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Getting to know your client or freelancer before a project starts is the first step to a great working relationship. So you'll find all the tools you need to do just that right here on Upwork.
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- The project's goals, deliverables, costs, and deadlines
- The freelancer's skills and availability
- The client's expectations
- Negotiating the contract and payments
Upwork Messages and video calls exist to keep you safe. They let you chat with one another without having to give away your contact details.
The only exceptions are Enterprise clients, who get a little more leeway. They work closely with us, so the risk of scam, fraud, and circumvention is much lower. More about Enterprise clients.