Freelance work: upwork

Have you ever thought of working in a non 9-5 job?

I recently came across an online business which caters to hiring freelancers for any type of work associated with web design, writing, admin support,  customer service, marketing etc.  To apply as a freelancer, one has to create a profile explaining one’s CV/resume by highlighting your professional skills, experience, education and accomplishments. Upwork presents itself as a highly competitive business of getting freelance work online and also allows the freedom and flexibility to control when, where and how you work.

It is quite fascinating of the need for freelancers given the technological world we live in, however there are several things I noticed with Upwork:

  • It is too competitive- When I created a profile, I had to wait 24 hours for my profile to be approved in order to be able to submit job proposals as a freelancer. While I was rejected I got the following email stating “please do not consider this a reflection of your abilities, admission is highly competitive….”j
  • Is it really worth it? One spends hours filling in a profile about their achievements and successes, only to find out that “having a bachelor’s or masters degree does NOT EVEN qualify you to work as a freelancer.
  • It is a great idea to create a platform for individuals to do some freelance work, however I find it discouraging when you get rejected and you are encouraged to “apply again by re-formating your profile”… really aint nobody got time for that…
  • I’d rather continue polishing my Linkedin profile…. than to continue with Upwork

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