About us

Creating a world of work without limits

Say hello to talent without borders

The best companies win with the best talent. But great people can be hard to find. We’ve created a freelancing website that connects clients with top freelance professionals from San Francisco to Sao Paulo.

Whether you need one writer or an entire team of programmers, we help you find the right experts to fuel your success. Our freelancing website lets you work effortlessly with freelancers anywhere. Say goodbye to business as usual.

Our Mission

To create economic and social value on a global scale by providing a trusted online workplace to connect, collaborate, and succeed.

Our Vision

To connect businesses with great talent faster than ever before.

Our story

Part Evolution

Our story begins with two leading pioneers in online work: Elance® and oDesk®. For years, each had followed a separate path, investing time and resources – and gathering amazingly talented people – to create thriving global communities with high levels of customer satisfaction and industry recognition. In 2015 we realized that we could do even more together, so we merged to form Upwork, combining ideas, technology and resources.

Part Revolution

As we formed a shared vision, we saw that our impact would be even greater if we focused on building one great workplace. With the best technology and features from the Elance and oDesk platforms as the foundation, we kept the best of both legacies and added new innovations. In 2015 we launched our company under a new brand: Upwork. The change represented a renewed vision and commitment to creating the world’s best freelancing website – for existing and future customers alike.

Creating opportunity and freedom

Today, millions of businesses and customers trust Upwork to deliver the same high levels of service and quality they came to expect under the Elance and oDesk brands. Upwork is the premier freelancing website for top companies to hire and work with the world’s most talented independent professionals. We’re still creating a world of unmatched talent and opportunity, where global teammates who are thousands of miles apart can work together seamlessly.