Dear All,

Following the success of ‘PA per Hour’, we have as of today, expanded our marketplace to include a broader scope of Freelancers under the umbrella of ‘People per Hour’

Over the past eight weeks we have received numerous emails from different  freelancers all over the UK and outside, saying that they want to be part of our platform but their skills fall outside the scope of PA and administrative work. Some of them have even gone ahead and registered despite that. Eventually, we decided to change our name and increase the breadth of services that Freelancers can register under to accommodate that demand.  

We see as a positive change and step-up both for our Providers and our Buyers. Buyers will now be able to come to our website and find skilled providers for a whole breadth of services and not just PA work. This will encourage them to come back to us more regularly, for more and different projects, therefore ultimately giving YOU more business.

We hope that you will embrace this transition and see it as a sign of progress, in the same way that we do. Equally, we hope that you will take this opportunity to refer the site to other colleagues in other, complementary fields of expertise – be it Accounting, IT, Marketing, PR, Legal or whatever else – who can complement your skill-sets and win business from the site.

As we’ve said in the past – our marketplace is all about it’s People:  ‘by the People and for the People’ it serves. Now it’s even in our name!

The People per Hour Team  

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Dear providers,

A lot of you have commented in the past few weeks that you would have liked to get feedback on the winning bids once a bid is accepted.  We have considered this a fair comment. We have now added this feature which is already live. You can see details of the winning bid if you click on a project that has been “accepted”, on the right-hand column.

 We are also adding Buyer’s comments on why they have selected the specifc bid, but of course it is upto them to disclose as much or as little information on this as they choose to.

 We hope you find this useful.

The PA per Hour team.  

New features

June 15, 2007

We have uploaded today a number of new features:

– Search box in providers section

– Facility for Buyers to accept Bids directly through their login section

– Short-listing faciliy: Buyers can now shoprtlist upto 3 Bids per job and then accapt bid. We will extend the messaging board so that final Q&A’s can be addressed at shortlisting stage

New fueatures coming soon (next week)

 – ‘My Bids’ section for Providers to look back on their bids after they are posted

–  Enhanced community features

If you have any suggestions / things you find problematic please do tell us so we can improve the platform. You can either add comments here or send them through info@peopleperhour.com. A few of you have already done so we thank you for that.

Best regards,

The PA per Hour Team

A number of Providers have asked if we could provide a way of asking the Buyer questions prior to bidding, in order to obtain clarifications about the Project if there is not enough information in the Project description.

To assist with this, we have now added a Message Board at the bottom of each Project page (simply click on any Project on the site and scroll to the bottom). Providers can post questions/clarifications for the Buyer and the Buyer can reply and supply more information about the project.

It should be fairly easy to use, if you need some help or have some feedback please don’t hesitate to post a comment here or email us on info@peopleperhour.com.

 Hope you find the Message Board useful!

Thank you all for sending you comments and feedback. It’s really inspiring to see how much excitement we’ve created…hard to believe even!! we created this Blog tp address your key questions and keep you informed on what’s happening, what we’re doing next, what are the latest comments we received from you, and whatever else you want us to comment on. This Blog has been created for YOU – so please use it. Tell us what you think, voice your opinion and share your thoughts with the rest of our community. That is the whole point!

These are some of the latest comments we received from you so far (only first name included to protect people’s identities but to remind them of who they are! And a whole bunch more that we could not include here so please excuse us if you were left out (or simply send something NICER !) )

What a FABULOUS idea! Truly innovative and damn useful. I can’t tell you how many people ask me for referrals to people who can help them out with odd jobs/projects. Zoe

Darling [ … ], what a great idea… I’ve forwarded on to all my contacts!” Gloria “I’m really impressed with this concept and way of getting buyers and suppliers together” Vicky

Like most good ideas, it’s so obvious” Richard

Your PA thing looks great. Exactly what we need! ” Lara

…AND, some Frequently Asked Questions

“How about feedback ratings!”

ANS: Yes, Coming Soon…

How can I ask the Buyer a question before bidding”

ANS: You can ask a question within the bid. Best thing is if you simply submit your bid (even if it’s your hourly rate) and state the assumptions / criteria there alongside it.  Empty Bids will not really carry weight. Soon we are adding the facility for you to ask questions publicly alonside any project listsings to assist you in formulating your bid.  

“Are you like an agent or recruiter?”

ANS: No. To start with we do not charge ‘arrangement’ fees or recruiter fees. But more fundamentally, we do not interfere with the introductions made at all, It is upto Providers to Bid for projects they like and up to buyers to accept them if they like their Bid and profile. We do not try to ‘sell in’ a candidate or Provider like an agent does.

“What type of protection do you offer?”

ANS: We intermediate the payment so that both Buyers and Providers are secure i.e. Provider has no risk of not getting paid and Buyer knows that money is not paid until delivery is complete. If there is a dispute we follow a dispute resolution process.

 …AND, some VERY Frequently Asked Questions

I like this concept, how can I become a PA per Hour?”

ANS: You simply have to register online, post your  profile and start bidding for jobs you can do. If your profile and track record is not strong enough you will need to strengthen it by start buildinga track record.

“How did you think of this – Were you a PA before?”

ANS: NO.  

…AND some REALLY Frequently Asked Questions

“When are you doing the launch event?”  

ANS: July. Anyone who asks again is dis-invited J  

Firstly, a big thank you to all of you out there for your feedback on our recently launched marketplace, www.PAperHour.com.

Many of you, apart from general feedback on our idea, have also suggested a number of new features that you would like to see on the site. Most of these are already on our to-do list and as you will have noticed, we are introducing new features on a daily basis.

While we do not want to flood your inboxes with emails about new features, we understand from your questions so far that a lot of you would like to know what features are being introduced so we have decided to start a blog and keep you informed with what is happening here at PA per Hour, new features etc.

Please feel free to comment on our entries and give us feedback, positive or negative, on our ideas. Thanks again for your support so far and we hope that you are as excited about PA per Hour as we are!