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Kim F Member Since: Aug 26, 2015
21 of 23

Oh, dear. I see that Goran has popped in and pointedly ignored the comments above, preferring to answer another question that is more recent. I can only assume he was offended at being quoted as contradicting what Valeria said. It wasn't intended as a personal slight, Goran. 

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Catherine M Member Since: Sep 24, 2018
22 of 23

A client I've had for a year on Upwork has recommended me to a friend not on Upwork. 

If I do work for that friend and we don't bring it onto Upwork, is that outside of the reach of the circumvention agreement? 

It doesn't seem like it would be, but I just want to make sure. 


Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
23 of 23

Hi Catherine,

You`re right, there's no violations of our TOS in this case. Thank you.





Valeria K. wrote:

Since originally the client connected with you via Upwork, it would be circumvention for their friend to hire you outside of Upwork since the Terms of Service prohibit payment off platform for any work "arising out of your relationship with" the client. You can ask their friend to hire you on Upwork. Since you are Top Rated, you can also take advantage of our promo that allows freelancer to bring new clients and work with them at 0% Service Fee.