Project4Hire was established in 2006 by the Internet marketer Abdoulaye Sangare, with the aim of providing a convenient marketplace connecting freelancers and contractors to hiring agents based across the world. The site prides itself on enabling access to its opportunities at a low cost, with a wide range of specialisms.
It is clear from a quick search for freelancers and projects on the site that Project4Hire is one of the more obscure and less-populated sites of its type, as we found barely 80 job requests posted at the time of our visit, with more than half of these being in the Web Design & Development or IT, Software & Programming categories. The next-best represented categories were Languages & Translation, Writing & Content and Sales & Marketing, with various other categories also offering opportunities.
Equally obvious, however, is that Project4Hire is much better-suited as a place to contact freelancers and contractors who are already represented on the site - amounting to almost 90,000 when we paid a visit. What is more, the profiles for these workers are very in-depth, giving you insight into their location, expertise and hourly rate. You can also view freelancers' feedback statistics, including for feedback left both for and by them. Both freelancers and jobs can be searched for on the site by both keyword and category, to name just some of the key parameters.
The site caters for many other areas of work besides those stated above, including Accounting & Finance, Design & Multimedia, Mobile & Tablet Apps and many more.
Project4Hire has certainly aimed its services at the cheaper end of the market - registering as a client, posting a project/job, registering as a freelancer, adding skills, updating your portfolio and bidding on projects/jobs are all free. However, those who actually wish to accept work as a freelancer will need to fork out some cash at some point. If you registered for free as a Basic Freelancer, you will be charged a $5 fee to accept a project, whereas Premium Freelancers pay $10 a month but can accept projects for 'free'.
The site is very basic - even primitive - in appearance, but there's no denying that it is easy to use. You can sign up as a freelancer or a client in just a few minutes, by providing some basic information like your intended username, password and email address. Once you have logged in, you are able to search for both projects and freelancers, working with a very clean and simple interface. Posting a freelance job is very straightforward, too - you just have to select a category, then a subcategory, before outlining such more specific details about your project as the pay structure, duration and payment method.
+ Access to almost 90,000 freelancers and contractors
+ Easy to use site
+ Services are free or low in cost
- Low member count compared to many rivals
- Some complaints online about late or non-payment
- Obscure site
Project4Hire is in some ways just too obscure for its own good, but it does partly make up for this with an easy-to-use online interface and low fees. Sign up today for free, and you might be pleasantly surprised by the site's wide-ranging functionality.