Do you wish you could remove all the busywork from your plate?
After the 4-Hour Workweek hit the New York Times Bestseller list, entrepreneurs began to outsource their life overseas.
Whether you want to free up your time for high-value tasks or capitalize on the salary differences, the Philippines is a prime place to find a VA. And OnlineJobs is a one-stop-shop to hire a VA from the Philippines.
With over 500,000 talented VAs on OnlineJobs, you can find everything from graphic designers to WordPress specialists. You can check out the full list of skills you can outsource here.
If you already know the power and value of outsourcing to the Philippines, you can skip to the next section to read my review of OnlineJobs.
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Like any hiring, it frees you up to work on your business rather than working in your business. But why should you trust your business to someone in a far-off country you’ve never been to?
Here are five common reasons entrepreneurs give to hire a VA in the Philippines:
Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a Filippino VA on OnlineJobs.
OnlineJobs has a simple filtering system that allows you to find overseas freelancers fast.
Filipinos have to limit their ratings to 5-star rating 3 times and 4-stars 6 times. While you’ll need to vet the freelancers, it’s easier to find talent relevant to your search.
In addition to doing a skill search, you can also filter prospects by:
ID Proof is a simple way to verify the worker you hire is not fake. OnlineJobs give a rating from 1-100. This is not a measure of skill or reliability.
Since OnlineJobs doesn’t provide much information about the score, I recommend filtering for an ID score of 70 or higher.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you can outsource recruiting to OnlineJobs. This allows you to focus on other high-value activities for your business.
Here’s OnlineJobs recruiting process:
Plus, if something doesn’t work between you and your virtual assistant in the first month, they’ll find you a replacement at no cost.
Most freelance platforms we recommend have an overhead charge for the hours you work with freelancers.
Those fees add up quickly too.
With Upwork, let’s say you invest $1,000. They’ll tack on a $30 fee to you and charge $150 to the freelancer. So on Upwork, only $850 of $1,030 will make it to your freelancer.
OnlineJobs charges a flat monthly fee.
Because all transactions between you and your VA are outside the platform, there’s no added fee. This means you’re not paying for an added middlemen or markup on their salary.
It's great that you don't have to pay massive fees with OnlineJobs. But there is a problem with this, which I will talk about later in this review.
OnlineJobs offers Timeproof as a free resource for you to track your employee’s time.
TimeProof takes snapshots of your employees' work. As the employer, you’ll also get time sheets and screenshots of what your VA was working on during their shift. This improves your odds that you’ll only pay for their actual work, not surfing the web.
For freelancers, TimeProof puts them at ease that you’ll pay for their recorded hours.
Earlier I mentioned OnlineJobs doesn’t add a fee or take a cut from your freelancer. Unfortunately, this means OnlineJobs also doesn’t mediate between you and the freelancer.
If you don't like the work offered on another freelance platform, you don’t have to pay a penny if you prove the person doesn’t do their job. But because the work happens outside of OnlineJobs, they do not mediate between you and your worker if something goes wrong.
That said, the most Filipino workers charge on this platform is $15/hour. If you start off with a small 1-to-5 hour task, at most, you’re out $75.
You’ll need to do your due diligence on everyone you want to hire. But given the financial savings between hiring a Filipino and a western worker, it’s worth taking the extra time.
Most Filipino workers will expect payment in Filipino pesos.
OnlineJobs makes payment simple with EasyPay. This allows you to pay invoices quickly with favorable conversion rates. Further, most workers gladly accept Paypal.
OnlineJobs often provides conversion rates on their website. If you can’t find it, a simple Google search will do. A simple rule-of-thumb is $1 USD = ₱ 50 PHP.
Speaking of money...
OnlineJobs offers three pricing plans.
In the free plan, you can post and view job applications, use Timeproof, and use OnlineJob’s employee database. You can’t message the employees or hire anyone, and job posts will take two days until you go Pro.
OnlineJob’s Pro plan is $69 per month. With the Pro plan, you get:
OnlineJobs also offers a Premium plan for $99/month. With the Premium plan, you get everything in Pro, plus:
With well-documented processes or easy administration tasks, you can hire a freelancer through OnlineJobs for pennies on the dollar.
You can hire most Filipino workers full-time for $400-$1,000/month.
Fun things happen when you earn in dollars and pay in pesos.