At Upwork, we are committed to helping clients connect with the talent and expertise you need.
With Direct Contracts, you can easily work with independent professionals in over 180 countries and enjoy the support of features such as escrow services, dispute assistance, simplified contract management, and instant payments. You don't even have to join the Upwork platform!
Follow these quick steps to get started!
Review and Accept a Contract
Freelancers can send Direct Contracts straight to you via email. To get started, you'll want to review the contract details.
Escrow services are a benefit of using Direct Contracts! Enter a payment method to fund your contract and get started.
No payment will be released now. You will approve your freelancer's payment requests after they've submitted work for your review.
Direct Contract Fees
With Direct Contracts, you don't pay any fees other than one for payment processing:
- The fee is 3% of the freelancer’s invoice when you use a credit card, debit card, or PayPal. For example, if your freelancer invoices you for $100 and you pay with a card or PayPal, you’ll pay a $3 processing fee (3% of $100).
- If you use your checking account, you’ll pay a flat $0.50 USD for each payment you make.
Pay for Work
Once your contract is funded, it becomes Active. When the freelancer completes the work, you can review the results and release a payment.
Learn more about the Direct Contract experience for a freelancer here.