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    Freelancer Fees and Charges


    For Employers


    Theelance 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 USD (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% is levied on each payment as it is made to the freelancer.

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

    For Freelancers

    Theelance 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.


    For fixed price projects, 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 the project fee on any overage payments.

    For hourly projects, the fee is levied on each payment as it is made by the employer to you.

    The fee for fixed price projects is 10% or $5.00 USD, whichever is greater, and 10% for hourly projects.


    Submitting a listing to Theelance 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 Theelance 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  annual basis on the anniversary of your subscription, unless cancelled.

    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

    Bid Fee

    Bid on Project

    Sponsored bid


    Highlight Bid

    Directory Fees

    Directory sponsorship: As selected at time of sponsoring (minimum $50.00 USD)



    2% of bid amount (minimum $5.00 USD, maximum $50.00 USD)

    $1:00 USD

    Transaction Fees

    Transaction fees incurred for using Credit Card,

    2checkout, 2pay4you, or Payza:                                                                                          $1.00 USD + 2.3%

    Local bank Deposit:                                                                                                                             Free

    International Wire Transfer:                                                                                                             $15:00

    Local bank Deposit:                                                                                                                              Free

    Arbitration Fees

    The arbitration fee for a milestone dispute is $5.00 USD 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.

    Payza                                                                                                   Free

    Payoneer Debit Card                                                                           Free

    2pay4you                                                                                            $1:00

    2checkout                                                            2.4% + $0.30 per transaction

    International Wire                                                                                $25:00

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


    United Kingdom residents are subject to GST of 20%. 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 Theelance 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 theelance will sustain as a result of actions that breach the User Agreement.