With a cool interface and a good marketing strategy, UK based Peopleperhour.com is the only serious freelance marketplace in the UK. Launched in late 2007 the site has already posted billings around the £8M mark and its growing steadily with high levels of repeat business. The site offers high quality projects to its pool of high quality providers. PeopleperHour.com has thousands of open jobs in a wide variety of freelancing categories.
It has awarded 3,259 jobs from March 2007 to April 2010. With about 14,000 UK companies registered as buyers, strong exposure in the press and good financial backing, PPH is reliable, trustworthy and likely to be around for some time to come.
The site offers three membership possibilities. Non-paying members can quote of 10 jobs per month, and they must pay a 10% commission on every job they get. Gold members only pay a 5.50% commission, but they must pay a monthly fee of £7.95 and their bidding is limited to 40 projects per month. For £14.95 / month, you can become a Platinum member. While Platinum members still pay a (reduced) commission of 4.5%, they can bid on 80 projects every month.
An important downside of the free membership at peopleperhour.com is that it limits the number of categories and skills you can include on your profile. This could be a major drawback, as many buyers only want to receive bids from people listed under certain categories. Alternatively, you may purchase additional service categories for £3.95-5.95.
As a service buyer, you can opt out of paying through the site by paying a one-off £500 fee..
A reliable site with a very good reputation and although active in the UK, it is also now targetting buyers and providers on the other side of the Atlantic. Rates are in British pounds, which are always attractive. Overall its a good source of quality projects and quality talent, so we recommend it to both buyers and providers, particularly those in the UK.