Set a Weekly Limit for Freelancer Hours

You can set a weekly limit on the number of hours a freelancer can bill. Doing so can help you manage budgets more easily.

To change a freelancer’s weekly limit after hiring:

  1. Go Jobs > My Jobs.
  2. Select Change weekly limit from the Actions drop-down list.

Here is what you need to know about weekly limits:

  • If you increase a freelancer’s weekly limit, the new limit takes effect immediately and hours already in your freelancer’s Work Diary will count against that limit for the current week. If you decrease a weekly limit, it won't take effect until the next work week (Monday at 00:00 UTC).
  • Only hours within a contract's weekly limit are eligible for the Upwork Hourly Protection.
  • Hours in excess of the limit will not be billed (unless you are enrolled in Upwork Payroll).
  • If you approve the work beyond the weekly limit, please issue a bonus payment to pay your freelancer for the hours.
  • You can change a freelancer’s weekly limit any time—even temporarily. If you want to raise your freelancer’s weekly limit for only one week, make sure you decrease it before the work week ends, which is before midnight on Sunday UTC.

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