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8 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction to upwork

    • 2. 1.1 - what is upwork, how does it work?

    • 3. 1.2 - your upwork profile is gold

    • 4. 1.3 - proposals are your friend

    • 5. 1.4 - boss mode for that perfect job

    • 6. 1.5 - take part in the project

    • 7. 1.6 - the upwork roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - share, retweet, engage!

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i've had a few good months now on upwork and i've worked with a few clients, i think i've started to finally put together a good idea of the ways that you can really accelerate the chances of finding that ultimate, regular paying client that wants to work with you when you deliver good results. i've also developed a few ways that you can get the jobs faster than everyone else! - follow these steps and you can be putting in your proposals quicker and more effective than everyone else!

  • setup iffft to scan rss feed and output to pushover
  • discussing the $10 monthly upwork package
  • $5 for desktop push notifications, lighting quick proposals
  • using the feeds app on a mac for free updates
  • using zapier push features.

if your looking to make a change, just been made redudant, looking for information about how to work from home you should take this course, lots of knowledge and wisdom is contained within to help you get started with finding work on just this platform (upwork) but you can use the knowledge and take that onto other remote working sites. once you find your flow you'll be good to go! 

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Philip Campbell

Crypto, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow



I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet! an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

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hitting the road, working mobile, exploring across the uk and america! remote working 

building out creative media assets in obs and screenflow for clients during pandemic for business zoom

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1. 1.0 - introduction to upwork: okay, Another new course, and this is about how to boss mode on up work. I've been doing a bit of work on work recently and starting to get few clients in there, and I'm starting to see a few areas where you can really succeed there. But you have to go through a series of steps and make sure that you converse in certain areas. So if you're looking to work remotely fueled, interested in were common board Platform used to be before, but it's rebranded, relabeled, been around for a number of years, or work is a fantastic spot to find really good clients, actually, but you do have to sift through. Some of the other clients have just signed up today, and I have on verified credit cards and things like that. I'm going to get into that in this course, so things you should be aware off with work and how to get the most out of it. Your profile page is the most important section of the website. Women go quickly into that, how you can improve on that spending money to make money, getting additional monthly connects, which we're also gonna break into harmony connects that you get per month to do proposal to actually apply and pop proposals in for jobs and finding out about jobs first, take the if, of course, that I've made about how to make a recipe to find out. As soon as somebody puts a contract together on up work on a specific area, you get a notification, so let's get into the course. 2. 1.1 - what is upwork, how does it work?: All right. So up work is about Speed Holland and recommendations and I would focus on those three areas speed in terms of interacting with the potential client as fast as you gamble, dating the information about what you're able to do. Your proposals, any attachments, any information videos that you can provide them to make them to swing them. To make a decision on using U. S. A. Is a remote freelancer. Obviously, talent is very important. They want somebody you could do the jobs that don't apply for things that are really outside of your scope. And the recommendation thing is really big on up work. The more recommendations, more feedback from the clients that you work with, the better your profile will look. So getting in early with a proposal is the main thing on up work. The faster you get proposal in, the faster you'll get work. So it's important to get in early with a proposal Faster. You get that proposal in the more chance of that, the employee is gonna look. The employer is gonna look at the first batch of people that have put proposals in that may get fatigue, or they may get bored after looking through five or 10 applications. If yours really stands out in those five or 10 applications, you got more chance to get the job. If you got a good cover letter and you've got good attachments, maybe have a video real in their additional to the profile video real, which we're going to get into. You've got better chances of getting the words a double check. Also, that they have a payment verified. Have seen situations on other platforms, not necessarily upward. Where somebody is putting for a job said they want 10 hours at a certain rate that you propose and then you do work and they disappear in it. Don't pay. You have to check to make sure that they gone through the process. So double check that they are payment verified as people can drive by and vanish. I've seen this happen on a number of other platforms. Just double check who you're gonna be doing work for, see if they've had previous work that they've asked for how much have actually spent on the platform and make sure they've got verified details so that you could get paid on time. So use the work up work after used the up work app to track your work it text screenshots of your work As you work, people might be scared of having an application that's running in the background. Taking screenshots the way it works is a bit like a messaging app. You have the app running in the trade bar at the top. You select the job the client that you're working on and then make sure that you don't have anything else running on your system. So no videos, no movies, no YouTube, no twitter, no Facebook. Be completely concentrated on the job at hand for the clients and it randomly text pictures and gives you You can set a notification level from five minutes up to an hour that you get a notification toe, ask you what you're working on because obviously, as you go through the work for the client, you're changing into different areas of the job, maybe doing graphic design, packaging it together, getting assets from the web. But what they want to see in those screenshots is proof that you're doing the work. So you know this this tall is to help you as well as them by running the app in taking the photos. You've got some evidence to say that you've worked on that particular thing for 10 hours of work, especially if you're tracking for 10 hours and I've used it. I found a great little tool. It's actually kicked me in the back side a few times where I've gone. All I've actually been on YouTube or I've got into another thing. So it's really good for me, too, to be aware that in those hours I'm dedicated working on that client. Don't be freaked out by the Screenshots. You do get to review the screenshots. You can remove certain ones and those go to the client for review, and that helps with the payments. I payment is every 10 days or so, so you set a threshold in your account for payments. It might be $100 on once you get to $100. Then it sends it to you automatically to pay Palo your bank out. Whatever you say. If it's less money than that threshold, you can pay a dollar to withdraw that money, and I've found no issues whatsoever. Using that system works really well. I've not had any clients kick back, and so far the system worked really well. It's only a dollar to withdraw the money if it's below the threshold that you can set a quite a high threshold of, like 1000 bucks if you just want to leave it in there and then transfer away later on. 3. 1.2 - your upwork profile is gold: So then some optimization tips to make sure that you get the most work. Your profile page is like God will get your work. It's the It's the page that will get you the work. If it's also make sure it is awesome, put a good show real on their plenty of links. Plenty of projects that you've worked on. There is elements in the site that help you with your profile page, and I'm gonna get into some of those like that awesome show real around 30 to 60 seconds that have something that goes dragging on. People are there to find a remote employees of temporary employees to do the work they want to get in. They want to get out. We want to get the assets and want to do a fast turnaround. So anything that's really quick for them tow watch because I'll be watching a number of them to decide. Make a decision on who they're going to use for the task. Another thing that I think you should spend some money on for $5 you could do various tests on your skills, so if you're professing that, you're really good at social media marketing. Maybe you're good at doing video editing than the certain tests that you can take as an online test on up work, and that school goes on the profile page to obviously anybody going through an inspecting your profile page can see your skill set. See that you've got, like, this certification that you didn't don't online with upward. You also get to see work history. So any work that you've done for a client of up work will stay on your profile page all the money that you've earned, although if you paid $10 a month, you can turn that off if you don't want it, show how much money have also shows the portfolio of work with the clients that you've worked with certifications and those test test schools. So the more full your profile page is, the more thorough it is. It's gonna be better than profile page with a default picture on there. With no work history and no tests, pad out your overview with S e o style wording that you want to be found for. Remember, this is a public profile page on the Internet, So if people are looking for wire Castelli Stream, and they're looking for a consultant that can help them have things out that bought the software, but they don't know how to use it. People are searching for those terms, and if they find your profile page, you've got more chance of booking you to do some work. 4. 1.3 - proposals are your friend: so to find work, you need to send out what's called proposals, and you get a series of proposals every month to find jobs. When you apply, it's normally one or two proposals that you have to use on a default account comes I think , with 60 proposal each month, and you can you can push that up to 70 by having the subscription of $10 a month. You get a lot of rejection letters at First Ame for longer, bigger spending clients. That's what I've found is that there's some people in there. They've got a like a $50 budgets and people have spent a couple of 100 books. They haven't used it for 10 months, and then there's the other end of the spectrum. Others people have spent over a $1,000,000 with service or $100,000 these are the people that are actively using remote employees every day to deliver their graphics. That video the website and these people were consistently looking for people to help them with their project, obviously making income from their projects. They just need extra hands on their projects and they've got the money to pay for it. So I start looking around for the bigger, bigger proposals will be a contract. Things got more chance. Would you get in with somebody like that, have consistent regular work. So for $10 a month extra, you can get upward. Freelancer plus, which is 70 connects and also a tip that I should took in here as well. That I've only just recently found out is that when you get over $500 you actually get the charges are slashed by half. So you do get charges on the work that you do. If you have set an hourly rate, you must factor in the fact that they're going to take the 80 off it and also charges for setting up that contract in the first place. A few areas that you need to play here, but up to $500. You have to pay certain charges. When you get over $500 you pay half that on the if you're making money on at work. Anyway, I think the $10 a month extra for the freelance Plus for those extra 10 connect is worthwhile. And also, if you don't use those connects in the month. They do roll over up to 140 connects per month. So, like I said, just said, Rollover connects competitive bids. Custom mural All of these things are additional extras that you get as freelancer plus to finding out what you're competitive. Bids are so you can bid lower, get a custom. You are all for your profile, so it's easy to share with other people. I would factor that into your first job. If you're getting the job, which is 203 100 100 bucks and you're committed to working virtually online, I would spend that $10 from your first job because I think it will benefit you in the short term and in the next three or six months. If you're dedicated at working online, you will send a lot of proposals before you find a client. But repeat business, I think, is high. If you find a big regular paying clients 5. 1.4 - boss mode for that perfect job: So I think the key for up work is getting that proposal in early. If you get that proposal in early, got more chance to be interviewed. You got more chance to be higher. You're not at the back end of a list of 30 or 40 people. They haven't got fatigue of looking through these different people deciding which one to pick. I think if you can get in early and if you can keep on top of that by putting into your routine but mainly early morning or late at night, and seeing what comes in, you have to remember is a lot of jobs coming in from different places around the world. I'm based in the UK, so I see things from seven or eight hours ago in the U. S. I. C ones from Australia that 10 hours ago being able to capture those in the 1st 5 or 10 proposals that go in. That's the key to getting noticed. Two people actually seeing your skills and your profile. So if you have the skills, you've got a great cover letter and you put up to 10 attachments on that cover letter. I think you're gonna be in good shape to find some regular world. Take my skill share course on if I f t t t about getting jobs superfast. I've come up with a recipe on if to be out to search for certain keywords, off jobs, off skills that I know I can do. And I want to be in that first batch of 10 people who put in their proposals in the hope that I might get hired for the job, make cover letters for the different genres of work that you do. You might do graphics work for Instagram. You might do social media marketing you might do. Video editing might do a whole jack of all trades skills. Make sure that you've got letters in your note pad for the different genres of work, and then you could just copy and paste them for the different proposals. For the different clients, don't forget to install the APP is not great, but it has the messaging part built in and as well, keeping on top of the messaging between your clients on your on your ipad or on your phone . Getting back to them in a in a fast manner just instills confidence that you're there at the other end and you're going to complete the job for them 6. 1.5 - take part in the project: Okay, then. So my five step project go to your project in the bar below the course. Put an awesome project title in the project. Works based. Be creative. Include pictures and the steps you talk. I'm really interested about how you're going to do your online work of you Sort out your taxes that you have a individual business set up for it. We're looking for a specific niche to work in. Are you just going to use up work or a series of other sites? How do you go about your day to day business? If you already do virtual working, pick a sweet cover image. If you can't find one, use nomad dot pictures Endowment logo on from there. Click on the save and sweet. You're done. 7. 1.6 - the upwork roundup: So finally, then there round up. I hope I give you the confidence to try up work and see that it could be another income stream for you. For remote working, you can literally work anywhere in the world as long as you've got a laptop and an Internet connection. Some tricks and tips to get you going. Remember to set the rate you are worth and ignore client budgets. I've noticed a lot of feedback from different blocks saying, If you see a job and it's a video job and it's going to take you four or five hours in the budget, $100 still put a proposal and tell that client that gonna take you six hours in your rate is $48 an hour. There is a lot of people from different countries from Asia that are charging really, really low rates to do vector cutouts and things like that. But at the end of the day, they want a lot of the clients that are on up worker looking for a relationship, ongoing relationship of people they can trust to deliver on the work. I think also with a book with, like anything online You have to spend money to make a little bit money. Create a really good dem A really sign up for the freelancer Plus And don't forget to do the tests. Grab my other if course to learn how to get proposals early. And don't forget to share a review. The course I thank you for watching today and I will catch it We see take out by. 8. 1.7 - share, retweet, engage!: while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. I'll catch up with you.