Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Add Portfolio Project to General Profile

Active Member
Erica K Member Since: Nov 30, 2019
11 of 76

This is still an issue has anything been done to fix it? I only have one specialized profile and have been unable to add any work to my general profile.

Aleksandar D Moderator Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
12 of 76

Hi Erica,


Thanks for reaching out to us. One of our team members already reached out to you directly via a support ticket to assist you further.

Thank you.

~ Aleksandar
Community Leader
Ken S Member Since: Feb 1, 2017
13 of 76



Happy new year!


Will we be able to add a portfolio item to our general profile in 2020?



Active Member
Rick S Member Since: Feb 15, 2020
14 of 76

I'd like to reiterate what others have said. We should be able to add projects to our general profile. It seems kind of ridiculous to not allow that. I really don't want to create more profiles. Can someone tell me what is the reasoning behind preventing us from adding projects to our general profile??

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
15 of 76

Hi Rick,


It is by design that there is no option to add new portfolio items to the general profile anymore. Freelancers who do not yet have specialized profiles will not be able to create new portfolio projects until they create a specialized profile. This update is also to encourage users to create specialized profiles as this will allow freelancers to better customize their skills and experience. You may read more about it in this announcement. Thank you!

Active Member
Florin-Dan M Member Since: Feb 26, 2018
16 of 76



To follow this logic (portfolio can be added only under a certain specialized profile), it means there shouldn't be any limit on the number of specialized profiles. Correct?
Probably it would have been a better idea to first provide a large number of specialized profiles (at least 5), and only then prevent freelancers from adding portfolio items to the general profile. 
An update on how this situation has been or how and when it will be solved, would be nice.

A big thank you!

Active Member
Stephen B Member Since: Apr 2, 2019
17 of 76

This is crazy. 8 pages of people complaining about the specialized profile/portfolio issue and no solution or reasoning behind why.


14 months later.


I recently found out about this issue & have been told that my concerns will be passed on... but it's hard to believe it after reading this thread. Jordon B said it best on page 4.


UpWork, we want to know why we, the freelancers, still don't have a choice in the matter!

Ace Contributor
Toni O Member Since: Nov 5, 2017
18 of 76

I'm having the same issue.  I can't understand why this topic is shown as "Solved" when it clearly isn't.

If you click on "go to solution" there is none!

As the OP reiterated - you cannot choose nothing (or general) - you have to choose one of the specialised profiles.

The only way I can think to solve this is to dilute my one seciality and change it from Web Design to Web and Graphic Design.  Otherwise the incorrect portfolio items will show up under one of my profiles (e.g. I will have to put Graphic design under animation or web design!)

A simple fix for the dev team - surely just add the general profile in the dropdown?

Active Member
Rodrigo F Member Since: Aug 3, 2018
19 of 76

Hi. I'm creating a portfolio item from one of my past projects and I notice that I cannot deselect the "Related Specialized Profile" box chosen profile. Therefore, the portfolio item appears on my only specialized profile. The thing is that I don't want it there since it does not relates to such are of expertise.

I've tried with other projects with the same results.

I've attached a screencap of the problem.

Thank you in advance 🧉

Community Guru
Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
20 of 76

The specialized profile issue is a mess, especially regarding portfolios. Do a search on the forums and you'll find quite a few threads/unhappy freelancers, like this one: