To help you get your agency started and keep growing business, we offer eligible agencies special opportunities through Rising Talent and Top Rated programs. The purpose of each program is a little different.

  • Rising Talent: To help you build your reputation on Upwork more quickly
  • Top Rated: To highlight your impressive reputation on Upwork and help you continue your success

The tables below show how you can become eligible for each as well as the associated benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

Non-agency freelancers can learn about their program eligibility and perks in this article.

Criteria Rising Talent Top Rated

Agency Qualifications

Agency Job Success Score (JSS)

No JSS requirement

or higher *

Agency Size

2 or more members

2 or more members

Agency Member Profiles: at least 60% complete (on average across all agency members)

Agency Owner Profile: 100% complete

Account Status: No agency member Terms of Service violations in the last 3 months

Relevant Proposals: Submit proposals to projects relevant to your skill set

Work History: Agency's first contract on Upwork was more than 90 days ago


Agency Earnings: $10,000 or more in the last 12 months


* To receive and keep Top Rated status, agencies must have a Job Success Score of at least 90% (or have been in Rising Talent status) for 13 of the last 16 weeks.


Perks Rising Talent Top Rated

Program badge on Upwork profile



60 free Connects (one-time bonus)


Prioritized by Upwork when we highlight freelancers for projects (when project criteria has been met)


High priority

Prioritized for promotion in Upwork emails and marketing pages


High priority

Customized Job Digest emails highlighting top opportunities on Upwork

Personalized profile tips to help effectively market your freelance services

Via email

Via email

Online office hours and opportunities to attend or host local events in select cities


Option to periodically remove one job’s feedback from profile and Job Success Score


* For Rising Talent agencies, the badge appears on the agency profile and profiles of exclusive agency members without Job Success Scores.

** For Top Rated agencies, the badge appears on the agency profile and profiles of exclusive agency members with Job Success Scores. Exclusive members without Job Success Scores will display the Rising Talent badge.

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