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How it works

FIND

FIND

Discover jobs on your own, or get matched with jobs that fit your skill set when you create your profile.

GET HIRED

GET HIRED

See a promising job? Submit a winning proposal, then agree on scope and price to get started.

WORK

WORK

Use the Upwork platform to chat, share files, and gather feedback – from your desktop or on the go.

GET PAID

GET PAID

Invoicing and payments happen on Upwork. Work confidently with Upwork Payment Protection.

FAQ

  • What projects can be done on Upwork?

    Anything you can do on a computer can be done through Upwork.

    Freelancers in our marketplace can tackle a wide range of projects — big or small, one-off or repeat, individual or team-based. Whether you need a content writer for an SEO-friendly blog post, or your own 24/7 software development team to build a mobile app or create a web portal, you’ll find talent on Upwork ready to support your business. Watch a quick how-to video to learn more.

  • What’s the difference between finding clients online, versus locally?

    Technology is making online work similar to local work, with added speed, cost, and quality advantages.

    To begin with, online work can happen wherever there’s a reliable Internet connection — an office, home, café, or rooftop. This also means you can choose who you work with, among a larger pool of people from around the globe.

    Payments are simplified when using Upwork, as time tracking and invoicing are integrated into the process. Funding projects is also streamlined as the Upwork platform builds fixed-price payment options into the process.

    There are some things that don't change when working freelance jobs with clients you find online. Once the project begins, you'll want to communicate openly and clearly, and work to create a successful project for all.

  • How does Upwork make money?

    Upwork charges freelancers a 20%, 10%, or 5% service fee depending on the total amount they’ve billed with a client.

    We also offer optional premium memberships and subscription services.

  • What is the Top Rated program?

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

    Freelancers who achieve this level display a Top Rated badge on their Upwork profile, representing great work, excellent relationships with clients, and other critical factors in creating successful projects.

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