Gone were the days when your regular nine-to-five was the only definition of an actual job. With the dawn of the technological revolution, the Internet has redefined what it means to work, and both employers and employees here in the Philippines are following suit. Here’s an overview of the latest and most popular unconventional online job markets in our country today.
This online job portal has been around for quite some time now, and in 2014, two of the biggest pioneers in web-based work merged from Elance and oDesk to form Upwork. As the best online platform of connecting clients and freelancers all over the world, Upwork lets employers look for the exact set of skills they need and tap into the brilliant minds across the globe that they otherwise would not have access to. Freelancers can also make the most use of their talents by offering their services to companies that need them the most.
Just exactly how does the whole system work? As an employer, all you have to do is sign up for an account on Upwork.com, fill up your profile, and start searching for freelancers who can do the job you want done for you. Afterwards, you can rate their performance. Freelancers in turn also need to sign up for an account in order to start looking for jobs posted by employers. As a freelancer, it’s important to beef up your online portfolio in order to rise above the rest of the competition. Upwork also offers a variety of free online tests to enhance your existing skills, ranging from topics like business writing to more technical aspects like programming and coding. Your test results will also reflect how well you know your material, and will help employers see whether or not you are the right fit for the job.
Once you see a job posted that you are interested in, you can bid for the project by placing your price. It can be on a per-hour or per-project basis. Note, however, that if you opt for a Fixed Rate rather than an Hourly Rate, Upwork cannot protect you in case the client runs off and refuses to pay you once the project is over. You can, however, write a bad review about the client to warn other freelancers not to bid for his posted jobs.
For Hourly Rates, Upwork has a payment system that secures your fee from the funds of the client each time you log hours into your Work Diary. When you install the Upwork program into your computer, it automatically takes periodic screenshots of your desktop as well as keep track of your mouse clicks and keyboard entries. This can be reviewed by your client to see whether or not you are actually working on his project and to check if he’s getting his money’s worth on your hourly project. Once the Work Diary checks out, you get paid, with Upwork getting a small percentage of your fee for your protection.
Overall, Upwork is a highly efficient way of connecting employers and employees by reducing overhead costs for clients and allowing freelancers to work anywhere with a computer and internet connection. The jobs are greatly varied, too—you can apply for pretty everything from designing and editing to writing love poems for a suitor in need of help. It certainly beats braving the dreaded Manila commute every day, doesn’t it?
- Virtual Staff Finder
Everyone knows that Filipinos are incredibly talented and extremely well-versed in the English language. We’re a hardworking and courteous people as well, so it’s only natural that clients all over the world will want to hire us as Virtual Assistants. This booming demand gave birth to the Virtual Staff Finder portal, with a 5-step recruitment process that lets employers find the right fit for their needs.
Virtual Assistants or VA skill sets come in different categories. General VAs normally do administrative tasks like organizing and handling emails, research and data entry, transcription services, blog and social media management, calendar organization, and generating reports. Content Writers specialize in articles, directories, content spinning and marketing, and the like. An SEO Specialist does keyword research, on and off-page optimization, and benchmarking. Finally, a Web Developer or Programmer is in charge of maintaining blogs, plugins, page layouts, software updates, etc.
Naturally, these different tasks entail different fees as well. General VAs can get as much as $500-$800 a month, Content Writers $500-$700, Web Marketer VAs $650-$850 monthly, and Web Developers $700-$1,400. Not bad for staying at home full-time, right? Check out http://www.virtualstafffinder.com/careers/ if you are interested to apply.
If you are an avid writer and you have a burning passion for words, Essays.ph is a funky local online hub where you can watch for article assignments posted and claim these tasks for you to deliver. It’s an online portal that posts writing gigs that you can get into, and the very accommodating and friendly editorial staff is always ready to support you and help you out. This place is where they believe that writers have to stick together, and it furthers the idea that Filipino writers are indeed an exceptional bunch of talented individuals who know their way with all kinds of words. Its aim is to help writers earn, and if you have more inquiries, you can check out their page here: http://essays.ph/contact . You might even catch one of their online “ninjas” in the bright and bubbly website!
So this one is a bonus company, as it’s not an online portal for jobs. It’s actually a fairly new startup that opened its first office in Manila in 2009. TaskUs was founded by Bryce Maddock and Jaspar Weir who partnered up back when they were in Santa Monica High School. Because of their passion for customer care and excellent back office support, TaskUs is now supporting most of the world’s most innovative companies. “Ridiculously good outsourcing” indeed.
What makes TaskUs an awesome place to work is that the offices look like something straight out of Google’s quirky signature. They have offices in Ortigas, Anonas, and Bonifacio Global City that come fully equipped with sleeping quarters and shower rooms (the office in BGC is called LizardBear Lair) for employees to work hard and play hard. The most impressive is the office-slash-coffee-hangout in Cavite at Lumina Point Mall called Lizzy’s Nook. I’ll just let the pictures below speak for themselves. Wouldn’t you want to work here right now?