Upwork understands that relationships create opportunity. We want you to create more relationships. Freelancers and Agencies use Upwork’s virtual currency, Connects, to build relationships with clients by submitting proposals for new work. 

Get Connects

There are three ways to get Connects on Upwork. 

Monthly FREE Connects

Each month, freelancers receive free Connects to help reach out to more clients.

Freelancer Basic accounts receive 10 free Connects each month, and Freelancer Plus accounts receive 80 Connects each month (including 10 FREE!). Learn more about Freelancer Plus accounts here. 

Buy Connects

Connects cost $0.15 (USD) each and are sold in bundles of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80. To purchase additional Connects:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Memberships & Connects
  3. Click Add More Connects

Once you’ve selected the bundle you wish to purchase, click Add Connects and your account will automatically be charged.

Earn Connects  

Freelancers and agencies can earn Connects by reaching out and building relationships with  Upwork clients! Here are a few of the ways to earn Connects.

  • Register for the first time. When you register as a new freelancer on Upwork, you’ll have 40 Connects to get started. When you complete the Upwork Readiness Test, you can win another 40 Connects — that’s 80 FREE Connects!
  • Win an interview. When you submit a proposal to a client and win an interview, you’ll get a bonus of 10 Connects. You can earn up to 50 Connects every seven days.
  • Complete an Upwork Skill Certification. If you earn an Upwork Skill Certification, you’ll enjoy a one-time Connects bonus.
  • Earn a badge. If you qualify for an Upwork Talent Badge, you may receive bonus Connects with it!

Get free connectivity:

You can get connectivity by entering the promo code CON_TX_2821 during checkout. Make sure you select the 40 Connect option from the dropdown and you will get those 40 Connect for free using this code.

Connects Balance and Limits

To check your balance of available Connects, go to Find Work. Your available Connects balance is shown on the right.

Each month, your unused Connects will rollover up to the account maximum. Connects expire if they haven’t been used after one year, and paid Connects will always be used before free Connects for any proposal.

Freelancer Basic10200200
Freelancer Plus80200200
Agency Basicn/a400400
Agency Plusn/a400400