PeoplePerHour as a service aims to bring freelancers together with prospective clients and provides a means to streamline the workflow process through invoicing and payment processing. The app specifically focuses on the service’s “hourlie” [sic] feature — the ability to post a simple ad for a one-off job that includes a picture, a prominent indication of the price, the opportunity for the seller to describe exactly what they are offering and a description of what they need to get started. The ads also indicate how soon the seller is able to make a start on the client’s project.
Posting an hourlie is a simple matter of tapping the large orange button on the main screen and filling out the basic information. This includes what the poster is offering, how long it will take them and how much they are charging for it. Additional information can then be added, including the aforementioned description and prerequisites from the client as well as whether the poster will be working remotely or from a specific location. The hourlie must also have at least three tags attached to it, and placed within a category.
As a prospective client, PeoplePerHour users can browse through freelancers by category or search for them. “Featured” sections also highlight picks from the PeoplePerHour staff, “most relevant” hourlies (though exactly how this is calculated is not indicated), most popular hourlies, the latest-posted hourlies and those which have videos attached to them rather than images. There’s also a “shuffle” function, which displays users a random selection of hourlies from across all categories.
Once an hourlie has been selected, the user may tap on the big green button at the bottom of the screen and submit their payment to the freelancer via PayPal. Payments go into the freelancer’s “PeoplePerHour Wallet” rather than directly into their payment account, meaning that users never have to exchange contact information directly if they do not wish to — this also allows PeoplePerHour to take a cut to help fund the site. A “WorkStream” facility keeps track of when invoices have been processed and approved and also allow the client and freelancer to communicate with one another via simple messages. Once the job is complete, the client may leave a review for the freelancer including a comment and a one-to-five star rating. As such, as freelancers perform more jobs using PeoplePerHour, they gradually build up a reputation.
The PeoplePerHour app is very well designed and easy to navigate. It includes plenty of flashy visual chrome to make it appealing to use, but not at the expense of usability. It’s very easy to find almost any type of worker, though the “featured” content does seem to have an undue focus on SEO and social media “experts” offering amorphous, vague services rather than anything immediately obvious as being useful. Delve into the categories or search function, however, and there are plenty of workers out there keen to make contact with prospective clients. The service is obviously being used by a wide variety of people, and this app only makes it easier for clients and service providers to connect with one another in a simple, friendly, secure manner.
The PeoplePerHour app is a new release and consequently is not yet listed on the App Store leaderboards at the time of writing. Check back shortly to follow its progress with AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.