Need Workers? Europe’s Largest Online Freelance Marketplace Launches in U.S.

For small businesses, outsourcing has always been a great way to get small jobs completed without having to commit to a full-time, long-term employee. In recent years, outsourcing has blossomed on the internet, thanks to the ease of finding workers worldwide without having to leave your office. With internet outsourcing, called “crowdsourcing,” a business owner submits details of a needed project, say a website design or copy written for a company blog. Workers submit proposals, giving a price and usually providing samples of previous work. The business owner can then go through the bids and find the worker that best fits the project.

Until recently, a few popular sites have stood out from the crowd. Freelancer and oDesk are popular but tend to attract a great deal of overseas work, driving the prices down to the point that professional American freelancers can’t compete. Elance has emerged as a viable option for professionals who command wages that are livable by American, UK, and Canadian standards. Elance, with its $20 per job minimum and $3 per hour minimum, seems to be interested in attracting professional workers and employers who seek quality, not quantity. Unfortunately, some business owners have found ways to go around this to find cheap workers.

PeoplePerHour is targeting the professional freelancer…and the businesses searching for one. As Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO of PeoplePerHour, puts it, the average rate on PeoplePerHour is $35 per hour, which is substantially higher than many jobs posted on other sites.

“PeoplePerHour is about finding quality freelances who deliver fast and reliably, mostly onshore,” Thrasyvoulou explains. “The others focus on outsourcing work offshore and hence there is a much higher emphasis on cost than quality. Onshore talent also means we cater for a broader skill base – more softer skills such as design, creative services, writing, marketing, etc which normally do not lend themselves to counties such as India and Philippines.”

Additionally, PeoplePerHour is both supply and demand driven, according to Thrasyvoulou. While other crowdsourcing sites rely on freelancers submitting proposals in response to requests from employers, PeoplePerHour lets sellers promote their services directly using “Hourlies.” The Hourlies section of PeoplePerHour has such offerings as, “I can design a banner for your website in two hours for $25.” The overall concept is similar to that found on Fiverr but usually at a higher rate than $5.

The best news about PeoplePerHour is that the site is free to businesses. You’ll pay those who do work for you, but the freelancers are the ones who pay the fees on this site. On other sites, the freelancer has the opportunity to add the fee onto his or her bid, which the client can then effectively dismiss by choosing a different bidder.

Lastly, Thrasyvoulou pointed out that many of Elance employers are actually offshore companies–many in India. PeoplePerHour specializes in employers (which they call “buyers”) from the U.S. and U.K., most of whom are individuals seeking workers.

If you’ve become daunted with the process of looking for workers, PeoplePerHour may be worth checking out. Whether you’re looking for someone to help with your social media campaign or to design your business’s mobile site, PeoplePerHour may be just the site you need.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

2 thoughts on “Need Workers? Europe’s Largest Online Freelance Marketplace Launches in U.S.

    • Ramon Ray

      Explain further? I know for myself, if there’s a web designer in the US who charges $10,000 and one in india who charges $2,500 – my budget forces me to decide the lower cost one. Of course I’m also looking at value so might use the US designer for other reasons. But while patriotism is great (or support America) – if that’s what you meant – for many small businesses we can’t afford to pay more than we need to

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