You might need to pause a contract to stop a freelancer from logging more hours until you are ready to restart the work.

To pause the contract

  1. Go to View contracts on your dashboard, select the contract, and find the contract
  2. Select the (...) options menu and choose Pause contract

To restart the contract

  1. Go to Jobs › My Jobs and find the contract.
  2. Select the (...) options menu and choose Restart.


Upwork Payroll contracts will always show as paused because they use a separate billing system.

We recommend that you message your freelancer to let them know that you are pausing the contract and when you expect to restart, if you know. This lets the freelancer know what to expect and helps build good communication and trust in your relationship with freelancers.

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