I've been using this account since the elance days and I've always used it to find people for certain jobs I needed completing.
But now I'm offering my services so I'm creating another account using my business email.
I've started the sign up process so I've input my email address, my first name, surname, country and I've chosen the 'I would like to work' option.
But then it's asking for a username.
My question is this: Does the username I choose have to match the name I put into the first name and surname fields?
For example, in the fist name field I put 'Fred' and in the surname I put 'Flinstone'. Do I need my username to contain any of these two names?
The reason I ask is because I would like to use an online persona just for upwork.
You can use whatever username you wish to use. Your username can be a unique combination of different characters (numbers, letters, symbols), and will ultimately depend on you.
I would also like to note that clients can use their client accounts and create a freelancer account from their client account. You may read more about it here.
Your first name and last initial will show on your profile. In messages, the client will see full First and Last name. Username won't be displayed in Messages or profile.