How to Choose the Right Freelance Writing Jobs on Upwork

Updated on May 15, 2020
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A part-time freelance writer who is trying different ways to earn money online.

Get some advice on what to consider before you apply for a freelance writing job on Upwork.
Get some advice on what to consider before you apply for a freelance writing job on Upwork. | Source

As a newbie freelancer, you might not pay enough attention to the jobs that you apply for, and this may cost you. I have learned the hard way that applying for the right job is crucial. So, today I am going to show you how to choose the right freelance writing jobs on Upwork. We are going to go through a few things that you must keep in mind before applying for a job. Let's get started.

What to Consider Before Applying for a Freelance Writing Job

  1. Client's Rating and Feedback
  2. Job Description
  3. Verified Payment Method
  4. Price
  5. Competition

1. Client's Rating and Feedback

On Upwork, you will see the ratings as well as the feedback given by the freelance writers to the client. I recommend that you read through the feedback and look for things that aren't right. Suppose the client refused to pay or didn't pay the full amount to more than one freelancer, then I don't think that you should risk applying to the job. I personally don't apply for jobs offered by clients with a rating less than 4.25.

There are new clients that don't have a rating history. I don't recommend applying to jobs posted by new clients unless you have no other option. They are new to the platform, and it is possible that they have never hired people online. It would be really hard to predict their demands and expectations. I personally lost some money because of working for a new client.

2. Job Description

You can tell a lot by how a client describes a job. Ideally, you should look for a clear job description instead of an unclear one. There are job descriptions that are only a few sentences long, and they don't exactly explain what the client requires. For example, I need a few articles written about cat food. As you can see, the client hasn't explained much about the job, and you don't know the rate that the client is willing to pay you for the job. You don't know if the client wants you to write about the advantages of cat food or promote certain type of cat food products.

I am not saying that it would be wrong to apply for jobs with unclear descriptions, but I don't think that you should do it. It is much better to work with clients that have clear job descriptions because they are more professional. It will be much easier to deal with such clients if you meet their expectations.

3. Verified Payment Method

If you are applying for an hourly job, then make sure that the client's payment method is verified. If the payment method isn't verified, then Upwork can't protect you in case the client refuses to pay. In simple words, don't apply for hourly jobs when the payment method is not verified.

One more thing that you must remember is that you shouldn't start working on a fixed price job until the client funds the milestone. Funding and assigning the milestone means that the work has been assigned to you and that is your cue to start working. Upwork can't protect you if you start working without the milestone being funded with the agreed amount. So, simply ask your client to fund the milestone before you begin working.

4. Price

The price should suit your skills and experience. There are clients that pay a lot of money, but they are looking for high-quality work for that money. You will have to do some research and find out the price that you can charge. I don't think that you should ever lower the price that you want to charge as long as it is fair according to your research.

So, don't apply for jobs that have a low budget. I know you may think that you can work on the job quickly and write whatever you want because of the low budget. If you are thinking like that, then you may get a bad review and hurt your reputation. Even low paying clients have reasonable expectations, so you may end up wasting your time in doing such jobs. Always deliver quality work and charge a fair price for your work.

There is a lot of competition for some jobs on Upwork.
There is a lot of competition for some jobs on Upwork.

5. Competition

If 50 or more people have already applied to the job, your chances of getting the job are already very low. You may still get the job if you have some skills or qualifications that the other 50 people don't have, but it is very unlikely. So, I advise that you don't apply to jobs where the competition is too much because you might just end up wasting your connects.

One may argue that he can get the job by charging a low price, but I am sure that few other people who have applied must have used the same logic. There are people who are willing to write 500 words for $2 and if you can go lower than that, then it may work. As I have said before, don't lower the price or you will be treated like a low-quality freelance writer.

Final Thoughts

Upwork as a freelancing platform can be a source of full-time income or it can be a source of headache and choosing the right jobs can be the difference. I have shared what has worked well for me, and I have been hired more than other people who applied for the same jobs. I don't work full-time because I am a student, but I still charge as much as I want because I know how to apply and deliver quality content.

If you have any tips about how to choose the right freelance writing jobs on Upwork, then don't forget to share them through the comments. I wish you luck in your freelance writing journey.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


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