If you have permission from the client you can share any of your works, if it is from Upwork or outside, as a portion or completely, and in some cases even if the client did not mentions it, we know it must be kept safe, like book designs(its ok share the cover mockup), signatures, etc.
You can also link Upwork works with clients' reviews after adding those works into your profile.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Kamarudheen C wrote:
You can share any of your works, if it is from Upwork or outside, as a portion or completely.
Please do not give people advice which is dangerously wrong and can affect their account.
Amy, you can ONLY use previous work if you have the express permission from the client. This applies for proposals and your portfolio. Please ignore the previous advice, it is wrong!
Be careful however. When I began on UpWork, I had clients message me and I sent them snippets and found out they took those and closed the contracts. So basically did their work for free. I am very cautious now about what I do add as examples.
The answer to your question is not as clearcut "yes" or "no" as others here would have you believe.
What sort of work do you do for Upwork clients?
Do you sign any sort of non-disclosure agreements with any of your clients?
Can you remove any distinguishing client-owned marks from your work (e.g. trademarks, brand names) to highlight only the nature and quality of the work you do?
One of the best ways to create a portfolio and items to share is to have "yourself as a client." That means you meke things specifically for the purpose of putting them into your portfolio and sharing them with prospective clients.
If you want to put things in an online portfolio, you should always have permission from the person who is the owner. It is not necessary that the work was done as a paid Upwork contract.
There ARE things you can send that do not explicitly require permission from the owner.
For example, you can send links to articles you wrote that are published on public web pages online. (Only do this if your name is credited as the writer.)
(Keep in mind that just because you WROTE an article and are publicly credited as the writer, that doesn't give you permission to post it in your portfolio or anywhere else. But you can send links as part of a proposal.)
You can also send links to public websites you have created.