, both the logo of this blog and the intro of the videos on  my YouTube channel I acquired here for just $ 5 😮
On the other hand, if you are a freelance worker looking for a place to offer your services, you should definitely register and give it a try. The possibilities are immense and the risk is nonexistent.
Remember that the platform is totally free and valid for users around the world, so you don't lose anything for trying.
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