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0% fee when you bring your own client



In May 2017 I received a message from Upwork with a special promotion with 0% fee when I bring my own client to Upwork (I am a Top rated freelancer) and I received an invitation linked to send it to my client for register and activate this 0% fee. A few days ago, I send it to my client and he registered and started a Upwork contract and now, when the contracted is just ended I realized that I have standard 20% fee. What to do in this situation? It's obvious that I was not intended to bring my client to pay 20% to Upwork.


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Thanks Goran for your reply,


"Once your client has signed up through your link you will have 0% fee on all of your contracts with the same client" will it still apply even if I lose my Top rated badge?

Hi Pety,


Yes the 0% fee will remain on your contract even if you lose your Top Rated badge. Thank you.

~ Goran

Good evening,


Could I be sent a new invitation to invite a client of mine for the 0% fee? I am Top Rated.

Hi Georges,


Our team will reach out to you directly over the next couple of days and will share your unique link with you. Thank you.

~ Goran
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I am RISING TALENT on Upwork how I can invite my external clients on Upwork? I haven't receive this email yet â€œGet 0% on fees when you invite your clients to Upwork”

Hi Zartab,

I can see you were able to submit a support ticket with our team regarding this. Please allow some time for our team to review and they will update you directly via ticket as soon as possible.


Sure thanks for your cooperation and reply 

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It is a pleasure to greet the community, I hope you can provide me with information regarding this benefit as top-rated, how can I do to use it if there is a client that I want to bring to the platform? These ratings will weigh in the same way as the rest of the qualifications that have paid the fee? Do I need to make a special request? Thanks in advance.

Hi Edgar,


We'll have someone from our team send you your personal link in the next couple of days. When you want to bring a client to Upwork they need to use this link to sign up.



Hi there, would appreciate to be included as well 🙂


Been top-rated for a while and didn't I realize I had this benefit available.


Appreciate the time!

Hi Gavin, I got you. You should get a notification with a link shortly.

~ Valeria


Please provide a link I can share with my clients as part of the Bring Your Own Client program. Our agency has received the Rising Talent badge recently and have 2 clients that are ready to start ASAP, we're just waiting for the link. Thanks and looking forward to your response! 

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Hi Anton, 

I've shared your account information with the team to send you your link and more information about the program. I want to clarify that this program is only for freelancers, and we don't have personalized "Bring Your Own Client" links for agencies. 

~ Avery
Community Member

Hi Group. I have a client outside of Upwork that thinks paying me through Upwork will be easier than normal lines. I've read about bring your own talent on Upwork and wonder how I can use it for this client. Do I need to have the client just make an account and ask me to be their freelancer or is there another way? I would like to use the 0% fees that bring your own talent says I can get. Thanks. Keith

If you just have a client create an account using the regular procedure, then you will not qualify for 0% fees.


You need to obtain a special link from Upwork and provide that link to the client.



Preston H wrote:

If you just have a client create an account using the regular procedure, then you will not qualify for 0% fees.


You need to obtain a special link from Upwork and provide that link to the client.



But that's for top-rated only, right?

Hi Richard,


The Bring Your Own Talent program allows clients to invite a freelancer that is not currently a registered member of Upwork to work with them on a contract.


Bring Your Own Client program is currently only available for Top Rated and Rising Talent freelancers. If you are not meeting those requirements, you can still send a link to your profile to your client and they can sign up for an Upwork account and hire you for a contract. You’ll be paying standard Service Fee.


Thank you! 

~ Bojan
Community Member

Hey Upwork Community,


I just got hired by a client who is not on Upwork and I asked him to join Upwork as a client and proceed our contract on Upwork. As stated in the Top Rated/Top Rated Plus perks, if a freelancer brings new client on Upwork, they will be charged 0% of Upwork Tax on all future contracts.


Kindly let me know the procedure of him joining Upwork in a way that I receive that perk and get 0% tax on his contract.



Hi Zain,


Our team will reach out to you over the next couple of days and will share your unique link with you. Thank you.

~ Goran
Community Member

I'm a top-rated freelancer. I'd like to invite an external client to Upwork. Can you help me with that?
Thanks, Margaret

Hi Margaret,


I shared your concern with the team and we'll have one of our agents reach out to you directly via a support ticket to assist you further.

~ Luiggi

Thanks, Luiggi. I appreciate your prompt reply.  I've got the link and will follow up.

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For a limited time, we’re offering a special promotion for Top Rated freelancers who bring their offline clients to Upwork. Top Rated freelancers, we're offering 0% on fees with new clients you bring to Upwork.


That's 0% on all contracts you have with that client, forever. Even if you lose your Top Rated status, you’ll continue to pay a 0% fee on these contracts.


What's in it for you: 

  • Peace of mind, knowing you'll get paid on time and enjoy Upwork Payment Protection.
  • Easier project management, keeping all your work in a single spot & streamline payments and invoicing.
  • Earn more work and increase your reputation, by completing more projects you'll rise in Upwork search results.
  • Easier project management for your clients, clients will appreciate the convenience and simplicity too.


By now, you should have received an email with more information about this promotion. The email should include a personal invitation link you can share with clients you’d like to bring onto Upwork so that they can hire you for the job. They'll see your picture, first name, and last initial after clicking. Your clients will use your link to hire you for their job.




Once you've been hired:


1. Email us at BringYourClient@upwork.com with your client's name and contract ID. You'll see the ID listed when you select your contract on your My Jobs page.

2. We’ll apply the 0% service fee on your contract within 3 business days. This promotion only applies to clients you bring who do not have an account on Upwork.

Note: If you have NOT received a personal invitation link, please email BringYourClient@upwork.com or let us know here – we'll be happy to provide it.


If by next week you haven't received an email with your personal invitation link, reach out to BringYourClient@upwork.com or let us know here.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!



I have requested a link to bring my client to upwork. Please send response asap. My request id is 19311706

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Is this program available now?

Thanks for the new offer. 

Awesome System. But i don't have any client outside of upwork that i can bring in upwork. I appriciate the system. 

This offer was right on time for me. 

Thank you so much Lena

Thanks upwork

Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

But unfortunately, my offline clients are really a troublemaker.Smiley LOL 
I guess I'll never invite them Smiley LOLSmiley Tongue

Have a nice days! Smiley Embarassed

I will try to bring client on upwork. Thanks

Thank you. Having been working through this platform (Elance since 2008), which also has been my only primarly platform I am trying to bring in my outslide clients in, however I have do have outside clients, it is challenging to make them switch when I am getting paid driectly through them? 


Any suggestion to beating this? 


I do try when a client connects me from say Linkedin I send them my UpWork Profile link where they can see the "hire me" button.





This a good step...

Md. Eliass Hossain

Great Initiaves. Really helpful for us. Thanks.


Good hear from you this news. I'm really happy. I hope this oppurtunity will take every freelancer. 



hi upwork,


i am glad to work in upwork. i want to do big work by upwork.




awesome opportunity


I'm very impressed

Thank You for this opportunity I'll try my outside client for join upwork and tell him about this offer. Its Great. 

Thank you Smiley Happy 

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