PeoplePerHour was established in 2005 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris and is based in London, UK. It is a portal through which employers can find freelancers in an extremely wide range of disciplines, from admin, business support and creative arts to web development, social media and writing.
First things first - the sheer number of freelancers represented on PeoplePerHour does admittedly pale in comparison to more globally-oriented platforms like Upwork (with its more than 9,000,000 members), although its 180,000 tally of independent professionals is still a seriously hefty amount for a site based in the UK. In any case, it isn't difficult to find an accomplished and experienced freelancer here, whether you post a job for the site's members to discover and bid on for themselves, or you proactively search for freelancers yourself. The site's Directory page is a great starting point for the latter, giving you a comprehensive rundown of the wide-ranging disciplines available.
Click through to a freelancer's profile, and you will find all of the information about them that you require in order to make the most informed decision - from examples of their portfolio and other past projects, to their recent activity and tags representing their various skills. You can also see their hourly pay, satisfaction percentage, availability, location and whether they are presently online. PeoplePerHour isn't just about the freelancer profiles, though, as there are also many interesting tools and settings accessible from its deceptively simple buyer interface, including dedicated Enterprise Solutions for businesses intending to use the service on a grander scale.
Employers are not charged anything to use PeoplePerHour, although the site does pass on payment processing fees on deposit of funds for both PayPal and credit/debit cards, of 1.9%, subject to a minimum charge of 50p per transaction. As a hirer, you do also have the option to pay a $14 optional listing fee to mark the job listing 'urgent', which causes it to stand out more on the site.
The PeoplePerHour interface and wider website have a clean appearance like that of many other sites in this category, with lots of white space and useful links. After logging into your seller account, you will be presented with 'My Dashboard', where you will see clearly-displayed links for reviewing your current proposals, inviting your friends for money or reading your unread messages. Posting a job is easy enough via a simple online form that asks for such details as what you actually need to get done and the exact category/subcategory of work. You can also set a certain desired experience level or upload samples to assist the freelancer.
+ Well-established and popular site
+ More than 180,000 freelancers across wide assortment of disciplines
+ No fees for employers
- Based in UK, so not as suitable for US firms requiring local talent
- Number of freelancers much lower than certain rivals
- No customer support telephone number
PeoplePerHour may be based in the UK, but that doesn't stop it being a very pleasant-to-use freelancer marketplace for US employers, with a wide range of disciplines represented. Sign up now to start making the most of its convenient interface and non-existent fees for buyers.