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Before purchasing Connects or a membership plan, you’ll need to add a Billing Method to your account. There are three billing methods available to freelancers.

Credit or Debit Card

Upwork accepts Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. We do not accept gift cards. To learn more about adding a credit card to your account, click here.

* Prepaid cards may also be used to purchase Connects.

PayPal

Freelancers with a verified PayPal account have the ability to use PayPal as their billing method. To learn more about verifying and linking your PayPal account, click here.

Upwork Balance

If you have sufficient balance available from Upwork earnings, you can use this balance to pay for your membership or purchase additional Connects. If your balance isn't sufficient, we'll charge your chosen billing method.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add a billing method?

To add a new billing method to your account:

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click the Add Method button
  3. Enter your billing information

Note: You can only have one primary billing method in use at a time, but you can add multiple billing methods to your account and switch between them as needed.

Can I change my primary billing method?

To change your primary billing method:

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click the Make Primary link
How do I remove my billing method?

To remove a billing method:

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click Remove from the (...) options menu.

Note: You can remove billing methods at any time. However, to avoid interruption to your membership plan, you must have at least one billing method available.

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Pay for Membership

Upwork accepts the following billing methods to pay for memberships:

Credit or Debit Card

  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
  • Credit, debit, and Payoneer cards are all acceptable, as long as they have a sufficient available balance.

PayPal

  • A Verified, active PayPal account in good standing. PayPal student accounts are not eligible. The PayPal verification process varies somewhat from country to country. Learn more.
  • Because PayPal as a billing method isn't available to all freelancers, the option to use PayPal will only appear in the Add Method form if it is available to you.

You will add your billing method the first time you upgrade to a Plus plan.

To add a billing method

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click the Add Method button.
  3. Enter your billing information.

You can only have one billing method in use at a time. But you can add multiple billing methods to your account and switch between them as needed.

To change your primary billing method

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click the Make Primary link.

To remove a billing method

  1. Go to Settings > Billing Methods
  2. Click Remove from the (...) options menu.

You can remove billing methods at any time. However, to avoid interruption to your Plus plan, you must have at least one billing method available.

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