How to Get a Remote Work Opportunity at UpWork? (part 2/2) — Kiara Channel by Daisuke & Meheru
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Start small remote work in the safe global platform such as UpWork
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.
The first client liked Meharu and she could continue to get next jobs
The first work for Meheru in UpWork was a customer support agent of seller of amazon.com. That was part of huge project and the client liked her. Then the client asked her to continue to take care of other market places such as eBay or Walmart.
Before getting the very first job, she had to wait for one month and kept applying for many jobs. In UpWork, there was the limitation for the number of applications, such as 30 jobs in 30 days. If they singed up the premium member, they could get the additional number of opportunities to apply for jobs. Fortunately, she could meet good client in one month.
Start from small project and get good reviews from clients, or take UpWork test
Meharu suggested that the beginner’s freelancers should start from small project such as data entry in Excel or write frequent ask questions for customer support platform. The minimum wage set as payment to freelancers in UpWork is 3 dollars. It seemed small payment, but it was necessary for beginners to get small job and get good review from the client. It is very highly competitive environment on UpWork platform now, so it is important to show your skills or behavior by the reviews from other clients.
In addition, UpWork offers bunch kinds of examinations such as customer support exam, English grammar exam or English spelling exam that are online examinations in 20- 30 minutes. If you have not got the opportunity for the very first jobs, it shows your skills and abilities to the client. There are hundreds of potential applicants with same or similar skill sets in UpWork, so the beginners should show the skills and certification already got, and also add the new skill sets taking the UpWork examinations.
Guarantees by UpWork; it protects freelancers from troubles
One of the benefits to use UpWork platform for both freelancers and clients is financial service. UpWork owns the deposit money from the clients and pay it to the freelancers in 2 or 3 days after they completed the job, which is quicker than using other bank services. Also, UpWork adapted to the local tax systems, so the freelancers would not get bothered complicated procedures to get money.
Finally, she sounded the alarm on negotiation with clients out of UpWork. Some clients offered the freelancers attractive jobs such as 1,000 dollars payment per hours and asked to contact out of UpWork. You should doubt such offer because they might hack your account or just collect resumes. If such trouble happened in the UpWork platform, UpWork could help you or might just kick out the bad clients from the platform. However, if you negotiate out of UpWork, it would very difficult to solve the problems since you and the clients might settle in other countries and there might be no global rules or laws protect you.
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