This beta feature is not yet available to everyone, but we’re working on it! Join the waitlist here.

 

Working with others can make complex projects simple.

We’re making it easier to communicate and collaborate with other freelancers on Upwork. You can build a network, exchange information and best practices, and connect with each other directly on our platform.

How it works

Add other professionals to your network from Your Network page and message them to share ideas, compare notes, and collaborate to win bigger projects together.

To access and build your network

  1. Go to Find Work in the navigation bar
  2. Select Your network
  3. You can add others, view pending requests, and see freelancers you’ve already added to your network

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To add freelancers to your network

  1. Go to Find Work > Your Network
  2. Select the + Add to Network button
  3. Search for a freelancer by name or email address
  4. Browse profiles for the correct match
  5. Select Add to Network on the button next to their profile
  6. You can add a personalized note or select how you know them, if you’d like.
  7. Select Send

Note:

Freelancers who don’t yet have access to this beta feature will be able to accept invitations, but they will not be able to send them.

You can also add freelancers directly from their profile. Just select Add to your network.

Add a freelancer to my network

You can also browse freelancers by location or skills. Just choose People in the same category or People in the same location.

To message people in your network

  1. Go to Find Work > Your Network
  2. Freelancers who have accepted your request to connect will be listed
  3. Choose the Message button next to their profile
  4. A private chat will appear and be stored in Messages

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get this feature?

This is a beta feature. We’re working on making it available to everyone soon! In the meantime, you can access the waitlist here.

What is a network?

Your network is a collection of people you’ve decided to connect with on Upwork. You may choose to build a network to share ideas, get advice, or collaborate on projects –– it’s completely up to you.

What can I do with my network?

For now, you can message with freelancers in your network. In the future, we plan to add more tools for you to collaborate.

Where do I see my network of people?
  1. Go to Find Work in the navigation bar
  2. Select Your Network
  3. You can add others, view pending requests, and see freelancers you’ve already added to your network
I want to add someone who doesn’t use Upwork.

All people in your network need to be registered on Upwork. If they’d like, they can sign up here!

Someone added me and I don’t know them/ I don’t want to connect.

You can decline invitations by selecting the Decline button in pending requests. We won’t notify the requestor that you have declined. If you decline a request from the same account four times, they can’t send you any more requests.

Can I report or block someone?

Yes, you can report individual messages and/or block an account from contacting you in Messages.

How do I remove someone from my network?
  1. Find their profile in your network and select the 3 dots (...) next to their name
  2. Choose Remove from network and confirm by choosing Remove. The person removed will not be notified.
Does using this feature impact my Job Success Score (JSS)?

No, this feature will not impact your JSS at all.

My profile is private. Will others be able to find me?

If your profile is set to private, any freelancer you invite to join your network will be able to follow a link to your profile, but they'll see a notification that your profile is set to private.

Users won’t be able to find a private profile when searching by the name or email address.

You also won’t be suggested in location or skills-based recommendations.

I want to add a freelancer but I don’t know all of their contact information.

When you search for freelancers, you can use the freelancer's first name and last initial to browse a list of profile results. For more accurate results, try typing “name:” before the search term.

We plan to make it easier to find and add other freelancers in upcoming releases. Soon, you’ll be able to add freelancers that aren’t on Upwork, see recommendations of people to connect with, and more.

When you search for freelancers, you can use the freelancer's first name and last initial to browse a list of profile results.

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