It is the question of the year: “Can you make a living on Upwork?“. And the answer is: YES, it is possible to make a living on Upwork. I personally believe that it is completely possible to earn more than $10k usd dollars per month if you get hired for a good job offering with a standard payment method. Please visit: Upwork Cover Proposal Samples
But how does it work? What kind of jobs are available on Upwork? What is the guarantee that I won’t be cheated? Is it possible to work full time?
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What is Upwork and How Does it Work?
Upwork is a global freelancing platform whose former name was Elance & Odesk. It is a huge independent working ground where various types of business and independent work proposals can be found.
Upwork has twelve million registered freelancers and five million registered clients and at least three million jobs are posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD, which simply makes it one of the biggest market places on the earth.
Working on Upwork is easy. You see a job posting first or you can search for the jobs based on your skills. Then you have to apply for it with a perfect cover letter. If your client likes your portfolio and cover letter, he will contact you via any of your preferable communicating system, could be skype, email or Facebook. Then you both agree on a mutual understanding of time and payment.
And finally when you finish your job, you get paid. If you do not know, how to write a cover letter? You can visit the Best Samples of Upwork Cover Letter. Sometimes it could be happened that you are applying and applying but you are not getting any response from your client. Do you know the reason behind it? The main reason can be, you are doing a lot of mistakes in your proposal. Please check this article to avoid mistakes in your upwork proposal.
How is it Possible to Earn a Living on Upwork?
First of all, getting hired on Upwork is easier because Upwork posts job offerings for many different sections. Though my section is “Writing and Editing”, but you are likely to find a lot of “Programming” and “Data Entry” jobs if you know how to do it. So, you get to choose what types of jobs you want.
Secondly, getting cheated on Upwork is almost impossible. Upwork works in a simple and reliable way which is “finish your job and satisfy your potential client”. The money stays in Upwork until you finish your promised job. If the client says you did ok, the money gets transferred to your account automatically by Upwork after they cut their parentage.
And hourly basis job is more secure than a fixed price job. You will be getting paid instantly for each of your working minute. Upwork desktop time tracking app will record all of your activity during working.
For the first $500 of your earnings, Upwork takes a 20% commission. And if your earnings hit $501–$9,999, Upwork takes a 10% commission. If you somehow manage to bill a client $10k or more, Upwork will only takea 5% commission.The bigger your bill is, the lesser your percentage is.
Thirdly, you do not need to worry about qualifications or experience if you want to start working on Upwork. It is undoubtedly true that freelancers with a university degree and previous experience are always preferred to clients but it is also possible to get a job without any of it. In my case, when I started, I had no degrees or whatsoever content writing experience. Still, because of my creativity and consistency, I earned $3k in my first month. Now, my average earning on Upwork is $10k-$15k and sometimes $20k per month if I work full time which is enough to lead a decent living.
Fourthly, it is possible to work full time on Upwork as well as part time. No other marketplace will give you such facilities like job selection without any degree or experience, full time job offers, verified paying method and almost a certainty of getting paid from each client.
So, yes, from my personal experience I can say that it is possible to pursue a career on Upwork and make a living on it.