How To Win Your First Upwork Contract by

How To Win Your First Upwork Contract by

I have been receiving questions from my friends, who are interested in working as a Virtual Assistant in the Philippines, about how to get work from Upwork (formerly Odesk). Unfortunately, I have no answer to give them because I honestly gave up too easily in building an Odesk profile back when I was starting out in 2009. It was too overwhelming for me.

So, what I send my friends is a link to this webinar video of Cath Quiambao, Founder of

The video is a little more than an hour long but stay tuned until the end because the question and answer bit is very helpful. Here are a few highlights:

5:30 – Why Upwork?
6:34 – Types of Upwork Contracts
9:15 – Milestones & Time Tracker
10:10 – How do I get paid?
11:47 – How much can I earn?
14:35 – What traits are needed?
17:22 – The Application Process
19:54 – Freelancer Basic vs Freelancer Plus
21:31 – What are “connects”?
22:35 – Elements of a Great Upwork Profile
23:10 – How much should you charge?
24:20 – Why should a client hire you?
24:58 – The Importance of Taking Skills Tests
26:14 – 5 Steps to Finding Work and Securing Proposals in Upwork
27:41 – Searching for a Job in Upwork
28:33 – Creating a Winning Cover Letter
30:06 – Important Thing You Need To Know When Bidding
30:58 – No Nonsense Tips on How To Prepare for Your Interview
32:20 – Team App Time Tracker Essentials
35:55 – How To Bid Like a Hunter by Roel Manarang
37:30 – What You Must Do Before Bidding
37:55 – The Truth About Scammers in Upwork
38:51 – Creating a Client Profile Analysis
39:56 – Which Clients to Avoid
40:33 – Competitive Analysis
41:26 – Don’t forget to check the job post status
42:38 – More Tips on Creating a Winning Cover Letter
42:48 – No to Canned Messages

Q & A follows.

What are your key takeaways from the video training? Ready to win your first Upwork contract?

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Gwenn Doria

Founder and Author at Virtual Success Avenue
Hey there, awesome! I started this blog because I understand the challenges of starting out and thriving as a professional working from home. My aim is to empower aspiring and fellow Virtual Assistants by sharing tips, inspiring stories and lessons learned about the Virtual Assistant industry. Get to know me more by visiting the "About Me" page. 🙂 Cheers!