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Create your profile (it’s free)

An eye-catching title and client-focused overview help us match you to the work you want. Include your work history, your skills, and your photo. Add more, like an introduction video, to create a profile that really stands out.

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Explore ways to earn

Work and earn in different ways. Bid for jobs. Pitch your projects. Discuss your in-demand skills with our recruiters so they can find opportunities aligned with your passions and career goals. Do all three. Create a predictable pipeline and build your network.

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Get paid securely

Choose how you get paid. Our fixed-price protection releases client payments at project milestones. Hourly protection bills clients every week. However you work, our service fees are the same. Spend less time chasing, more earning.

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Explore ways to earn

Search on Talent Marketplace™ for the hourly or fixed-price work you’re looking for. Submit a proposal, set your rate, and show how great you’ll be. Give a little extra by sharing your unique approach and offering a rapport-building interview.

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Sell what you do best

Create easy-to-buy projects with Project Catalog™. Match your projects to what clients need. Be clear upfront by defining your scope, timing, price, and terms. Once we’ve approved your project, clients can start to buy.

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Does your work stand out? Are your skills in demand? If you’re in development, design, or marketing, you can apply to our fast lane. Our recruiters will assess your hard-earned experience and match you to exclusive opportunities with trusted clients.

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How payments work

How payments work

Whether you’re paid hourly or on a fixed-price contract, all the work you complete comes with payment protection.

All in one place

Invoice clients and track your earnings on Upwork for a simple and streamlined process.

Choose how you get paid

Use what works best for you—including direct deposit, PayPal, Payoneer, wire transfer, and more.

No fees until you complete your work

Our service fees are taken as a percentage of your earnings. We charge you based on lifetime earnings with each client:

  • 20% for the first $500 you bill your client
  • 10% for total billings between $500.01 and $10,000
  • 5% for total billings over $10,000
Learn more about service fees.
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Frequently asked questions

Is Upwork free to join as a freelancer?

Yes, it’s free to join Upwork, complete your profile, search for work and create your own projects. Our service fee is based on your earnings with each client and the sliding scale rewards long-term relationships.

You can upgrade to Freelancer Plus to more effectively market your services, submit proposals and stand out from the crowd.

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Can I grow my career on Upwork?

Yes, some of our most successful professionals have brought their strong background and employment track record to Upwork. We know you may be new to freelancing but highly experienced in your field. Our complete guide shares our step-by-step tips for building your freelance career.

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What can I gain from freelancing with Upwork?

Many more people like you are choosing to leave their day jobs and grow as independent professionals. Why? Because of the freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss. And for the chance to work with great clients and well-known brands. Many choose Upwork because we help them do it well. How to Succeed as a Freelancer gives you a taste of the support we offer to boost your success.

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Is Upwork good for building a business? 

Yes, and creating an agency can be a great way to grow. Using our agency structure, freelancers can collaborate as a single organization, delivering more to their clients. Moving from solo freelancer to agency owner is a big transition, but it might be the right one for you.

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What projects can I find on Upwork?

Clients are looking for help across almost every industry, job, and skill set. Find the work you’re looking for, from specific projects to ongoing, long-term work, on fixed-price and hourly contracts. 

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What are Connects? 

Connects are Upwork’s virtual currency. Freelancers and agencies use them to show their genuine interest as they submit proposals. Different jobs require different amounts of Connects, some none at all. Freelancer accounts receive free Connects every month. You can buy bundles of them. And freelancers and agencies earn Connects by winning client interviews, getting great reviews, and demonstrating their skills.

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What do the different badges mean?

Our badges help you stand out. With a strong background in your field and early success with clients, you’ll soon be invited to meet our Rising Talent  criteria. Keep building your reputation to earn our Top Rated badge. Top Rated Plus   shows you have a proven history of success on large and long-term contracts. And Expert Vetted means you’ve gone through our rigorous pre-screening to match your high-demand skills with the right clients. Get the feedback, wear the badge , hit your goals.

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