What’s Up with Upwork/Elance

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 8.59.16 AMWhen people ask about my experience with the Elance/Upwork online freelancing platforms, I admit it’s been a mixed bag including work with a major West Coast tech giant (where I signed a nondisclosure agreement and did not know at first who the client was) to work with smaller clients.

Maybe my experience is similar to others, where some experiences are less than ideal, and others make up for the less than perfect ones.

The 17 Tips for Boosting Your Success on Upwork article might be of interest if you want to work with Upwork (which recently replaced Elance). See the 17 tips article at the https://www.upwork.com/hiring/for-freelancers/17-tips-for-boosting-your-success-on-upwork/ location.

Here are some of the highlights from the 17 tips article.

1. Reputation counts – Upwork keeps a freelancer’s history to show past success and encourages clients to look at this.

2. Be selective about projects and clients – Focus on projects where you can perform well. “Interview the client while they interview you.”

3. Make clear you are a good fit – Make it easy for the client to choose you when you bid.

4.  Be proactive– Communicate with your client after accepting an assignment. Let the client know about your progress even if they do not request an update.  Ask questions to make sure you are on the right track.

5. Be responsive – Do the best you can to get back promptly when a client reaches out. Clients appreciate this.

6. Do five star work every time – Repeat work can happen often with Elance/Upwork clients.

This all seems like good and even obvious advice. It does not hurt to be reminded of these basics. This may be a newer way to work but the basics stay the same.

By Jeanette Evans