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.Show more screenshots »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.