In 2001, a skinny kid named Takeru Kobayashi devoured fifty hot dogs in 12 minutes — double the previous world record. The guy weighed a whopping 131 pounds. Yet he took down competitors … [Read more...] about 8 surprising Upwork proposal mistakes I see every day (and how to avoid them)
There are plenty of great Upwork jobs for beginners. You just need to know how to find them. When I first stumbled onto Upwork, I was a total beginner — I’d never freelanced before, had no … [Read more...] about Great Upwork jobs for beginners (and how to spot them)
Which of the following do you think is the most important ingredient for succeeding at freelancing: A) Experience B) Skills C) Attitude While they can all be important, I believe that the … [Read more...] about Can attitude beat skills in freelancing?
If I had to pinpoint one trait that all successful freelancers have in common, can you guess what it’d be? It’s not intelligence… Or experience… Or a high degree of skill… Or even … [Read more...] about My No-BS Guide to Confidence
Russell never considered himself an “office drone” -- his work at a breast cancer charity felt meaningful. But there was something standing in the way of him feeling truly fulfilled. “The charity … [Read more...] about Russell ditches his commute, works fewer hours, and makes more money ($100/hr) when he switches to freelancing
People always ask me how they can succeed at freelancing when others have more experience. So I wrote down 50 ways to do it. You can use many of these right now, regardless of where you’re at. … [Read more...] about 50 legitimate ways to compete with more experienced freelancers
If you and I are both oral surgeons, and John needs his wisdom teeth pulled, only one of us can get his business. The other one is out of luck. In other words oral surgery is a competitive … [Read more...] about How competitive is freelancing, really?
There are 2 basic stories you can tell yourself (and/or other people) about freelancing. Option A: It’s hard to find clients. There’s too much competition. There aren’t enough high paying … [Read more...] about There are 2 freelancing “stories” you can tell yourself. Which one do you choose?
I’ve recently been reviewing Upwork profiles for students of my Secrets Of A Six-Figure Upworker course and I noticed something interesting… Some people -- especially copywriters -- tend to use … [Read more...] about What clients REALLY want to see in your Upwork profile
I don’t know whose idea it was to call dog cages “crates,” but I’ll bet that person is very rich right now. Ditto for whoever replaced the term “genetically engineered foods” with “genetically … [Read more...] about Freelancing words that need to die
Tom had been growing increasingly frustrated with his corporate engineering job and often toyed with the idea of trying something new and different in the back of his mind. But when he and his wife … [Read more...] about This engineer-turned-marketer realizes how much safer freelancing really is compared to a “regular” job