Product update: Opportunities to charge 1 proposal credit

Have you bid on projects with the opportunity or high-value label before? You may have wondered why these projects require 3 proposal credits rather than the 1 proposal credit needed to bid on other projects. We recently changed the name of these potential high-income projects from high value to opportunity, but we’re not stopping there.

We introduced the opportunity label – originally high-value – a year and a half ago. Opportunities offer freelancers the chance to identify projects that may convert to further work. Our belief that the convenience this offered to freelancers meant that these projects were worth more in proposal credits. As a result, we introduced a mandatory 3 credits requirement to bid on any opportunities with this label attached to them.

However, after reviewing this process and listening to feedback from our PeoplePerHour community, we’ve made the decision to reduce the required proposal credits number to 1 credit. We hope this will improve the PeoplePerHour experience for our freelancers, and also be beneficial to buyers.

Why is an opportunity worth bidding for?

Opportunities are projects that we predict are more likely to generate high additional income over the next 12 months, based on historical data. This makes it easier for freelancers to identify projects with a potential higher income that could represent an opportunity.

For example, you can see a project that only pays £10 but is listed with the opportunity label. This is because our previous learnings suggest this buyer will go on to use freelancers for further projects. However, bear in mind that our predictive model is not 100% accurate, so there is no guarantee of repeat work.

Are you happy with the update? Let us know your feedback in the comments section below.

Declan Campbell
Declan Campbell
PeoplePerHour
Declan is the Communication & PR Manager at PeoplePerHour. His role involves writing blog content, helping to organise PeoplePerHour events and generally all things marketing. In his spare time, you will find Declan watching his beloved Manchester United.
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Adam
Adam

Personally the whole site needs improving from poor third world sellers who spam, with broken English and little skills, to ridiculously low budgets and a support sustem that doesnt work when there is sky rocket commission. Majority of freelancers are leaving due to this

Natalie
Natalie

Hello Adam.
Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on fixing the member application process by helping our users have a clear understanding of how to build a strong profile allowing them to be transparent regarding their offerings and proposals.
Have a lovely day.

Anne Marie Carter
Anne Marie Carter

There are lots of third world sellers but personally, being from the UK I try to compete on skills. Not easy but doable. Regarding fees I am failing to find a cheaper site. Checking competitors, PPH is the cheapest as the average commission on most of the is closer to 20%. Please note a cheaper one!

Shantanu P.
Shantanu P.

Hi Adam! Though I really don’t appreciate you using the word ‘poor third world countries’. But, the point you tried to put across has been rightly said! Recently, I had to post a project for a small issue that my client had. The issue was out of my skill spectrum and therefore I thought better to post a project on the platform itself and get it done with. To my surprise, the first 10 proposals were from India(my country), Bangladesh and Pakistan. Most of these freelancers had absolutely no sense of what they were writing. Broken english, copy-pasted proposals and… Read more »

Natalie
Natalie

Hello and thank you for the input Shantanu! As previously said we are working on it and, hopefully, you shouldn’t be having those problems in the upcoming future.

Jane
Jane

Thank you for listening to us PeoplePerHour! Great to see such care for us the freelancers.

Natalie
Natalie

Our pleasure Jane!

Mahmud
Mahmud

Nice one! Thanks for that and also clarifying what an Opportunity job is!

Natalie
Natalie

Happy we cleared the air, Mahmud! Have an awesome day!

Les King
Les King

Well that’s progress – I have not bid on several ‘high value’ projects, usually with quite low budgets. because of the ‘credits’ cost.

At this stage, with PPH producing so few relevant projects compared with a year or so back, I certainly won’t be buying additional proposal credits.

PPH listening to their customers is a welcome (and long overdue) change.

Natalie
Natalie

Thank you. We are trying to make sure all of our users have the best experience under our platform. And never forget your feedback matters! Have a lovely day!

Dorothy
Dorothy

Definitely nice to see PPH doing things for the freelancing community. Lately it is improving on a lot of aspects and definitely starting to stand out from competitors as friendlier towards us!

Natalie
Natalie

We are happy you are happy! Thank you for your message!

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