As a freelancer, getting a good amount of business is one thing but getting a bonus from a client is always a cherry on the cake. Why? Because the client acknowledges that you have gone beyond the call of your business commitment and delivered something special through your services. Admittedly, not every client is inclined to pay bonuses or appreciate your work financially over the agreed terms, yet, time and again, you come across such a buyer.
What’s the benefit of Bonuses on UpWork
Of course, you get financially rewarded, but receiving a bonus means the client trusts you and there is always a chance of that client becoming a ‘repeat client’ for you, which is a good statistics for you to showcase in your portfolio.
Overall, it means well for business from all angles.
So, how to win a bonus on UpWork
I will let you know about this secret through a practical example that I followed.
Very recently, I was hired by a client to translate a poem that she wrote in English to be translated in Sanskrit. The agreed deliverables were translated poem in Sanskrit meaning the Devanagari script, and also in Roman transliteration form, so that she could at least get a hang of what was written in the Sanskrit language.
This was done.
However, I thought that just to have her the feel of the sound of language, I should send her a recording of the translated poem in Sanskrit. So, I used my phone and just read out the poem, and sent the recording to her.
She was obviously very happy and rewarded me twice for my efforts.
- I made her work simple (she would have to go to somebody else to know how to read the poem and how it sounded like)
- I gave more value than the committed deliverable–a sound file was never asked.
- I cared for the task–I thought what more I could do to make it work
- I enabled her to enjoy–with the voice recording, being an artist, she could appreciate the value of the translation.
What you could do to win bonuses on UpWork
Well, it is pretty simple. Make a habit of putting your client first and trying to solve his/her problems that way you would do your own.
Try thinking for a solution or a step that would enhance the value of your deliverables.
Show, through your work not simply your words, that you care for the project.
You can do it!
There are thousands of freelancers on UpWork who win bonuses from clients simply by going up-and-above the usual commitments and similarly you can also do it. It is rewarding in all the possible ways! Happy freelancing!