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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.

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.

For those who have just joined Peopleperhour, or for those who haven’t been very active lately and are in need of a bit of a ‘shove’ back to work, here’s some information on our new enticing listing packages.

If you’re new to Peopleperhour then you’re only a click away from posting your project.

Just click on ‘post project’ and get your free trial.

If you are a returning user then you have the choice of using either one of the following three schemes, depending on how often you plan to post projects up on the site.

1) One-off£20 per listing, 100% refundable

For those who would only like to post one project after their free trial, we provide you with the option of purchasing just that and nothing more.

2) Occasional users £5 per listing, 100% refundable

For all our occasional users whose posting needs vary across different periods, i.e. who want more than one posting but do not know when or exactly how many projects they will be posting, there is no need to worry. We provide a great value offer in which you pay only £30 for 6 listings which you can use whenever you want!

3) Monthly Membership£2 per listing, 100% refundable

For all our regular users we now offer a monthly membership scheme bringing you incredible value. For just £10 a month you get 5 inclusive listings! Which means you only pay £2 per listing. And if you run out you can top-up your listings at the same price of £2 each – a whopping 90% discount to the one-off rate.

And it get’s better. We also have a special offer of 12 months for a price of 10. For £100 you get a full years membership of up to 5 project listings per month, dropping your per-listing price to just £1.66!

Catch? No catch. All you need to do is subscribe for a minimum of two months. At any time after that all you need to do is drop us an e-mail and we will disconnect your membership instantly.

And remember – we offer a 100% money-back guarantee to each of the above. If for whatever reason you are unhappy with your bids, just drop us an email to info1 with the project reference number and we will refund every penny back to you.

Extra features

Have you noticed the new features available? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your project stand out and get the best results possible.

urgentIcon– £5 per listing

Add the above attention grabbing icon to your listing, for just £5 extra, and you won’t be missed!

featuredProject

£15 per listing

Target more providers by staying on top of listings up to 30 days! The cost of this varies from an additional £15 for 3 days, up to £60 for staying on top for a whole month!

We value the feedback of our users immensely, so feel free to tell us what you think. If you have any better ideas on our listing options then we’d love to hear them. Constantly improving our listing options and keeping our users satisfied is what we aim to do.

After numerous requests from Employers on our site we have now introduced a feature whereby they can optionally limit their bids to UK Providers only.

Our site is now over 70% UK freelancer, and despite a constant worry by many of you that you’ll be ‘undercut’ by lower bids from abroad, over 85% of bids are awarded to UK freelancers, despite many projects having cheaper bids from abroad.

The data seems to suggest that Employers on PPH rate locality, quality and ease of communication over price. The feature we’ve just added now takes this a step further by allowing our Employers to limit the bids they get only to UK providers if they fear of being  ‘flooded’ by large volumes of bids from abroad (as they’ve often declared) many of which are excessively cheap and ‘meaningless’ in their view.

Surveys we’ve done with our users show a split: some Employers adamantly do not want to get bids from non-UK providers and in fact often find them a nuisance for the reasons highlighted above hence the feature to optionally block them. Others see it as a nice-to-have comparison even if in the end they chose a UK freelancer 85% of the time.

This is not to say that our site is entirely UK: we have multiple cases of Employers awarding their projects to providers abroad with excellent results.  Those that have taken the time and care to submit well-thought out and structured bids have been successful.
The same goes for UK providers, and we urge all our providers to do the same – as we’ve done many a time in the past – in order to win more work.

This is yet another case of quality faring higher than price in our marketplace. The geographic distinction is simply an (unfortunate) interpretation that’s been deuced from the average case. Which is why we are not taking any measures to ban or restrict usage, but rather – as we always strive to do  – give our users more choice.

PPH gets a new look

April 9, 2009

We have been collecting feedback about the design of the site for a while now; both through the messages/emails we get and also by proactively contacting as many of our users as possible to get feedback.

With that in mind, we have now launched a new, cleaner design that will hopefully address most of the feedback we have been receiving. Please take a moment to check out the new design and feel free to send us any feedback that you might have.

We will continue the redesign exercise over the next few months to improve other sections of the site – it is our ongoing goal to make the site as easy as possible to use and understand so thank you for your feedback so far and we hope that you will like the new design.