Why does Upwork require clients to have a verified billing method?

Having a verified billing method ensures that clients have a way to pay for the freelancers they hire. This helps fight fraud and keep Upwork a safe place to get to work.

Additionally, having a verified billing method helps to attract the best freelancers and allow them to start work immediately upon being hired. Freelancers are advised not to start working until you have a verified billing method because Upwork can’t release any payments to them until you are verified.

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