Beyond Upwork: How to Find Freelance Clients Outside Upwork
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Beyond Upwork: How to Find Freelance Clients Outside Upwork

Discover how to find freelance clients outside of Upwork and actually get them to respond!
4.7 (67 ratings)
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377 students enrolled
Created by Lex DeVille
Last updated 4/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 20 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn to find clients beyond greedy Upwork so you're not subject to their evil whims.
  • Discover the best places to pick up clients so you earn higher pay faster than ever.
  • Reveal useful tactics and techniques for getting clients to respond even if they don't know you.
  • Never worry about greedy Upwork charging you ridiculous fees again because you don't need them!
  • Finally take back control over your earning power and freelance career!
  • You should understand English.

Upwork is in a bad state. They don't care about freelancers. They don't care about clients. They care about one thing To that end, they steal your income off the top by taking 20% of your earnings. That's cash straight out of your pocket. Food out of your family's mouth. And it gets worse...

When greedy Upwork went public they suddenly had shareholders to please. So they had to find new ways to suck more cash out of freelancers. By now you've probably noticed that Upwork charges you $0.15 per Connect, which wouldn't be that big of a deal, except most gigs cost 4-6 Connects. And the real problem is that the gigs haven't changed.

So even though you might have to pay nearly $1.00 just to apply, you're applying to the same old gigs. The same old clients (Clients who don't respond. Clients who aren't serious about hiring. Clients who waste your time.). I don't know about you, but I'm not spending all of my money just trying to get an interview through Upwork. Especially when there are better, faster, easier ways to find high-paying clients outside of Upwork.

And that's what this course is about.

When you enroll in this course I will show you:

  • How I find freelance clients beyond Upwork that pay way more than Upwork clients and are easier to work with

  • Freelance platforms that don't charge you an arm and a leg for a chance to have your time wasted

  • Which social platforms I use to find clients outside of Upwork and how I get those clients to come to me

  • Cold emailing methods that actually get high-paying freelance clients to respond fast and easy

  • Unconventional approaches to earn clients that probably no one else is doing anywhere

  • Secrets to help you escape Upwork for good so you can actually make money and never look back!

Bottom line?

If you're sick and tired of greedy Upwork's dirty business practices, suspending your account for no reason, charging you out the wazoo because they have a poor money model, and generally treating you like dirt (when they wouldn't exist without you)... Then stick it to them when you enroll in this course and take back control!

Because once you have other ways to find clients, and once you've found the one that works for will NEVER need Upwork again.

If that makes sense for you, scroll up and enroll in Escape Upwork now!

Your Escape Instructor,
Lex DeVille

P.S. I know greedy Upwork is the holy grail of freelance websites, and I know finding clients outside of Upwork seems scary, but as long as you give up control by using their platform, you will never have true freedom even if you work from home. Just like they've done to me numerous times, they can and will suspend or ban your freelance account at a moment's notice if they think you've broken a rule (even when you haven't). 

If you are trying to build a career as a freelancer, then you need to take this seriously. Control is EVERYTHING and without it you put your entire freelance business and your income at stake (and that's on top of all the money you pay them). Think about that, and then make the choice that is best for you.


Who this course is for:
  • You should understand that this is a BEGINNER LEVEL course.
  • You should NOT expect to pay $10 and get elite information sent from the gods.
  • You should be someone who can watch a talking head video, take the information, and apply it to get results.
  • If you have a poor mindset then this course will be useless for you and you should not enroll.
  • Only enroll in this course if you are ready to put in the effort to get results.
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 02:21:59
+ Introduction
5 lectures 14:54

An short introduction to the course and going beyond Upwork.

Preview 02:01

How to get additional support from Lex on earning clients outside of Upwork.

How to Get Support Fast

Some thoughts on greedy Upwork and why you need to find clients beyond Upwork now!

Preview 06:47

Thoughts on the importance of control in your freelance business.

Control is EVERYTHING: No Control No Career

Thoughts on the changes you need to make going forward if you hope to go beyond Upwork and find clients on your own.

A New Approach: What You Will Have to Change to Take Back Your Power!
+ Client Sourcing Through Other Freelance Platforms
9 lectures 21:21

This lesson has some of my top picks for Upwork alternatives in terms of freelance platforms.

My Top Picks for Alternate Freelance Platforms
Platform 1
Platform 1 Supplemental Materials

Let's discuss one of the next best freelance platform options.

Platform 2

This lesson contains useful supplemental materials to help you get going with Platform 1.

Platform 2 Supplemental Materials

A "freelance" platform you might not have considered before.

Platform 3

Supplemental materials, insights and tips to help you find work and get hired on Platform 2.

Platform 3 Supplemental Materials

This is a big list of 100+ freelance platform alternatives that you can use to find work and go beyond Upwork.

BIG List of 100+ Freelance Platforms and Websites
Helpful Practice Activity 1
+ Client Sourcing Through Social Platforms
8 lectures 29:58

In this section we'll begin to consider social platforms as a way to go beyond Upwork.

Introduction to Sourcing Clients Through Social Platforms

This social platform is one of the best for going beyond Upwork and finding clients on your own.

Social Platform 1

Insights and ideas for Social Platform 1.

Social Platform 1 Supplemental Materials

This is another of my favorite social platforms to help you go beyond Upwork right now!

Social Platform 2

Tips and insights for Social Platform 2.

Social Platform 2 Supplemental Materials

This social platform might surprise you and is used a lot less often for this purpose, but it still works!

Social Platform 3

Tips, thoughts and strategies for Social Platform 3.

Social Platform 3 Supplemental Materials
Helpful Practice Activity 2
+ Client Sourcing by Word of Mouth
5 lectures 20:29

In this lesson we'll start to consider how to pick up clients beyond Upwork through word of mouth sources.

Word of Mouth Client Sourcing

This lesson describes my favorite place to get word of mouth referrals and how you can do it too!

The Best Source of Word of Mouth Clients
Incentivizing Client Referrals
Local Word of Mouth Clients
Helpful Practice Activity 3
+ Client Sourcing Through Your Website
4 lectures 14:09

In this lecture we'll talk about websites and whether or not it's worth it to go beyond Upwork through a website of your own.

Preview 07:05

This lecture contains some thoughts I have on how to build a website fast and free for your audience.

Thoughts on Creating a Website

This lecture is about where and how to pull clients to your website.

How Will Clients Find You?
Helpful Practice Activity 4
+ Alternate Client Sourcing Methods
12 lectures 35:07

This lecture is about one of my favorite alternate client sourcing methods.

Alternate Method 1

Supplemental materials and key insights for Alternate Method 1.

Alternate Method 1 Supplemental Materials

This lecture is all about how to team up with the exact right people to pick up new clients fast and easy.

Alternate Method 2

Thoughts and ideas about working with clients using Alternate Method 3.

Alternate Method 2 Supplemental Materials

In this lesson we'll talk about an alternate sourcing method that few people normally consider. Then we'll answer whether or not it's even worth your time.

Alternate Method 3

Tips and advice on how to go beyond Upwork with Alternate Method 4.

Alternate Method 3 Supplemental Materials

In this lecture I'll share a totally off-the-wall suggestion for earning freelance clients and going beyond Upwork.

Alternate Method 4

Tips, thoughts and ideas for Alternate Method 5.

Alternate Method 4 Supplemental Materials
Alternate Method 5
Alternate Method 5 Supplemental Materials

This lesson is about the risk vs. reward of taking clients directly from Upwork.

Thoughts on Stealing Clients From Upwork
Helpful Practice Activity 5
+ Conclusion
3 lectures 05:59

A few last minute thoughts on what it will really take to gain clients beyond Upwork.

Last Minute Tips and Strategies

In this lecture we'll talk about whether or not you should learn new skills to help you attract clients beyond Upwork.

Thoughts on Learning New Skills (Teaching English, Transcription etc.)

This lecture contains some final thoughts on where to go and what to do next to go beyond Upwork.

Where to Go From Here