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This is a response to one of my reply to the post on upwork community forum


Assalamo Alikum to Toheed and everyone in this thread. I am both happy and sad. I feel sad for the freelancers who are struggling to get jobs on Upwork. I hope they all achieve success in becoming high-paid freelancers worldwide, InshaAllah.

However, I am pleased to share that I was able to secure a job on the same day that I came across the message from Brother Toheed on March 1st. Although I was occupied with a project, I wanted to take the time to respond to this thread.

Although I’m not an Upwork expert, I’d like to share my recent experience, which helped me secure a job. Please have a look at the linked screenshots and share your thoughts.

World Class Platform

Undoubtedly, it’s difficult to get a job on Upwork these days. The platform is constantly growing and changing based on the experiences of clients and freelancers. As Upwork is a world-class platform, you need to be smart to get a job on it.

Purchasing Connects

Simply purchasing connects and bidding on jobs won’t make your life easy. You have to understand how Upwork and its clients work. One of the Pakistani freelancers on Upwork spent hours just understanding the process.

If you want Upwork to be your full-time source of income, you need to adopt an approach that lasts. In my case, I got a project for landing page development on Unbounce after narrowing down my niche.

READ: 5 Landing Page Design Mistakes to Avoid/

Narrow Down Your Niche

I realized that in my industry, I needed to narrow down my niche. For example, I’m a WordPress developer, so just writing “WordPress developer” on my headline won’t work. Instead, I need to narrow down my niche by writing “Landing page developer,” “WordPress speed optimization expert,” “WordPress Divi expert,” and so on.

READ: How to Improve Your Bounce Rate and Boost Your Search Engine Rankings

Introductory video

Another important aspect is having an introduction video on your profile.

Most freelancers don’t have one, but clients prefer working with freelancers who have a video, as it shows their original appearance. Talk about yourself in the video, your skills, and how you can add value to a client’s work.

Adding Value

Nowadays, the champions in our industry are those who can generate leads for clients.

Anyone can create a stunning website, but not everyone can turn visitors into solid leads. Therefore, try to figure out how you can grow the Game or App so that the client can benefit from it.


Testimonials on your profile are crucial. Ask your previous employers and peers to give you testimonials that build your credibility.

When bidding on jobs, as Muslims, we should believe that we have Barkat in our mornings. Most of the time, when I get hired, it’s in the morning. Try to bid around 5 AM to 8 PM. You’re likely to get clients from Australia and England.

Selection of Right Client

Selecting the right client is crucial. Look for clients with over 70% hire rates, and check their history, testimonials, and other hiring patterns. If a client hasn’t hired anyone in two years, it’s unlikely they’ll hire you.

Selection of right client

The Game of 2 Lines

When submitting a proposal, you only have two lines to impress clients. Therefore, don’t blow your own trumpet; write how you can add value to the job and help the client solve their problem.

See the proposal screenshot here.
how your proposal looks

My 2 liner proposal to the client and his response right away

More Proposals More Chance

Lastly, go for more proposals. The more proposals you send, the more clients you’ll be noticed by. Check your stats to see how many proposals you’ve sent and how many clients have viewed them. Upwork also lets you know when your proposal has been viewed by clients, so you can see who is looking at your proposals and why.

upwork proposal viewed by client

All the above information is based on my personal experience with Upwork. You may disagree with some points, but I’ve written what I’ve experienced on this world-class platform.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and any other points you’d like to add. Thank you.


Q: Is it difficult to get a job on Upwork?
A: Yes, it can be challenging, but with the right approach, it is possible to secure a project and become a successful freelancer on this platform.

Q: How can I stand out among other freelancers on Upwork?
A: Narrow down your niche, create an introduction video, have testimonials, and write a compelling proposal that adds value to the client’s project.

Q: What are some important factors to consider when bidding on Upwork projects?
A: Look for clients with over 70% hire rates, check their history, testimonials, and hiring patterns, and bid during the morning hours when clients from Australia and England are likely to be active.


In conclusion, getting a job on Upwork is a challenging task for many freelancers. However, with the right approach, it is possible to secure a project and become a successful freelancer on this platform. It is essential to understand how Upwork and its clients work, and narrow down your niche to stand out among other freelancers.

Creating an introduction video, having testimonials, and bidding at the right time can also increase the chances of getting hired. It is crucial to select the right client and write a compelling proposal that adds value to their project. By following these tips, one can increase their chances of getting hired and becoming a high-paid freelancer on Upwork.

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