Project4Hire Freelance Marketplace Lists for Free

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If you’re a business owner looking to outsource some of your work, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right person for the job. If you’re a freelancer on the hunt for your next gig, it can difficult to find just the right opportunity.

Looking to rectify this situation is Project4Hire.com, a marketplace that connects clients with freelancers. The site serves as the subject of today’s review and I’ll take you on a brief tour of what this bid-based job board has to offer.

Freelance Designers, Programmers, and Writers

As with other freelance marketplaces that you may find on the Internet, Project4Hire provides a venue in which business owners can actively seek out freelancers to complete their projects. This freelance marketplace handles a wide range of possible projects, including web development, software support, engineering, graphic design, and telemarketing.

Since I am a freelance writer, the area of particular interest to me is the writing section. There, you can find postings for copywriting, forum posting, technical writing, press releases, and so on.

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One of the featured posting calls for the creation of a social networking site. The client (“mike2109”) is looking for someone to develop a microblogging platform similar to that of Twitter. He outlines his request, states his maximum budget, and lists his preferred payment methods. Project4Hire offers a Safe Transfer system, which acts as an escrow service for a $20 fee.

Registered freelancers can then submit their bids, saying how much they’ll charge, when they’ll deliver, and provide any additional comments to persuade the potential buyer. These bids are visible to the public.

Freelancer Profiles

To help ensure that they are getting the right person for the job, buyers can take a look at the registered freelancers list with Project4Hire. There, they can see the country, username, freelancer type, rating (out of ten stars), and any posted reviews. Clicking through, they can then look at the individual profile.

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Shown above, for instance, is the profile of TechnologyGuru. In the profile, he can state his areas of expertise, average hourly rate, and so on. The page also shows stats (bids placed and projects won), as well as space for portfolio items.

No personal contact information is provided. This is because Project4Hire maintains the relative anonymity of both clients and freelancers. When a successful bid has been placed and accepted, the contact information is then exchanged. Before that, the only communication between the parties is through the Project4Hire board.

Fees, Charges, and Monetization

How much does it cost to use Project4Hire? According to the FAQ, clients are not charged any fees for posting projects to the job board. They are also not charged when a successful bid is accepted.

Instead, the freelancer is responsible for what is known as the Project Acceptance Fee. Project4Hire charges a 5% commission, based on the winning bid, and this must be paid before contact information is provided. The client can choose to pay this fee on the freelancer’s behalf, but is not obligated to do so.

The exception would be if a client wanted to post a permanent employment ad. There would be no bidding here, as the employer specifies exactly the salary that he or she will be paying. A $10 fee is charged for posting a permanent employment ad.

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These fees are not the only way that Project4Hire makes money. As you navigate through the website, you’ll notice that they have implemented a series of Google AdSense ads as well. I think that this is ultimately counterproductive, because these ads can potentially lead site visitors to competing freelance marketplaces and work-at-home style websites. You want clients and freelancers to stick around, not go to some other job board.

Get Started with Project4Hire

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Getting started with Project4Hire is very simple. There is a short signup form, an email address verification process, and then the profile registration form. After that, you are free to post jobs (if you’re a client) or bid on projects (if you’re a freelancer).

Compared to some of the other subscription or fee-based freelance marketplaces on the Internet, the “free” nature of Project4Hire is certainly appealing. You only pay the 5% commission when a winning bid is accepted and using the escrow system ensures that the funds are secured.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP WITH PROJECT4HIRE


27 thoughts on “Project4Hire Freelance Marketplace Lists for Free”

  1. Looks like a decent place to find some people to hire. Nice review.

    1. Kendall says:

      I agree. Like Elance and iFreelance, this is a great marketplace for people looking for affordable freelance services. However, one word of caution: do your due diligence on your prospects first before entering into a contract with them. Sometimes it’s best to go with an actual reliable company, as they are typically a bit more professional.

    2. Tushar says:

      It does.

      Has anyone used this site before (as an actual source for outsourcing, not for a review)?

  2. Josten says:

    definitely what i need to find some freelance work

    1. Yup pretty good thing there.

  3. This is a great site. I’ve used it when looking for website design projects.

    It’s a great place to turn to if your without a job in these economic times as well.

    I’ve seen it help people get back on there feet after losing their jobs.

  4. joe gelb says:

    great opportunity thankyou for the info.

  5. Hmmm, pretty hard to compete with eLance though. Their feature set and safe guards are top notch.

    1. Tushar says:

      I haven’t used eLance before. What feature set and safe guards are you talking about?

  6. Pahn says:

    this type of website are the place I will surely get projects once I get a team of developer,, I just hope we can get projects for us that can sustain our team ^^

  7. Now I know where to find a writer. Seems a very serious site. Good review Michael.

  8. Thank you for the review – I will certainly check it out next time I need something written. I usually avoid sites such as Rent-a-Coder because they usually feature race-to-the-bottom bidding style where freelancers will often compromise on quality and offer impossibly low prices just to get the project.

    One thing I will have to look into are the buyer’s obligations upon project delivery – in other words, is it possible not to pay the freelancer if they deliver work of clearly inferior quality?

  9. Jan says:

    Thanks for sharing it. Very helpful site.

  10. Look like. Nice review. Thanks for it.

  11. Mike B. says:

    Sites like this are always good to have even though you may not use it immediately. The more places to find work the better.

    @bookerx3

  12. I think all of us will at some point in time outsource some of our work or need freelance work to be done. This seems to be a very good site to look at whenever this happens. Good review.

    Peter Lee

  13. Tushar says:

    The best feature about this site for me is definitely their “Safe Transfer Service”. Makes a lot of sense, and many sites are just simply lacking this service.

    I’d be more than willing to fork over $20 for that service.

  14. This is a great site. I’ve used it when looking for website design
    projects.

  15. game-girl says:

    Nice site !I think it reveals great opportunities for both sides those who looks for a job and people ready to offer it.Let them happily meet each other!

  16. Nice! I haven’t heard of them yet, but now I’m sure they’ll get a ton of visits from the informative review…

  17. INTERNET says:

    Design doesn’t matter that much.
    You need to be very very careful when selecting the designer. There are many so called experts in such sites who has false resume..I have a pretty good experience with such sites. Finally after heavy review I found my developer via Getafreelancer.com
    There are many other sites such as Guru.com, rentacoder.com, etc.
    Bottomline is that no matter where you look for the developers, you gotta really ask several questions…
    Good Luck.

  18. Looks good! I’ll check it out tonight 🙂

  19. Good idea though not original and not the prettiest looking site.

  20. Looks like a good resource, but I’d have to mulkl over that whole “project acceptance fee” thing. The freelancer pays before the project even starts?!

    Having been a freelance writer for several years, I’ve encountered enough PITA clients that I’d be a little hesitant to put up cash before contacting the client.

    Granted, Elance takes out a bigger chunk (upwards of 9% for most providers), but this comes out of the funds when they are paid to the freelancer by the client. If you get an impossible client or one that doesn’t pay, you’re still out time and effort, but at least you’re not losing cash too.

    I just wonder if that has the potential to be a raw deal for freelancers.

  21. The Adsense ads might not necessarily be bad. There’s a feature where they can weed out competitive ads.

  22. SEO Tips says:

    Looks like an excellent site, might have to check it out.

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