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Jesse D Member Since: Apr 2, 2020
11 of 23

Hi Beez,


Sorry for the late reply. 

Yes, it's very tragic. I hate all these fees too. My plan currently is to send it to my PayPal (which is set to USD currently) and just hope it won't charge me anything, and then send it to Revolut from there, where I get to make the most out of the exchange rate game.


I haven't yet transferred any money from Upwork, as I'm in the process of building up an amazing portfolio and learning more and more about my craft. So I can start charging a lot more money in the future for my services.


I started about 2-3 weeks ago and am currently on project No.7.

Check out **Edited for Community Guidelines** YouTube channel. I'm following his advice on how to be awesome on Upwork. When you start charging $1,000+ client, you'll forget about those small fees. Until I get there I'm gonna keep my eyes closed Smiley Happy


Sorry I couldn't help.

Stay safe


Jess-Balazs Danku

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Beez R Member Since: Nov 18, 2019
12 of 23

Hi Balazs,


Thank you so much for your reply, I really appreciate it.


Aww thank you for the heads up about **Edited for Community Guidelines**, I will definately check it out over the weekend.


Thats so true isn't it, once we start getting clients to pay us more, we won't have to worry about those small fees. Well done on starting and being on project 7 already - keep it up! Smiley Very Happy


Have a lovely Friday and weekend ahead,


Thanks again,


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Savannah D Member Since: Mar 10, 2021
13 of 23

I use TransferWise (or just Wise now I suppose) because with their borderless account you get a free US bank account so it's easy to make withdrawls directly into that. It also makes life so much easier when dealing with US clients because I found the PayPal fees abhorrent. This way they can just send me the money in USD hassle free. Definitely the best method I've found.

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
14 of 23

Balazs D wrote:

That's awesome! Thank you Smiley Happy I thought PayPal would charge me for the payments, but I'm so glad you clarified this for me. Smiley Happy

Revolut's exchange rate is the best I've found so far. I'll give you an example. Yesterday when I was looking at the exchange rates I checked 2 of my bank accounts. Lloyds was working on the regular exchange rate: £0.7878, whilst Revolut was offering £0.8010 for $1. To put this into perspective

Lloyds: $10,000 = £7,878

Revolut: $10,000 = £8,010

On a $10,000 transaction, you'd lose out on £132 if you go with Lloyds. I'd rather send the amount to Revolut first, exchange it to GBP, then send it to Lloyds Smiley Happy 


Thanks again,

Kind regards



You could also try Transferwise. Paypal keeps charging me because I have a business and the credit card linked to the PP is for my NOK account.

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Jesse D Member Since: Apr 2, 2020
15 of 23

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for recommending it Smiley Happy

I will look into it too. 

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Indre L Member Since: Feb 1, 2021
16 of 23

Hi Balazs,


A very good topic in here, thanks a lot! Smiley Happy


I know you have posted you found a better way to pay out, but I'm really interested in how to transfer from Paypal to Revolut that it would stay in USD? Paypal automatically wants to rip off and transfer from USD to EUR with a very bad exchange rate... My Revolut account is in EUR, but I added an extra accound in USD.


I would appreciate yours or anyone's advise?


Would be so amazing to have an option to payout directly to Revolut! Smiley Happy




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ASKHAT B Member Since: Sep 10, 2017
17 of 23

Hi Goran
If you would like to withdraw your funds to your bank account in US dollars you will need to use our payment method Wire Transfer. To view, all of our available payment methods check out this Help Article


I'm getting paid in Rubles. I want to get paid in USD, can I do it in the settings, correct?

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
18 of 23

Balazs D wrote:


2. I don't have a VAT number because I haven't started earning £85,000+/year. Do I just skip that part and let Upwork take 20%? Are they gonna send that 20% to HMRC or something? And I can claim it back next year?


Upwork takes 20% as a fee (10% on relationships over $ 500 and 5% on relationships in excess of $ 10 000). Upwork then takes VAT on the fee and any connects or memberships. That gets sent to Britain, yes, and no, you can't claim it back next year. You can only claim back VAT you paid after registering for it, if I remember correctly.

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Jesse D Member Since: Apr 2, 2020
19 of 23

Hi Petra,


Thanks so much! Right, it makes sense Smiley Happy
Appreciate you going the extra mile and explaining it to me!

Have a great day and keep safe!



Jazz-Balazs Danku

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Lukasz K Member Since: Mar 27, 2016
20 of 23

idk how it works in your cuntry but here it's not possible to directly transfer usd from paypal to my bank, it will just use it's horrible exchange rate to local currency.

Would love to see Revolut being added as payement/whithdrawal method on Upwork.