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Leverage Upwork: Find a Mentor and Get Free Online Classes

Finding a mentor who is a few steps ahead of you in your field can be an invaluable resource. They can provide answers to your questions, share their experiences, and guide you on your journey step by step... show you work to them and ask questions whenever you are stuck. However, sometimes, it might take them a few hours or even a few days to reply back. But don’t worry, you can get these benefits for free on Upwork. Here’s how:

Step 1: Showcase Your Capabilities

Before you approach potential mentors, you need to showcase your capabilities. Display your current skills by putting your work in an Upwork portfolio. You can also use other portfolio websites, including your own, to showcase your work.

Step 2: Send Invites on Upwork

Once you’ve set up your portfolio, the next step is to send invites on Upwork. This is how you’ll start building relationships of friendship or collaboration with potential mentors. 

Step 3: Become a Premium Member

You would need to Become a premium member on Upwork for a just a month.. in order to send connections to , but it is considered worth it. Earning clients and working with them will build your portfolio, enhancing their trust in your skills and professionalism.

Step 4: Search for Potential Mentors

You can send invites to those suggested by Upwork or search for specific niches or sectors. Look for profiles with substantial income, such as $1000, #5000, $50,000 or even $80,000. These are the individuals who have the experience and success that you can learn from.

Step 5: Connect with Successful Individuals

Even if you haven’t earned a penny on Upwork or have earned only $100, aim to connect with individuals who have earned $500, $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, or more. While not everyone may accept your invite, obtaining 3 or 4 connections should be relatively easy.

Step 6: Approach Them Honestly and Truthfully

When reaching out to potential mentors, be honest and truthful. Avoid bragging and communicate openly with them. When they reply, start a genuine conversation.

Step 7: Ask Specific Questions

Ask about their experiences, how they started, got their first client, communicated, handled their work, and made decisions. Instead of asking generic tips on getting clients, seek advice on your specific field, such as concept art or character design. Ask for feedback on your work process and inquire about what to do next.

This approach can provide more valuable and personalized insights compared to generic tips or videos by YouTubers who may not have the same depth of experience in client work. Remember, they work for clients, not necessarily for their own creative desires and decisions, making their perspective different from someone with extensive experience in both realms.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to finding a mentor who can guide you on your journey to success on Upwork. Good luck!

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