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How To Start Working Online Without Using Upwork

If there’s one thing I hear over and over from my Remote Like Me members, it’s that they’ve wasted time job searching with Upwork, only to find out that the opportunities are fake, low paying, or just low quality. Now, there are exceptions to this rule. In fact, one of my VIP Remote Like Me members recently secured a job that she found on Upwork. But even she proclaims, this is the very first gig that turned out to be anything but crap- a true diamond in the rough. There are many situations where people have found a quality gig on Upwork and have even continued working for the client for a long term position. However, if you want the best way to find a quality remote job, spend less time on Upwork.

Here’s why:

Most of the jobs on Upwork offer low compensation rates. Not only that, Upwork takes a cut of 5-10% of that rate.

Upwork has thousands of users who apply for these gigs.The competition is always going to be larger than finding a job elsewhere. After talking with one of my friends today, I realized what a huge mindset killer this really is. She felt that she could never compete with such little opportunity available. Sound familiar?

My jaw almost dropped to the floor. I can’t believe this mindset actually exists. Most people do not know how many remote jobs there truly are available. I see them day in and day out. Every week when I create the Weekly Roundup, I choose the best remote opportunities, pairing down the list of what I see from hundreds down to about twenty or thirty jobs. It’s crazy to me how people can think that there is not a lot of opportunity out there or that there is too much competition. Instead, flip that mindset around and realize how much opportunity exists. It’s just up to you to find the right match.

Recently, there has been such an increase in the amount of assistants, virtual assistants, and just general freelancers, that many people’s profiles are being rejected upon submission. It’s quite disappointing to put time and effort into your profile getting approved only to find out that it is rejected simply because there are too many other profiles like yours.

Do yourself a favor. Get off of Upwork. If you’ve had success with it a bit in the past, keep your profile but stop spending so much time there.

Here’s what you can do instead:

  1. First and foremost, follow the tips in my video training, “6 Tips to Find Remote Work.”
  2. Invest time in job searching on social media. You can follow my guide to job searching with Facebook Groups, Instagram, or even Twitter right here on this blog.
  3. Sign up for The Weekly Roundup membership so that you can get 20+ quality remote job opportunities sent to your inbox each and every Monday.
  4. Find small or even niche job boards and subscribe to their email list. I have a list of amazing job boards for every industry here. You can actually read reviews of freelance marketplaces offering remote work at Nomad Playground. This way, you’ll know which job boards you can trust!
  5. Make sure you go back through your contact list of everyone you have ever worked for/with. If you did exemplary work for someone, send them an email or give them a phone call. Simply tell them that you’re looking for remote work and ask a few favors of them. Stuck on what to say? Here are some options:“When I find a job I’d like to apply to, can I count on you for a recommendation?”“Do you know anyone in the _____ industry? Can you connect me to them so I can ask some questions and see if this is the right path for me?“If anyone is looking to hire remotely in the future, will you refer me?

There are so many ways to find a remote job without using Upwork. Save yourself the time and disappointment by following these steps instead. Let me know how these tips work for you!

Disclaimer: This guide is based on personal experience and anecdotes from members using Upwork. There is a small possibility for success finding a job on Upwork but I strongly suggest reducing time spent there and implementing these tips instead.

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