People Per Hour

UK based global marketplace that connects small businesses with freelancers.
Summary:

People Per Hour is a UK based platform that connects small businesses with online freelancers across many fields. PPH is often described as a smaller, preferable alternative to Upwork or Freelancer.

Recommended For:

You can get a fair amount of work with PPH, but don’t we recommend counting on this the platform alone for income. Sometimes the necessary volume of work just isn’t there.

How To Use It:

Create as thorough a profile as possible (this might take some time), then search for jobs to bid on. You can bid on 15 gigs per month for free – after those are used up you’ll need to buy credits or get a membership. You can also post Hourlies, which are gigs you post that clients can buy. PPH charges a commission of around 18% for every job you complete.

As with all freelance marketplaces, you will need to dedicate time to building a profile with great ratings from satisfied clients, especially at the beginning.

Pros:
  • Easy process of searching for and bidding on good work.
  • The quality of freelancers and clients on PPH is generally rated higher than similar freelance marketplace sites like Upwork or Freelancer.
  • If you have a profile glowing with praise from satisfied clients, buyers will contact you.
  • Well designed, user friendly.
Cons:
  • Low number of free bids means you’ll probably end up paying for membership.
  • Global competition can cause a race to the bottom concerning rates. It is difficult when you are starting out to compete with freelancers who are undercutting prices. Get good reviews and carve your own space out – you don’t have to work for bottom-of-the-barrel prices.
  • Slow customer support is a common complaint.
Things To Know:
  • Sometimes jobs are posted with little or no information. If a gig is lacking on details and low on pay it might be best to ignore it.
  • Creating Hourlies to sell is advisable.

 

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1 review

  1. Useful for different kinds of work.

    I’ve never used the other big freelancing platforms, but I’ve always found this one to be decent for what it is. On PPH I’ve advertised mostly for proofreading and translation work, though I’ve also done cv/applications, operations, content, marketing content, probably more. The good is that I’ve found consistent clients and get direct job requests, which is super handy.

    On the other hand I used PPH a lot for a while but found that the volume of work simply wasn’t there and it was necessary to work outside of your specialist area. Some areas have more jobs than others – for translation it’s been basically dead for me. I still get work through PPH but have largely moved away. I’m a bit resentful of the fees these kinds of websites have.

    It’s got its ups and downs but in the end I’m glad I used it. Give it a shot.

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