Upwork, formerly Odesk, is a perfect online platform for freelancers looking for work online. How to use the services offered on the site? How to find contracts compatible with your skills? Here is an article to know everything about Upwork!
What is Upwork?
Upwork is a new version of Elance-oDesk. Founded in 1999 in California, Elance-oDesk has quickly distinguished itself by the quality of its services on each continent. Under this name, we could find two excellent platforms:
Elance: an online service reserved for professionals looking for freelancers for all types of jobs (editors, translators, web marketing specialists, graphic designers …).
Odesk: a service for freelancers looking for customers.
Although the competition was quickly installed on the web, Odesk was able to enjoy a partnership with prestigious companies such as Walt Disney, Microsoft or Panasonic. Thanks to these powerful companies, odesk quickly gained popularity, attracting more and more freelancers. It was in 2003 that Elance-odesk changed its name by bringing the two services together; the Upwork website has been up and running since then to attract even more providers on the web.
Upwork: the best platform to work online?
Upwork does not only allow to find a large number of ads posted daily by potential future customers. It also gives you the chance to securely receive your income and to ensure that there is no issue with payment whatsoever.
It is also possible to enhance your skills and experience by posting your CV, passing tests offered directly by Upwork, or by clearly displaying the comments left by your customers after the completion of old jobs. In short, everything is there and it would be a shame not to enjoy it.
Upwork also has a consequent advantage. Indeed, it is known worldwide. You will understand, offers and requests are varied by offering any type of mission and in all possible languages (English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese …).
With a site entirely in English, it is interesting to explain how to proceed with the registration steps, how to get paid and especially how to find offers on Upwork.
Register on Upwork
The inscription on the old odesk should not cause you any problems. To start, go to the index page of Upwork, you can quickly create your account by indicating your first name, name and an email address.
Finally, a simple click on “get started” will take you to a new window where you can set your password (combination of numbers and letters necessary) and your situation (freelance or entrepreneur looking for web workers). Then, you will need to choose a nickname and confirm by copying the indicated captcha code.
All you have to do now is click on the icon of conditions acceptance and click on “next” and you are registered on Upwork! To finalize all this, check your mailbox and click on the suggested link. You will be redirected to your profile page.
How to configure your profile?
On the next window:
- You will indicate the domain you control.
- You will detail, by clicking on the suggestions and pick the skills or activities you do.
- You can “sell” your skills by telling customers about them.
- You will specify your level.
That’s it! If you followed all the steps mentioned in this articles, your Upwork account is up and running.
On the next article, I will show you how to land your first freelance job on the platform and how to get paid by your clients!
Stay tuned 😉
In the meantime, you can also learn more about another interesting Freelancing platform named Freelancer.
I made an article to help you get started => How to create a profile on Freelancer.com.