A 2015 HR article stated that based on new research, the freelance sector is growing faster than any other recruitment sector. Freelance work has been growing at least 3 percent a year. This may be alarming to recruitment firms but good news to small businesses and startups. Companies that need to stay lean have the option now to start with a small, full-time core staff and just hire skilled freelancers for project work. Online freelance market company PeoplePerHour provides the platform for businesses to find curated freelance talent easily.
PeoplePerHour is a privately held Internet company based in London, UK. It was founded in 2007 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO, and Simos Kitiris, CTO. Xenios decided to start an outsourcing service with his friend and colleague to allow people to start their own business and build it up project by project, hour by hour through skilled people who dream of working for themselves. After several years of challenges, PPH is now helping people realize their dreams, with a community of over 64,000 curated freelancers.
Startups and small business owners who are cost-conscious can build and grow their companies without having to initially employ a large number of full-time staff but scale personnel size according to market demands and company growth. PeoplePerHour is an ideal platform because its freelancers are curated. It is more affordable than hiring the services of digital agencies or recruitment firms. From a central online site, employers can work with freelancers all over the world. A guaranteed payment system allows employers to keep their funds in escrow until they are happy with the finished product or task. A support team also helps users for issues.
How it Works
PeoplePerHour allows employers or buyers of services to find freelancers for their projects in a few steps. An option called Browse Hourlies is a good way to test candidates for quality of work from as little as one-hour jobs with fixed price. If buyers are satisfied with the freelancer’s work, the buyer can then submit a follow-on proposal. Another option is to post for free a job and let interested and qualified people bid for its completion. A third option is to actively search profiles and contact freelancers directly. A built-in management page called WorkStream allows buyers to organize their communication threads, pay and accept proposals, deposit payment in escrow, receive invoices for completed work, and release funds to the freelancer or seller.
Resources for Different Types of Projects
Several categories help buyers to quickly find the talent for their particular tasks and projects. Under the Design category, people can find experts in creating logos, wireframes, web pages, or icons. Under the Development category, there are experts in PHP/ASP, HTML, CSS, WordPress, Joomla and Magento. Under Content, buyers can find talent that can create marketing copy, sales collateral, SEO articles, blog posts and infographics. For those with Promotion projects, experts in Google Adwords, Facebook Pages, Twitter, link building, forum submissions and press releases can be hired in a few clicks. Other specific categories such as video, photo and audio or software dev and mobile narrow down the search for buyers, who can further filter results by country, local sellers and hourlies who already had previous sales or work done.
Optimize Your Hiring Experience
PeoplePerHour received fair reviews in many sites, both for buyers or employers and sellers or freelancers. Complaints come mostly from sellers about a high service fee and lengthy payment processing and transfer of funds. Buyers, on the other hand, are advised to take some steps to make sure their hiring experience becomes positive. Some of these steps are to do a trial run first with a freelancer before giving the big project, evaluate the tasks and projects that are cost-effective to outsource, keep records of freelancers hired, and expect a learning curve for both you and the freelancer. Clear and regular communication as well as online collaboration tools can also help make the experience smooth. For more tips and the latest news, visit their social pages at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Let us know what you think of this platform if you have used it.