- Hourly. Get paid for every hour worked using the Upwork desktop app (see below).
- Fixed-price. You'll receive payment after the completion of a pre-set milestone for each part of the project. It doesn't matter how much time you spend to accomplish a milestone, as long as you get it done.
The Upwork Desktop App. Click here to download.
When you're ready to start working, you can simply toggle "on" and the app will start taking screenshots regularly to record your work. It also tracks you mouse clicks and your keyboard clicks, so you can't just log time and not do anything.
The Upwork app allows you to set a description for the work that you are doing. For example, you can type in "Bookkeeping" if you're doing a bookkeeping task.
The desktop app also links to you work diary. Clicking the link will open your work diary in your default browser where you're able to see the screenshots, how long you've worked, as well as your activity.
You may delete screenshots, if needed, but you have to do it before the workweek ends (i.e., before Upwork charges your client).
Depending on your contract, you may also add manual time. Logging manual time is particularly helpful if you're doing some work offline. Avoid logging manual time and only use it if you absolutely have to!
Is it safe or legit? Can I get scammed on Upwork?
As long as you set up your contracts and your invoices via Upwork, it is absolutely 100% safe! You may receive payments via direct deposit to your bank, PayPal, Wire Transfer, Local Funds Transfer (LFT), Payoneer, and Skrill.
The only way you can get scammed is if you take work outside of Upwork. Also, this is against Upwork policy, so never do this... ever!
Is it free to use it?
So how does Upwork thrive if it's free to use it?
Upwork charges a freelancer service fee which is taken as a percentage of your earnings on Upwork. It's a sliding fee based on your lifetime billings with each client for both hourly and fixed-price contracts.
How much exactly?
- 20% of the first $500 you bill your client across all contracts with them.
- 10% for total billings with your client between $500.01 and $10,000.
- 5% for total billings with your client that exceed $10,000.
Why a sliding scale?
To encourage freelancers to maintain long-term relationships with their clients.
Is it worth it?
Yes, definitely! You can have so much success in Upwork, if you know what you're doing. It has definitely changed my life, and it can change yours too!
It may be a bit confusing to a beginner, but once you understand how it works, it's as easy as pie!