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Hourly

Online Social Employment Network


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Published 03/20/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Hour.ly names itself the employment network for freelancers, temps, part time and hourly workers. The website invites users to sign up and create a professional profile. Using this information, Hour.ly matches the user up with available jobs. Employers can visit Hour.ly as another place to list their available positions. Workers can apply to as many jobs as they like. The Hour.ly user dashboard allows workers and employers to manage direct communications, histories and saved jobs. Employers are also given equal freedom with the ability to hire as many workers as they like through Hour.ly. Users can also visit the community area to read the Hour.ly blog which covers employment related topics and current events. Blog archives are also available as well as blog post categories so the user can see what they may have missed. Hour.ly offers a basic job search option for workers and employers.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Hour.ly was founded in January of 2010 by Brooke and Lynn Dixon. The pair found that existing job options were lacking. They also understood the challenges of finding work as freelancers. To make things easier, they created the New York City based Hour.ly which was created out of their small home office. The application has received quite a bit of attention, with invitations to the First Growth Venture Network, NYC Poly Incubator and UNC Kenan-Flagler entrepreneurial study program.

What are the differences to other apps?

Hour.ly seems to focus on keeping things simple for all users. This works very well while many similar sites complicate the process with more features and work monitoring tools. Hour.ly helps employers and workers connect by matching them up. The application helps users fill positions or find them so that all involved can get back to work.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Hour.ly website uses a pure white background with a large color image of workers sitting at café tables silhouetted against a bright city day. The site contains no clutter and actually presents the user with minimal information until they sign up. A handful of color icons breathe a little life into the otherwise low key site design.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Hour.ly community by clicking the “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The registration form asks for a first and last name, email address and password. The user must also choose what their purpose is (either looking for work or looking to hire people). The last drop down box asks the user how they heard about Hour.ly. The user must also check a box in the highlighted area at the base of the form to confirm that they are at least 18 years of age and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. After clicking the small “Join” button at the bottom of the page, the user is asked to check their email inbox for a verification message to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

The cost of Hour.ly is another attractive benefit. Users can create an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for both employers and workers. The site also claims that users can hire or be hired as much as they like for free. The website does contain a few advertisements, which likely help pay for upkeep, but these are not terribly intrusive.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Hour.ly is a very helpful tool for businesses who are hiring as well as those searching for work. Small businesses and startups can really appreciate the free price tag. Through Hour.ly, temporary workers, freelancers and hourly and part time workers can connect with employers who have positions available.

  • Build a professional profile on Hour.ly
  • Read through job or worker matches
  • Hire or be hired as much as you like
  • Create an account and access all features for free
  • Read the Hour.ly blog to learn about employment related topics


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