Does anyone here earn an income on freelance job sites? Any recommendations?
I used to frequently, & also hired with them.
Still working to get @we_advance Mr. Coomber to use it for getting small parts of n99 done
EDIT: Scratch that, Upwork also bought Odesk. So it looks the only real alternative is Freelance.com
Thanks, that confirms my own survey.
I found an excellent video course covering all the basics for getting hired at upwork.com, by a professional announcer/voice-over/podcaster. It is called “Upwork Guide to Becoming a Freelance Superstar”. And as it happens, there is a live torrent of it here: https://torrentproject.se/torrent/18DE420295C71D00C1719DBF54E8D00AD25E86A7.torrent Someone is seeding it at a good speed (not me).
While browsing upwork.com, out of curiosity I searched on “Rust” and found exactly one job that mentions it, and two freelancers who mention it. Hmm.
TL:DR of the course I reference above:
A portfolio of past projects, favorable reviews, promptness, and professional presentation are as important as in the conventional employment worlld. This is where you might have a natural advantage compared to some third-worlder willing to work for pennies, so you might as well play it to the hilt.
The bigger money comes from building depth of skill and experience in an in-demand area. You then acquire a higher rating and hirers will often come to you without your needing to make proposals on jobs.
Smaller, fixed-rate jobs are worth doing in order to build a portfolio, even the ones where the amount to be paid is not worth the attention of a more established freelancer.
The search tools on the site are not brilliant, and the site is a bit slow to browse, so I use a hack of pasting likely tags into the URL, like this:
https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/skill/python/ (573 results)
https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/skill/golang/ (27 results)
When you’re signed up you can get an rss feed of the tags you want.
The Upwork profile has a space for certifications. I find it a little frustrating that I really would benefit from filling that in, but my credentials are not much related to my current work interests (in which I’m quite strong but self-taught). It’s a sad fact that prospective employers, confronted with a pile of resumes/profiles will look for what is missing (such as a blank certification field) in order to winnow the pile down to a short-list.
I realize that if you get to the short-list then credentials are not important, and your prior projects/portfolio becomes most important.
I looked around, for example on the subjects of Linux system administration and Linux engineering, and what I found was that the Linux Foundation does indeed hold such exams but at $300 each (ack!) I don’t think so…
Anyone have any ideas on gathering official-looking credentials in areas that you already know well enough to just go and sit their exam?
EDIT: Hmm, Comptia are the best known general testers but I’d be looking at two exams for a total of just under $400: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/linux Oh dear.