All About Upwork

Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk) is a global freelancing platform where freelancers and businesses connect and collaborate remotely. It has over ten million registered freelancers and over five million registered clients (and growing), and with over three million jobs posted every year, Upwork is the world's largest freelancer marketplace!

Freelancers may do short- or long-term projects, and arrange to be paid on an hourly or per-project basis.

Why Upwork?

Upwork is a great place to find more clients and to run and grow your own freelance business. You have the freedom to work on ideal projects -- the possibilities are endless!

Upwork also makes it easy for freelancers to connect with clients and begin doing great work. It also has Rising Talent and Top Rated programs to reward and support freelancers who deliver high-quality work.

Every project in Upwork comes with an online workspace shared by you and your client where you may send and receive files securely, and communicate via Upwork Messages. Oh, and they also have a mobile app!

How does it work?

There are two ways for you to get paid in Upwork:
  • Hourly. Get paid for every hour worked using the Upwork desktop app (see below).
  • Fixed-price. You'll receive payment after the completion of a pre-set milestone for each part of the project. It doesn't matter how much time you spend to accomplish a milestone, as long as you get it done.

What kinds of jobs can I apply for?

Here's the list of jobs by category (click on the photo below to pop up):

Is it safe or legit? Can I get scammed on Upwork?

As long as you set up your contracts and your invoices via Upwork, it is absolutely 100% safe! You may receive payments via direct deposit to your bank, PayPal, Wire Transfer, Local Funds Transfer (LFT), Payoneer, and Skrill.

The only way you can get scammed is if you take work outside of Upwork. Also, this is against Upwork policy, so never do this... ever!

Is it free to use it?

Yes, absolutely!

So how does Upwork thrive if it's free to use it?

Upwork charges a freelancer service fee which is taken as a percentage of your earnings on Upwork. It's a sliding fee based on your lifetime billings with each client for both hourly and fixed-price contracts.

How much exactly?

  • 20% of 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.

Why a sliding scale?

To encourage freelancers to maintain long-term relationships with their clients.

Is it worth it?

Yes, definitely! You can have so much success in Upwork, if you know what you're doing. It has definitely changed my life, and it can change yours too!

It may be a bit confusing to a beginner, but once you understand how it works, it's as easy as pie!

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