One of the biggest benefits of being an online Solopreneur is; you can run your business from anywhere. Moreover, you have unlimited talents working with you from the comfort of their home.
When I started online, I wanted to do everything of my own because It’s always fun learning something new. Once I feel that I understood the basics of that particular field, I assign those tasks to someone who is a master in that field. I often use few sites to hire freelancers. In the past, I have used Freelancer, UPwork, Fiverr to hire freelancers for various tasks. Recently I got to know about one more site call Peopleperhour which is another place to post your job & hire people to get things done.
In this article I will be sharing my experience with hiring talents on PeoplePerhour. Will share good & bad about this network & hopefully it will help you to recruit freelancers in the future.
PeoplePerhour review: Is it worth your time for hiring freelancers?
When I landed on the website, I created an account out of my curiosity. I had a video interview with a popular blogger John Chow which required final editing & I decided to hire a video editor. Even though I have started learning Final Cut Pro X but I knew it would take some time & this might delay publishing one priceless interview.
As soon as I signed up & was inside the dashboard of Peopleperhour, I was greeted with a screen to post a job & here is how I quickly posted my job requirement.
Here, you have the option to select from Entry to Expert level experience. I would suggest you to pick expert all the time as pricing here is reasonable & you would find quality freelancers when selecting expert skillset. As soon as I hit the post job button, on the next screen I have the option to invite existing freelancers to see the job & send a proposal.
You also have the option to filter & invite the freelancers based on various parameters such as country, past projects & so on. Within 15 minutes, I received 2 proposals & I carefully reviewed their portfolio. I decided to wait for some more time before awarding the project to someone.
The waiting was totally worth it as I got more options to pick from & since I was looking to hire someone for the longer term. Finally after 12 proposals, a freelancer named Benjamin proposal & portfolio was a good fit for my requirement & I asked him to do a test video editing for 2-3 minutes before I could award the project to him.
Peopleperhour offers various ways to chat with freelancers including video call which is very useful in many scenarios. Benjamin & I discussed the scope of the project in 2-3 messages & finally, he sent me a 3-minute edited video to review his work.
One thing which I took care & suggest you, the same is to give clear instructions on what all you need & provided the freelancer with all the images, intro-outro videos to ensure the flawless work.
Note: Once you decide to work as a freelancer, you need to accept his proposal. Do remember, some of them would work at the price you quoted & some of them would bid higher. So before accepting the proposal, keep this point in mind. The price they would quote is the price/hour & you would be billed according to the time taken to accomplish the task.
Once you accept the proposal, you need to add downpayment money into your Peoplperhour account. The money will be in the Escrow & will not be released until you are happy with the delivered work. Within 24 hours of accepting the proposal, he delivered the final edited video. He uploaded the video on Dropbox & once I verified his work, I gave him a green signal to send me the final invoice. Here is the final edited video:
Overall, my experience with Peopleperhour was good & had no issue in posting or recruiting freelancers for the work. The only thing which I wish they should have added is videos/help for the first timers to understand the process of payment. It took me a while to realize that the final payment will be made once the freelancer will send me the invoice.
Pros of Peopleperhour:
- Good pool of freelancers & experts to recruit from.
- Easy to interact with freelancers including the option for video call.
- Payment is safe as they use Escrow to hold the payment until work is done.
- Buyer’s friendly
Cons of Peopleperhour:
- The interface might be overwhelming for the first timer.
- Onboarding video for the first timer could solve this problem.
Overall as an Entrepreneur or work from home blogger, you should try this site once to recruit freelancers. At the same time, Freelancers can use this website to get jobs.
Have you used PeoplePerhour before? How was your experience with this site to find freelancers or getting new jobs? Share your experience & review in the comment section below.
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