Contract Weekly Limit

A weekly limit is the maximum number of hours a freelancer can invoice to an hourly contract in one week. This limit is set by the client, not Upwork.

Weekly limits can be set when initially hiring, and serve as a simple tool to help clients to control spending and manage projects.

  • Once a limit is set, only the client can change it.
  • Only hours within a contract's weekly limit are protected; hours in excess of the limit won’t be billed.
  • Clients can issue bonus payments for any hours worked beyond weekly limits.

If you need to exceed your weekly limit, discuss this with your client in advance. If raised, limit increases take effect immediately (and hours already logged in the Work Diary will count against that limit for the current week).


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