Because we know you and your client might agree that adding manual time is important, we’ve built in the ability to add manual hours to your Work Diary.

Manual time is often used to bill for work done offline or work that cannot be captured by our Time Tracker using the Upwork Desktop App — such as phone calls, non-electronic research, paper-based sketching, large file transfers, graphics rendering, etc.

Before you can bill for manual time, your client must enable the option (they can disable it at any time, too).

So be sure to talk to them before you work any manual hours to ensure they are willing to pay you for that time. Once enabled, you can add manual time via the Upwork Desktop App or directly in your Work Diary – it’s simple!


Manual time does not qualify for Hourly Payment Protection.

Add manual time to your Work Diary

Via your computer:

  1. Go to My Jobs › Work Diary and select the contract from the dropdown menu.
  2. Select the day you want to add hours to and click Add Manual Time.
  3. Select the time period, add a description of the work, and click Save.

Manual time can be added to the current billing period before the Work Diary is locked, and only for intervals that you have not already logged time in.

The default time settings for the desktop app and Work Diary is UTC. To log hours in your own time zone, select Mine from the dropdown time zone menu in your Work Diary.

Via the Time Tracker in the app:

  1. Open the Upwork Desktop App and select the contract.
  2. Click the Add manual time option.

Select the date and times, add a description of the work, and click Save.


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