How to Become Top Rated on Upwork

I’ve carried the Top Rated Upwork badge since it was a “thing” many, many moons ago. Now, I’m Top Rated Plus. In a nutshell, Top Rated Plus is for Enterprise clients. I haven’t taken any of the expert-vetted tests. I don’t have a video on my profile. I haven’t even updated the language on my profile in yeeaaarrsss. I’ve made some minor updates to other things (such as using the testimonials feature for non-Upwork clients; this feature, by the way, tends to come and go from what some six-figure freelancers have pointed out on Twitter).

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Childhood Aspirations: How They Impacted Me

I asked on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn earlier this week what my followers and connections wanted to be when they were children and how they felt it impacted them in what they do now. Most of the answers just said what they wanted to do and how they never fulfilled their dreams. No one really said how those things impacted them.

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The Biggest Misconception People Have About Professional Writing? It’s All Fun and Games

I am in the middle of my seventh year as a FT professional writer. Oh, and I work from home. I started working from home as a writer in 2013 on a part-time basis. By 2014, I had enough clients to make this my only means of work (yes, with kids and a spouse and pets…even with people screaming it can’t happen). As someone who does not have a traditional job or someone who treats writing as a side-hustle, I’ve learned a lot over the last seven years…but the biggest lesson?

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3 Work from Home Tools I Use Every Day

When you work from home, you need the right tools. And there are a lot of work from home tools out there…and some of them are incredibly expensive. If you’re starting a business, it can be overwhelming to choose the right work from home tools. You could also be shocked by the price tags attached to many of them. I’ve worked from home as a copywriter, editor, ghostwriter, and SEO expert (all rolled into one fun-sized human standing at only 5’2) since 2014. Here are 3 work from home tools I use every day (and a simple breakdown of how I use them).

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