Getting Started as a Freelancer

Congratulations! Once your application to join Upwork has been accepted (Why might my application to join not be accepted?), you can submit proposals to jobs right away, but you'll have a better chance at getting hired if you do a few things to help you get started:


To perform a job search:

  1. Go to the Find Work > Find Jobs
  2. Type a basic keyword search in the box, or click the Advanced Search link for more options
  3. On the Search Results page, use the filters on the left to further narrow your results


To submit a proposal:

  1. When you find a job you want, click its Submit Proposal button
  2. Write a customized cover letter and choose an hourly rate or bid
  3. Click the Apply to this Job button to submit your application


To check the status of a proposal:

  1. Return to the Find Work tab
  2. Select Proposals to check the status
  3. Also check your Messages tab and Notifications icon often


To add a payment method:

  1. Go to the Accounts menu > Settings > Get Paid
  2. Choose and set up your preferred payment method

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