How to Get a Remote Work Opportunity at UpWork? — Kiara Channel by Daisuke & Meheru
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Honesty, communication, and polished profiles will lead you a good remote work opportunity.
Interview for an Indian freelancer Meharu by Daisuke, the multi-language translation apps developer
Remote work opens up a lot of opportunities for women. Daisuke, the developer of Kiara, a Slack bot with real-time translation in 100 Languages, interviewed Meharu, a freelancer from India.
Initially, it was difficult to get clients
Meharu has worked as a freelance remote worker for 3 years after 4-year experience as a software engineer. She has signed up UpWork in 2013 and started to work in 2015. It was very difficult to get the first clients because there was the handle to get the trust at first. The trust was very important since the freelancers would handle much sensitive information such as customer information or bank account. It took 1 year to meet good client, she said.
Polish your profiles to meet good clients and start from small jobs to get trust
It was very highly competitive to get good work in it since there were thousands of potential applicants in UpWork and hundreds of them might have similar or same skill sets. The clients needed evidence of the good quality of work to hire good workers. To show the evidence, it was important to polish the profiles, improve portfolios and increase own skills.
As for tips for the beginners in UpWork, he/she should not apply for a big job offer but start from small one and got good reviews, Meharu said. Once the freelancer got a good review and trust, he/she might meet another good job in UpWork.
Be honest to the client, report your situation even in an emergency
As a remote worker, you might face an emergency situation, for example, you got sick or your family members got some problems. It might happen to everyone. In the case, do not lie, and be honest to the clients. The freelancers needed to communicate with the clients proactively, not passively. You had responsibility a part of the client’s project or development and if you run away or gave up the tasks, the clients might get damages. You needed to communicate with the clients daily and try to go through the difficult phase over with them.
Payment guarantee by UpWork is the benefit for freelancers and working truck is benefit for clients
Payment guarantee by UpWork made freelancers relieved from the financial problem. In case that freelancers worked with clients directly, they might face financial problems such as payment delay or unpaid. UpWork guaranteed the payment with the deposit from the clients.
On the other hand, UpWork was trucking the remote work and reported it the clients. It was the working evidence and both freelancers and clients could check how long or how much work they have done.
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