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October 23, 2012

PeoplePerHour – Get the Job Done


You may not have enough free time to create an email campaign for your business or sell your old clothes on eBay, but that doesn’t mean these types of projects can’t get done. PeoplePerHour is a tool that anyone can use to hire freelancers for almost any job under the sun.

When you’re launching a new business, you don’t always have time to handle mundane tasks like creating logos and setting up company blogs. Make better use of your time by outsourcing these jobs to professionals who are willing and eager to help you out. To find the right person for your job, visit the PeoplePerHour site, hover over the “Hourlies” tab, and select a professional category. Filter results by price, tags, or geographic location, and click “Get It Now!” when you find a freelancer with just the right skills. For an even better professional fit, post a description of the job you’re hiring for and the amount you’re wiling to pay. PeoplePerHour will notify any freelancer with matching skills, and you can manage all aspects of the hiring, communication, and payment process from within the PeoplePerHour site.

To sell your services and potentially make a little money on the side, post a 30 second video describing what it is you can offer to the PeoplePerHour site. You can wait for buyers to come to you based on your video and profile descriptions, or you can search for new freelance jobs and send direct proposals to buyers looking for immediate help through PeoplePerHour.

Practical Uses:

  • Find someone to create your company Facebook page
  • Hire a professional to write SEO articles for your business
  • Get your interviews transcribed by a freelancer looking for work
  • Ask a professional to design a logo for your brand

Insider Tips:

  • Sellers can upload a 30 second video telling buyers about themselves
  • Profiles are ranked by a seller’s economic activity, with newbies appearing at the top
  • Buyers can review the work of any seller they hire
  • Sellers can import job data to their invoices with one click

What we liked:

  • Buyers can contact sellers who are “online now” to get work done immediately
  • Sellers can ask buyers to put money into an escrow account to ensure they get paid
  • All records of payments and transactions are archived within PeoplePerHour
  • Buyers can pay sellers via credit card, Paypal, or bank transfer

What we didn’t like:

  • Sellers can only send 15 proposals a month for free

Alternatives:

Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, England
  • Founded by: Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris
  • Web site: http://www.peopleperhour.com

Costs:

  • Variable pricing

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