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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).

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.

PPH gets a fresh look

November 5, 2009

As part of our ongoing endeavor to make our site as simple and as easy to use as possible, we have now re-designed our homepage. We are constantly trying to improve how PeoplePerHour works internally and we want this to be reflected externally as well. “Packaging” does matter!

By including an outline of the four steps of our project-posting process, we believe that our users will now grasp the concept of PeoplePerHour.com from their first glance at our webpage.

We value your feedback greatly. If you have any ideas on how to improve PeoplePerHour.com and if there is anything that you feel is not clear or easy enough to use, please let us know. Our goal is to satisfy all our users, so please help us understand you.

Small Business Survey

October 28, 2009

Please take our anonymous Small Business survey by visiting the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=quu2poy202Iomc6e5JRFbQ_3d_3d

You will receive a FREE listing in return for no more than 3 minutes of your time.

Upon completion of the survey, you will have the chance to put in your e-mail address and your account will then be credited with an additional free listing. If you are a provider, you can still receive a free listing by converting to a dual account. You will not need to re-register. All you have to do is activate your dual account when you next log in.

Whether you are a buyer or a provider, we can certainly benefit from your answers. Our goal is to understand more about our users so that we can work towards suiting their needs. This is part of our process of constantly improving PeoplePerHour.com.

If you have any additional comments to our survey, or if you would simply like to express your views, please feel free to do so.