To help you find freelancers who may have the experience and knowledge you need for your projects, you can look for Upwork’s Talent Badges on freelancers' profiles.

Upwork’s Talent Badges highlight talent who have a history of successful work on Upwork or have demonstrated expertise. Standout freelancers and agencies earn these badges for great reviews and top performance, or by going through a screening process conducted by experts in their field.

Top Rated


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The Top Rated badge highlights freelancers and agencies who have built a strong reputation on Upwork by getting positive feedback from their clients, time after time. They represent the top 10% of talent on Upwork.

You can find Top Rated freelancers and agencies across experience levels, categories, and geographies by looking for the badge on their profiles and in their proposals or projects.

We check member eligibility every two weeks to ensure that we highlight those who are currently recognized by their clients as dedicated to outstanding performance.

Rising Talent


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The Rising Talent badge highlights some of the best new members in the Upwork marketplace.

Rising Talent freelancers have great potential based on strong backgrounds in their fields and early success with their Upwork clients. Rising Talent agencies are new agencies that either have strong backgrounds or were started by Top Rated freelancers.

You can find Rising Talent freelancers and agencies across experience levels, categories, and geographies by looking for the badge on their profiles and in their proposals or projects.  

Top Rated and Rising Talent are just two of Upwork's Talent Badges! Learn more about proven and expert talent at Upwork here.

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