Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shop + Hire PR?

Shop + Hire PR is a directory of online local stores and freelancers that serves as a tool to boost economic development and unfold a strong and sustainable mechanism to help local businesses and freelancers recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Through Shop + Hire PR, we seek to implement the start of the e-commerce culture in Puerto Rico.

As part of a common strategy to support and strengthen entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico, particularly after the landfall of Hurricane Maria, Colmena66 and Parallel18, both verticals of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, partnered with the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company and SouceLink to launch Shop + Hire PR.

Why Shop + Hire PR?

According to FEMA, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. Puerto Rico was facing an economic crisis before Hurricane Maria so our makers and freelancers were already struggling. After Hurricane Maria the crisis scaled and the urgency increased. It is our duty, for Puerto Ricans living on or outside the island to support local shops and hire local talent.

As everyone struggles to survive and recover, local businesses and freelancers do so as well. Shop & Hire Puerto Rico enables the effective achievement of long-term recovery goals of the island post the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Many have approached us looking for additional opportunities to contribute to the recovery of Puerto Rico. Shop + Hire PR is the perfect solution to help boost the local economy and entrepreneurial communities of Puerto Rico.  

For Shoppers and Employers

What kind of products or services can I find in Shop + Hire PR?

All shops and freelancers in Shop + Hire PR are Puerto Rican doers who have had to pivot their strategy and innovate accordingly to assure a prompt recovery.

You can shop:               

  • Apparel
  • Beauty products
  • Jewelry
  • Gourmet food
  • Home decor
  • And many more products!

You can hire:

  • Web developers
  • Translators
  • Email marketing
  • Graphic designer
  • Software engineer
  • Any many more services!

Return policy? Delivery estimates? Shipping charges?

Shop + Hire PR serves as a tool for quick access to local talent! For specific questions on products or services feel free to contact our stores and freelancers individually.

Does Shop + Hire PR charge any fees or sale commissions?

All profits are 100% for our local entrepreneurs! Shop + Hire is powered by nonprofit and public organizations that are seeking to boost economic development and develop a strong and sustainable mechanism to help local businesses recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and to implement the start of the e-commerce culture in Puerto Rico.

For Shops and Freelancers

How do I sign up?

We would love to have you onboard! If you have an online store sign up here! If you are a freelancer sign up here!

What kind of information do I need to submit to register?

Online stores will need to submit:            

  • Store’s name
  • Contact information
  • Website
  • Logo or product’s picture
  • Category  

Freelancers will need to submit:

  • Contact information
  • Website or profile
  • Logo or picture
  • Services offered

How long will it take for my profile to upload?

After receiving your submission, our team will evaluate your information in less than 48 hours and contact you as soon as your online store or freelancer profile is live on shopandhirepr.com.

Does Shop + Hire PR charge any fees or sale commissions?

All profits are 100% for you! Shop + Hire is powered by nonprofit and public organizations that are seeking to boost economic development and develop a strong and sustainable mechanism to help local businesses recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and to implement the start of the e-commerce culture in Puerto Rico.

Will Shop + Hire market my products/services?

Shop + Hire PR will highlight shops and freelancers in our Facebook page, Instagram profile, Twitter account, as well as in our newsletter!

I want to include my products in Shop + Hire PR but I don’t have an online store. What can I do?

No worries! We are offering ecommerce bootcamps around Puerto Rico to help local businesses build their online shop. Stay tuned to our newsletter, social media, and Colmena66’s calendar to see where is our next workshop!

I’m not sure if my product or service fits in any of Shop + Hire PR categories. What should I do?

Feel free to email us at info@shopandhirepr.com and let us know what category is missing. We will evaluate your request and contact you ASAP!

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