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Project Quantity and Marketplace Size

PeoplePerHour does not provide specific information about the number of projects posted on its marketplace, and this is one area where WhichLance was also not of any help. The site does allow one to search for all projects posted within the last 1, 3 or 7 days, and these numbers indicate an average of about 120 projects per day. Presumably these searches do not include closed jobs, so the actual number of projects posted would probably be higher, perhaps 130 to 140 per day. This is not as much as the big sites, but is still very respectable volume. My only concern is that when I look at PPH clients, I often find fairly low percentage of projects awarded, so I don’t know how many of those listings actually turn into paying gigs.

According to the “PPH Economy” section of PeoplePerHour’s web site, the company has about 106,000 freelancers and 37,000 clients. It reported monthly billings of $5.9 million in the third quarter of 2010, and $6.7 million in the fourth quarter. Its Alexa site ranking is currently 4,246, up dramatically from the 15,000 range a year ago.

Project Quality

I’ve looked through the project listings at PeoplePerHour and my general assessment is that the quality level is average to above average. Sure, not all of the jobs are the best, and it is fairly easy to find listings where the descriptions don’t have enough detail for proper bidding. However, on the whole, the jobs seem pretty good. PeoplePerHour appears to do pre-screening of projects, and I don’t see nearly as much “junk” here as I do on some of the bigger sites.

One issue with PeoplePerHour projects is that the site is heavily focused on the UK market, which can be a problem for those who reside elsewhere. A substantial percentage of the projects require a local presence, or do not but are still restricted to only UK-based providers.

Project Discipline Focus

PeoplePerHour is a generalist site, like most of its competitors, not focused on any particular business discipline. It divides its projects into ten categories, though oddly, several of these encompass functions that on most other sites are a single grouping: Personal, Organising/Planning and Admin/Secretarial don’t really seem like they need to be separate categories.

The two largest work categories are IT/Web/Programming, which encompasses all technology projects (about 40% of projects), and perhaps surprisingly, Marketing/Sales (about 25%). Design projects account for around 15%, Writing is roughly 10% and the remainder is split among the remaining areas.


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