Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 No Comments
I’ve been a member of PeoplePerHour.com since March 2014. I signed up there because one of my current clients wanted to use their service for our ongoing work arrangement. It’s a pretty good system — it provides middle ground for employers and freelancers. If you need a small job done, you can find freelancers to do the job for you, and if you’re a freelancer, you can bid on projects.
It’s very international, with businesses and freelancers from all over the world. That makes it fun, but it can cause a little trouble for those of us who live in the United States, because people from places like India bid very low on projects. Being in California, I have to keep my rates reasonable for both myself and my clients.
I’ve mainly been using it for the one specific client who wanted to route his business through it, but I’ve also set up some small services that they call “Hourlies.” These are fixed-price jobs that a freelancer can provide quickly. I recently sold one of those to a London-based property management company. I built a tenant application form on their WordPress site. (This is the form.) That was a quick little project that I charged approximately one hour’s fee for.
Here’s a shot of my profile:
If you use PeoplePerHour, you’re welcome to work with me through their site.
The folks behind PeoplePerHour have launched a new freelancing site called SuperTasker. This is very different for people who are trying to find freelancers. Instead of having people bid on your project, SuperTasker routes it to a pre-selected freelancer with the appropriate skills.
I applied to be a Tasker. The application required a real phone and address, profile photo, portfolio samples, and a copy of an ID like a passport or driver’s license. They say they’re screening everyone who applies, and it all seems very legitimate. I was approved pretty quickly, and now I’m setting up my profile to select skills and services that I can provide.
I’m not sure what will happen with people who are setting extremely low prices. I feel that my prices are very reasonable for the area I live in, and I can’t work for $2 like some people expect, so it’s possible that I won’t get any tasks routed to me. But we will see! I hope it will turn out to be an extra source of income.
Update (2-25-15): Turns out that, like I suspected, the prices at SuperTasker are extremely low, so it’s not something I’m going to be able to participate in. But I’m sure it’s a great solution for some folks. Check it out if you have a very limited budget and you just need some quick WordPress fixes.