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How To Get Your First Job On Upwork in Nigeria

Are you new to the land of Upwork in Nigeria? If so, we welcome you to Upwork. But as a new worker surely you are facing some trouble getting your first job. There is nothing to worry about as long as we are here to provide you with all the strategies on “how to get the first job on Upwork”. Our real tips will help you to get your first job on Upwork and start making money through it in Nigeria.

Just keep patience and follow all of our instructions carefully. Read this article to the end because we have really a helpful guideline for the new freelancer to get their first job (Similar post: How to Get Freelance Jobs on Upwork in Nigeria).

Top tips to get your first Upwork job in Nigeria

Let’s see the tips to get your first job on Upwork in Nigeria. Here you will find some steps to reach your goal. Follow these steps and you will find yourself on top of your expectation.

Make Your Profile a Brighter One

The very first step to getting your first job on Upwork is to make a bright and attractive profile. It is very easy to make a profile, but it is really very difficult to make it an attractive one. A damn profile is surely going to damn your career as a freelancer also. So, be conscious of making a good and presentable profile so that your client may be pleased with your personality and feel tempted to hire you.

Setting up your hourly rate

Really, it’s a very embarrassing thing to discuss. But we cannot ignore it or your client. There are many clients who judge a worker according to their working rate. So, you must set your rate wisely while bidding. If you are confused about what your rate should be then check out other employees’ rates. But we recommend you to set a reasonable price always.

Remember that if your price is too low it will make the impression that your working quality is also very low. On the other hand, if you bid too high you will lose many clients because of their budget. So, bid reasonably to get your first work on Upwork.

Build up a strong Resume

Your resume works as a showcase of your skill and experience. So, don’t forget to skip a single skill of yours. Arrange all of your skills in a Descending way. Remember that your client will judge you with every detail you put on here, as seen on A3 Techworld. So, build up a strong resume to catch up the attention of your client. Simply make a list of them. Also include the information on how long you have been using these skills in your past.

Take tests and show results

You know there are some clients who take your tests into a great account. There are a lot of tests in freelancing. You must take the tests relevant to your work. Tests reflect your specialty.  It is very necessary to take tests and show your result to the clients. And the best way of it is to show your result at the top of your profile. It is really very helpful to impress your client and to get the first job on Upwork.

Create a Portfolio

Try to create an effective and rich portfolio. Clients often look over it to verify your experience. If you don’t have enough work to make a portfolio then you must work for it. It is like a key to your job. You cannot ignore it at all. To enrich your portfolio you may start your own website and work in it and start a blog to show your client your skill.

Remain Active Always and Respond Quickly

There is no room for laziness in the land of freelancing. If you remain inactive you will lose many opportunities. So, try to remain active as much as possible. Concentrate on your work and overcome your laziness. You can also see Killer’s tips on getting hired on Upwork.

You know what, a quick response is liked by all. So, whenever your client is trying to contact you make a quick response. Don’t keep him waiting for long. Otherwise, your client will turn opposite to hire another worker for his project. So, your time of response really matters to your clients.

Always Make a Killer Proposal

You must make a killer cover letter for getting your first job. If you may impress your client with your cover letter it will be very easy for you to get the job. Highlight all your important skills and experience regarding your work. Explain to your client how you may be an asset to him. Make him believe that you are the only person to meet his necessity. Make your proposal a smart one to attract your client. Don’t use any template anywhere. Always try to make a unique piece of writing of your own.

How to receive payments from Upwork in Nigeria 

Most freelancing platforms offer multiple payment options that allow freelancers to receive money in any country in the world. Upwork offers direct-to-local bank payments ($0.99 per withdrawal) and wire transfer payments (with a $30 fee). Note that to use the wire transfer option, you’ll need a domiciliary bank account (How to open a GTBank domiciliary account in Nigeria).

How to receive payments from Upwork in Nigeria: You can cash out directly to your local bank account. Go to setting> click get paid> click withdraw to local bank> add your bank swift code( either you go to your bank for this or source for the code online) > add your bank details.

Payoneer is another great way to receive payments in Nigeria. It offers the option to withdraw your earnings in the local currency (Naira) and allows you to withdraw money both domestically and internationally using a Payoneer MasterCard. Visit their website to learn more about their services, fees, and sign-up requirements as seen on A3 Techworld.

The challenges of working as a freelancer in Nigeria

Building a successful freelance business in Nigeria comes with several challenges.  But my personal experience is proof that achieving success as a freelancer in Nigeria.

  • Poor Internet service
  • Unstable power supply
  • Ineffective or poorly drafted job proposals 

A fast and stable Internet connection is a critical requirement for freelancing, as it enables communication with your clients (e.g., via Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and more), researching ideas, and downloading resources. 

There have been numerous occasions where my network connection has suddenly dropped out in the middle of a Zoom meeting or Skype call with clients. I recommend subscribing to the best ISPs in Nigeria (read article) for fast and reliable internet in 2022.

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