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August 13, 2018

Nevermind, Upwork DOES suck

I get a kick out of these guys…

But, YOU have a choice to make.

Who are you gonna believe?

This guy:

“UpWork is a joke… Clients on there are awful, getting paid is in no way guaranteed. I mean, you can’t even gain valuable experience, let alone earn a living. UpWork might not be a scam, but it is a joke.”

Oh well then.

You’re totally unsubstantiated opinion convinced me.

Nevermind, Upwork does suck.

Eye roll.

So, you gonna believe that or these:

“Yes! I get almost all of my work through Upwork. Great clients, long-term relationships, well-paying jobs. Upwork is only going to be as good as you are.”

“Upwork is definitely not a scam. I started out with with Freelancing as a WordPress professional on Fiverr, started taking on projects there and also at the same time bidding on projects on Upwork. Fast forward one year now I am Top Rated on Upwork, 100% job success score. Also on Fiverr I have 140 five-star reviews.”

“If it is such a ‘scam’ as people say it is, then how come I’ve made $3000 or so off of clients there just by writing really meh blog posts for them? I work like 10 hours a week AT MOST on my upwork projects.”

To me, there’s three things:

  1. What’s the truth?
  2. What’s the intent?
  3. Where does it lead?

Know-it-alls like the above try to get you focused on their narrow version of truth. Based almost completely on some bad experience they had.

Okay. I get it.

But, what’s the full truth?

I’ve always said this about Upwork. You can find whatever you want over there. You can find awful clients. You can find great ones.

It comes down to how you position yourself.

But, beyond that, it’s about intent.

Do these know-it-alls who constantly scream about the horrors of Upwork care more about you or care more about being right?

I think the answer is obvious.

And then, there’s the question of where this all leads. These guys are telling you to NOT take a crack at the largest freelancing site on the planet…

Where 1000s of new jobs roll in every day…

With freelancers who’ve made 300, 400, 500k…

No, no… eff all that…

Listen to me.

My opinion is right.

Don’t even try it.

To me, it’s pure arrogance.

And, classic know-it-all-ism.

But, like I said… I can’t talk about this all day. But, I’ve already been on Upwork. Did my thing. I know that it is. It’s YOU who have to decide.

Who you wanna believe.

And, what you’re gonna do.

I’ve said all along… Upwork is not perfect. It’s not some “work magically falls in your lap” utopia. It takes work. It takes understanding how the system works.

And, you shouldn’t only ever get work from it.

You shouldn’t base your entire freelancing career on it.

But, it’s a great stepping stone.

And, full of opportunity.

But, again, you have to decide that… not me.

Anyway, if you want some help, my Freelancing on Upwork course will show you how to build your profile to take advantage of Upwork’s algorithms.

To help you show up higher in searches…

And, suggested freelancers lists.

And, to be more compelling and persuasive to clients.

Plus, how to find the best jobs and best clients. How break down their job description to find the key hiring criteria. And, how to write compelling proposals that get the job.

All to help you have more success on Upwork.

So, you actually take advantage of the opportunity it is.

But, that, too, is up to you.

If you’re in, link to get started is here: https://skl.sh/2OIxQrO

Later,

John

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