What Are Archived Proposals On Upwork? (What Freelancers Need To Know)

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer on Upwork, it’s important to understand the different features and aspects of the site. One such feature is archived proposals.

If you’re wondering what archived proposals are and what they’re used for, read on!

Answer To The Question What Is an Archived Proposal On Upwork:

An archived proposal is a proposal that has been either accepted or rejected by the client, but is no longer visible in the active proposals section. This is a great feature for freelancers because it allows them to keep track of their proposals and see which ones have been accepted or rejected.

Why Else Might a Proposal Be In The Archived Section?

There are a few other reasons why proposals may be archived. We will go over them below:

Client Canceled The Job:

If the client canceled the job after the freelancer submitted a proposal but before they invoiced, then the proposal will be archived.

You Withdrew The Proposal

If you withdrew your proposal before it was accepted or rejected by the client, it will be archived.

Upwork Got Rid Of The Project:

If the project was removed by Upwork for any reason, the proposal will be archived. You may be wondering why Upwork would remove a project. There are a few reasons why this may happen, such as:

  • The project was removed because it violated our Terms of Service
  • The project was closed by Upwork for not meeting quality standards
  • If there’s no activity with the job within 30 days, Upwork will automatically close the project

The most common reason projects get taken down is because Upwork suspects scamming activity. Although the platform is a very safe site to use, there are a lot of scammers that try and take advantage of freelancers. If you think a project may be a scam, please report it to Upwork support.

Also take a look at this post to see how to keep away from scammers on Upwork.

Can Proposals Be Unarchived On Upwork?

Lets say a potential client posts a job, and doesn’t look at any proposals for 30 days. That project will be automatically archived by Upwork. If, after 30 days have passed, and the client decides to move forward with hiring a freelancer or freelancers.

What they would have to do in order to do so, is go to archived proposals, find the proposal(s) they’re interested in, and then unarchive them.

Once a proposal has been unarchived, it will reappear in the active proposals section.

Do You Get Connects Back For Archived Proposals?

If the job is taken down for scamming activity, you can get your connects back. If your proposal is archived because it was declined that means you will not get your connects back.

Can You Get Suspended From Upwork For Having To Many Archived Proposals?

The answer is yes. If you apply to to many jobs and your proposals are declined, you can get suspended from Upwork.

This is because they will realize your skillset isn’t necessarily a good fit for the jobs you’re applying to.

If you get suspended for this and you think they made a mistake you can always reach out to Upwork support.

Keys To Keeping Your Archived Proposals Low:

Now that you know what archived proposals are and how they work, let’s go over some tips on how to keep your number of archived proposals low:

In order to keep your number of archived proposals low, make sure you only apply to jobs that you’re confident you can do. If you’re not sure if you have the skillset to do the job, reach out to Upwork support for feedback.

Also, make sure you submit a proposal that is well written and tailored to the client’s needs. If you do this, your proposal will have a higher chance of being accepted or rejected.

Lastly, you should be checking the job listings regularly to make sure yo don’t miss the projects that are mostly suited for you.

The less you check it, the more proposals you’ll have a chance of applying to that may not be a good fit.

What Are The Benefits Of Looking At Your Archived Proposals?

As a freelancer looking at your archived proposals may not seem like the most beneficial thing to do but it actually is.

By looking at your archived proposals you can:

  • Gain a better understanding of what clients are looking for in a proposal
  • See which proposals have been accepted or rejected and why
  • Learn from your mistakes and improve your proposal writing skills
  • Get an idea of how many connects you’ve used for a particular job

If you take the time to look through your archived proposals, you’ll be able to improve your proposal writing skills, and become a more successful freelancer.


We hope this blog post has helped you understand what archived proposals are and why they’re used. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

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