A few years ago, Cloe was a typical college student – taking tests, writing papers, and chipping away at her diploma. But the arrival of her son changed her life in a big way… “Once I found out I was … [Read more...] about No degree, no job history…no problem – how Cloe used Upwork to build a high-paying freelance career
Sometimes, the toughest opinion to embrace is...your own. Example: When I quit college, so many people chastised me that I became convinced I’d made a bad decision -- even though I couldn’t imagine … [Read more...] about How to confidently disagree with people (even when your opinion is wildly unpopular)
When Annie started freelancing as an administrative support agent, she was excited to enjoy the perks that would come with being her own boss. “In the beginning, there was this sense of grandeur … [Read more...] about This self-described skeptic used Upwork to build a successful virtual administration business from home
For 10+ years of my adult life, I didn’t feel like I had much control over the things that happened to me. It felt more like life was happening to me, rather than me being the “director of my own … [Read more...] about How I charge (and get) 10x more than my competitors
I don’t talk about it often, but in addition to being a freelancer on Upwork, I’m also a client. Over the past couple of years I’ve hired lots of freelancers to help me with various projects -- from … [Read more...] about Would you turn down this freelance job?
If you were alive during the Salem witch hunt of 1692, choosing the right words could easily mean the difference between life and death. Let’s say you were accused of being a witch -- how would you … [Read more...] about Are you using any of these “Dishonestly Degrading” phrases?
Gurus love to make long lists of “must read” copywriting books: “Top X books to learn copywriting” (AKA "Here are the Amazon search results for copywriting books with 4+ stars") “X books … [Read more...] about The 15 best copywriting books in 2021 (and who should read them)
When I ask people about their biggest challenges to succeeding at freelancing, one of the most common responses I get is “Building a portfolio”. It usually sounds something like one of the … [Read more...] about How to build a freelance portfolio from scratch — in 1 afternoon
Sophie knew she was a fantastic writer. But even after getting published in magazines and writing her own book, she was still struggling to get paid for her writing. “I tried everything. I wrote … [Read more...] about How Sophie built a full-time income on Upwork (with part time hours)
Last year I went to a restaurant with a very unusual item on the menu: “Buy the kitchen a 6-pack of beer — $10” I loved it! Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant knows the thankless misery of … [Read more...] about Specific phrases that ruin Upwork proposals (and what to say instead)