A Comprehensive Guide to Being Successful on Upwork

How to fill your profile, get your first job, create a network, gain long-term clients, get paid, and more.

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Necessary Verifications to Get Paid

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Payment Methods

Specialized Profiles

My Data Engineering profile

Job Types

Fixed-price contract

Hourly contract

Memberships and Connects

Getting Your First Job

Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.

How to Find Long-Term Clients

My “Client satisfaction” statistics

Job Success Score and Badges

Eligibility Table. Taken from Upwork
That’s how my profile looks. I have 100% JSS and Top Rated Plus badge.


My certification


Profile Visibility


Upwork is a great freelance platform that is difficult to get accepted into and get first jobs. After going through these stages, it will be easier to get the job every time you search for a new job.

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Baris Sari

Backend Engineer at Feather Insurance, who loves traveling and movies a lot! | https://barissari.com