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June 5, 2009

We often have press enquires for user case studies that we need to respond to fast. As those of you who have been featured will know (see BBC news piece featuring two of our users) getting press coverage can be an immense boost to your profile or your business so we want to bring more of these opportunities to more of you.

To help you keep up to date with enquiries we get from the press and to enable you to respond fast we’ve set up a twitter page www.twitter.com/peopleperhour Follow us on twitter so that you don’t miss out!

For those of you who haven’t seen it already, there was a feature on PeoplePerHour.com on the BBC News at Six yesterday, talking about how our site is helping people and businesses in the recession. The feature was centered on two of our providers  – Edward Moss and Zoe Smith – with a short commentary from our founder in-between.

A longer interview with our founder was also posted by the BBC online in a feature titled “working from home to beat the recession

The publicity has created an unprecedented amount of traffic to our site that brought it down momentarily. We were fortunately able to revive it fast. We apologise to any of you who were trying to access the site at that moment.

We have a lot of follow –on press enquiries from regional and national press who want to hear similar stories from people like you and how you’re using the site to help your business both save cost and enhance your income.

So if you feel you have a story that is compelling and timely then please email us on pr(at)peopleperhour(dot)com.  Please be sure to state clearly the following and any other relevant information:

For Freelancers:

  • your location
  • employment status (full-time/ part-time employee/ freelancer / work for a company)
  • why you are using the site (to supplement your income  / you’ve been made redundant / you’re transitioning to        freelance / other )
  • family status
  • experience you’ve had with using the site and how its helped you: projects won / awarded / bids placed / how         much you’re business has saved by using the site

For Employers

  • your location
  • your company name
  • what kind of company you manage / own
  • how many staff do you employee
  • why you are using the site (to save cost / to avoid hiring people / to get things done fast)
  • What your experience with the site has been: how many projects posted / awarded

We look forward to hearing from you.

One concern we’ve had raised a few times by our Providers, and once celebrated in a recent article in the Guardian, is that UK freelancers are being undercut by cheaper bids from providers in places like India and other emerging economies who work for a much cheaper rate.

Whilst this may be true at large in terms of bidding activity, it seems that still the vast majority of projects on PeoplePerHour.com is being awarded to UK providers, by a long way in fact.

The top countries in terms of % of work awarded on our site are shown below

–    UK – 85%
–    India – 5%
–    France – 1.2%
–    China – 1.1%
–    Spain – 1.1%
–    South Africa – 0.9%

So it seems that, despite the credit crunch, cheaper doesn’t always win – in fact it seldom does.

For the incredulous, another way to validate this is to take a quick look at the Find Providers page on the site. The top 15 or so ranked providers are all UK based, and the vast majority of the top 50 high earners in fact are UK based.

Now, this does not mean that foreign Providers are of inferior quality. Often its is the case the UK companies prefer to use local talent as they find them more trusted. Or it could be a nationalistic thing. What we have noticed however as the market-maker is that UK providers do tend to submit better thought out bids on average, more meticulous and planned. The ones outside the UK, either due to language barrier or for other reasons, seem to be shorter and less detailed in their bidding

So for those who have concerns about being out-bid by cheaper service providers, the answer is: you shouldn’t be. The devil (or in the case the blessing as it were) is in the detail. Cheap bid does not by default equate to an awarded project. So hang in there, stick to your guns, and demonstrate that you are a quality bidder by building on the detail – and you will carry on winning.

Compliled from data from PeoplePerHour.com, this list of “top 40 Projects any small business should be outsourcing” is a must for any entrepreneur and business owner.

The list articles includes many useful tips to help you improve your business.

Definitely worth checking out and digging.

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Outsourcing comes to SMEs

February 25, 2008

I’ve recently been interviewed by Tiscali who were doing a survey on how Outsourcing is reaching the smaller enterprises. Naturally they selected PeoplePerHour.com as a very relevant source on the topic, seeing as we are a platform that enables SME’s to outsource projects to skilled professionals.

So what are the benefits? Traditionally the notion of outsourcing is associated with large corporations farming out large volumes of labour-intensive work to a different continent and where the main, if not only, benefit of doing so is to save cost. Small business neither had the critical mass or the means to exploit those benefits and thus always operated ina more local environment. But of course the internet is changing all that.

In the interview I argue that a platform like PeoplePerHour.com, using the web as a facilitating channel, is now changing what outsourcing means and what it brings to businesses, especially to the all-important and often over-looked small business which is now the backbone of the UK economy.

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Data released by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly known as the DTI) in 2006 has revealed some interesting statistics on Small Businesses.

From a total of 4.5 million enterprises in the beginning of 2006, a massive 99.3% were “small” (0-49 employees). Small businesses employed almost 7m people (28% of total workforce in employment) and accounted for 35% of total enterprise turnover.

These figures are staggering and reveal the importance of the Small Business sector to the UK economy. Equally staggering is the date on new start-ups per annum: upward of 400,000!

As a company catering for Small Businesses and start-ups, Peopleperhour.com has decided to strengthen that message by creating a “Special Feature” on Small Businesses using case studies from our site.

The feature will demonstrate what services these small business are requiring and how our site is helping them get them – affordably, quickly and easily.

If you are a Small Businesses registered with us and would like to be included in this feature and gain from the exposure and publicity it will gain, please send us your details on info@peopleperhour.com