Phrases that you need to kick out of your Upwork proposals, and what to say instead.

❌ “I’m the best” or “I’m the perfect fit for this job.”

✅ Instead, highlight your relevant skills and experience and explain how you are a strong candidate for the job.

❌ “I can do this quickly and cheaply.”

✅ Instead, emphasize your commitment to delivering high-quality work within a reasonable timeframe and budget.

❌ “I’m willing to work for less than the going rate.”

✅ Instead, emphasize the value you can bring to the client and explain how your rate is fair based on your skills and experience.

❌ “I’m a jack-of-all-trades.”

✅ Instead, highlight your specific areas of expertise and how they align with the client’s needs.

❌ “I’m available 24/7.”
✅ Instead, emphasize your ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively with the client, while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

❌ “Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”
✅ Instead, demonstrate your expertise and knowledge through concrete examples and references.

❌ “I can start right away without any information.”
✅ Instead, express your interest in learning more about the client’s specific needs and explain how you will use that information to deliver high-quality work.

❌ “Please hire me, I really need the money.”

✅ Instead, focus on the value you can bring to the client and how your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for the job.

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