What Is People Per Hour? Is It Worth Joining?

If you are a freelancer looking for legitimate freelance work, you may have come across a few People Per Hour reviews and wondered what is People Per Hour? Can I make decent money with them? Is it legitimate? There are plenty of sites like People Per Hour but not all are legitimate. In this People Per Hour review, I’ll outline how it works, how you get paid, and if it’s worth your while. You may be disappointed by the time you finish reading this.

What is People Per Hour?

Peopleperhour.com (PPH) is an online marketplace that was started in September 2007 connecting clients with freelancers. The company is based in the UK and was founded by Simos Kitiris, and Xenios Thrasyvoulou. It was named one of “Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups of 2012” by Wired UK, a science and technology magazine.

How Does People Per Hour Work?

To get started with People Per Hour, you need to sign up by creating an account and filling in a profile. The more information you have in your profile the better so be sure to add as many skills as you can that you are competent in. Once your profile has been accepted, you can begin to bid on work by project or by hourly rate.


What We Like About People Per Hour 

PPH is available to many countries which is great. What I really like at PPH is the variety of projects. You apply to projects that fit your skill set. Below is a sample list of the types of jobs you can expect to find as a freelancer: 

  • Video work
  • Graphic work
  • Jquery/javascript and other coding work
  • Social media management
  • PHP developers
  • Content writing
  • Youtube work
  • Google Adwords specialists

This is just a partial list to give you an idea of the type of work available and the skills that Buyers are looking for. As you can by the list above, a lot of the work is more technical in nature.

You can set filters to find specific types of jobs ranging from the latest jobs, experience, location, project type and price type.

How Do You Make Money With People Per Hour?

When a Buyer works with a freelancer, a certain amount of the project is paid into an Escrow account and held until the completion of the project. The amount is based on the type of offer that’s accepted so the amount represents either the full amount of the project or a deposit. These funds are held by People Per Hour on behalf of the freelancer until the work is completed. 

Another way you can earn money is by inviting people to join People Per Hour. To do this, you simply copy/paste your referral link and send it to people you think would be interested in joining the freelancer site. You will be paid 32 euro in cash after your referral has completed their first project.

When Do People Per Hour Freelancers Receive Payments?

In order to be paid for your work, you must issue an invoice to the Buyer for review and approval. To submit an invoice, you simply need to click on the Raise Invoice tab on the Buyer’s WorkStream.

In practice, Buyers are obligated to pay invoices within seven days. Your payment then goes through security checks. You will see any payments listed as pending. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. In rare cases, it can take up to 3 days. The funds are then released to the Freelancer’s user account. You can then withdraw the funds. Withdrawals can be made at any time as long as you have funds in your account. However, PPH may ask for various identification documents to ensure proof of identity. This can slow the payment process initially. 

There are a number of payment methods available and most have a service fee attached. Payment methods include PayPal, TrustPay, GiroPay, Unionpay, Paysafecard, credit or debit card and bank transfers. There are only three currencies available: British Pound (GBP), U.S. dollar (USD) and the Euro (EUR).

How Do You Sign Up For People Per Hour?

To sign up, you’ll need to fill out a basic online form that includes your first and last name, email address, and password. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and then click the sign up button.

Once inside, you’ll want to set up your profile. Upload a professional looking photo, add an image, fill in the skills information and save. The more skills you have, the more opportunities available to you.

People Per Hour Help and Support For Freelancers

Should you need help with anything, you can go to their Help Centre to start. You can also submit a request that is sent to staff. Click on the corresponding icon.

People Per Hour Complaints

Lots of Competition

There’s no shortage of jobs to bid on but you may find yourself in a very large sea of bids for work. Some of the jobs I saw posted had upwards of over 45 bids so getting your first gig may be a challenge. You’ll also likely be competing with other freelancers that bid lower than you so in in this way, it feels a bit like the Upwork business model or Fiverr

Poor Customer Support

According to my research, there are complaints that Customer Support do not respond to messages and if they do respond, the answers are not related to the questions. And there’s no live chat support.

Disputes Can Be Messy

If your work as a freelancer is in dispute for any reason, it’s possible that you will not get the full agreed upon amount for the work you did. If a Buyer rejects your invoice, PPH will try to mediate by checking the details of your work and decide what you should be paid.

Lots Of Fees

As a freelancer, you’ll pay service fees for any earnings you withdraw as well as currency exchange fees if they should apply. You’ll also pay a service fee for each job that you accept. These rates are scaled according to the monetary value of the job. You’ll need to factor in any fees you pay in order to determine exactly what you will earn when you accept a job.

Only Three Currencies Available

This may or may not be a complaint as such but it’s worth noting that PPH only pays out in three currencies: British Pound (GBP), U.S. dollar (USD) and the Euro (EUR). So if you live in a country where these currencies are not accepted, this will be a problem for you.

Is It Worth Joining People Per Hour?

The hard part about being a freelancer on a site like this is the whole bidding process. Not to mention that you could be one of too many bidders for work. Perhaps, once you land a gig and have an established reputation, getting work will become easier. 

The other consideration here are the fees. Both buyer and freelancer have to pay fees. Not to mention you’ll pay transaction fees for your withdrawals. Add to that the questionable support. It’s hard to find an online site that pays well when you are a freelancer. I’m still on the hunt!

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