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The best guide on Upwork portfolios ever

Dmytro Poberezhnyi β€’ 2023-09-14

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Hello GigRadar users!

Welcome to this edition of LeadBrew, your go-to source for the latest insights and updates in the world of freelancing and gig work.

In this issue, we're diving deep into the power of Sardor AI, exploring how it can transform your Upwork bidding experience. We'll also provide a sneak peek at Sardor V2 and Upwork's exciting new feature for hourly contracts.

But that's not all; our newsletter is packed with valuable tips on optimizing your Upwork portfolio, staying competitive in the freelance market, and more. So, whether you're a seasoned freelancer or just starting your gig journey, read on for essential information to boost your freelancing career.

LFG! πŸš€

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πŸ€– The Guide to Sardor_(ai)ng: All Stuff

In case you missed it, we've rolled out a comprehensive guide on maximizing Sardor's potential. Here's a brief:

🌐 Addressing Pain Points: Sardor is designed to resonate with specific client needs. If a job post emphasizes a particular time zone, Sardor ensures your proposal aligns perfectly. 

βœ‰οΈ Conciseness is Key: A lengthy cover letter isn't always effective. With Sardor's assistance, keep it concise and impactful.Β 

πŸ€– Navigating Limitations: Every tool has its nuances. With Sardor, it's essential to provide clear prompts and avoid overwhelming the AI.Β 

Here's a bonus: our article contains insights on crafting prompts, not just for Sardor, but also for tools like ChatGPT.

And a word to the wise: if you're concerned about AI shaping the future of work, it's better to understand and harness its capabilities now. After all, mastering the tool today could be your competitive advantage tomorrow. Explore the full insights here: πŸ–ŒοΈ The Complete Guide to Sardor AI: Maximizing Your Upwork Bidding Process.

🧠 Answer that tricky question! 

Recalling the good ol' days, the author of this newsletter remembers the hustle of being a lead generation manager for Upwork agency, dashing to Quora or GitHub to find answers to those tricky technical questions.

Ah, the lengths we went to for the perfect reply! Those days are automated now, and while there's a hint of nostalgia, it's hard to argue against progress. A definite win!

Mastering those intricate Upwork questions is an art. And with Sardor AI, you're not just getting answers; you're getting tailored strategies.

Sardor AI and Questions:

Tailored Responses: Unlike generic answers, Sardor AI delves into your profile, crafting responses that highlight your unique strengths. It's not about just answering; it's about resonating. 🎯

A Cut Above the Rest: While many freelancers might scramble under the pressure, resorting to quick fixes like ChatGPT, Sardor AI is a step ahead. It's already equipped with your profile details, ensuring precision every time. 🌟

But the real magic? It's in the details. Dive into the article to see how Sardor AI seamlessly handles even the most nuanced questions.

And for a dash of levity, check out our "funny moments" section afterward.

❗ Please note that we're testing any types of AI traps and hardcoding our Sardor to answer in the same way as you, dear reader, will reply.

Below are some examples of our job postings with tricky question that are breaking ChatGPT proposals :)Β 

  • How cheap automation with AI fails with simple questions:

  • When you simply asked to read the whole job posting, but someone with ChatGPT didn't:

  • Here's a bonus for our Ukrainian readers! It's the view an Upwork client gets when posting a job and receiving proposals complete with answers to attached questions:

🦾 Sardor 2

Guys, you've been enjoying Sardor V1, and that's great.

Sardor V2 is more than just bug fixes and no more link glitches. It dives into your Upwork profile, learning your skills, portfolio, and even your name and location.

But get ready, because Sardor V2 is rolling out soon. This upgrade will be available for all users, and we're making the switch team by team.

☒️ If you're already a user and can't wait to get your hands on the new features, just drop us a line and we'll move you up the list ☒️

🎨 Why You Can't Afford to Skip This Guide About Portfolio!

Want to refresh Upwork portfolio but don't know where to start? Our guide is packed with game-changing tips that even Sardor 2 would tip its hat to. 🎯

πŸ’Ό Strategic Skill Showoff: Did you know you can strategically place up to 15 skills in each portfolio item to game Upwork's ranking system? Yeah, it's like SEO, but for freelancers.

πŸ€– AI to the Rescue: Pressed for time? Learn how to use ChatGPT prompts to not just format, but actually create your portfolio items. It's like having a personal portfolio assistant that never sleeps.Β 

πŸ–ΌοΈ The Art of the Thumbnail: Your thumbnail isn't just a pretty face; it's the first thing clients see. Get the dimensions right, and you're already ahead of the game.

πŸ”’ Navigating the NDA locks: Got projects you can't fully disclose? Learn the art of showcasing them without stepping on legal landmines.

Before you jump on the Sardor 2 bandwagon, make sure your portfolio isn't just good, but great. This guide is packed with insider tips that can make a world of difference. Don't miss out; read it now!

πŸ’š Upwork is rolling out a new feature: scheduled rate increases for hourly contracts

This allows for automatic rate hikes at set intervals, making it easier to retain top talent and simplify negotiations. Freelancers can now include these scheduled increases in their proposals, giving clients a clear picture of future costs.


πŸ‘‰ But here's the kicker: this feature can be a strategic tool!

πŸ€” Planning to grow your skills rapidly? Use the scheduled rate increase to signal your anticipated value growth to prospective clients.

🏷️ You can even offer a lower initial rate as a 'first-month discount,' planning to normalize it through the scheduled increases.

πŸ“ Just remember, it's crucial to discuss these details during the negotiation phase, as they're set in stone once the contract starts.

πŸ”œ Upcoming Features in GigRadar:

♾️ Constant Boost: While our Smart Boost feature intelligently decides how many connects to allocate for boosting, we've heard your feedback. Now, we're launching Constant Boost, which allows you to set a fixed amount of connects for each scanner.

Wondering how to find that sweet spot for boosting?

πŸ“Š Forecasting: We're adding a new tool that predicts the average boosting prices for each scanner. This way, you can make informed decisions when setting your Constant Boost, keeping you ahead of the market curve.

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πŸ“± Sprout Social's latest insights reveal a shift in why consumers engage with brands on social media

Focusing on timely product updates and special offers can drive sales and boost lead generation. Equally crucial is a prompt response to comments, cementing trust and fostering potential leads. Dive into the report without registration here.Β 

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’Ό Connecting with C-suite decision-makers?'s advice: Stay transparent, resonate with their mission, and keep the fluff at bay. Check their latest guide about best approaches for all sorts of CEOs, hehe. πŸ˜„

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