Client Policies

1. Identity and client account

The Upwork community is made up of independent professionals, agencies and companies from around the globe. To maintain a high-quality workplace for all Upwork Users, identity information associated with an Upwork User Account must be real and verifiable.

  • Only one user per account, and one account per user—accounts should not be shared or duplicated in any way.
  • Your logo should be appropriate for a professional, global community.
  • Your profile should not mislead or falsely imply a relationship with another company or person.

2. Job Posts

Great work begins with a great job post. Effective posts are professional, written in English, and accurately describe the services requested.

All job posts must adhere to these policies:

  • Posts may not share or solicit direct contact information prior to interview.
  • Jobs must be free of offensive language and advertisements.
  • Posting the same job multiple times is prohibited.
  • Requesting a service that is illegal or violates intellectual property rights, copyrights or the terms of service of another service, product or website is prohibited.
  • Requesting free work of any kind is prohibited, including contests in which freelancers submit work with no to very little pay, and only the winning submission is paid the full amount.
  • Requesting a fee in order to apply or bid is strictly prohibited.
  • Jobs may not transmit any content related to or containing any adult or sexually explicit material.
  • Requesting the creation of content that violates academic integrity is prohibited.
  • Jobs must be free of spammy content.
  • Job posts should not express any preference or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military/veteran status or any basis protected by applicable law.

3. Upwork Payment Protection

Upwork Payment Protection is our promise that an hour worked is an hour paid, and an hour paid is an hour worked. It’s our way of showing respect for the work getting done on Upwork.

(Please note that Upwork Payment Protection does not apply to fixed-price projects or manual time. For more details and other limitations, see section 6.10 of the Upwork User Agreement.)

4. Disputes

Disagreements occasionally arise in every workplace, both online and off. On Upwork, clients may dispute time worked on hourly contracts during the four days following the close of a weekly invoice period (review period starts on Monday at noon UTC until Friday at midnight UTC).

The most common reasons for disputes include:

  • Manual time billed without approval
  • Low activity levels or insufficient work memos as tracked by the Upwork Time Tracker
  • Screenshot reflects activity not associated with the work being billed

Only the time worked—not the quality of the work—is up for dispute. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with our official dispute process.

5. Payments

Soliciting or processing payment outside of Upwork is prohibited for the safety and security of all Upwork Users. If a freelancer solicits work to be done and paid for outside of the Upwork platform, please report them immediately.

For more information, please see Section 7 of the Upwork User Agreement.

6. Feedback

Feedback that is honest and objective contributes to a vibrant and productive marketplace. The best feedback focuses on the facts, while providing helpful information to both the recipient and the community as a whole.

We do not monitor, censor, or investigate feedback. However, on very rare occasions, we may delete feedback found to violate our Terms of Service. Attempts to falsify feedback, manipulate, or coerce another user by threatening negative feedback are strictly prohibited, as is any offer to sell or buy services in exchange for positive feedback.

Feedback containing the following types of content may be removed:

  • Spam, advertising or other commercial content
  • Content that endorses illegal activity
  • Content that personally identifies another user
  • Political, religious, or social commentary rather than a genuine comment regarding the work experience
  • Profane, vulgar, obscene, slanderous, libelous, threatening or discriminatory language, or adult material