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Today, the nature of work looks different than it used to. In our globally connected world, you may want to work with clients who are in a different country or region than you. This can be difficult due to different labor and tax laws in each country, especially laws about how work and workers are classified. Whether you work as an independent professional or as payrolled employee can be a complex question. Any Hire is the solution.

What is Any Hire?

Any Hire is a specialized platform within Upwork that helps remove the uncertainty from working with international clients or clients from other regions or states. It makes work classification decisions so that you and your client don’t have to figure it out. It also streamlines the onboarding and payment processes, making this a more convenient way for clients to work with you.

Any Hire is for clients who found you on their own, outside of Upwork. You may also have a profile on Upwork, but as long as they found you independently, they can still hire you through Any Hire.

With Any Hire, you will be seamlessly onboarded to Upwork. You’ll be able to manage work on your contract, receive payment, etc. — all from one simple dashboard.

It also provides another important benefit. We not only do the work of determining your initial worker classification in regards to working with a client, we stay informed about legal changes. Every country has different laws, which may change regularly. These laws determine whether you work as an independent contractor or as a payrolled employee. We stay up to date with current labor laws and address updates as appropriate.  

Using Any Hire

Using Any Hire is simple and accessible.

After your client sets up the contract, you’ll receive an email inviting you to it. The platform will guide you through the processes of:

  • Creating an account
  • Reviewing the contract
  • Accepting (or declining) the contract
  • Adding a payout method

We may also ask you to complete a questionnaire about the nature of your work and how you run your business — this is important for us to be able to make an accurate classification decision.

From your main dashboard, you can view how much you’ve earned, transfer your funds, and view your Any Hire contracts, both active and archived (completed). Select an active contract to log hours, submit work, and mark milestones or the entire contract as completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Any Hire?

In today’s global world, you may want to work with clients from other countries, regions, or states than your own as an independent contractor or employee. However, differences in labor and tax laws between locations can make that difficult. Any Hire can help make it easier.

Any Hire is for clients who have found you on their own, outside of Upwork. You may also have a profile on Upwork, but as long as they found you independently, you can still work for them through Any Hire.

Any Hire helps classify work and workers and meet each country’s legal requirements — such as whether you can work as independent talent or as a payrolled employee, and other compliance issues. It also helps you onboard and get paid.

What is an Employer of Record or EOR?

An Employer of Record (EOR) is an organization that takes legal responsibility for employing people — taking on the responsibility for things like paying employees internationally, organizing taxes, and handling benefits and insurance — on your client’s behalf.

Does Upwork act as the EOR for my clients?

No. If your client needs an EOR, we’ll work with a third-party EOR.

How do you determine whether I work as an independent contractor or as an employee via an EOR?

We determine how you can work on a case by case basis. We analyze the labor laws of your country and your client’s country. We also consider factors such as business details and the nature of the work, to make a determination that meets all legal requirements.

What happens if employment laws change?

We stay up-to-date with legal requirements in every country in which we operate. If there are legal changes in the country, region, or state of you or your client, we will address them as appropriate.

Can clients find me on the marketplace and then use Any Hire to set up the contract?

Any Hire is only for working relationships that started outside of Upwork. For clients who find you on Upwork, you can work with them via the Marketplace or through Project Catalog.

When do I need to log hours for hourly Any Hire contracts?

You’ll have weekly deadlines for entering your time, even though we’ll invoice biweekly. You’ll need to log your hours weekly before the end of the billing period. The billing period ends at the end of Sunday, at 12 am Monday morning UTC. Then you’ll have 12 hours to finish reviewing your hours, which ends at 12 pm UTC on Monday.

Is there payment protection?

We do not provide payment protection for Any Hire contracts. If your client’s payment method fails, you will not get paid. (Hourly payment protection is something we offer for talent with qualifying hours on hourly contracts through the Upwork marketplace.)

Is there a dispute process?

There is no formal dispute process in place for Any Hire contracts. Since you had a preexisting relationship with you client outside of Upwork, we encourage you to address any disputes with each other.

When will I be paid?

We pay you after your client’s payment method is successfully charged and a four day security period has passed. Once the client’s method is successfully charged, you’ll see the payment as pending. After the hold period is over you’ll see the funds as available.

For example, if the client’s payment method is successfully charged on Monday, you’ll see the funds the same day and will be able to withdraw them by that Friday. Any delay in charging your client’s payment method delays your payment by the same amount.

If you are working as a payrolled employee with an EOR (Employer of Record), the EOR may have to follow specific labor laws about how they can pay you. For example, some countries or regions may require that the EOR pay you monthly. We’ll let you know if this situation arises so that you’ll know when to expect payment.

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