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.

Small Business Survey

October 28, 2009

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


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.

Would you be interested in looking ahead to the year 2020 and finding out what the business world would look like? If you are, then visit the webcast ‘Freelancing: The Future of Work’ on Monday the 23rd of November. It is hosted by the PCG (the representative body for freelancers, contractors and consultants in the UK) to mark National Freelancers Day, and is free of charge.

Guest speakers include a select group of experts who will put together their views and explain why they believe that we are about to witness one of the biggest societal and working shifts since the industrial revolution. Just visit http://www.nationalfreelancersday.org.uk and register for the event. Moreover, if you decide to watch the webcast, you will also see a video of the CEO of PeoplePerHour.com, Xenios Thrasyvoulou, who is also participating.

So forget about desperately trying to foresee and analyze the future trends in business because they are now fact. So just start implementing them. The future is already here, staring at you in the face through your laptop and through the comfort of your living room armchair.

With an estimated 4.5 million freelancers currently in the UK, the concept of freelancing shouldn’t really be one needing any explaining. And as to why freelancing has evolved so rapidly, well I would say it doesn’t really take a genius to figure it out. At a time and place where everyone is sacrificing their life for their job, it came as a sudden burst of light at the end of that endless tunnel we refer to as ‘career’, that lo and behold, there is another route. Why work long continuous hours in a cold office, just sheepishly watching the minute hand tick by for no obvious reason when you can just be managing your time and work from the comfort of your own home?

And as for the business side, it only took yet another painful and quite embarrassing fall for businesses to realize that ‘yes, things can go wrong’. But we burn and we learn. We learn that we can never be too efficient in our business. We learn that cutting back on unnecessary costs is not just good practice. It’s also necessary. Why hire unnecessary full-time staff instead of only paying for what your business needs? Why not move to a smaller office and save so much energy and cost? Or better yet, why not work entirely from home and just buy the freelance services you need when you need and from your own living room?

And who ever said we couldn’t change the world? Thanks to the technology we now have access to, everything is possible. We can now move towards a greener, more efficient and more sociable world. It’s not just about business. It’s about society.

So if you are keen on being part of this change, visit ‘Freelancing: The Future of Work’, and learn all about it from the experts. Futurologists, technology leaders and analysts will all be there to share their thought about the freelance work model and what its results will be. So don’t miss it.

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!


£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.

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.