Freelancer Fees and Charges

For Employers


Freelancer is free to sign up, post a project, receive bids from freelancers, review the freelancer's portfolio and discuss the project requirements. If you choose to award the project, and the freelancer accepts, we charge you a small project fee relative to the value of the selected bid, as an introduction fee.

The cost and how this fee is charged depends on the type of project.

For fixed price projects, a fee of 3% or ₹3.00 INR (whichever is greater) is levied at the time a project that has been awarded by you has been accepted by each freelancer you award. If you subsequently pay the freelancer more than the original bid amount we will also charge the project fee on any overage payments.

For hourly projects, a fee of 3% of the bid amount is charged at the time a project you awarded has been accepted by each freelancer you award. The bid amount is calculated as the freelancer's hourly rate multiplied by the original bid commitment. The 3% project fee is charged on any subsequent payments.

You may cancel the project from your dashboard at any time for up to seven (7) days after the project has been accepted for a full refund of your fee.

Optional project upgrades may be purchased.


At the time of posting a contest, employers must provide funds equivalent to the total contest prize. We have a Money Back Guarantee for this prize money.

The Money Back Guarantee entitles you to get your money back for up to 30 days from contest closing if you are not happy with the submitted entries. You can get refunded simply by contacting support.

Note that refunds are not available on 'Guaranteed contests', and this refund does not include any upgrades that you may have selected for the contest. If you've already selected an entry as the winner and completed the contest handover, which has released the prize money to them, you are not eligible for a refund.

There is no contest fee for posting and awarding the contest for employers.

Each additional awarded entry will also require payment of the prize for that entry.

Optional contest upgrades may be purchased.


At the time of ordering a service, employers must provide funds equivalent to the total service price. The payment is protected by the Freelancer Milestone Payment System. Only release the payment once you are 100% happy with the work that has been delivered.

For Freelancers

Freelancer is free to sign up, create a profile, select skills of projects you are interested in, upload a portfolio, receive project notifications, discuss project details with the employer, bid on projects (free members receive initially 8 bids per month) and enter contests.

Optional bid upgrades may be purchased to promote a bid.


If you are awarded a project, and you accept, we charge you a small project fee relative to the value of the selected bid as an introduction fee. If you are subsequently paid more than the original bid amount, we will also charge this fee on any excess payments. For hourly projects, the bid amount is equal to the freelancer's hourly rate multiplied by the original bid commitment.

The fee for fixed price projects is 10% or ₹250.00 INR, whichever is greater. The fee for hourly projects is 10%.


Submitting entries to a contest is free. Contest fee applies when you are awarded a contest prize. This fee is charged when the prize is released, which is after contest has been awarded to you and the handover of entry materials has been completed to the contest poster's satisfaction.

The freelancer contest fee is 10% or ₹250.00 INR, whichever is greater.


Submitting a listing to Freelancer Service is free. If you are subsequently hired to perform that Service a fee of 20% of the total service price is charged. This is charged when the service is ordered by way of a deduction from the payment you receive.

Preferred Freelancer Program

If you are in the Preferred Freelancer Program, you will be charged 15% project fee when you are awarded and accept a Recruiter project. This will not be charged upfront, like on regular projects, but rather when you receive the payment.

Refunds as Bonus Credit

In some instances, refund of fees may be done as bonus credit. This bonus may only be used on site, and can not be withdrawn or transferred. The bonus will expire in 90 days from the date of receipt.

Membership Plans

Select from a range of membership plans to determine the fees you pay for our service. You can work on the site as either an employer or freelancer as a free member, or gain additional benefits as a paid member by upgrading to a paid plan.

Memberships will recur on either a monthly or annual basis on the anniversary of your subscription, unless cancelled. If funds are insufficient we will try to renew your membership once daily for up to 5 days, until funds are made available.

You may cancel your membership at anytime from the membership upgrade page, which will cease billing at the end of your subscription period without additional costs.

View our membership plans

Other Fees


The following fees are optionally charged for additional services. Unless otherwise specified according to the benefits of a paid membership plan:

Posting a Project FREE
Featured ₹1958.00 INR
Urgent ₹608.00 INR
Private ₹1283.00 INR
Full Time ₹13434.00 INR
Recruiter ₹1975.00 INR
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) ₹1975.00 INR
Sealed ₹608.00 INR
Priority ₹250.00 INR
Extend ₹500.00 INR
Delete ₹250.00 INR


The following fees are optionally charged for additional services. Unless otherwise specified according to the benefits of a paid membership plan:

Posting a Contest FREE
Awarding contest FREE
Awarding to additional freelancers FREE
Guaranteed FREE
Featured ₹1500.00 INR
Top Contest ₹1500.00 INR
Urgent ₹2160.00 INR
Highlight ₹750.00 INR
Sealed ₹1500.00 INR
Private ₹1000.00 INR
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) ₹1000.00 INR
Extend Costs:
3 days = 15% of contest prize
5 days = 20% of contest prize
7 days = 30% of contest prize
14 days = 40% of contest prize
21 days = 50% of contest prize
Half of the costs will be used to increase the contest prize (rounded to the nearest whole number).
Unlock ₹250.00 INR

Bid Fees

Bidding on projects FREE
Sponsored bid 2% of bid amount (minimum $4.00 USD, maximum $50.00 USD)
Highlight Bid ₹50.00 INR

Contest Entry Fees

Submit an Entry FREE
Sealed Entry ₹30.00 INR
Highlight Entry ₹30.00 INR

Directory Fees

Directory sponsorship As selected at time of sponsoring (minimum ₹2500.00 INR)


Taking an exam Dependent on exam. As specified prior to purchase. Typically either free, ₹330.00 INR, ₹660.00 INR, or ₹990.00 INR.

Transaction Fees

Transaction fees incurred for using Credit Card, PayPal or Skrill. ₹15.00 INR + 2.3%
Local Bank Deposit FREE
International Wire Transfer ₹750.00 INR

Arbitration Fees

The arbitration fee for a milestone dispute is ₹5.00 INR or 5%, whichever is greater.

Our dispute resolution system is designed to allow both parties to resolve issues regarding milestone payments amongst themselves without arbitration.

After 4 days of a dispute being filed (or 7 days if the dispute is filed by the freelancer) either party may elect to move the dispute to paid arbitration. The other party will then have a further 4 days to agree to pay this fee and for both parties to submit any final evidence. If the other party fails to pay within time, they will lose the dispute.

The arbitration fee will then be refunded to the winner of the dispute.

Withdrawal Fees

Fees may be optionally levied depending on the method of withdrawal. Additional fees may be levied by the third party offering the withdrawal method.

Express Withdrawal FREE
Paypal FREE
Skrill (Moneybookers) FREE
Payoneer Debit Card FREE
International Wire ₹1250.00 INR

We impose a minimum withdrawal, after fees, of USD $30.

Maintenance Fee

User Accounts that have not logged in for six months will incur a maintenance fee of up to ₹500.00 INR per month until either the account is terminated or reactivated for storage, bandwidth, support and management costs of providing hosting of the user's profile, portfolio storage, listing in directories, provision of the HireMe service, file storage and message storage. These fees will be refunded upon request by users on subsequent reactivation.


Australian residents are subject to GST of 10%. Other government taxes may apply, depending on your region.

User Agreement

The fees and charges summarised on this page are governed by the terms of the Freelancer User Agreement and related site policies. The User Agreement includes other important terms and should be read in full. In particular section 23 of the User Agreement specifies the consequences of termination for violations of the User Agreement. Those consequences can include fines for damages that Freelancer will sustain as a result of actions that breach the User Agreement.