Accept a "Bring Your Own" Invitation to Upwork

The Bring Your Own Talent (BYOT or BYO) program allows you to accept an invitation from a client to work on a contract, even if you are not currently a registered member of Upwork.

From short-term contracts to recurring jobs, Upwork centralizes your contract information, payments, and reporting in one place with the BYOT program. 

There are four types of BYOT invitation. Find yours below.

 

NOTE

Any client in the Upwork Marketplace can use the BYOT option to invite you to Upwork! Please note that some clients will have different membership plans and different requirements.

 

BYOT Program Benefits

Freelancers and agencies who work via BYOT on Upwork enjoy a unique set of benefits, too. 

TALENT BENEFITS

  • Get paid within days of completing work. Payments become available for withdrawal within days of completing work and are invoiced automatically on hourly contracts.
  • Simplified invoicing and payment processing. Automated client invoicing and payment requests are ready to go when the work is complete.
  • Payment protection and security. Your work is covered by Upwork Payment Protection. 

 

What invitation do I have?

To join an Upwork Bring Your Own Talent program, a client needs to invite you. Sometimes, a client will invite you directly to a contract to start on a project. They can also send an invitation to a Talent Cloud, which will add you to their private talent group to be prioritized for future opportunities. 

If you've been invited to a BYO program, you can register directly on Upwork to find your offer. It will be the first thing you see after registering and verifying your email address! 

You can also access your offer from your BYOT Invitation email. There are four types. Find yours below!


Freelancer Invitation to a Contract


Freelancers invited to a contract will find contract details like Project Name and Hourly Rate in their invitation email. Find the next steps to accepting your invitation here!

 

 

 

Agency Invitation to a Contract

 

Agencies invited to a contract will find contract details like Project Name and Agreed Amount in their invitation email. Find the next steps to accepting your invitation here!

 

 

 

Freelancer Invitation to a Talent Cloud

 

Freelancers invited to a Talent Cloud will find a personal client message in their invitation email, but not specific contract details. Find the next steps to accepting your invitation here!

 

 

 

Agency Invitation to a Talent Cloud

 

Agencies invited to a Talent Cloud will find a personal client message in their invitation email, but not specific contract details. Find the next steps to accepting your invitation here!

 

 

 

 

 

Accept Invitation: Freelancer to Contract

To join an Upwork Bring Your Own Talent program, a client needs to invite you. Accept your Freelancer to Contract invitation with these steps.

 

1. Accept your invitation.

Choose the green button in your email to accept your invitation. You'll be directed to activate your account. Accepting an invitation and creating an account does not create a public freelancer listing on Upwork.

 

 

 

2. Review your contract.

You'll have a chance to confirm the details of your contract offer, including the scope of work, scheduling, and payment.

3. Complete onboarding.

Depending upon your client, you may need to upload working documents to get started on your contract. Some clients will require a few extra onboarding compliance tasks, such as NDAs.

Choose Start Task to complete each step. If you don't see onboarding tasks, you can go straight to accepting your offer!


 

4. Review.

Once you've completed any necessary onboarding tasks, we'll review and confirm your information.

Pro Tip: It's possible that you may need to wait for review or for your client to complete tasks, even if your tasks are complete. Sit tight!

 






5. Accept offer!

You'll need to send a message to your Hiring Manager to start work. Your message will be sent to two places:

  • Your client's email
  • Your project room in the Upwork Message Center

Pro Tip: Your message will be the first note in the Upwork Message Center to kick off your project. It doesn't need to be long or complicated. Think of it as your chance to get started with your new client!

 






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Accept Invitation: Agency to Contract

To join an Upwork Bring Your Own Talent program, a client needs to invite you. Accept your Agency to Contract invitation with these steps.

 

1. Accept your invitation.

First, you'll need to accept your BYO invitation. Once you do, we can create an Upwork agency listing for you!

You’ll receive a personal invitation via email. Choose the green button to accept, add your agency name, and create your listing. 

 

2. Review your contract.

You'll have a chance to confirm the details of your contract offer, including the scope of work, scheduling, and payment.

3. Complete onboarding.

Depending upon your client, you may need to upload working documents to get started on your contract. Some clients will require a few extra onboarding compliance tasks, such as NDAs, which we will review and confirm. 

Choose Start Task to complete each step. If you don't see onboarding tasks, you can go straight to confirmation!


 

4. Confirm your agency invitation.

You'll receive a final agency invitation via email. Choose the green button to accept. This will confirm your public agency listing on Upwork.

Note: Accepting an invitation and creating an account does not create a public talent profile on the Upwork marketplace. It does create a searchable public listing for your agency. Your Upwork agency listing cannot be made private. However, you can choose whether or not you'd like to build a talent profile for the marketplace.

 

5. Accept offer!
It's time to accept your offer! 


PRO TIP

If you log in and don't see your job but see this message instead, double check your login information.


Select the user icon on the top right of your screen and be sure to choose your name, not your agency name.

Then head to your My Jobs page to find your open offer and follow the steps to accept!

 

 

 

 

Accept Invitation: Freelancer to Talent Cloud

To join an Upwork Bring Your Own Talent program, a client needs to invite you. Accept your Freelancer to Talent Cloud invitation with these steps.

 

1. Accept your invitation.

Choose the green button in your email to accept your invitation. You'll be directed to activate your account.

Note: Accepting an invitation and creating an account does not create a public listing on Upwork.

 

 

2. Create a profile.

You'll have the option to create an Upwork profile. Learn more about creating a profile here.

If you want to start a profile and finish it later, that's okay! Just remember to complete the section you've started, or jump back to the last complete section, before choosing Skip.

Note: Enterprise invitations do not require profile creation. You can choose to skip directly to verification.

 

 

3. Ready to hire!

You're all set! As part of your client’s Talent Cloud, you’re ready to work when the next project is available. 

Pro Tip: You can choose to add your tax information now, so that it's quicker to get paid later! Learn more about taxes here

 

 

 

 

Accept Invitation: Agency to Talent Cloud

To join an Upwork Bring Your Own Talent program, a client needs to invite you. Accept your Agency to Talent Cloud invitation with these steps.

 

1. Accept your agency invitation.

Choose the green button in your email to accept your invitation. You'll be directed to activate your account.

Note: Accepting an invitation and creating an account does not create a public freelancer listing on Upwork. It does create a searchable public listing for your agency.

 

 

 

2. Create an agency profile.

You'll have the option to create an Upwork talent profile for your agency. 

If you want to start creating a profile and finish it later, that's okay! Just remember to complete the section you've started, or jump back to the last complete section, before choosing Skip.

Note: Enterprise invitations do not require talent profile creation, just an agency listing. You can choose to skip it!

 

 

3. Ready to hire!

You're all set! As part of your client’s Talent Cloud, you’re ready to work when the next project is available. 

Pro Tip: You can choose to add your tax information now, so that it's quicker to get paid later! Learn more about taxes here

 

 

 

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