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We know that every professional on Upwork is passionate about their business, and we take the responsibility of supporting your business seriously, which is why we built the Freelancer Plus membership.
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Freelancer Plus $14.99 / month Upgrade to Plus
Hourly protection to make sure you're paid for each hour worked
Rollover unused Connects
Fixed-price payments are secured through milestones
Keep your profile active even when you take a break At times, it may be necessary to take a break from the platform, but with Freelancer Plus, your profile is consistently available (unless you choose to make it private).
See what bids your competitors are making on a posted job With Freelancer Plus, bid ranges are transparent. You'll see high, average, and low bids for jobs you are interested in, so you know exactly how to price your services to win business.
Keep your earnings private Control who sees how much you've earned. You can hide your previous contract rates and total billing on your profile's work history, while your self-defined rate at the top will always be visible to potential customers. (P.S. the only time your earnings are visible is when you are actively bidding on jobs)
Start each month fresh with 80 Connects
Customize your profile URL Your profile URL is your business card. With Freelancer Plus, you can create a custom URL to show off your business name or your name without any added numbers or random letters. Create a clean, easy-to-find URL to help grow your brand and client base.
*NewAttend weekly Upwork coaching office hours Offered weekly, connect with our coaches live and get advice on how to grow your business on Upwork. They cover everything from improving your proposals, profile, client communications, and setting your rate.
*NewGet personalized coaching Looking for tips to make your profile stand out? Need help strengthening your proposals? We've got you covered! Exclusive to this membership, the Upwork coaching team provides personalized email coaching to help you succeed on Upwork!
*NewEnjoy a 0% service fee when you bring new clients to Upwork Receive 0% on fees with new clients that you bring to Upwork. That's 0% on all contracts with those clients forever.
*NewGet access to the exclusive Freelancer Plus group Building your network is critical as you build and grow your business. With this membership, you'll be able to connect virtually and in person with fellow Freelancer Plus members to continue growing your network on and off the platform.
*NewSkip the line for Upwork Skills Certifications Did you know 48% of freelancers who receive an Upwork Skills Certification won a new contract within 30 days? With Freelancer Plus, you'll have priority access to our certification program and move to the front of the line. We offer certifications in Web, Mobile, & Software development and Design & Creative categories.
*NewAttend exclusive events Access exclusive events with best practices and networking opportunities!
Freelancers who sign up between May 26 - June 30th will get access to these additional perks until September 30th, 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between Freelancer Basic and Freelancer Plus?

The Freelancer Basic plan is your default free plan. The Freelancer Plus plan includes a larger monthly allotment of Connects, membership perks, and visibility into competitor bids.

How do I upgrade my membership plan?

To upgrade from Freelancer Basic to Freelancer Plus:

  1. Go to Settings Memberships & Connects
  2. Select View or Edit Membership Plan
  3. Choose the Switch to Plus button on the Plus plan.

Memberships are not eligible for a refund after purchase.

When will my plan be billed and my Connects be added?

Your plan will be billed every month on the same date. Your billing cycle date resets the day you upgrade to a Freelancer Plus plan. If you switch to the Freelancer Plus plan on July 3, your new billing date will be every month on the 3rd. Your new Connects will be added on the same date. 

Why can’t I upgrade my membership?

Due to variable billing cycles for each freelancer, occasionally, there are overlaps with start dates when trying to upgrade to Freelancer Plus. If you have received the error message: "We are in the process of subscription renewals, and upgrades are not possible during that period." We encourage you to try again in 24 to 48 hours.


Billing dates are centered around your start date and are used to track the 10 monthly free Connects every freelancer gets. If you have a basic account, you can still find your billing cycle at the bottom of the Membership & Connects page. 


Membership billing cycles that start on the 29th, 30th, and 31st of the month will all be renewed on the 1st day of the following month.

How do I access the Freelancer Plus group?

You will be automatically invited to join by email approximately 72  hours after signing up for membership.

How do I learn about Freelancer Plus updates or upcoming events?

The Freelancer Plus Group is your central location for all updates around your plan. When joining the group, you’ll be automatically subscribed to all updates to help you stay in the know!  Within the group, our expert group guides will share information on upcoming events, program updates, and more. 

How do I access the 0% service fee for bringing new clients to Upwork?

You can submit a request form from your Community profile to waive the freelancer service fee for any new clients you bring to Upwork within the next three months. After you submit the request, our team will be in touch with a client link within the next two business days. Please keep in mind that the client must be a new client and should not have an existing Upwork account. 

How do I receive coaching?

You can opt into coaching inside of your Community profile. Once opted in, you will receive an invitation to connect with one of our Upwork coaches via email. Once you’ve signed up, one of our coaches will reach out to you via email. 

How do I update to a custom profile URL?

To claim your custom profile URL: 

  1. Go to Profile Settings 
  2. Select the edit button next to Custom Profile URL 
  3. Enter your preferred URL
  4. Select Save when complete. If the URL is unavailable, you will see an error allowing you to create a new one. 

At this time, there is no limit to how many times you can change your custom profile URL.

How do I set my earnings to private?

To keep your earnings private:

  1. Go to Profile Settings 
  2. Scroll to Earnings Privacy and check the box.

Important reminder: This setting hides historical earnings on your profile. Your earnings will still be visible when you submit proposals or accept invitations to interview.

How do I see the bid range on job posts?

When viewing a job post, scroll to the Activity on this job section. There, you will see the bid range, which includes the high, average, and low bid amounts.

How will I sign up for access to Upwork Skills Certification?

You can opt into Upwork Skills Certification inside your Community profile. The Upwork Skills Certification team will invite you to participate in one of our WMSD, D&C, or Customer Support assessments. 

Freelancer Plus members will be prioritized for Upwork Skills Certifications, which include skills in Web, Mobile, & Software Development, as well as Design & Creative skills. You can visit our Upwork Skills Certifications page for a full list of skills assessed.

What happens after I sign up for the Upwork Skills Certification?

Once you begin your membership, our team will invite you to be assessed for certification based on your skill tags and eligibility. Eligibility requirements include having a complete profile and ID verification. Once you pass the Upwork Skills Certification assessments and review process, an Upwork Skills Certification badge will appear on your Upwork profile. 

I signed up for Freelancer Plus prior to any promotions, do I get access to the new perks?

This promotion is only available to freelancers who signed up during the advertised promotional period. Freelancers who have existing subscriptions to Freelancer Plus will not be eligible for these additional features at this time. 

How can I access these perks?

To get these additional perks, sign up for Freelancer Plus and join the invite-only Freelancer Plus community group. You will be automatically invited to join by email approximately 72 hours after signing up for membership.

Existing Freelancer Plus members who did not sign up during the advertised promotional period will not have access to these perks.