The CommsPeople Story


CommsPeople grew out of its founders’ frustration with the limitations of many virtual freelancer sites. The matching process between brief and candidate was poor, resource-heavy, and hugely time-consuming. There had to be a better way.

CommsPeople aims to take the pain and guesswork out of finding talent with exactly the right experience and expertise. We are experienced communications professionals so skilled at understanding briefs and building teams quickly and reliably.  All candidates are pre-screened and unlike recruitment services, there are no fees. 

CommsPeople is the equivalent of asking a trusted friend or colleague for a recommendation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put, we help you recruit the best PR, marketing, digital and content freelancers in the world, whilst taking the hassle, guess work and time commitment out of the process.

CommsPeople is completely free for businesses and once you’re connected with the right talent you work directly with them, so you pay less and get more for your money. Win-win.

Whether you are launching a business, upgrading your marketing, or building a team to deliver a client project, we are experts in matching briefs to the right talent. You can choose to work with any CommsPeople freelancer individually on a project-by-project basis, or you can build your own comms team without being tied into long term contracts.

We only work with experts at the top of their game, and every CommsPeople candidate has successfully completed a rigorous four stage screening process.

1. Talk to us about what talent you need

What kind of talent do you need? What’s the project? What specific skills do you require?

We’ll spend time with you to understand your needs. Whether it’s a single freelancer or a cross-functional team of experts, we will work with you to identify the brief and skill set needed. 

2. We hand-select the perfect match

After we agree on the brief, the Comms People team swings into action, using our expertise to source the perfect freelancer talent from our community of top talent.

3. We help onboard them to become part of your team

We understand the importance of getting the onboarding process right. We can advise throughout this stage, ensuring contracts are in place, milestones agreed, and expectations are clear. 

Every CommsPeople freelancer has been through our rigorous five-stage screening process. This includes submission of previous work, reviewing CVs, portfolios, and social media accounts, an in-depth interview, and references. After each assignment, CommsPeople will review performance with the client with a view to maintaining quality across all projects.

Not at all, it’s just different. However, you won’t be tied into long term contracts with our freelancers unless you want to be. CommsPeople is a group of trusted professionals who will be able to give you honest professional advice, whatever the comms activity you need. Drop us a line via the contact form and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements. 

CommsPeople, and any freelancer on our platform will be happy to sign an NDA with you if required.

It really does depend on the scope of work and the level of experience you are looking for. However, if you wish to chat this through, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. 

Our clients

Agencies & startups

What our clients say


We didn’t really know which route to go down when it came to our PR activity – we'd heard stories about some agencies not being able to deliver the right results. After being able to have such an open conversation with someone who is well-experienced in PR and comms, we decided to go down the boutique agency route and the results have been fantastic. The team we worked with were engaged, dedicated, and most importantly helped us get the word out about Penfold. We still get compliments on our PR success today.

Pete Hykin Founder of Penfold

As a new business, we knew we wanted to establish ourselves quickly within our sector with a PR and Digital Marketing strategy, however we weren’t really sure where to start. After speaking with the CommsPeople team, it made things so much clearer – they gave honest and open advice as well as some great matches with freelancers. We’ll definitely be working with CommsPeople again to support our business as it gets off the ground.”

Travis Street Founder of Coolbytz.com

We were trying to work out our strategy for launch and looking at the benefits of freelancers versus agencies. CommsPeople steered us in the right direction, the advice they gave was invaluable and completely free of charge. We were incredibly happy with the service – it’s definitely the best way for a small business with big ambitions to get their comms strategy off the ground.

George Pallis Founder of Manual

We didn’t really know where to look for freelancers and when we did find people, we had no way of telling who was good and who wasn’t – it was very much a roll of the dice. CommsPeople introduced us to some fantastic professionals, we were able to choose the best freelancer for us and the rest is history. We were particularly impressed with the human touch CommsPeople provided – they really seemed to understand the nature of our industry and what we would need to achieve our desired results

Ben Dixon Founder of Catapult

Meet the team

The people behind CommsPeople

Sarah Paterson

Founder, CEO - Sarah created CommsPeople to solve a problem that she personally had. After 15 years in PR she went freelance, and couldn't believe how hard it was for companies to find good freelancers. So she created CommsPeople to help companies and freelancers meet each other.


If you like the sound of what we're doing, get in touch! We're always looking for more people to come on this journey with us.

Jess Harris

Founder, Marketing - Jess joined Sarah to grow and expand the CommsPeople brand. After spending 20 years growing brand names in hospitality, media and culture, she was frustrated with how difficult it is to find quality support. Good freelancers are hard to find, and agencies were often prohibitively expensive. So when she met Sarah, she had to join the CommsPeople journey.

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