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Skilled Freelancers Through Upwork

Upwork is an online-based service that connects freelancers and clients. Its talent base of individuals and agencies can provide more than 10,000 skills, such as finance and accounting, customer support, website development, and consulting. UC Merced is partnering with Upwork to access specialized skills and increase productivity.

How to Get Started

Setting up and maintaining the services of skilled freelance talent through Upwork is simple and straightforward. Click here or tap on the accompanying image to open a guide that walks you through the process. 

In addition, UC Merced has a hub on the Upwork platform that provides detailed information about the program and Upwork's services.

Upwork Features

  • The service helps find, hire and manage contracts with independent talent for projects in adherence to worker classification regulations.

  • Access to skilled talent who chose to work independently.

  • Scale up or down quickly to meet the needs of a team or project.

  • For larger, more complex projects, Upwork helps build an effective team of independent talent and provides end-to-end management support.

How It Works

  • Find talent: Tell Upwork what you need. Upwork connects you with professional skills in the U.S.

  • Hire talent: Get qualified proposals within 24 hours. Compare and negotiate bids, reviews and prior work with transparency. Find, interview and hire the right individual, team or agency.

  • Work: Use Upwork to chat, conduct video calls, share files and track project milestones from a computer or mobile device.

  • Pay: Individuals can be paid hourly or with a fixed price. They receive invoices through Upwork. Clients pay only for authorized work.


Want to learn more about the university’s partnership with Upwork, or are you ready to seek freelance talent? Contact Contracts Manager Ramon Moradi ( You also can direct questions to Upwork Senior Enterprise Accounts Manager Deepak Shadrach ( or to