For anyone who hasn’t heard of People Per Hour it is a brilliant website and community through which freelancers across any number of sectors may apply or send a proposal for jobs that are posted. PPH charge some fees (I know, how dare they!) when you are paid on completion of the work however all in all it is a great way to make money and increase your contact base.
People Per Hour facilitate payments, communications between clients and freelancers and provide a platform through which many people are able to shout about their business and their skills which in turn enables them to earn more.
When I first joined PPH back in 2011 it was a busy site and did the job it was supposed to do. Then, last year (to the outrage of many!) PPH changed. A fresh new design, new features and more were introduced and the freelance world found itself united against the mighty PPH who dared to change things. I mean really, did they think they owned the site?
I’ll admit that at the start I found many of the changes bewildering. Everything had moved, I couldn’t find a thing and while some of the changes made perfect sense the reasoning behind some of the others was certainly not obvious. Many continued to scream, shout and throw tantrums over the changes however over time most people have come to realise that the changes were for the best and that adopting a Moaning Minnie stance wasn’t going to earn them any cash!
Thankfully the door was left open for feedback across the PPH forum, Facebook, via the support team and more. I myself was one of the lucky ones to enjoy a Google+ Hangout with the big boss himself at the time who was very open and receptive to feedback and over the past six months the feedback received has been actioned and the site works better than ever.
Personally I find PPH a fantastic place to pick up one-off pieces of work or to forge on-going working relationships. I have earned a substantial amount through the site and have enjoyed finding new and interesting projects and people through it. While not all of my business comes from PPH some does and it all adds up folks.
The issue that many people have had with PPH in the past is that people always posted jobs wanting people with real skills to work for peanuts. This was seen as belittling the worth of the freelancer, although no-one HAS to apply for a job if they aren’t happy with the terms. PPH have put a lot of work into making the platform a fairer place for all. There are still very low rate jobs that do pop up occasionally and I was once questioned regarding why I had bid on one of these. My answer was:
“You see that X wants me to do this work for £7 an hour and that I have bid for this job. What you don’t see is the proposal that I have sent or the actual amount I’ve said I will work for. Through writing a compelling proposal explaining what I would actually work for and why the client should pay that, I have been known to triple if not quadruple the amount originally offered AND have gone on to enjoy future projects with that same client at the higher rate“.
PPH is a platform to be used to identify new work opportunities and to increase your own visibility in your sector, and it works.
If you have any questions about my experiences with PPH ask away as I am happy to answer them and if I can’t I will direct you to the right support solution. This business tool is one to look into further and which will if used properly, especially since the changes have been implemented and the kinks ironed out, increase your income.
**This post has been entered into the “Be a PPH ambassador” scheme (a chosen freelancer gets a shiny badge and could win some £ to use on the site) however I only endorse sites, tools or cheese that I really do like and my content remains very much under my own control. This means that you may confident that when I recommend something I do it because I truly believe in it.
I hate finances. I hate accounts, ledgers, spreadsheets and invoicing. I have an enormous respect for anyone in the accountancy business as I simply don’t have the mathematical flair which means that I can enjoy such tasks. When it comes to my to self assessment I have mine done in May each year, purely to get it out of the way! Needless to say, spending time on my business finances is time I would rather be doing something (anything) else.
That said, keeping on top of records, invoicing and payments is a necessary evil if I wish to be paid (and I do). Unfortunately over the past few years I have spent far too much time chasing late or missing payments for work I’ve done. I have a fairly simple invoice system and all clients know what they need to pay me, and when. Sadly it doesn’t always run so smoothly.
In the past I have spent ridiculous amounts of time chasing payments. You get either complete silence (so frustrating!), excuses (I know business is tough for everyone however I need to feed my children and pay my bills too!) or my personal favourite, told off. Yes, I have been known to be told off by clients when I chase them money as if by asking for what is already very overdue I am committing some heinous crime. To be honest, it is all rather tiresome.
As a self employed / freelance writer I don’t have one boss who pays money into my account on the last day of the month therefore I rely on clients to pay as agreed to ensure that my cask flow keeps flowing. What is the answer? I have toyed with sending my six year old and two year old round to act as my “heavies”. After ten minutes of “Why? Why? Why? What’s that? Why?” I’m fairly sure most people would cough up quick to stop the torture.
There are ways and means of reducing the risk of non-payment or payment worries nowadays as there is a way in which you are able to look up business details of UK companies in advance. What this information contains are things like their information with Companies House, whether they have any CCJs etc against them and so on. There are times when I have wished that I had been able to know more about a prospective client before I agreed to work for them and while some of this information is a matter of public record, having the time to search it all out is an issue. Whilst a couple of red flags in the information doesn’t necessarily mean that a particular client is untrustworthy, far from it, it would enable myself and of course many other businesses to approach a working relationship better informed.
Duedil is the tool in question and while I haven’t used it properly myself, other than a quick tinker to find out more, I am able to see the merits of it! What is more, the service is free to use therefore is worth having a nosy at.
Working for yourself has many benefits and personally I can’t imagine myself ever working for someone else now. There are however downsides and chasing payments in the main one for me. My question for all of you good folks is, what do you do regarding overdue accounts? Do you send in a persistent toddler? Do you do some sort of due diligence in advance? I’m curious!
Written in collaboration with the mentioned business yet true to my thoughts, feelings and experiences
Business & Blogging (27)
Candidly Cleaning (8)
Family Time (45)
Guest Posts (30)
Interior Design (20)
Next Blogger Network (2)
Preg & Birth (21)
Reviews / Sponsored (123)
The Boys (26)
The Gallery (8)
Women's Interest (10)