On How To Maintain a Top-rated Status on Upwork

Thuso Mbedzi
Nov 29, 2017 · 3 min read

It’s 9:21pm

I have just completed another project — yes, I really did my part. Not the whole 9 yards. No. More like all the way to edge of the world. I think the word i am searching for is frazzled.

Do I expect to get 5 star ratings?

No.

Will I ask the client to give them?

Hell, no.

I don’t have to.

I have fought more than just the good fight.

Goddammit, I just slaughtered Goliath.

I will get my 5 stars.

*****

So hey, you also want to know how to get Top-rated and stay Top-rated on Upwork?

Great.

Read on.

DISCLAIMER: You may feel some discomfort here and there while reading this. This is NOT a fluff piece.

To ensure that your 100% Top-Rated score keeps where it is and doesn’t drop by an inch is hard.

It is no joke.

Well, I currently bench 120kg (265lbs) for 8 solid reps on a good day. When working with clients — it feels like I’m benching at 180kg (400lbs) each rep, veins popping out of my chest, neck muscles strained to limit, struggling for breathe, no rest and sometimes for days on end.

Maybe I should add 3 spoons of coffee to my creatine on working days.

Maybe not, lol.

Ok, let’s get back to the topic at hand.

Why so hard, bro?

Because ordinary, good, ordinary effort will get you good ratings.

An average rating is 3.5 to 3.9

A good rating is 4 to 4.5

An excellent rating is 4.6 to 4.9

A Godly rating is 5.0

I don’t want to be average, I don’t want to be good, I don’t want to be excellent…. I want to right there, next to God.

There is this current misconception that good work gets good reviews. It is not true.

Good work is the barest minimum.

You have to legendary.

To get good reviews on your work on Upwork consistently, you have to work your SOUL OFF.

When you get a contract:

  • FORGET DISTRACTIONS.
  • WORK.
  • COMMIT LIKE IT’S A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY.
  • DON’T GET SICK.
  • REPORT TO THE CLIENT, WHETHER YOU’RE WINNING OR LOSING.
  • WORK.
  • DON’T HAVE POWERCUTS.
  • DON’T SUFFER BURN OUT.
  • WORK HARDER, DAMMIT.
  • CALL YOUR CLIENT & THANK THEM AGAIN FOR THE JOB.
  • DON’T MISS A CALL.
  • DON’T HAVE A SINGLE EXCUSE.
  • KEEP YOUR KIDS FAR FROM YOUR WORKSPACE.
  • WORK.
  • HAVE MOTIVATORS SHOUTING IN YOUR EARS.
  • & WORK.

It’s not for the fainhearted. That’s why many freelancers don’t make it. Those that do are the Mike Tyson’s of the world.

I have a lot of respect for them.

And by the way, choose your clients the same way that you would choose friends you would invite to your small intimate wedding. But that’s a topic for another day.

For now, get back to work and work your ass off.

Catch me in the hot kitchen here:

Who knows…? … maybe I’ll work my ass off on your project too ;)

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