Why Upwork is My Favorite Place to Work With New Clients
Blazing Web Services has been helping businesses market themselves since 2014. Prior to that, owner Lucas Blaise worked for Apple Inc in sales and training – providing business solutions and learning opportunities to countless individuals. While there, he met a lot of amazing people that came to Apple as the source of information (not to mention the awesome people who worked at Apple themselves!)
What’s amazing about the Apple Store as a thing is that it’s very much a reflection of the kinds of customers Apple loves to have in the store.
Customers didn’t just come to take a device off the rack. They could buy it online. They came to Apple, and actually paid for extras such as individual and monthly training. They’d also spend hours coming in for free consultations is with business specialist, technicians, and creative specialists to find answers to their questions.
People naturally seek out places where experts are found.
That’s, in fact, why I love Upwork so much. Business professionals come to that job board in search of high quality freelancers to help them achieve what they need. Upwork has a vast collection of freelancers and clients (nearly 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients) that complete millions of jobs annually.
Upwork Opens Doors
Networking is the key to finding good relationships. With far more freelancers than clients posting a job, Upwork is a buyer’s market. Their model focuses on helping clients find freelancers for long term interactions. In fact, they even award long relationships with lower transactions fees.
With Upwork even being used by Enterprise clients, we’ve had clients the likes Microsoft and Dropbox.
Additionally, we’ve met incredible people such as the folks over at BlüStone Marketing, a marketing firm that caters to engineering firms. Check out their page here. We helped them develop a 26 video training course for their audience.
We’ve also met educators doing amazing things the Paideia Institute that created a 23 video language course to teach Latin with 2d animation. Check them out here.
Upwork is Trustworthy
Perhaps one of the most difficult things in any relationship is negotiation and getting payment. It can be stressful for both parties from not knowing how much a job will cost to when a client will actually pay you.
Upwork protects against that. Hourly jobs are paid automatically after 15 days, but not before the client has a chance to review screenshots of the time the freelancer billed them for. Flat-rate contracts are similarly protected by Upwork’s legal process. Again, no surprises for either party.
At the end of the job, clients and freelancers rate each other. The process is heavily stacked against the freelancer who’s score impacts his chances of getting a future job. So it’s in the freelancers best interest to work quickly, to meet deadlines and find great clients.
Upwork certainly helps take the stress out of that situation.
There is a Job For Everybody
Upwork has a large freelancers base. However, all skill levels are welcome. Entry level skills sets can get jobs with clients that are less interested in quality and more interested in a budget. This is perfect for newcomers to the field.
For other clients that are more discerning about their work and brand, intermediate and expert rates can be shopped for.
One Stop Shop
Upwork says it takes an average of 3 days for a client to hire a freelancer. This makes it different from gig shops like Fivrr that sell short jobs. Upwork is more suited to projects and the complete package than a quick gig.
That being said, for video editors you can find anyone you might need to work a project for you to round out your wheelhouse. You can find expert motion animators, voice over artists, SEO gurus, marketing clients, social media managers.
You Can Find Us
You can also find us! I’ve been on UpWork almost since it started. Prior to that I was active on their original company Elance. When, Elance and oDesk merged, they made UpWork. Since going to Upwork, I’ve been a Top Rated Video Editor for nearly three years. Prior to that, I listed as Rising Talent for consistently creating fantastic customer experiences with everyone of clients. We have yet to receive a bad review, which goes to show how hard we work to meet your needs and deliver wonderful work to our clients.
In three years we’ve had more than 20 clients for more than $10,000 in revenue. Our clients have been as big as Dropbox and as small as a new business owner looking to create a intro video for his logo.