The Upwork Basic plan offers the essentials needed to get started. It is a free plan designed for small companies who may only have a need for single users. It’s a great way to start your Upwork experience if you have a single project or are unsure about how frequently you plan to hire.

On Upwork Basic, you can take advantage of full access to all Upwork freelancers and agencies.

Plan Benefits


Discover quality talent

  • Post jobs for free
  • Browse all freelancers and agencies on Upwork
  • Invite freelancers and agencies to apply
  • Review proposals, interview, and engage freelancers and agencies

Work seamlessly across projects

  • Use Upwork Messages to chat and share files
  • Access tools to verify work is properly invoiced

Send safe, easy payments

How can I change my membership plan?

You can change your membership plan by going to Settings   Membership. Paid plans are charged on a monthly basis and you can cancel your subscription at any time. The cancellation will be effective at the end of the billing period and your account will automatically be changed to Upwork Basic when your billing period ends.

What are the tools I can use to verify freelancer invoices?

There are two types of contract on Upwork, hourly and fixed-price. With hourly contracts, you can check your freelancer’s Work Diary to confirm you are only being billed for the time they are working on your project. For fixed-price contracts, freelancers have to submit work for your approval before funds are released. All payments are backed by Upwork Payment Protection.

Can I access freelancer Work Diaries on Upwork Basic?

While the Work Diary no longer appears in your Reports tab, you still have access to view it, and all contract details, on a contract by contract basis in the Contract Room. You can access the Contract Room from two places:

  • Jobs › My Jobs › My Contracts for active contracts
  • Jobs › All Contracts for all active and closed contracts
Where can I view the Weekly Summary?

The Weekly Summary report is now only available for Upwork Plus customers. Upwork Basic customers will still be able to see their weekly transactions through the Weekly Summary email. For more information, please visit this article.

What reports are available to get work done?

As part of the Upwork Basic plan, you have access to several reports:

  • Transactions. This gives you a detailed view of all your Upwork transactions.
  • Work Diaries. Visit the Contract Room for any project to see a freelancer’s Work Diary.
  • Weekly Summary Email. Account admins will get this weekly email report, which includes details such as the hours logged by your freelancer(s).

Based on data about how clients use reports, we expect that the tools above will give the majority of clients the information they need to manage their projects. However, in cases where clients need more information, we are offering the paid Client Plus plan.

How can I access the Transactions report on Basic?

To access the Transactions report:

  • Hover your mouse over Reports on the navigation menu
  • Click on Transactions to open this report
  • Adjust the date range to view transaction history

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