The Upwork story begins over two decades ago when the tech lead of a Silicon Valley startup realized his close friend in Athens would be perfect for a web project. The team agreed he was the best choice, but were concerned about working with someone halfway around the globe.
In response, the two friends created a new web-based platform that brought visibility and trust to remote work. It was so successful the two realized other businesses would also benefit from reliable access to a larger pool of proven talent, while workers would enjoy freedom and flexibility to find jobs online. Together they decided to start a company that would deliver on the promise of this technology. Fast-forward to today, that technology is the foundation of Upwork — the leading flexible talent solution. With millions of jobs posted on Upwork annually, independent professionals are earning money by providing companies with over 5,000 skills across more than 70 categories of work.
Upwork Pro is an exclusive group that gives the best freelance professionals access to clients and projects not accessible to the entire marketplace. Qualifying freelancers will receive an invitation to join the group.
570 employees (dEC 2019)
Remote work has risen rapidly as a result of the pandemic, with more than half of the American workforce currently working from home.
The shift to more remote work could also eliminate many of the challenges that come with having a traditional, in-the-office workforce. As leaders in the remote workspace for nearly two decades, Upwork has seen first hand and helped companies and freelancers embrace the benefits of flexibility.
Remote-eligible roles are based on the title, requirement and responsibilities of the individual.Distributed teams rely on a combination of email, messaging and video applications, as well as voice calls and meetings.
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