People Per Hour Review
With the world of work becoming ever more precarious and wages falling in real terms against the cost of living, a sizeable proportion of the workforce with marketable skills are choosing to supplement their income or to branch out entirely on their own. Freelance job sites are nothing new; originally largely the preserve of web developers, they have been a valuable source of work for some years. Formed in 2007, this People Per Hour review looks at the recent considerable revamp, giving it a renewed presence on the freelance market.
The brainchild of Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris, the basic premise of the site is to match client and service provider together, through the latter pitching a winning proposal for tasks – short or ongoing – that the client posts on the site. At the top of the page, visitors are invited to “buy services” or “sell services”. They key to a freelancer’s success on People Per Hour is to build a flatteringly truthful profile. It’s initially difficult to pick up work with no track record, although there is no issue – in fact, it is actively encouraged – with freelancers with an existing client base inviting their clients to post work through People Per Hour for them to complete, and building an excellent site work record that way. Pitches are made to clients via private message, and your proposal – and price – remain private from other freelancers.
Freelancers with a specialist desirable skill can also now post an “Hourlie” – for example, a quick, one-off job for a fixed price, such as writing a blog post, or building a website. This development is still quite new, and it remains to be seen just how successful it will prove for both buyer and seller. Otherwise, work categories are as you might expect, including categories for business support, writing, marketing, web design, and administration.
Sadly, no People Per Hour review would be complete without a brief mention of the downsides – post-redesign, the client/provider messaging interface isn’t as clear to follow as it was, and following a thread back over a long working relationship can be clunky. In addition, many jobs are never awarded – it could be that the client simply never found the right fit for their company; more worryingly, they may have been looking for freelancers willing to work for almost nothing, and not have found them.