Pleased to meet you…

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

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Xenios is the Founder & CEO of PeoplePerHour. He is a thought leader for the burgeoning on-demand economy, changes to the labour market and entrepreneurship at large. In this role Xenios has appeared numerous times on BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC and has been interviewed hundreds of times by major publications including Forbes, the Financial Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider.
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Karan Bhatia
Karan Bhatia

How about holding one in the biggest market for freelancing – India, i would like to offer my services for organizing this, it would be a much bigger hit in India i assure you

Dee
Dee

Not everyone lives in London or anywhere near. How about holding some meetings in some of the other UK capitals – there are three – Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast

Maysa
Maysa

Yes, I would. Keep me informed.
Maysa

Frances Ive
Frances Ive

I am frustrated by the amount of open bids that remain open. Not sure what you can do about this except time out the client – why do they not award the contracts? Could they perhaps explain – it makes you wonder if they are wasting our time.

Margaret Ranken
Margaret Ranken

How about one for us Northerners? Edinburgh maybe?

Arnab Das
Arnab Das

Hey,
The Idea is stunning Karan, Hope PPH will look up to this and take it in Serious way.
It will really be a Smashing Gathering if they come up to India.

Lets see….

Rachel England
Rachel England

“The recycling and waste management industry may not be a leading light of the sexual equality movement.”

Quelle surprise! 😉

Christopher Bird
Christopher Bird

London Tuesday July 19th 6-8pm – I cannot find the link to state my interest in attending. Is there an event or is the next event yet to be confirmed?

martin
martin

Hey Christopher

If you just want to shoot me a quick mail martin at peopleperhour dot com, then I can make sure you have the details.

Martin, — PeoplePerHour team

Marcel Garbi
Marcel Garbi

I like Irene 🙂

shahzad
shahzad

Hey,
The Idea is stunning Karan, Hope PPH will look up to this and take it in Serious way.
It will really be a Smashing Gathering if they come up to Pakistan

lara
lara

where will the next one be?

martin
martin

Hey Lara,

We’ll be hosting it in West London again I think, please email me to register your interest….

martin at peopleperhour dot com

Martin, PeoplePerHour team

beinomugisha godfrey
beinomugisha godfrey

i like irene, Hope PPH will look up to this and take it in Serious way.
It will really be a good if they come up to uganda

toby
toby

Karan BATIA would be interested in hosting somethng in India….where are u Mumbai?Make contact toby852@HOTMAIL.COM

Beatriz Polcino
Beatriz Polcino

Congratulation to all of you, so far I think I am the only one who is in South America, Uruguay, and very difficult to meet you . You had fun and spoke about freelancers´s work that is great. I would like to work for a Sheik too Hope to get my first job in PPH soon.

Regards to all of you,

Beatriz

Ankita
Ankita

Yes. How about one in India. It is a big and a very very promising market. Let me know if there is someone/ some org., which is doing something similar to this here.

martin
martin

Hey all

Exiting to see the enthusiasm for meetups outside of the UK. For the short term I don’t know if we’re personally going to be able to organise these.

That said we’d love to hear if anyone would like to help organize these in other countries. Given the right discussions, we would happily accredit them as “official” meetups, send PPH swag, blog about them. India seems like a popular choice.

Anyone want to take the lead to organise one in Mumbai or Delhi?

Martin, — PeoplePerHour team

Lisa
Lisa

Grrr everything is always so London-centric! A lot of freelancers freelance quite simply because they *don’t* live in London or a big city! I would definitely be interested in attending a meeting in the Midlands and think you should definitely consider other locations around the UK too.

anjana tripathy
anjana tripathy

INDIA…..INDIA……..INDIA ! i’m yet to get a freelance assignment thru PHP. there r scores of ones like me, most of them,immensely talented & interested, but unable to reach out.so pleas……….e! wud like to know how to get freelance assignments, without too many hassles,complicated procedures & FASTER ! so let’s meet up somewhere in INDIA !

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