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How does Upwork work for freelancers? It’s a great place to connect with like-minded clients, forge powerful relationships, and grow your own business or career, project by project.

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On Upwork, you run your own business and choose your own clients and projects. Just complete your profile and we’ll highlight ideal jobs.

Wide variety and high pay

Clients are now posting jobs in hundreds of skill categories, paying the right price for great work. You do that thing you do, and we’ll do the rest.

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Gain recognition for your great work through reviews and your Job Success Score. Every step forward leads to new career-building opportunities.

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From small beginnings come great things.

Upwork makes it easy to connect with clients and begin doing great work. The relationships you make are your connection points for future work. And qualified talent gets invited to private jobs not available publicly.

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Project Catalog

Do more of the work you love, on your terms.

Want to spend more time doing the work you love most, and less time finding it? With Project Catalog, you can automate your most popular projects and attract more clients — just set the terms and price, and let clients come to you.

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For hourly work, submit weekly invoices. For fixed-price projects, set milestones and funds are released via Upwork Escrow features.

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We charge a service fee, taken as a percentage of your earnings on Upwork. It’s a sliding fee based on your lifetime billings with each client (across all hourly and fixed-price contracts):

  • 20% for the first $500 you bill your client across all contracts with them
  • 10% for total billings with your client between $500.01 and $10,000
  • 5% for total billings with your client that exceed $10,000

For example, if you agree to a $1,000 price for a job with a new client, you’ll be billed 20% on the first $500 and 10% on the remaining $500. See www.upwork.com/legal#fees for details.

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All payments are made securely through our licensed escrow service. Receive funds via whatever payment methods work best for you:

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When working on hourly projects, you're eligible for Upwork Payment Protection that helps assure that an hour worked is an hour paid. On fixed-price contracts, pre-funded milestone payments from your clients are secure with Upwork Fixed-Price Protection.

Frequently asked questions

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What projects can be done on Upwork?

Anything you can do on a computer can be done through Upwork, though some skills are more in-demand than others.

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What is the Top Rated program?

Our Top Rated Program is designed to showcase talent who consistently deliver at a top level of their field.

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Who can find opportunities online?

Anyone with professional skills and a reliable internet connection can use Upwork to find opportunities and build a thriving business.

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What’s the best way to work with a client online?

In many ways, working with a client online is just like working with any other client.

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How can I find the right projects?

Upwork’s matching and search capabilities help you pinpoint interesting projects. 

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How does Upwork’s platform help me manage my work?

Upwork provides a user-friendly platform to help you chat and share files, track your time, and get paid.

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