Thanks for the aded context. Still though, some of the points may still apply for what you are trying to do. Let’s look at Yoandro. He’s a Top Rated freelancer who has made over 200k on the platform from 44 jobs on the platform since 2016 and has a 98% JSS score. Even if you were to look at that 200k+ as “but it is over a FOUR year time period” and average it out to 50k annually, that’s still not bad (he’s still doing some things right as a freelancer – especially when you consider that he’s earning more on there than the average U.S. annual salary). Could that make him top 0.1% like you are looking for? Probably not? But, can he still provide you some success clues? Sure. So why not also include someone like him in your list of profiles to analyze?
I actually agree with your thinking (sorry I didn’t make that clear last time). I do agree that it makes a lot of sense to look at what successful freelancers are doing. That’s why I took time out to do some research for you (not getting to top 0.1% because I, also, do not know how to find those freelancers), but enough research to help with spotting some trends maybe.
So yeah, learn from ones who have made a notable amount of money on the platform. And ok, I was mistaken in thinking that were saying that you were interested in connecting with these freelancers somehow. My apologies for an incorrect interpretation there.
I DO feel that it’s worthwhile getting to know other freelancers too though (isn’t that part of why we’re all here chatting and knowledge-sharing)? For one, it is a good thing because who else understands this type of work? And there ARE enough jobs to go around, so why not take an approach of “a rising tide lifts all boats”?
With that point noted, I do think that it would be worthwhile to have a talk with Adam about his views on effective ways to get to know other freelancers who you take notice of on the platform. Or, better yet, Adam could share with us all his thoughts in this area for folks who encounter this thread down the line.
Anyway, the key takeaway from me Emil is that we know you’re trying to better understand how to improve on the platform (and how to get out from under your current agency). We (other freelancers) can share various different perspectives to help inspire new ways of approaching things. It may be worthwhile to embrace that. 🙂