How does it work?
- 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?
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!