Don’t Make This Mistake On Upwork — Advice For New Freelancer

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Well if you’re new to Upwork and didn’t get any project yet, then don’t worry you are not alone. Let’s try more. I am still trying and I am believing that I am going to get my first project very soon.

Here I would like to share a piece of advice about a mistake that I made a few days ago. I submitted a proposal for a job and got the first response on Upwork. That feeling was amazing. I was like, my dream is coming true. The green message button on the top bar was giving me so much hope and happiness. I clicked and redirected to the massage or chat room page.

When I checked the message, I found there something like below,

“Hey Ayaz, We are interested for collaboration, can we connect on linkedin (profile url)”

Being a new freelancer, I got confused. What to do? This is first response on Upwork and the client asking me to connect outside of Upwork. Let me ask you what would you do?

So I did a mistake, I replied like below

“Hello, xyz client. I want to work here on Upwork.”

Just after sending this message to the client, I realized that it could be better. But the client was online and I believe he found me a rude or insane person etc.

After that, I researched about that if freelancers are allowed to contact clients. I am still looking for the answer if Upwork allows freelancers to contact clients outside.

What did I learn?

I realized that always think about better communication. Same message we can convey in different ways. Like I could say to clients like below,

“Hey Xyz Client, I am very happy to see your message and I am hoping you will be my first client on Upwork. I don’t know much about Upwork policies so it would be great if we discuss here.”

The above message still can be better. But I think it is much better than that I sent to the client. In the end, I would like to advise freelancers about better communication with clients.

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