Posted on February 17, 2017
Project4hire is a low cost online marketplace that was established in 2006. The platform offers a wide range of specialisms but is far less populated than other marketplaces, and therefore has fewer jobs for freelancers to accept. Compared with other platforms, the site’s overall appearance is also very basic.
How to get started on Project4hire as a freelancer
Registration for freelancers is very quick. After entering their basic information, all freelancers need to do is verify their email address, then they can begin bidding on projects. Projects can easily be found by clicking on the desired category and sub-categories, but one issue freelancers may experience with this platform is the lack of jobs available. At the time of writing this article, there were only 20 jobs posted on the platform.
Bidding on a project works in a similar way to other platforms; freelancers select their hourly or fixed rate, and then write a proposal. One interesting difference is that freelancers can view all of the proposals that other users have made on a project. This may give a slight advantage to freelancers who apply later. To combat this potential pitfall, the platform offers clients the option to seal their projects, preventing freelancers from viewing each other’s proposals and bids.
Unlike other platforms, freelancers can bid on an unlimited number of projects, but non-paying users must pay $5 to accept a project that is awarded to them. Paying users can message any client for free, accept any project and upload documents with their proposals. All freelancers get to keep all of their earnings on this platform, which is certainly an attractive feature.
The site also forbids all users from including any of the following items in the written portion of their proposals:
• Email address
• Social media profiles
• Portfolio links
How to get started on Project4hire as a client
The signup process for clients is also simple. After registering and creating a profile,the client can then create a project according to their business needs. The client can then review freelancer proposals and award the project to their chosen individual (or contractor). As mentioned above, the client has the option to seal projects, preventing freelancers from seeing each other’s proposals and bids. Clients can post an unlimited number of projects and award projects to freelancers for free.
Fees and additional services
Non-paying users must pay $5 to accept an awarded project. Paying users pay $30 for 3 months of unlimited access to all projects and clients.
There are currently no fees required for clients.
Payment methods for clients and freelancers are:
Please note that these are only the payments methods posted by clients on live jobs. The platform doesn’t list all of the available payment methods.
Pros and Cons for freelancers using Project4hire
• Keep 100% of earnings
• Quick and easy registration
• Less competition due to smaller user base
• View proposals made by other freelancers
• Wide range of specialisms to choose from
• Very few live jobs
• Not truly free to use
• No FAQ available
• Platform isn't as professional as others
Project4hire is a platform designed to help freelancers find work easily and at low cost. But its outdated UI, limited projects, and lack of overall information may prove challenging for some. It is perhaps more suited as a networking tool for freelancers and clients. Inexperienced freelancers may find it useful however, as there is far less competition than on other platforms.
Pros and Cons for clients using Project4hire
• Quick registration
• Free and simple to use
• Unlimited projects
• Lower quality freelancers
Do you have any experience with this platform? Let us know in the comment section or rate it above.
Project4hire is a platform with great potential but clients may struggle to find the right freelancer for their projects. At the time of writing this review, most live jobs only had 5-6 bids and many of the proposals made did not match the client’s requirements. As stated above, the lack of information provided by the platform may also be confusing for clients.