Finishing off this series with all the extra information that didn’t quite fit anywhere else!
Disclaimer: I’m not being paid or anything to write about Upwork. I’ve just found it very helpful, and I wouldn’t be doing the work I am today without this site.
This should be the last article in this series about Upwork, as I’ve gone over how to get started, get hired, and do the work (or at least, getting credit for doing so). These are all just the basics, of course; any detailed questions or problems should be answered on the Upwork FAQs or by one of their representatives. But by and large, you can figure most of everything out just through experimentation and practice. That being said, here are a few more tips, tricks, and info for Upwork.
#1 – Taxes
Another disclaimer here: I am not a tax professional nor do I know anything about taxes beyond like, personally paying them. But it’s important to know that Upwork does not provide any IRS tax forms (unless you make over $20,000 in a year with over 200 transactions, or you don’t live in the US). You still have to report all your income, obviously, but you’ll have to get the forms from the IRS itself and use Upwork’s income reports (Certificate of Earnings) to work out all the numbers. It’s a pain, and since the government really doesn’t seem to like freelancers, you’ll also have to take into account Self-Employment Tax fees (and Social Security, etc.), so make sure you’re setting money aside every month for your Estimated Tax Payments. (If freelancing is a side job, you may not have to worry about that one, depending on how much you earn, but please don’t take my advice, consult your accountant!) In any case, this is why it’s important to work out payments on Upwork, as they keep track of all your earnings.
#2 – Tests
Some clients require you to have taken a few Upwork tests before applying for their jobs. It’s more to look professional than an actual talent assessment, since that really comes from having experience and simply being good at what you do, but they’re useful for determining a range for your skills and any areas you need to work on. The ones I recommend for editing/writing are:
- English Spelling Test (US Version)
- English Vocabulary Test (US Version)
- US English Proofreading Skills Test (AP Style)
- US English Basic Skills Test (highly recommended)
- US English Sentence Structure Test (For Writing Professionals)
Naturally, if you work with other languages or other areas besides proofing and writing, you should take the tests for those. There are many different ones to take, and if you don’t like your score, you can hide it on your profile and take the test again later.
#3 – Manual Time
If you’re working Hourly Jobs, you may have noticed on your Timesheets a button that says, “Add Manual Time.” This is intended for people working jobs that may not require the use of the computer, like making phone calls or real paperwork with paper, so the Time Tracker App can’t record anything. It’s also useful, say, if your Internet goes out in the middle of a task, the Tracker is glitching, or some other situation. Note the time you spent working, and when you’re able, go to the Timesheet on Upwork for that client, and add in the time manually (hence the name). It’s set in increments of 10, so just round up or down depending on the time (e.g., 42 minutes = 40; 47 minutes = 50). Some clients may not have this feature available for you, so you’ll have to request it. It’s best to only use it when absolutely necessary (re: non-computer work) or emergencies like Internet outages.
That’s it for now on How to Use Upwork! Still have questions? Want to give more advice? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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