PeoplePerHour is the last site I’m going to cover this week. I’ve only recently had experience with it as a freelance writer, so I decided to do a little bit of research to see what others thought.
To me, it comes across as something similar to Fiverr. You post up an “hourlie” (as they’re called on PeoplePerHour) and wait for people to hire you. However, there is a bidding side to it. I regularly get emails to say that I’m eligible to bid on a job or two posted. So I guess there’s a Freelancer.com and Guru side to it too.
Can You Make Money from PeoplePerHour?
So far I’ve made a whole £20 from the site. Yes, the site works in pounds rather than dollars, which is great for those in the UK. You also have a little more control over your pricing. There’s no minimum that you have to set like Fiverr, but you do need to think about the people who are going to purchase your work.
It could be worth setting a lower rate to start off while you get some feedback. Then increase your hourlies as you go.
The money seems to be in the bidding, as long as you’re smart about it. It’s important to stand out because hundreds of people can place their bids for the work.
Setting Your Bids on PeoplePerHour
This isn’t a race to the bottom, which makes PeoplePerHour certainly seem worth the time of a freelance writer. Setting bids too low works to someone’s disadvantage. It makes the writer look like a novice or incapable of offering quality content.
That isn’t what people are on the site for.
The same could apply to setting your hourlies. You want to find a balance between the high and low rates.
Working With an Escrow
Escrow payments are set up on the site, offering some security for freelance writers. Once you do the work, you can ask to release the funds. The seller accepts that the work is done, and you are paid.
I’ve only had the experience from one client, and it all went quite smoothly. However, the site wasn’t exactly user-friendly. It took me a while to figure out how payments were release and how to raise the amount on the invoice due to be paid.
If I used it on a daily basis, something like that wouldn’t bother me. But I reckon if I get work on the site again, I’ll struggle to do it too.
No Communication Outside of the Site
This isn’t somewhere that you can get some work and then discuss working with the client off the site. Some people don’t want to because there is more security on the site—with the escrow payments. However, there are freelance writers who simply want more freedom to discuss projects over Skype or something similar.
I personally like to discuss projects over Skype. I can ask all the questions I need, and tailor them depending on the answers. It also gives me a chance to really get to know the person on the other end.
This is a personal choice, though.
What Do Others Say?
During my research, I found Claire Broadley offering tips to make PeoplePerHour work. However, she states that her company no longer uses the site.
But for those who want to use PeoplePerHour for their freelance writing work could still benefit from the top 10 tips. If you’re interested, you can read it here.
One thing I noticed is that she states that you need to work with the client on the site only for a year. Eventually you could take it off the site. I’ve not seen that written anywhere in the Terms and Conditions, though. I will point out that the original article is from 2011. Things may have changed in the Terms and Conditions since then.
She also recommends keeping an eye on Twitter for the new job postings, especially if you want to really make this site work for you. That’s an interesting one, but would take up too much time for me. I don’t stay on Twitter all day, as I find social media extremely time consuming. It wouldn’t make PeoplePerHour worth it for me personally.
What do you think? Is PeoplePerHour worth your time as a freelance writer? Would you be willing to give it a try?