How to Adjust to Major Changes Coming to Upwork?

Freelancers who frequent Upwork should know that Connects on the free-for-all platform will no longer be free this coming May.

For those who are relatively new to Upwork, Connects are like tokens. Two Connects are used whenever you apply to a job. If Connects are depleted, you’ll have to wait until next month for more Connects.

However, the new changes coming to Upwork this May will charge freelancers 15 cents per Connect. Upwork officials estimate that freelancers will spend about five dollars per month.

To clarify: Starting in May, freelancers won’t receive free Connects every month. Instead, freelancers will have to purchase Connects. It appears that the Connects you haven’t used will remain in tact and will roll over into the next month, giving the freelancer an option to add more Connects to the pool.

Upwork officials reported that this new system will encourage the hiring of more legitimate freelancers.

But will this system work?

Share your thoughts in comment section.


Keys to Staying Motivated while Part-Time or Unemployed

Although the current innovative life we live is full of information, we often miss cues of knowledge in regards to education and the career market.

It feels good to know what you want to do when you successfully complete a two-year or four-year degree program. It fills you with pride to know that you’ve completed a life mission that you set for yourself.

Then the time comes. Life’s test becomes a set of challenges that aren’t learned from any college course. Trial and error are the elements of life now. There’s no book that’ll give any definitive results. You’ll just have to wait for what comes out of the unknown.

Control Your Passions

The call for a job interview will reinstate anyone’s confidence after a long period of not working. Prepare youself for the interview. Present yourself effectively with neat clothes, clean hair, and gather information about the hire manager’s company.

However, don’t get so excited that you’ve made plans profound plans on working there when you haven’t acquired the job.

It’s positive reinforcement to speak your success into existence. Leave room for disappointment. There are other candidates just like you with equal or more skill.

Have A Plan

While you’re waiting to get to your career, it’s good idea to work a job. It’s likely to be a little more than minimum wagrle, but it’ll put money in your pocket.

Pride is the biggest problem here. Maintain your emotional composure. The job, in the meantime, will pay the bills.

Use your free time to build your resume. Find a detail about your job where you can use your degree or skills.

Expand Your Niche

These days, employers want their employees to wear a lot of hats. A college degree, although impressive, may not be sufficient in a specific market. Some areas have a demand for particular niche narrowing your chances to find a viable career.

To combat this problem, find out the needs of applicants who likely to get hired in your local area. Take a step further and see what skills are trending.

Use Tutorials

An effective tool for learning new software or learning trendy skills are tutorials.

You’d be surprised how much you’ll learn from following along with a narrator. Do as instructed in each tutorial to build basic knowledge. As you learn, you’ll begin to establish creativity that will eventually push your skills beyond basic.

What Now?

Take your time. Don’t rush. Scan through the details especially in regards to your resume and cover letter.

Do your research on a employer’s organization if you get a call. Be responsive when someone reaches out to you even if you’re not interested.

Fail or success, this period of your life is practice for the real thing.

Why I don’t post flash fiction to blogs?

Recently, I came to the conclusion that I will release a collection of flash fiction through Amazon.

But why Amazon? Why not post them here on your blog like the others?

I like the idea of giving away my stories for free, but sharing a blog post through social media is like rolling a Sweettart on a highway. It’s a hit or miss for online traffic. I haven’t given up. That Sweettart that’s rolling among the speedy vessels will gain some traction.

Entities like Amazon, however, is concentrated. Readers search for books that is worth time and money.

Upcoming Flash Fiction Collection…Should it be free?

Upcoming Flash Fiction Collection…Should it be free?

After much consideration, I’ve decided to give readers an appetizer of fiction through eBook hosting services such as Amazon and iBooks.

I’ve been sitting on 10,000 plus words of flash fiction the last few years. I posted them to Fiction Press before, but I was too indecisive on whether they should be on the site.

Update: I have decided to sit on this project. I want to focus on writing and editing more projects.

Writing for Professionals

Creativity is never a problem for the fiction writer. Earning a sustainable wage solely as a writer is a dream for fiction and nonfiction authors. That dream, however, takes time to establish. Therefore, it’s important to keep a job, part-time or full-time, while one pursues such an ambition.

In the past few years, I’ve targeted professional writing and editing opportunities through job boards like Indeed and Upwork (previously Elance).

Writing for clients, though not unfamiliar, is a different world. The principles of writing and editing remain consistent, but each industry has its own writing style, subtlties one might not notice if he or she is not familiar with a particular field of study or industry.

Freelance writers and editors outside those particular industries have to learn them as they acquire clients.

Like any business, there is a slow season. At the moment, I’m in a stand still. I apply. I wait. I try again. What can I expect? The market is full of professionals, and I can’t blame clients for choosing a freelancer who works more frequently than most.

Instead, I’ve been trying to create professional writing content such as technical guides and white papers to attract clients and illustrate my versatile writing skills.

It’s a great idea, but I keep hitting the wall of writer’s block. I miss the days of having a prompt to work with.

Long overdue: Where I’ve been lately

“I am my own worst critic.”

As much as we hate reading this overused phrase, it’s true among most.

Okay. I have to be completely honest. If I didn’t game so much, I’d have enough time to blog. No excuses this time. I admit that I play PS4 more than I should.

However, I do make time for writing. Managing my own projects have not stopped, which brings me to good news. I have completed a flash fiction collection. I created a book cover using a royalty-free photo, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Using InDesign, I converted an .indd file into an .epub and .pdf. Technically, the book is ready to go for mobile devices, but I decided to make a book for print as well. Its still not finished. It’ll take me a week or two to decide what the back cover design should look like.

I edited those stories over and over until I saw no errors. It still needs a reader to critique it though.