You work for a Sheik? What a real one? Well funny you should mention that because…”
This week we hosted the first PeoplePerHour Meetup of 2011 and if everyone who came along had as nice a time as we did meeting them, then we’re confident a good time was had by all. Thanks goes out to everyone who made it.
Oh and we had such a good time we think we’re going to do another: Tuesday July 19th 6-8pm.
But back to Tuesday, there were Clients and Freelancers, chat and banter, serious discussion and some not-so-serious laughter. There were those who have yet to win work through PPH and others who are certified PPH freelance Royalty, employing 30 other freelancers to help meet demand. PPH staff were on hand to hear all about it.
Things we were excited to learn from the PPH community:
- One of our Freelancers is working through the site for a Middle Eastern Sheik
- Another writes football coverage for The Times and has interviewed England managers
- The recycling and waste management industry may not be a leading light of the sexual equality movement
- One of our Clients, a property expert, was once asked to research “doggie bins” for local councils
- Another moonlights as a Freelance bed-tester. Who can argue with £12 for 20 mins work?
- Be careful where you chain your bike up at night, it might be a little problematic retrieving it once the 8 foot spiked gates are locked
Irene from TeamPPH glows in the presence of genuine PeoplePerHour Freelance Royalty, Atif…”
On a slightly more serious note, amid the introductions and anecdotes, we made sure we were listening to any concerns raised by Freelancers and Clients alike. We’re building a site with you guys, not for you, so were all ears when it came to feedback.
Things we heard loud and clear on the night:
- Low quality Jobs are a source of frustration to Freelancers (we were aware of this though, and recently launched the Feedback to Budgets feature)
- Blog comments (positive or negative) can make a strong impression (well, it’s good we’re being heard…)
- Rejecting bids should be made easier; so should importing feedback
- PPH should make more currencies available on the site
- If a Freelancer recommends another Freelancer to a client, they should get some kind of thank you (… but what kind?)
- If a Freelancer has just joined the site, maybe they’d appreciate a call and walk-through from the PPH CS team to clear things up
If we’re being honest, this is just a shortlist of some of the great suggestions made. Many of the items are already on our radar and indeed our roadmaps, others are great pieces of insight. Either way, they’re very valuable to us and you have our word we are working on actioning them. If you have any more thoughts, please leave a comment below.
TeamPPH just seconds before a minor earthquake shockwave struck stage right…”
But back to the fun stuff: Tuesday’s meetup was such fun, we’re going to make the next one Tuesday 19th of July. If you’re interested in attending, just email us on martin at peopleperhour dot com.
Martin, PeoplePerHour team