Remote Jobs

Whether you want to stay close with your family, seek for a higher income, earn while travelling, or seeking an extra income, this detailed guide is for you.

Remote work is the nature of my career since 2010 (Fresh Grad). I’ve been working remotely at home or at places with my device plus other tools. Sometimes I work from vacation spots, coffee shops, hospitals (while attending the sick), or the beach.

As I look back on the road I’ve traveled, I see so many blessings remote work has done to me. So, I logged them in this post plus did some research.

What is a Remote Job / Online Job?

A remote job or online job is a type of work arrangement where you provide services for a client remote from you. 

It requires that you provide the skills necessary so you can satisfy the job requirements. 

Usually, an online job requires skills that can be “digitalized”, meaning, they can be done via a computer. Other jobs that involve commodities or deal with physical matters cannot be under the scope of a remote job. 

However, there are online jobs that may require you to handle physical goods such as shipping items, documents, and face-to-face meet-ups. 

Delimitations of this STudy

This blog post is mostly delimited by the bounds of my experience as an independent freelancer providing services via online platforms. 

This does not comprehensively cover other areas such as the “work-from-home” policies of your local employer during an imminent crisis, an “independent contractor” set-up of you providing “as-needed” basis to local clients through a tech platform such as Grab, XSend, FoodPanda, TaskRabbit, Uber, etc. 

This post also has less coverage for “freelancers” working on behalf of an agency, most especially providing voice-based services such as customer support, English Tutorials, and other transcription services. 

What are the Requirements for Remote Jobs?

The requirements can be summarized into three: “soft skills”, “hard skills”, and tools. The more you develop these three, the better will be your qualifications and caliber. 

  • Hard Skills – skills that ‘can be taught’ and primarily science-driven. Examples are programming skills, writing, math. 
  • Soft Skills – skills or traits that make you a good employee such as listening, empathy, going along with people. 
  • Tools – assets that you acquire or invest in that can help you become better more productive. Examples are a good computer, fast internet connection, books/course access, software.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Remote Jobs

To succeed in any endeavor, knowledge of pros and cons and how you manage them is crucial. Same principle if you are considering remote-jobs. 

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it.” – The Christ said.

Advantages of Being a Freelancer

  • Freedom of location – You can work while spending time with your family beside you, or be present in caring for a baby, caring for a sick or elderly person. If traveling is what you prefer, you can work while being on several locations across the globe.
  • Save the drama – the tendency with local employment is you could be attached to the locality, meet them downtown, or they know your friend of friends. In freelancing, you can focus on working for your client and building your profile, while saving your emotional equity and reserve it for something else. 
  • Save time on the commute – deduct the hours you spend on traffic, channel the time to more worthwhile things like learning a new skill, spending quality time. You then reduce the carbon footprint or reduce pollution by not spending too much on gas
  • Possibility of a higher income – depending on the job and the local job you compare to, an online job can bring you higher pay as compared to the equivalent position in the local company. 
  • Less judgment on exercise – this may sound minuscule, unlike being in an office, you can exercise in any way you want while in your pajamas
  • Access a global pool of employers – in office-based employment, you can only expect for work within a 30-mile radius from your home. 
  • Diversity – remote freelancing exposes you to diverse cultures, age, color, orientation, and experiences. 
  • Disaster Continuity – the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has shown that some industries and jobs are very vulnerable to public health disruptions. By investing yourself in remote-working skills, you can become “resilient” when things get hard.
  • Avoiding Office Politics – in my more than 10 years of remote working, I have never experienced any form of office politics. Work is work. You are hired (and fired) based on your work evidence, and the quality, honesty of your output, not because of some sort of “connections” at high places. If you are the type of person who hates “

DisAdvantages of a Remote Worker

  • Zero or less social interaction – there are no office mates to talk face-to-face at the coffee dispenser or the dining table. Your family members may not relate to the topic of your work. Loneliness and boredom may set it, but this can be addressed by occasionally working in crowded places like coworking spaces or coffee shops.
  • Let go of company benefits– as of the moment of this writing, there will be no Department of Labor to protect you for issues, usually no health insurance where the employer pays for you partially. Unless, of course, if your work-from-home scenario is causated by your local employer. 
  • You shoulder your operations and assets– you pay for the maintenance of your own computer, pay your internet, water and electricity bills. Usually, you will be your own admin, janitor, HR and assistant. If you work on an office, usually coffee is free, repairs of computers, cellphone, etc., but in freelancing you have to give these up.

Where to Find Remote Jobs

I have seen many work-from-home platforms out there, but my advice is to pour out your energy in building on a platform that is stable. The last thing we want is to invest so much time only to find that we won’t get clients, or get our profiles deleted. 


Upwork – one of the largest marketplaces in the globe. Once called as oDesk, this company merged with Elance last 2013 to form Upwork. This is the platform where I have more than 10 years of experience now.  Here are Tips to Succeed.

Why Upwork?

  • It’s one of the largest marketplaces for online talent
  • It’s one of the pioneers of freelance home-based jobs
  • It’s a publicly-traded company in NASDAQ
  • The platform allows you to be sustainable over the long-term by providing you with support, opportunities for the showcase, webinars from other freelancers, a big Facebook group where you can chat with other freelancers for advice, job referrals, and crowdsourcing.

But I know that many newcomers are having a hard time finding a job or even getting their profiles approved in Upwork. Two advice:

  1. Learn a rising skill
  2. Learn a not-so-saturated skill
  3. Build your profile on other platforms. When you’re stable, devote your extra time on upskilling. Other platforms you could start outside Upwork:
    • Fiverr
    • ACADSOC / 51Talk
    • Join Facebook groups, search for hiring or reach out to admin / members

Other Platforms

  • Freelancer – based in Australia, this platform has been around for quite some time like Upwork. This has 42.7 million employers and freelancers as of March 2020. 
  • Fiverr – is more of a “gig” platform where you have already determined your package/s of services. Package starts with five USD, that’s why the name.
  • 99Designs – a global creative platform that makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create the designs they love. 
  • 51Talk – in the Philippines, this is one of the most popular freelancing platform where you can be a home-based English teacher. You must undergo a short training and do some computer tasks while teaching.
  • Acadsoc – same with 51Talk, this is a global English learning platform where you’ll mostly teach Chinese students at different learner levels.
  • LinkedIn – although LinkedIn is primarily for corporations looking for office-based jobs, I included it on this list because there are times clients are looking here for remote workers.
  • Facebook Groups – search for local groups in your country dedicated to home-based workers. Time to time, there are remote workers looking for applicants in their company.
  • Your Own Website – though we have plentiful of freelance platforms already, it’s still best to build your own portfolio on your own self-hosted webhost because you have the 100% on your website. 

Skills for Remote / Work-From-Home Jobs

The number of skills you can possibly offer as a freelancer is enormous! It’s just a matter of time, training, experience, and the right character to be a successful work-from-home person. 

For beginners, I’d say you should start small. Then there are three paths you could possibly take: (1) “Grow wide”, (2) “Grow deep”, (3) “Grow wide and deep in one” (but takes more time).

Online Skills Development Path

  • “Growing wide” – what I mean by this is you have some sort of a “jack-of-all-trades, master of some or one” mentality. You say “yes” to available projects offered. But this strategy could cost you to be always trying to learn new fields, and becoming less competent in a certain specialization.
  • “Grow deep” – you have a singular focus, you’re not a jack-of-all-trades, but you master one. Disadvantage of this is that if the skill is no longer in-demand, or a certain crisis comes, you may have a hard time looking for a job.
  • “Grow wide, grow deep in one.” – this is being a jack-of-all-trades, but master of one or some. This takes time to develop as you have to focus on one vertical, yes develop your skills on some. I think, when it comes to ‘freelance security’, this so far is the best course.

In this section, I used two sources:
Linkedin – a top professional networking site
Udemy – a top online learning site

For Udemy, here are the Top 10 rising skills of 2020:

Top 10 Tech Skills

  1. Tensorflow
  2. Chatbot
  3. Microsoft Azure
  4. OpenCV
  5. Neural Networks
  6. Linux
  7. Ethereum
  8. Splunk
  9. QGIS
  10. Kotlin

Top 10 Softskills

  1. Growth Mindset
  2. Creativity
  3. Focus Mastery
  4. Innovation
  5. Communication
  6. Storytelling
  7. Culture Awareness
  8. Critical Thinking
  9. Leadership
  10. Emotional Intelligence

United States

  1. React Native
  2. Kotlin
  3. CAPM (Project Management)


  1. IT Security
  2. IP Addressing
  3. OrientDB


  1. Adobe Creative Suite
  2. Business Strategy
  3. AngularJS


  1. Django
  2. Hibernate
  3. Tableau


  1. Microsoft Power BI
  2. Algorithms
  3. ServiceNow

New Zealand

  1. Data Science
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Excel VBA

United Kingdom

  1. Microsoft Azure
  2. Express (Web Framework)
  3. Data Modeling

I got the data below from our recent visit to Linkedin Asia-Pacific headquarters last June 2019. To see the future trajectory of your freelance career, it’s best to consider top rising skills per country so you can also gain support along the way, plus it is what your country is known for, at least to one of the top employment network site. 

According to LinkedIn, here are the top skills of countries:


  • Social Media Marketing
  • Front-end Web Development
  • Human-Centered Design
The top rising skills per country, according the Linkedin

Top Rising Skills – Malaysia

  • Human-Centered Design
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Workflow Automation


  • Blockchain
  • Workflow Automation
  • Human-Centered Design


  • Robotic Process Automation
  • Compliance
  • Continuous Integration


  • Continuous Integration
  • Workflow Automation
  • Social Media Marketing


  • Frontend Web Development
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Gesture Recognition Technology


  • Front-end Web Development
  • Gesture Recognition Technology
  • Blockchain


  • Social Media Marketing
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Gesture Recognition


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Frontend Web Development
  • Blockchain

Pre-Assessment: Knowing Your Profile Before Starting as a Home-based Worker

Before you begin freelancing, there are things you must first consider. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it.” – The Christ said.

Know Yourself Skillset

Know thyself. Assess your strengths, favorite topics, past training, background, achievements. Use psychometric standards such as MAPP Assessments, Myers Briggs, etc. Present them in a document format or a prepared CV. Make sure to make it editable so you can update it. Use Google Docs, then download as PDF if you are applying.

English Proficiency: Indicate you command of the English language: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced or Native. This will help recruiters or clients in adjusting their communication with you. 

Software Proficiency: Include to your profile the software tools that you have a good hold of, as this adds to the “SEO-ness” of your profile. It can make you stand-out on searches.


Determine if you’re up for full-time (30+ hours a week), part-time (less than 30 hours), or as needed. This is needed especially in Upwork. Recruiters will know if you meet their criteria if your available time matches theirs. For example, if they’re looking for a full-time worker, but then you have clearly indicated you’re only up for part-time, it will save the client’s or the recruiter’s time, and your time as well. 


Invest time in posting relevant works you have done in the past. Put vivid images, link them to your client’s website or profile when you have secured permission. If you will name the client, make sure you have asked for their permission first. Build your portfolio on the platform but also update in on your Linkedin and website. Take hold of Your Previous Work/Employment Details, Certifications, Experiences


My suggested formula to compute your rate is (Monthly Expenses / 20 days / 8 hours ) * Percentage of your desired margin = Your Hourly Rate. It’s good if you have a log of your previous 3 months of expenses. Note that your desired margin will determine your savings so you can devote money to upgrade your tools, or sustain your needs as you upskill, or support your family. Think long-term. 

If you want to get the job ASAP, place a low rate, telling the client that you’re entry level, and willing to be assessed by him or her. If you feel that your expertise is higher than the value of your low rate, I suggest that you be honest with the employer you’re applying for that you can give a low rate as ‘probationary period’, let’s say in 3 months. This can make them feel at ease with you, because they also don’t want to shell out much money for someone they don’t know yet. Tell them, for example, that your actual rate is X.00 USD/ hour but you’re willing to give it at X.00 USD for a start of your relationship. When you’re hired, do your best, over-deliver. If you use Upwork’s platform, the minimum rate is 3USD per hour.

Research Competitors’ Rates

Do a search of other competitors offering the same skills as you, and see their rates, their experience and rating. Use it as a benchmark. In Upwork, you can upgrade your profile to a ‘Plus’ account, and you’ll see the bid range of other competitors when you apply to a certain job post. 

How to Succeed as a Remote / Home-Based Worker and Win Your CLients Over

Have a Good Understanding of the Job

Read Job Posting Well and Verify and Special Requirements

Create Good Profile Overview, No Grammatical Errors

Use free grammar correction tools such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs or Grammarly to ensure that your works are error-free.

Make Sure You Have Done Similar Work / Samples in the Past

Choose a Professional / Friendly Photo

Make a Good First Impression by having a professional profile photo. If possible, be on a formal attire, look straight to the camera, and let your eyes be clear.

Keep Your Job Title Short but Focused

Before Sending a Proposal, Read the Job Post Thoroughly

Does the job fit your skills? Does it fit your bandwidth? Is the client someone you want to work with? Are their values align with yours?

In Sending an Application / Cover Letter

  • Start with a warm and professional greeting
  • Get to the point
  • Hit the highlights
  • Follow directions
  • Condense everything

Tips to Succeed in the Interview

  • Make sure eye-level directly infront of you
  • Ensure your lighting is good
  • Remove distractions from the background
  • Remove unpleasant noise
  • Be aware of your speech volume and rate
  • Test your internet connection
  • Prepare a power back-up in case of brownout – a fully-charged laptop, and mobile data. Prepare power generator or access to a coworking space. 
  • Positive body language
    • Professional look
    • Make eye contact
    • Show your interest and energy in your voice
    • Listen carefully and make sure you understand what they say
    • Ask or clarify with questions if you need to
    • Summarize at the end of the interview 
  • In Introducing Yourself
    • Keep it brief but well-summarized
    • Site previous samples of your work, highlight the challenges and what solutions you introduced to the equation

Where to Learn

At the time of this writing, the COVID-19 epidemic and many learning platforms are offering access for free or at a discounted price. You may take advantage of opportunities like these or try to subscribe to newsletters.

Some of the learning platforms below are free, and some are paid. Just like traditional school, better assess first what course is good for you, and what courses you can finish. 

Online Jobs Learning Platforms

  • Linkedin Learning – the beauty with this is that potential clients or recruiters will see the courses you’ve finished or are going through as you enroll in Linkedin Learning courses. 
  • CodeAcademy – this is one of the top platforms I used to learn web development. This has a good user interface and very friendly for learners. 
  • Udemy – very rich resources, this is where I learned many skills and the learnings here will be very useful for you.
  • Coursera
  • W3Schools – this is a ‘master’ site for web developers, and this is for free! It’s a great resource for those trying to learning the basics as well as advanced programming skills. 

Tools for A Remote Worker

  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Slack
  • WhatsApp
  • Dropbox
  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Asana / Basecamp / Trello
  • GitHub
  • Trello
  • Jira
  • Google Hangouts

A Typical Schedule of a Remote Worker

  • Morning run
  • Coffee and eat breakfast
  • Plan schedule via calendar to set expectations in yourself
  • To get away with repetitive routine, go to a coffee shop in the afternoon for change of environment or to get away from social isolation. Bring headphones to avoid distraction if you’ll be doing ‘heavy tasks’ such as writing and research.
  • If there are in-person meetings, do it in the coffee shop before or after your work, or book a coworking space nearby
  • After work, balance your life by hanging-out with friends, shop for groceries, doing some sports, gym or hobby, or watch movie with lovedones

How to Get Hired on Upwork

I’ve been a freelancer since 2010 and that means I got a fair share of my ups and downs. Thankfully, through the years, I was able to retain a 100% job success as of the moment of this writing. I want to help others that’s why I’m sharing the following tips so you can, Lord-willing, succeed consistently in the freelancer career.


Keep your Title Short and Focused-Clients value freelancers with direct and relevant experience, so your title should reflect your combination of experience and the type of work you’re marketing-Titles give a prospective client a high-level summary of your expertise-Keep it short and impactful From a Recruiter’s Perspective:-

A concise title with the right keywords makes you easily searchable-Most recruiters do Boolean searches. Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (such as AND, NOT, OR) to further produce more relevant results. -For an example of a Boolean search, “hotel” AND “New York”


  • Always have a data-driven application-quote numbers
  • you earned for the company 
  • Other elements of your profile clients or recruiters check:-Your job success score
  • Your badges: Top rate or rising talent
  • Your client feedback
  • Your written English skills
  • Your rate-#of jobs you have active/in progress
  • check the job contracts that are still open but are idle. Close inactive because it will active your recruitment. 
  • Recruiter Tip:-Regularly update your profile-Evolve your skills and expand you experience


  • Before creating your proposal, read the job description thoroughly
  • Does the job fit my skills?
  • Do I have bandwidth role?
  • Is the client someone I want to work with?

Cover Letter

  • Start with a warm and professional greeting
  • Get to the point
  • Hit the highlights
  • Follow directions
  • Condense everything

Pre-screen questions

  • Explain if you have the requirement
  • Sometimes an audio interview is required for your verbal English to be assessed


  • Make sure eye-level directly infront of you
  • Ensure your lightning is good
  • Remove distractions from the background


Just like how we handle our professional careers, business or offline life, so must we also handle our Upwork activities with care. Here are some sub-categories I believe can help:

  • Only accept jobs you can consistently do. Don’t over-commit
  • Apply when you are equipped. Be honest if you are not acquainted with some areas of the job.  Good clients appreciate honesty.
  • NO means Next Opportunity. When you get rejected, remember that there are still other opportunities He has instilled for you. You may take the break to upgrade your skills, develop your profile or get some rest.


You may face temptations to get paid outside Upwork when the job was posted inside the platform, or create double accounts, etc. These could lead to terrible consequences such as being barred for life. So make sure you are careful and always updated with the laws and policies.


As you go through your career, keep copies of your work and certificates so you can update your portfolio and resume. I recommend having two sets of showcases when you launch into the world of a freelance: Portfolio and CV/Resume.

For Portfolio, develop your Upwork Profile first. Get tests, upload works, update history, certifications, descriptions. You can then copy your statements to secondary portfolio sites like:

  • Your website (Start with WordPress)
  • LinkedIn
  • Behance/ Github
  • Carbonmade


Keep a record of your application letters in Upwork. Monitor which ones get client responses. Mark them especially which ones get hired. I recommend Evernote so you can always revisit, edit or share to those in need.

Observe professional formatting. Get feedback or recommendations. Be as specific or detailed as possible when responding to client job posts. Avoid mindless job application letters. Answer specific requests


Sometimes you will lose your written application Upwork. Tendency is, you type a response letter to an invitation and may accidently click “back” or close your window. Poof! You lose your hardwork in a sec!

I suggest that you type your application in an auto-saving software first such as Evernote or Google Docs. Time to time, copy your content to Upwork.

Aim to Be A Top-Rated Freelancer

If you want to quickly get a freelance job or an increased freelance rate, one of the best strategies is to ensure that you reach and maintain the Top Rated Status in Upwork.

In my previous post, I shared when Upwork surprised me with a Top Rated Badge. As promised, I would like to continue section 2 which is about the steps of becoming a Top-Rated freelancer.


This piece of advice comes from my long-time friend and trusted freelancer, Jan Evan Dominic La Rosa. When I was a newbie, he was a mentor who helped me in a lot of ways. He’s also a Top Rated freelancer with an impressive profile, so I asked him to share his advice. He said:

Well i think its about passion talaga dahil kung wala ka neto, d k tatagal sa freelance world, secondly, trust and optimism about u and ur work. kung wala k neto, mas lalong d k tatagal tlga sa freelance world, dahil ma eexperience mo tlga hirap maghanap ng work, last but not the lease, building great reputation online, pag meron k netong tatlo bilang baguhan na freelancer, i guarantee u, mas lalo mo yayakapin ang pagiging freelancer ? just like me…

Jan Evan.


As stated in Upwork’s page and previous blog, reputation is everything. Whether in the offline and online world, we need to build a good reputation. It takes time, effort, patience and energy- but when you have build a reputation (also known as brand, identity, reputation or authority), your pioneering hardwork will soon pay-off.

Starting out is never easy. After I posted the previous post, I received many inquiries on how to start freelance career. After sharing much of what I know, this point reminds us that it’s the same in all of life. If you want to be a good engineer, a good doctor, a good salesman or a good teacher, it does not come fast and easy- it may take years. Mine took 7 years (2010-2017) before I was able to experience that certain identification- and I believe that’s what all of life is.

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”

Proverbs 12:11

Clients, especially Western Upwork clients, do not like dishonesty. It’s better, to be honest about your inability and unavailability than tampering with truthfulness and reality. More trust leads to the speed of transactions. Less trust leads to a slower speed of transactions.


According to Upwork, “We don’t reveal the exact calculation for your score. Doing so would make it easier for some users to artificially boost their scores. We need to maintain some privacy with this metric to ensure fairness and accuracy.” But here are some checklists to ensure a higher JSS:

  • Your Job Success Score (JSS) is a combination of your clients’ satisfaction, long-term contracts and feedback. Beware or avoid contracts with no activity and excessive lack of feedback.
  • If you won’t have long-term contracts, it won’t count against you.
  • Upwork excludes clients who have history of unreasonable feedbacks from freelancers.
  • Check your My Stats page time to time so you can be aware of your Market Reputation. 

4. A 12-MONTH EARNINGS OF $1,000

To compute, $1000 / 12 months = at least $84 per month or $21 per week. This is attainable even to the lowest determined rate of Upwork. It just makes sure that you are generating some freelance service consistently.


You must avoid this at all costs. Here are some important things you need to ensure:

  • Do not accept payments outside Upwork. Long time ago, I unconsciously accepted a PayPal payment from a client which resulted to a temporary suspension of my account. I worked on appealing the judgment and was granted pardon with a warning that if ever I would repeat such offense, my account may receive permanent suspension. So I would like to share this solemn warning to all.
  • Do not work on accounts which are not yours. There may be some freelancers who work on multiple accounts, but I think Upwork is adapting and learning new technologies to raise the standard of the workplace and this could hold your account and lead to your suspension of Top Rated status.
  • Send quality applications. In the forums, freelancers share that they were suspended because of lack of responses from clients whom they apply to. I guess Upwork is checking or measure the quality of the application- because the lower the quality, the less the responses. So a lesson here would be is:
    • Make sure that you send well-crafted applications that suits your possible employer’s needs.
    • It’s a sign of honor, and ultimately, of loving your neighbor to send personalized applications and not mindless copy-pasted ones.

Sending well-written Job Application is a way to practice the command “you shall love your neighbor…” and ultimately manifesting the fleshing-in of the principle “love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength….”


For proposal, make sure to apply jobs time to time if you have no current one.
For invitation, make sure you set your availability to part-time or full-time, not no time.
For earnings, make sure you have or at least a minimal one instead of none for a long period.


Look at their strengths, portfolio and styles and see how you can adapt- not plagiarize- some of them to yours.  More of Mandy’s advices here.


It was a big surprise when I opened my Upwork account and lo and behold, a big congratulatory banner greeted me- Top Rated Status! Below is the screenshot.

After a short sensation of celebration, I thought of my fellow freelancers who are in the same road… I imagined that by sharing some knowledge, they too can earn this simple joy of a 21st century kind of job.

I’m a freelancer since 2010. Enjoyed working in my pajamas, boxers or household comfy clothing, working 5 steps away from my bed- the freedom to work in flexi-time and regardless of location. Never experienced working on an 8-5 job. Woke up like this- in the adult world- and so far it’s a happy experience- can be with my family, visit a sick lola at the hospital anytime, do ministry and test startup ideas and business labs- all of which can’t be done if I am full-time or abroad- I think.

Recently realizing that you can be in Upwork or Freelance world too whatever profession you may have- even the traditional jobs like Lawyers, Teaching English, Engineering, Architectural Design and Medical Transcriptionists can be absorbed by online too… In any field where you poured out your life, you can offer consulting.

So I decided to do some research and create this page/department (which I will update time to time) to pave the way for our collective success.

According to Upwork, “you earn “Top Rated” status by building an impressive reputation on Upwork. You must have a proven history of success with multiple clients, delight your clients every time with high-quality work, and contribute to a safe and vibrant marketplace by knowing and following the Upwork Terms of Service.”

“Top Rated status helps outstanding freelancers and agencies grow their businesses and become even more successful in the Upwork marketplace. When you earn this status, you’ll be recognized through a badge on your profile and rewarded with exclusive perks, including increased access to client projects.”

What Upwork says is true. In all of life, reputation is everything. Solomon says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”- Proverbs 22:1

So here’s my take:
It’s always important to check your My Stats page time to time so you can work on becoming a Top-Rated Freelancer. Check you job success and strive to maintain long-term work relationships. Upwork has its own way to compute your stats.

Planning to create 2 main sections for this:
I. First, Benefits and reasons why Top Rated status is a big help for your freelancing career…
II. Second, How to earn and maintain Upwork’s Top-Rated status which I’ll post in the next blog.

But this page was only dedicated for the first item.

Please stay tuned or subscribe so you will receive the update once I’m done with the curation.


As stated in the congratulatory banner, you will earn a Top-rated badge in your profile.

Since I am also a client, I went to my Upwork client account and see how Top Rated freelancers perform in my search for jobs. Here’s how Top Rated freelancers appear in a client’s account:

Top Rated Ran
So, if you are a Top Rated freelancer, you will appear at the top of job search results and maybe with an index “TOP RATED” or “BEST MATCH”

I also scrolled down, and those freelancers with the “Rising Talent” badges appear with the attention-grabbing blue ribbon.

Rising Talent


When I opened my feed, there’s a new area which offered me 10%-only fees. This is exclusive for Top-Rated freelancers and it leads to higher revenues because normally, new job contracts charge 20% for Upwork fees and they slide down to 10% when they reach a certain threshold, then to 5% to reward long-term work relationships.


This is a big blessing, giving a big sigh of relief.

Let’s admit it. Sometimes we do our very best, but our best wasn’t appreciated by our clients. Excellence seem to be subjective. We dispute. We exchange heated discussions. I’ve experienced it recently, around July, but thankfully I was able to resolve through peaceful resolution with my client with the mediatorial work of Upwork (that’s why it is better to work within Upwork’s parameters).

I tried to delete a low feedback from a client last year, but I did not see any button for deletion. Will update this item time to time in the future when there’s news. I still need to do my homework by reading this Upwork page.


Here’s an exclusive webinar invitation that I received where I can learn more ways to upgrade and scale-up if I want to try an agency.

Benefits of Top Rated Upwork Profile


This is new to me. I thought there’s only Top Rated, but Premium Program is another crown for a freelancer. Here’s a graph page that summarizes the comparison of the three and here’s how to join a Premium Program.

To reflect, earning Top Rated recognition is a combination of honesty, hardwork and persistency. And most of all, whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…- Colossians 3:23