Hourly Projects



What is an Hourly Project?

An hourly project is a project in which you pay your freelancer by the number of hours they have worked on the project. The freelancer will invoice you for payment.


Hourly projects are suitable for all types of projects, especially those which require a freelancer to work specific hours, projects with ongoing engagements, and projects where the scope is not clearly defined.

How do I post an Hourly Project?

To post an hourly project, please follow these steps:

  • Hover over Hire Freelancers on your Dashboard page.

  • Select Start a Project.

  • Choose the project's category of work and skills required, then specify its title and description.

  • Tick Set an Hourly Rate under budget.

  • Select your budget range and project duration.

  • Specify the work hours required and choose whether it will be on a weekly or monthly basis.

  • Provide specific Hourly project details. 

  • Click Post Project Now once done.


To know more about posting an hourly project, please click here.

How many hours can I hire a freelancer for?

You can hire a freelancer for as many hours as you need.


While creating your project, specify the number of hours you would like to hire your freelancer for and whether those hours are per week or per month.


If you are unsure about how long your project will take to complete, simply tick "I am not sure" and freelancers will provide their estimates on how long it will take. Once they start bidding, you can then select the freelancer appropriate for your project.

Can I specify how long my Hourly Project goes for?

Yes, you can specify your project duration from less than one week to over 6 months / ongoing if it is an indefinite work engagement.


If you are unsure how long your project will go for, simply select Not Sure and you can negotiate the project duration directly with the freelancers you are considering for the project.

Can I request my freelancer to make changes to their invoice?

Yes, you can request changes to your project's invoice/s through the following pages:


Dashboard 

  • From the Newsfeed on your Dashboard page, look for the notification of the invoice you want to change.
  • Click Request Change
  • Specify the new amount on the message box.
  • Click Request Change.


Project page

  • Go to your project's page.
  • Under Invoices, click the Actions drop-down menu next to the invoice you want to be changed.
  • Select Request Change.
  • Specify the changes that you want to be made on the invoice.
  • Click Request Change.


Financial Dashboard

  • Hover over your balance on top of your page and select Finances.
  • Select the Invoices tab under Manage Transactions.
  • Ensure the Incoming invoices tab is selected.
  • Click the Action drop-down menu of the invoice you want to be changed.
  • Select Request Change.
  • Specify the changes you want to be made on the invoice.
  • Click Request Change.


Your freelancer will receive an email notification and Dashboard notification about your requested changes, which they can choose to make. 


Note: As there is no option to edit an automatic invoice, the freelancer will have to withdraw the automatic invoice and create a manual invoice with the requested new invoice amount instead.

How do I pay an Invoice for an Hourly Project?

You can pay an invoice from the project page or the Financial Dashboard.

Project page

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.
  • Go to your project's page
  • Under the Invoices section, click the Actions drop-down menu for the invoice you want to pay.
  • Select Pay.


Financial Dashboard

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.
  • Hover over your balance on top of the page and select Finances.
  • Select the Invoices tab under Manage Transactions.
  • Ensure the Incoming tab is selected to see incoming invoices.
  • Click the Actions drop-down menu for the invoice you wish to pay.
  • Select Pay.


You can pay an invoice through:

  1. Milestone Payments
  2. Direct Transfer (direct payment of the invoice)
  3. A combination of Milestone Payments and Direct Transfer


Note: For Hourly Projects, Milestones can only be released to pay for an invoice.

How do I create an invoice for an Hourly Project?

You can create an invoice directly from the project page or the Financial Dashboard page. 


Project page

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.
  • Go to your project's main page.
  • Select the Invoices tab.
  • Click Create Invoice.


Financial Dashboard

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.
  • Hover over your balance and select Finances.
  • Select the Invoices tab from the Manage Transactions menu.
  • Click Create Invoice.


Only freelancers have the option to create an invoice for an hourly project.


Invoices can be either manually created or automatically generated.

  • For projects wherein the employer has set up their automatic billing details, the weekly invoice for the project will be automatically generated.
  • For some projects wherein there is no billing setup made by the employer or those wherein the freelancer has uninvoiced sessions of work, the freelancer can always manually create an invoice for the project. To know more, please click here.


Note: You can create only one Invoice at a time. If there is an unpaid invoice, it must first be paid by the employer before a new one can be created. 

An employer has only paid a portion of my invoice. What can I do?

If you are satisfied with the employer's payment, click the Actions drop-down menu for your invoice on the project page and select Accept Payment. This will mark the invoice as paid and you will be able to raise further invoices.


If you don't agree with the payment made by the employer, you can create a manual invoice for the remaining amount to be paid and contact your employer to discuss the payment.

How do I request a Milestone Payment for an Hourly Project?

You can do this by following these steps:

  • Log in to your Freelancer.com account.
  • Go to your project's page.
  • Select the Milestones tab.
  • Click Request Milestone.
  • Create your request and send it to your employer.


Note: Employers do not have to accept your request as hourly projects are paid with invoices. We recommend requesting Milestone Payments to be protected in case issues arise on your project.

How do I provide feedback for an Hourly project?

You will be prompted to leave feedback whenever an invoice is paid, whether you are the payer or recipient.


The notification will be shown on the Newsfeed of your Dashboard page. You can click it to leave feedback or you can click the Leave Feedback option on your project page.


Note: Invoice feedback can be viewed by both the employer and freelancer, but they do not get published as a review for the freelancer. Only the final feedback given by both parties will be published on each other's profile page.

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