Are you overwhelmed by invitations? Got an invite from a client you would love to help but are too busy? Or their project is almost a match for your skills but not quite?
When you decline an invitation, you can help the client and other talent at the same time by referring another freelancer for the project.
By giving referrals, you help build professional relationships on Upwork.
How to Give a Referral
When you decline a project, you’ll see the option to refer another freelancer. Simply copy and paste their profile URL. Then, write a message to the client explaining why you are referring someone else.
You can only refer one freelancer per project, so choose carefully. You also cannot invite a freelancer who has:
- Submitted a proposal on their own.
- Been referred by someone else.
- Been invited or hired by the client.
Note: You cannot refer for a project that the client has set as private (by invitation only.)
What Happens Next?
We will send an email to the freelancer you referred and to the client, letting them both know that you made the referral.
The freelancer can accept or decline the invite just like any other job invitation. They can see the referral you gave in Proposals > Referrals. You will also be able to see it in your own Proposals > Referrals.
The client will see whether they invited a freelancer directly or that you gave a referral for the freelancer in the Proposal Manager.
Receiving a Referral Email
Congratulations! Other freelancers are noticing your profile and referring you for jobs.
If you get a referral email, that means another freelancer got an invite that they couldn’t accept. They may have been too busy, or the project may not be a perfect fit for their skills.
To help the client and other freelancers, they chose to refer you to the client as a possible match for the project.