I’m no stranger to freelancing sites and I felt it was time to write a PeoplePerHour review.
On my first blog post on this site I asked the question – can you make money writing online? You can and it’s possible to do this by finding clients from different sources, not just PeoplePerHour.
Finding clients can seem like bashing your head off a brick wall sometimes. Repeatedly.
You see the perfect job that matches your skills. It goes to someone else. You see another job that you can do. It turns out that it pay’s far less than the minimum wage in your country. Sigh. Such is the freelancing life. If you aren’t working you aren’t earning. But scouring the various job boards and websites can be disheartening at the best of times.
So, is PeoplePerHour any different?
What Is PeoplePerHour?
I suppose I better start by explaining what the website is designed for before I get into my PeoplePerHour review.
Set up by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris 10 years ago (yup, 2007 was a decade ago now!) it is a UK based company that basically acts as a platform for businesses to find freelancers and for individuals to find work. If any of you ever used oDesk before it became Upwork then you will know the basics of PeoplePerHour.
As a freelancer you register, create a profile and then start sending proposals for jobs. In fact, businesses and individuals can find you as well. When you sign up as a freelancer you are deemed a ‘seller’. It makes sense, you are selling a service whether that is blog writing, creating a logo, building an entire website or even doing some voiceover work and you get 15 proposal credits every month for free. This means you can bid on 15 jobs completely free of charge and you can purchase more too – £29.95 gets you 100 credits or an extra ten costs £8.95.
You also have the option to buy Featured Proposal credits too. It essentially sends your proposal to the front of the queue for the buyer to see – pretty good if you see a job that you are perfect for and there are 15 other freelancers that have already sent a proposal. Once the proposal has been accepted the buyer makes a deposit and all work and communications are conducted through the handy Workstreams. When the job is finished you simply invoice the buyer and they pay the outstanding balance – simple!
Why Hourlies Are Great
OK, so the real benefit of using PeoplePerHour are the Hourlies. What’s an Hourlie you ask? Well in it’s basic form it is an advert of a job you can do in an hour and how much it will cost. Someone can simply buy your Hourlie and then send you the project details.
Shameless self-plug time – this is my hourlie.
It show’s that I can produce a standard blog in an hour. It displays my overall rating (99%) for the work I do and the general response/delivery time. The good thing about Hourlies is that you can add extra’s on as well. Say someone wants two blog posts and you are willing to add a discount? Rather than negotiating a price and spending a lot of time sending messages back and forth just create an add-on to your Hourlie for another blog at a discounted rate and they can buy the two together.
As a buyer it is a really useful means of finding a freelancer. You see exactly what someone offers, how much it will cost, what their feedback is like and also how long it usually takes them to deliver.
You can even feature your Hourlie as well so it gets put to the front of the marketplace.
I haven’t actually sent a proposal for any of the site jobs on PeoplePerHour for about 2 years – new client’s just find my Hourlie instead. Which brings us onto the other thing about PPH – their CERT system.
The CERT System Explained
PeoplePerHour uses their own ranking system which determines how much exposure you get to buyers searching through the site. Before the CERT algorithm came into place in 2013 your rank was handed out based on how much work you did and how positive the feedback was.
These still matter however the CERT system defines quality in other ways. These include:
- How fast you respond to messages
- How many repeat clients you have
- Authenticating your social media profiles with PPH
- Engaging within the PPH community
There are 6 levels of CERT. You start off at number 1 when you first join and as you progress you work your way up through the ranks. They are numbered 1-5 with an exclusive section called ‘Top’ which is the top 0.5% of active PPH sellers. Essentially the higher your CERT level the more work you should expect to get.
What’s Are The PeoplePerHour Fee’s?
Like most freelancing sites, PeoplePerHour take a cut of what you earn.
The percentages changed for new users in March this year. If you are a new user from 21st March 2017 then you will be charged 20% of your first £500 (€600, $650) earnings in the month – this decreases to 5% for any income above this amount.
If you were registered prior to 13th May 2015 then you are charged 15% of the first £175 (€240, $265) you earn within the month and then 3.5% of anything above this. Registered users between 13th May 2015 and before 21st March 2017 incur a 15% charge on the first £375 (€515, $565) earnings within the month and then 5% thereafter.
Buyers don’t incur any charges if they transfer money from a bank account however PPH will add a payment processing charge onto credit/debit card payments or PayPal transfers for example.
Have a look here for a full breakdown of the PeoplePerHour fee’s.
My PeoplePerHour Review
Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s have a look at my PeoplePerHour review – can you earn a full time income?
I like PPH. Some people don’t. If you are a copywriter then it can have it’s problems which are well documented here. If you are just starting off as a seller looking to make good money on PeoplePerHour then you will probably need to battle with a lot of freelancers willing to do the job cheaper than you. When I first joined PPH I found the average rates much better than Elance or oDesk but I fully appreciate for some people starting off that the market has been diluted somewhat.
It is possible to earn a full-time income on PeoplePerHour but it really depends on what you are doing. Some freelancers have skills that will make them more money than others. I’m in a lucky position where I don’t need to send proposal’s if I don’t want to and I use PPH as a great supplementary income to my main job. Some of my best clients have come from the site and I have worked with them continually for years now. I don’t need to undercut the market but I don’t need to price buyers out of my services either.
If you haven’t used PeoplePerHour yet then I recommend that you give it a go. Don’t expect it to produce a full-time income unless you have a skill that really demands it. Deliver good quality work, remain responsive to buyers and aim to move your way up the CERT ratings. You will quickly find yourself attracting more buyers and your earnings will increase.
Trendjackers provide a handy guide (Peopler Per Hour – How To Succeed As A New Freelancer) on comparing Hourlies to sending proposals and how to gain clients from each method.
PeoplePerHour has it’s drawbacks in terms budgets for certain jobs (5 Blog posts for £20 that kind of thing) but if you dig deep enough there are some great people to work with and decent money to be made.