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Upwork seems like a pretty transactional and unforgiving platform that might be part of your approach, but I'd guess your best results would come from establishing a good presence off-platform.

Here are some thoughts that come to mind:

  • Establish your expertise by writing about your work.
  • Have a great landing page that explains exactly what you do well and the kinds of projects you'd like to take on.
  • Get in touch with recruiters who might be interested in placing you for contract work.
  • Attend meetups and conferences and connect connect connect.

You don't need all of that, but it's some ideas.


What problems are you having on Upwork? I just wrote a post that speaks to this A fluff-free guide to pre-freelancing

I found most people fail on Upwork because they don't know how to navigate it all too well when starting off. What is your current process?

I had/have huge success on Upwork and coached some peers into the same success, let me know if you need some help! It's pretty easy after you land that first client.


My current process is to look for jobs within my skillset i.e. iOS/Android development. I am still a full time student so I look for projects that I think I can tackle in 1-2 months and then I write a cover letter citing my relevant experience working on similar projects to the one I am applying for. I would love to talk strategy with you if you are open to it!


I don't mind talking strategy, send me a dm on Twitter. Also take a look at my last post as it may answer some questions then we can go from there!

Throw me a follow back on twitter when you get the chance so it will let me send my DM. Thanks Darryl


Try to partner with a local vendor that might need web development work. Typically a design firm with 1-2 people is the client you want to seek out. I just did a write up on this very subject. Pay close attention to the Step 3 – Getting Your First Client section


Thanks so much man! Your article does a great job detailing the steps you took.

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