You might have seen some freelancers having a shiny badge that displays they're a "Top Independent." In this article, we'll go over what exactly it means to be a part of the Top Independent Network on Contra.
What is a Top Independent on Contra?
Top Independents represent the top 1% of freelancers and are our most active + highly recommended freelancers. Top Independents are 6x more likely to get hired on Contra.
The Contra team personally vets each freelancer before inviting them into the Network and chooses freelancers based on profile strength, work experience, and positive recommendations from Clients.
Top Independents on Contra
What are the benefits of being a Top Independent?
Top Independents are prioritized when applying to opportunities and on the Discover page, so they have a higher likelihood of getting paid projects on Contra.
Top Independents also receive a special badge on their profile and additional community perks!
How do I become a Top Independent?
We listened to your questions and made our Top Independent process more transparent, so now you can nominate yourself for the badge here.
Here’s what you can do to increase your chances of getting an invite:
Create a portfolio that is the best representation of your work 🔥
Follow the onboarding checklist on your Contra profile and add your best projects and services!
Make sure all of your projects represent the work you have done and show Clients how capable you are. We look for projects that truly tell the story of how you work!
If you’d like feedback on your profile, you can reach out to email@example.com for a personalized video 🚀
Invite your existing Clients to Contra 🌟
Don’t forget to ask for a Recommendation if the project goes well!
Keep your work preferences up to date 📅
This lets Clients know when you are open to work + what kinds of Opportunities you are looking for!
What are the expectations of Top Independents?
- Keep your work preferences and availability up to date
- Respond to inquiries within 24 hours if Clients reach out to you
- Make sure your profile is active by checking in at least once/month.
For more tips on making your work stand out, check out our guide! 👇
Improving your Contra Profile ✨ by The Contrarian