# random


11/08/2019, 4:40 AM
Been applying to upwork, polishing after polishing, rejections after rejections. Oh upworkians here๐Ÿ˜€ Any tips to get accepted? (I remember we had this topic discussed earlier but couldn't find those chats anymore)


11/08/2019, 4:47 AM
I have a tip - but if you follow it, you will probably never apply to Upwork again ๐Ÿ™‚
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What I did was to create a client account - actually I got a bunch of work done eventually (one project was bad, another was so-so) -- but I digress. The idea is to create a client account and create a few dummy projects - the kind that you are applying to - and see what applications you get. These will be your competition. Good way to get insights and see what prices other people are offering work at.
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I haven't been successful at the upwork game - I gave up. But I feel you need to start small, offer work at a price that is low - but not so low that other people will not trust you and deliver exceptional work. Slowly, you will build your reputation and eventually, people start contacting you instead -- and thats when you can start making good money. (again, this is what my feeling is - can be totally wrong). Interested in this question as well ๐Ÿ™‚


11/08/2019, 4:54 AM
I see. That idea seems strange for me lol. I had almost given up when you said that in first message haha
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Btw this is my current profile, any feedback to improve are welcome


11/08/2019, 5:12 AM
They never approved my profile ๐Ÿ˜‚ Tried multiple times. So I found it easier to apply for a remote job through wwr or wwr and got one ๐Ÿ˜Š


11/08/2019, 5:42 AM
They terminated my profile too without any prior notice. I tried creating new profile later which never got approved. This year they have been aggressive on rejecting applications. I also didnโ€™t quite much like the bidding methodology of finding work. And I never logged in to the site ever after.


11/08/2019, 6:17 AM
I tried upwork back when I was in college. The bidding wars didn't appeal to me and I gave up. People bid ridiculously low prices. I can't and don't want to compete with that, quantity was never my game.


11/08/2019, 7:45 AM
Hello @creamy-dawn-73235, Your profile mentions software development agency. From development (backend, frontend etc.) perspective, I have noticed the good clients on Upwork are not looking for agencies but are after Independent contractors. Most of the good companies paying high rates expand their in-house team by hiring contractors. Upwork is not a place where actual business clients are present. For example, a client willing to spend $100k+ on their web app. These types of projects are taken by local software development agencies outside Upwork. And then these agencies expand their team by hiring contractors on Upwork/locally. And other types of good Upwork clients are Start-Ups/established product companies who want to expand their team. The business clients that are present on the platform are those who want to build the next web app like Upwork in $500. Better to avoid these types of clients. So, for an independent contractor working with technology like React, Blockchain, Flutter etc. things will be relatively easier.
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11/08/2019, 11:27 AM
Glad to know that @worried-librarian-12856 . I do not own any agency basically but we work like a virtual agency distributing our works. Thanks for your input. I will look into that. ๐Ÿ‘
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11/14/2019, 9:18 AM
Iโ€™ve got the same feedback on Upwork as @loud-glass-33663 from a Product guy based out of Germany @creamy-dawn-73235. I believe one needs lot of patience and perseverance to play the long game there.


11/14/2019, 9:24 AM
I see. Have enough time and not in a hurry. So let me see if I can gain enough patience required for @loud-glass-33663 method ๐Ÿ˜„ Thanks for the input @many-minister-78351 One question btw: does having a personalised email impact on being getting accepted?


11/14/2019, 2:28 PM
@creamy-dawn-73235 not sure because I havenโ€™t signed up for it. Iโ€™d hope not