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Upwork Jobs: Insiders Reveal How to Win Despite Platform Changes

Upwork Jobs: Insiders Reveal How to Win. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you interested in landing Upwork jobs? If you applied recently but were rejected…you’re not alone.

If you’ve already got an Upwork profile, perhaps you’re cheesed off about the fact that starting in July 2019, you have to pay to bid on jobs on the most popular platform for freelancers. (You’re not the only one — you can see 133 pages of reactions from Upwork users here.)

Or perhaps you weren’t active on the platform for a month — and discovered Upwork had hidden your profile from clients’ view. To make it stay public even if you’re inactive, they’d like you to pay $14.99 a month for their Freelancer Plus level (recently raised from $10/mo.)

Yes, you’re not crazy. Changes are afoot at Upwork — and freelance writers have mixed feelings about whether they’re good or bad for pro writers. If I don’t miss my guess, more changes will be coming down the pike, too. (Upwork didn’t respond to multiple interview requests.)

To find out what it all means for freelance writers, I spoke with many who use Upwork — or who’ve tried to sign up recently.

Yes, you may know that I firmly believe writers should find your own clients, rather than trusting their career to the whims of online intermediary platforms…but I know many writers find them useful.

So I’ve got a report for you on what the new changes mean, and many tips on how to succeed in finding jobs on Upwork today.

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Money or Meh? 7 Middle-Man Agency Platforms Promise Content Writing Jobs

Money or Meh? Content Writing Jobs for Middle-Man Agencies. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you find content writing jobs as a freelance writer?

It’s the million-dollar question every newbie freelance writer wants an answer to (even seasoned freelancers keep coming back to this).

But there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to finding content writing jobs. And to be honest, sifting through job boards, Craigslist, and freelancer platforms isn’t the best way to find great clients.

But wouldn’t it be nice? A one-stop shop to find clients, get assignments, and make money…that doesn’t require a serious marketing effort.

That’s the appeal of middle-man agencies like Upwork, ClearVoice, Contently, and others. Sign up, create a profile, and apply for jobs. Or just sit back and wait for clients to find you.

It seems like every week a new platform that promises content writing jobs is born. So what are some of the newest platforms to find content writing jobs? And do any of them pay well enough to help you move up and earn more?

Check out these 7 middle-man agencies to find out:

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Content Mills: 10 Posts Reveal The Truth About Pay

The Truth About Chasing Content Mill Gigs. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re new to freelancing, content mills can practically sound dreamy.

Pick your favorite gigs. Work when you want. Get paid like a rockstar.

Ahem…That’s not exactly what happens if you bank your freelance writing career on working for content mills.

On most platforms, you’ll find thousands, of writers scurrying around competing for writing jobs in a race to the bottom for low rates and a soul-sucking existence.

Can you earn pro rates at a content mill? It’s possible. But you’ll need to know where to look.

If you want the truth about how much content mills really pay, save yourself some time on the hamster wheel.

These 10 blog posts will give you an inside look at what it’s like to write for content mills, how they operate, and how much you can expect to earn.

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Freelance Writer Fairy Tales: Do You Believe These 3 Myths?

Freelance writer fairy tales: Do you believe in these 3 myths? Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re a freelance writer, it’s easy to go on for years clinging to magical thinking about how your career will work.

It’s like believing in fairy tales. Usually, when you grow up, you realize there is no enchanted frog or beast that turns into a prince.

But with a lot of writers, these myths persist for years and years, leading to lots of wasted time and low earnings.

What are the big fairy tales freelance writers tell themselves? Here are my top three:

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How Freelancers Get Hired Online: The Essential To-Do List

How freelancers get hired online. Makealivingwriting.comIt’s summer.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get terrific new freelance clients without having to do anything?

Well, you can — if you know how freelancers get hired online.

For starters, you need to be easy to find and contact and you need to make a good impression. Unfortunately, most writers aren’t so easy to peg and connect with on the ‘net.

If you’re a freelancer who’s never gotten an inbound lead — a prospect who calls without your contacting them first, or applying to their job ad — this post is for you.

Even if you have a modest portfolio, a strong online presence can make a big difference, both in the number and quality of prospects you attract.

Let’s go through the to-do list of important items I ask writers to check off:

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Avoid Bad Freelance Advice With These Simple-But-Important Questions

Avoid bad freelance advice. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you noticed that many people online would like you to pay them to teach you how to freelance — even though they just started doing it themselves? Yes, it’s spring, and bad freelance advice is in the air.

Maybe it’s because I recently hit 15 years as a freelancer (and about 10 years as a coach), but this is a trend that worries me. If you read a lot of new bloggers’ About pages, they often gush that they’re excited to be starting a freelance business…but 10 minutes later, they switch to teaching you how to do it. Before they really have time to succeed at freelancing.

Do you smell a rat? I do, too.

What raises my hackles here, as an advocate for fair writer treatment and pay, is that I’ve had a chance to check out a lot of the advice offered by newbies — and the quality of it ranges from marginally useful to wretchedly wrong-headed.

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