Upwork Pricing

As a client, there’s no charge to sign up on Upwork or to get quotes from freelancers. Pay only an additional 3% for payment processing.

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Simply pay the amount agreed upon with your freelancer (plus a standard 3% processing fee on payments). Your freelancers pay for our services with a percentage fee. Choose a plan for your business below

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  • How much will my project cost total?

    Clients can post either hourly or fixed-price jobs. Describe your project in as much detail as possible and freelancers will submit a bid with their proposed cost. Most payments are subject to a standard 3% processing fee.

    For example, if you and your freelancer agree to 40 hours of work at $25/hour, you will pay 40 hours x $25 = $1,000 * 3% = $1,030.

    On fixed-price projects, if you and your freelancer agree to $1,000 for the fixed-price amount, you will pay $1,000 * 3% = $1,030.

  • How do I pay my freelancer?

    Upwork makes paying freelancers simple and secure. Choose to pay using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or PayPal.

    For full eligibility requirements on payment protection programs, please see the Terms of Service.

  • How do I know my freelancer is accurately billing for my project?

    Upwork provides several methods to verify invoiced work. On hourly contracts, you can review the Work Diary, one of Upwork’s optional billing and invoicing systems. It records billable time and completed work by logging activity levels and taking screenshots of the freelancer’s screen (six times per hour), so you can verify billable hours.

    On fixed-price jobs, you and your freelancer can agree on milestones for each project. When your freelancer completes a milestone, you review the work and release funds upon approval.

    You will also have Upwork Messages, a tool for real-time communication and file sharing with your freelancer to help ensure smooth delivery of your project.