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We thought we’d share with you a great video of an interview of Fabrice Grinda, Co-CEO of OLX, Inc. – a free classifieds site with revenues of $10million – and a keen investor who has backed 33 other companies to date, including PeoplePerHour.com.

Hear about the challenging 10-year journey of entrepreneurship from a man who risked everything for his business only to fail completely, but who then got back on his two feet to become an utterly successful business man.

Fabrice admits to “stealing” the brilliant ideas of other start-ups, beginning from that of eBay, all the way to craigslist, which holds the concept of his current business, OLX. Amidst a humouristic and cheerful atmosphere, Fabrice explains his business philosophy and reveals his 9 demanding criteria for investing in a business.

So, if you’re interested in someday becoming a successful entrepreneur, or even if you’re merely someone that appreciates a man who persistently “picks himself up again” until he achieves his goal, then you’ll love this video.

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We’d love to hear your comments and your thoughts.

With only 3 weeks to go until the new year, I’m sure a lot of you out there are thinking of how to go about your remaining tasks for 2009.  Who wouldn’t want to begin a new year on a clean slate?

Luckily, PeoplePerHour.com offers you the opportunity to do just that – for FREE! Clear out your backlog of projects with our unique offer of unlimited FREE project listings for December.

In our recent Small Business survey, 73% of you have said that business is growing and that you anticipate a busy 2010.  So get a head start with our great offer. And don’t worry if you’ve already purchased your free listings. You will be able to carry them forward to January, so you won’t lose out!

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And don’t forget that we value your feedback greatly – so let us know what you think of our Christmas offer.

A big thank you to all those who’ve taken our PPH Small Business Survey. To date we’ve had 410 respondents  with the following average demographics

  • 84% employ less than 10 employees
  • Average size by turnover: £314k
  • 20% based in greater London Area
  • 18% are both Buyers and Providers on PPH

Main findings from buyer (client) responses

  • 73% of respondents anticipate growth in 2010
  • 82% of respondents are investing in growth in the next 12 months
  • The main areas of investment are technology/web (39% of respondents) and marketing (40%)
  • Only 20% of respondents feel that business is still down due to the recession
  • 28% have said that the recession has helped them innovate and create new products and services and 26% have improved customer service to retain clients
  • 61 % of respondents have said that using freelancers has saved them over 10% of total staffing costs
  • The average cost saving per user is £17k per annum, 5% on an average turnover of £314k
  • 92% of respondents say quality of work through freelancers is same or superior to in-house staff
  • 98% have said they plan to carry on using freelancers

Main findings from freelancer responses

  • 48% are self-employed, 25% are operating as a limited company, 21% as sole traders and 6% out of an intermediary
  • 83% are based from home
  • 67% work alone and remotely to their clients
  • 74% started freelancing less than 5 years ago and 55% within the last 2 years alone
  • 51% cite wanting to be their own boss as the main reason
  • 85% say they enjoy a better work-life balance with 52% saying they spend more time with their family

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, your opinion can still be heard. Click here to take the survey >>

If you require more information on the survey please email stefani (at) peopleperhour.com

Further findings will be shared with you on PPH Economy (coming soon).


Anita Benge, is one of our highest rated providers in Accountancy, awarded 32 projects on PeoplePerHour.com. In her blog, she shares her experience in Accountancy and tells you what you need to consider if you are starting out a small business. So read on if you want to hear from an Accounting expert.

“I have been in the accountancy industry for the last 12 years. Last year I decided to go it alone and start my own accountancy business. Throughout the years I have on numerous occasions been told by prospective clients “All my profit goes towards paying my accountants bill and I still have a huge tax bill to pay”.

My philosophy is: – if I can save you money on your tax bills my bill will be covered by your savings and you get to keep your profit.

When a new business starts out it can be very daunting. Questions running around in your head what accounting system should I use? Do I need an accountant? Where can I go for advice?

As a start up business is it is not nessacary to splash out and buy the best software out. You can use anything from a simple Excel Spreadsheet to the recommended software by accountants Sage Accounts. If you would like the headache of your bookkeeping taken away from you a bookkeeper would be the way forward. A bookkeeper would have their own software so this would reduce the initial out lay of software. A good bookkeeper can cost from £8 to £15 per hour depending on your area.

You should choose your accountant by the time you trade. Your accountant should be there all year round and not just once a year. Your accountant should be in contact with you twice a year. You should also check if there is any additional cost for phone calls and email correspondence as these costs can add up and there will be not unexpected accountants bills. Accountant’s fees are very varied but, do shop around for the best deal. Always check who will be caring out the work as there will be a different fee structure to the level of qualification.

There is help out there for business. The Business Link is a great website with loads of information. The Inland Revenue hold free workshops to assist with form filling, how to use their online system and much more. If in doubt your accountant is there to help.”

The webcast below is hosted by the PCG (the representative body for freelancers, contractors and consultants in the UK) to mark National Freelancers Day.

Follow the video link in order to hear the opinions and views of leaders in the field of freelancing: why companies are using freelancers more and more, what is driving change and what their vision of the future is. Amongst the speakers is our founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou doing his bit to extend the gratitude of the business community to the freelancing community.

If you are keen to contribute in any way to our blog we’d be more than happy to hear from you. We would also love to hear your opinion about this post and webcast.

Sales/Marketing/Pr is PeoplePerHour.com’s number 1 category, comprising a whopping 32% of total posted projects. It is thus our duty to constantly ensure that both our freelance service Buyers and Providers are left satisfied. We have thus introduced certain project information requirements in order to maximize our providers’ knowledge of the job and hence eliminate the gap between what the Buyer wants and what the provider can give.

At a time where time and patience is scarce to say the least, efficiency is everything. We understand that many of our Providers are distressed by the fact that they bid on commission projects with no clear indication of what their earnings will be or how many hours of work they will have to put in. On the same note, we also recognize that our Buyers are people who want their job done right and quickly, and it can indeed be very frustrating to have to re-appoint a project due to a misunderstanding between the two sides. We have introduced the below as a way of ensuring that no one is bidding for the “wrong” project.

OTE – On Target Earnings
Our buyers are now obliged to enter a fixed amount (per day, week or month) which the provider can expect to earn if he/she meets the set targets. In this way providers will no longer lose interest in the job after being accepted due to pay being lower than their expectations. Likewise, if the pay is high, this is obviously an incentive for the more capable bidders.

• Target
Our aim is that our providers understand what is expected of them in their “own language”, i.e. the number of leads, sales, calls etc that they will be expected to achieve.

• Desired Time Commitment
We know that a lot of our providers work for extra cash in the evenings and that their time is limited. So by requiring that the buyers indicate how many hours of work they are expecting within a specific time-frame, we have made sure that no one is bidding on projects they cannot take on. This is obviously beneficial for our buyers as well since they will then only have to review those providers who are indeed suitable for the job.

We welcome any more suggestions. Our aim is to constantly improve our recipe for success and we need your help to make sure we have got it right.

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