If you ever wanted to work from home and look into freelance writing/editing/proofreading, I am here to tell you that it can be done, but it also can be a slow uphill climb. I read a blog last year that introduced me to Upwork and I am glad that I did. She gave a lot of good advice, which I have found to be very true. So, here is my two cents and perhaps so advice if you are interested!
- You start off slowly. You will pitch proposals for lots of jobs, but as you haven't built a reputation, you need to focus on doing that first. What that means is that in the beginning, you need to focus on getting some work experience and a track record.
- At first, you get paid peanuts. Basically, the entry level jobs that you start with as a newbie pay very little. But each job gives you more hours on the clock, more feedback for other clients, and more experience with the platform and opportunities. Consider it "paying your dues". Don't quit your day job and then start this work. Unless you don't have to worry about income. Even then, you really need more to do so I would say start doing this as a sideline.
- Plan to ramp it up at every opportunity. Every job you do helps you get the next one. Frankly, I have a list of regular clients now, and I am starting to get cautious about adding more as I want to be sure that I can maintain the quality of my work as I improve my income.
- Beware of the scams. Upwork really works to prevent you from dealing with this, but it does happen. If you follow the Upwork rules, you will find that they are there for your protection. And they make it hard for a scammer to take advantage of you. Do not do any work off the Upwork platform. When you get someone who wants you to do work and not communicate on Upwork, it is a scam. When they don't offer you a job - that is an Upwork contract - but want you to do work and promise payment, RUN! This is a scam. There are many of them. I now avoid making a proposal on any job where the client has an unverified payment source. I don't work for them. I would reconsider if someone was new and I felt confident, but it is a risk until their payment source is able to be verified.
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11