So you’re trying to get your Upwork, and PeoplePerHour account approved, huh? You’re not alone!
Well, I’ve been there before, and I know it can be frustrating.
These platforms can be really picky about who they let in, and sometimes even the most experienced freelancers get rejected.
But don’t worry; in this post, I’ll explain the common reasons for rejections. And I’ll also provide tips to increase the chances of approving your PeoplePerHour and Upwork accounts.
Let’s dive right in!
7 common reasons for your freelance account rejection
Let me explain the possible reasons for your account rejection and give tips to deal with them
1. Mistakes in your freelance profile application
One of the most common reasons for account rejection is mistakes in your freelance profile.
Upwork and People Per Hour have strict verification processes, so it’s important to ensure you’ve provided all the necessary information and that everything is accurate.
For example, you’ll need to provide a valid email address, phone number, and date of birth for People Per Hour.
And for both platforms, it’s important to double-check your job details, skills, and profile picture for any errors or inconsistencies.
If you make any mistake in the freelance application form, don’t panic.
Just reach out to support and explain the issue.
They may be able to help you fix it and resubmit your account.
2. Freelance platform’s policy Violation
Another reason your account could be rejected is if you violate the platforms’ policies. Both Upwork and People Per Hour have strict guidelines for creating and selling services on their site.
It’s important to follow these rules to avoid getting rejected.
Some things to avoid include:
- Creating multiple seller accounts.
- Adding links in the about section
- Offering unethical services
- Creating fake profiles
- Providing false information about your services and profile.
3. Mismatched LinkedIn, Facebook, or any social media account details
While linking your LinkedIn or Facebook or any social media account with your freelance account, your details must match the details in your PPH or Upwork profile.
For example, if you’re creating a PPH account as a graphic designer, make sure your Facebook account also represents you as a graphic designer. The same goes for LinkedIn. It’s important to keep these accounts consistent so that PPH or Upwork can verify your identity and expertise.
4. A Poor Cover Letter could also be a cause for Rejection
The last step of PPH account creation is to write a COVER LETTER.
What is a cover letter?
It’s essentially a letter introducing yourself to PPH and explaining what makes you a professional freelancer. In this letter, you want to highlight your expertise and experience and explain what you can do for your clients.
Now, here’s the thing. PPH might not accept your account if you don’t write a compelling cover letter. And trust me; you don’t want that to happen. So, how do you make sure your cover letter stands out?
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Pay attention to detail. PPH is looking for professional freelancers, so make sure your cover letter is free of spelling and grammar errors.
- Show off your personality. Your cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to PPH, so make sure it represents you as a person. Tell them what makes you unique and why you’re the best candidate for the job.
- Mention any skills or certifications you have. If you know how to operate certain software or have received any certifications or completed online courses, make sure to mention it in your cover letter. It will show PPH that you’re serious about your craft.
- Keep it short and sweet. No one wants to read a long, boring cover letter. Make your points clear and concise, and get to the point.
- Proofread it before submitting it. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget to proofread their cover letters. Take a few extra minutes to double-check your work before hitting “submit.”
Here are examples of a PeoplePerHour cover letter:
5. Empty Portfolio Sections may lead to your account Rejection
Make sure you never leave your portfolio section empty. This is your chance to show off your skills and convince People Per Hour or Upwork that you’re the real deal.
Even though it’s optional, an empty portfolio can make you look unprofessional and lower your chances of getting approved.
You must upload some samples to present yourself as a professional and experienced freelancer. It’ll increase your chances of getting approved.
So, what if you don’t have any work samples to include?
Simple, just create some! It doesn’t have to be anything major, just something to show off your abilities and convince People Per Hour or Upwork that you can handle the job.
6. Optional freelance profile applications are also important
Now, let’s talk about incomplete profiles. Both People Per Hour and Upwork have optional sections in their application process, but don’t make the mistake of leaving them empty or incomplete.
The more details you include, the more professional and experienced you’ll look to potential clients. So, be sure to fill out as much as you can to increase your chances of getting approved.
7. Is your freelance skill In-demand or too much Competitive
If you try applying with skills that aren’t super popular on these platforms, your account might decline.
And if you go for really competitive skills, you might have a tough time getting accepted as a beginner freelancer.
Because there are already so many other freelancers offering those services and doing well.
But here’s the thing: if your skill is too competitive or saturated, the platform might prefer quality over quantity when it comes to selecting freelancers for available jobs.
So, if you still want to pursue a competitive or saturated skill, you might need to have some experience or qualifications to back it up.
Or, you could try to find a niche within that skill and target a specific audience to show that you’re an expert in that area.
What are the in-demand freelance skills on PeoplePerHour?
Here is a list of top freelance skills on PeoplePerHour.
What are the in-demand freelance skills on Upwork?
Here is a list of in-demand freelance skills on Upwork.
What if you don’t have any in-demand Freelance skills?
No worries, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few techniques you can try:
Create your profile using the most in-demand skills.
Now, I know what you might be thinking – “But what if I don’t really have those skills?” Don’t worry; you can always edit your profile and update it with your actual skills once it gets approved.
For example, let’s say you create your profile as a web developer, but once it’s approved, you can change it to a content writer.
However, keep in mind that this technique does come with a risk. Your profile could be accepted or rejected after verifying the details.
And it’s important to make sure you enter all your professional details thoroughly, including any certificates or documents that prove your skills and expertise.
So, is this technique worth the risk? It’s up to you. You can either take the chance of getting approved or rejected or try out my second technique.
Learn a new skill online before creating your freelance account.
I know – learning a new skill takes time, money, and effort. But trust me, it’s worth it.
Not only will it boost your confidence, but you’ll also get the chance to work on the new skill in real life, not just online.
Plus, learning something new is always exciting.
Plus, you can display your certificates on your freelance profile and Linkedin, which can help increase your chances of getting hired on both platforms.
So, is learning a new skill worth the time and effort?
Spend some time working on projects via social media profiles like Facebook and Linkedin.
This technique might take a little longer, but it’s a great way to gain some experience and confidence before creating your freelance profile. Plus, it’ll show potential clients that you’re an expert in your field rather than a beginner freelancer.
To sum up:
It’s important to follow the steps outlined in this post to ensure that your People Per Hour and Upwork accounts are approved.
By ensuring that your profile is complete, you have a strong portfolio, and you follow the terms of service, you can increase your chances of being approved.
Do you have any tips for getting your People Per Hour or Upwork account approved that I didn’t mention in this post?
Share them in the comments below!