Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Re: Problem with Payment

Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
41 of 64

Hi Martina and Jennifer,


Please refer to the response I posted below and to reiterate, search functionality is not limited after reaching the three-invite limit.

Active Member
James D Member Since: Mar 6, 2019
42 of 64
Thank you so much for your helpful reply! I appreciate it - regarding only
being able to invite 3 freelancers at a time.

Once I add my billing info, how can I know what I'm being billed for, as an
example - once the freelancer and I agree on a price - how does UpWork
become aware of this, and bill me accordingly?

Thank you.

Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
43 of 64

Hi James,


I wasn't able to replicate the interruption you mentioned and can confirm clients are able to continue adjusting search filters after reaching the three-invite limit. If a client further attempts to invite an additional freelancer, they would see a pop-up asking them to upgrade their job post or in your case, being a new client, ask you to add a billing method in order to access this option.


Note that you need to add a billing method before you can send an offer and hire freelancers you've communicated with (you haven't hired any of them yet).


Please review these resources created to aid new clients with using Upwork and let us know if you need further assistance.

Active Member
James D Member Since: Mar 6, 2019
44 of 64
Thank you very much for your reply and assistance! I really appreciate you
tried to duplicate what I encountered and your response.

I find this system very confusing, but am definitely learning with
everyone's help!
Community Guru
Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
45 of 64

James and Josh (the original poster),  as freelancers we completely understand that 3 invites per job post is inadequate.  We have, collectively, suggested that Upwork modify that number to no more than 10.


This 'test' arose because a very small percentage of buyers abuse the system and send out 75+ invites per job post.  There is a vast difference between 10 or less and 75+.  Smiley Happy


Hopefully Upwork will amend the number of invites allowed to better serve both buyers and freelancers.

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
46 of 64

Hi James,

To address your concern regarding how payments are processed on Upwork, and which Payment Protections are in place for Upwork Clients, kindly check next help articles:


Let us know if you need any further assistance.
Thank you.

~ Bojan
Community Guru
John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
47 of 64
A suggestion for Upwork if I may? If a freelancer declines an invitation, why not return the invite to the client? Otherwise, instead of the intended effect of motivating clients to upgrade, the main effect is likely to be clients closing a job then posting a similar job to get around the 3 invitation limit.
"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
48 of 64

Clients who do not want to pay will simply go for intermediate freelancers (and prices) and the present system of making both parties pay is simply going to lead to circumvention. 

Community Guru
Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
49 of 64

Is this really how you want to treat clients, Upwork?:

Active Member
Steve B Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
50 of 64

I have been hiring Freelancers from Upwork for years (since odesk days) and have three separate accounts for three different businesses. The "trial for a small group" is BS as all my accounts have been limited. So not only are you charging me and the freelancers exorbitant rates, you now what the employers to pay $29.99 per job for the privilege of inviting people we feel are the best fit for our roles. I will not do it and will be leaving the Upwork site as soon as my current contracts have been completed. Being profitable is one thing, ripping people off is beyond acceptable.