The Rising Talent badge is available by invitation only. If you're invited, the badge will be added to your profile automatically.

We want to help you enjoy success as soon as possible. So, we developed the Rising Talent badge to help highlight some of the best new members in the Upwork marketplace.

A Rising Talent badge may help you get started more quickly, grow your client base, and establish your reputation on Upwork.



If you’re awarded the Rising Talent badge, we’ll display it on your profile, proposals, and Project Catalog projects. You'll also get the following benefits:

  • A one-time bonus of 30 free Connects
  • Ability to offer consultations to share expertise with clients


Once you have enough work history on Upwork, we will also add your Job Success Score (JSS). Once you earn a Job Success Score, you can start working toward Top Rated status.

Become Rising Talent

The Rising Talent badge is available by invitation only. We highlight Rising Talent professionals who have demonstrated great potential either on or off Upwork. They usually have strong backgrounds in their fields, as indicated by their work histories and early success with Upwork clients. Rising Talent agencies are new agencies that either have strong backgrounds in their industries, as indicated by their agency's work history, or that were started by Top Rated professionals.

If you qualify to become Rising Talent, we'll email you to let you know the badge has been added to your profile. You won't need to take any action. You may keep the badge as long as you remain eligible, but it’s possible to lose the badge in the process of earning a Top Rated badge.


We award this badge based on the criteria listed, plus the quality of your profile. This includes your profile description, skills, portfolio, education, work history, and the category of your work.

To be eligible for a Rising Talent badge, you must:

  • Complete projects on time and as promised to clients
  • Maintain a 100% complete profile with accurate skills and genuine work
  • Keep your availability status updated
  • Regularly submit proposals to projects that match your skill set
  • Adhere to the Upwork Terms of Service
  • Submitted a proposal in the past 90 days or were hired more than 30 days ago
  • Have a JSS of at least 90%, if you've earned a JSS (you can earn a Rising Talent badge before you have a JSS)
  • Have no holds on your account during the past 90 days
  • Be invited by Upwork

In addition, agencies must also have:

  • 2 or more team members
  • Maintain a 100% complete agency profile
  • Maintain a 100% complete agency owner profile
  • Maintain a 60% or higher average profile completeness across the agency

Remember, many factors contribute to a Rising Talent badge. This includes client feedback, the overall strength of your profile, prior experience and skills, your educational background, and the opportunities that are available in the market. Even professionals who have yet to complete any Upwork projects can become Rising Talent if they have certified skills that are in demand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did I lose my Rising Talent badge?

There are a few reasons you may lose your Rising Talent badge:

  • You receive poor public or private feedback from a client. We can’t tell you more about the feedback, like who may have left poor private feedback. Learn more about approaching clients about feedback.
  • There is a hold on your account
  • If you’re working toward a Top Rated badge, you may notice your Rising Talent badge is removed, despite keeping a high Job Success Score (JSS). Don’t worry, as long as your JSS remains high, you’re on track to earning a Top Rated badge.
Can I get my Rising Talent badge back if I lose it due to a bad review?

Unfortunately no. Rising Talent is for freelancers who are starting out and have not had negative reviews. However, you can still earn a Top Rated badge if your future jobs are successful and get good reviews from clients.

I qualify for the Rising Talent badge. When will it be added to my profile?

The Rising Talent badge may not be added, even if you meet all the qualifications. This badge is invite-only based on the criteria, your profile, and other factors including your work category. We’ll add it to your profile if you’re selected and no action is required from you.

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