With more and more marketplaces growing to help Filipinos work remotely, landing an online job now only greatly depends on your skills, perseverance, and internet connection speed.
Online freelancing as a viable career option
There’s no denying that more and more Filipinos are exploring additional income streams online or even better, venturing into becoming full-time work from home professionals.
With the traffic situation seen to only grow worse in Manila and other major cities in the country, the flexibility of working in the comforts of one’s home has never sounded so appealing.
But it’s not just the possibility of removing a stressful commute that lures Filipinos to try and find an online job. It’s also the possibility of higher earnings and being able to spend more time with the family that gets them to ditch the 9-to-5.
The 2015 Pinoy Freelancers Salary Guide reported a General Virtual Assistant earns on average $480 to $1120 monthly, while a Customer Service Representative earns $480 to $1600 monthly. This only means one can earn as much as or even more than what they can get from an office job.
On a global scale, Payoneer’s 2018 Freelancer Income survey results have reported a worldwide average hourly rate of $19 being charged by freelancers. While the results are not confined to the Philippines alone, this is proof that there is money to be earned online if one takes the time to explore the possibilities.
Filipina mothers are also exploring the work at home mom (WAHM) culture, with more career-driven Pinays realizing that they can still earn while being hands-on with their kids’ growth.
Companies are looking for online talent
The ability to outsource through online career marketplaces eliminate a lot of business expenses – physical office space, equipment, and recruitment to name a few. Plus, business owners get access to a global pool of talent rather than be limited by their own local workforce. This means they are able to have more options to be flexible with budget and expertise required for each job they need to fill.
Filipino talent is surely world-class and a lot of global companies are taking notice. More than 5 million businesses and companies are outsourcing through Upwork, one of the most popular freelance marketplaces today.
The platform is home to more than a million Filipino freelancers, with skills in graphic design, content writing, web development, and customer service support to name a few. Apart from speaking English fluently, it is the hard work ethic of Filipinos that business owners throughout the world have come to love.
But it’s not only international clients that get to experience top-notch Filipino freelance talent, Even local MSMEs are now looking into tapping the home-based pool as it lets them focus more on growing their business while cutting down on expenses that come with keeping in-house employees. Sites like Jobayan, a homegrown Filipino career marketplace, is connecting MSMEs from all over the country to Filipino home-based workers.
Where to find the right job match
Thanks to the innovation of online job websites, Filipinos can now be easily connected with both local and international clients and find the right job and projects that suit their skills and needs.
Here are 6 sites where you can find your next online job:
With less than a year in existence, Jobayan is fast becoming a hub for Filipino talent. The site now caters to more than 15,000 companies and have more than 26,000 job seekers in their database.
What’s interesting is this platform is distinctively Filipino – founded by Filipino business experts and now connecting local companies to thousands of Filipino talent. The platform is open for both office-based and home-based jobs, bringing more opportunities for the modern day Filipino worker.
Jobayan’s unique approach to job hunting definitely sets them apart. Their algorithm links a job seeker to an employer automatically by matching their job posts. You will even get an instant email notification once a match is found.
This actually saves time for job seekers in searching through tons of job posts which can be experienced in other sites.
While most freelancer or career websites would have the job seeker applying for projects, here comes Raket.ph changing things up because this time, it’s the employers or businesses who will do the searching and inquiring.
Another cool thing about this platform is that it doesn’t only cater to online freelancers. It also allows offline gigsters such as DJs, choreographers, videographers, photographers, and fitness coaches to name a few, to build a portfolio online so that they can find their next “raket”. So if you’ve also got skills in these areas, it will certainly be a welcome supplement to your online job.
The platform has probably earned a reputation for being the go-to website for foreign clients who want to get quality Filipino freelancers on their team, especially general virtual assistants. Onlinejobs.ph has been around since 2006 and has more than 250,000 Filipino freelancers in their database according to their website.
The list of skill sets of the freelancers in this platform is varied and specific. You can see web and mobile app developers, WordPress developers, SEO experts, content writers, lead generation specialists, accountants, eBay listers, customer service specialists and more. As such it’s become a one-stop-shop for foreign business owners to scout for virtual help.
One of the leading freelance marketplaces in Europe has caught the eyes of many Filipino freelancers. It’s probably because the hourly rates in this platform are very competitive and the quality of clients based on reviews are good. You can find Filipino graphic designers, virtual assistants, marketing creatives, and web developers, making waves on this platform.
In Peopleperhour, freelancers focus on curating their portfolio to build their reputation and attract more offers. The approach to establishing presence on the platform is also very modern, much like building a social media profile in fact. Freelancers even get badges to solidify their expertise in their skills.
I’ve found that there are a lot of design and creative jobs on this site so if you are the artsy fartsy type, you should definitely check this out.
Claiming to be home to the top 1% of online freelancers, FreeeUp is certainly turning heads as companies look to them for top-notch talent. There’s definitely no surprise, there are Filipinos in this marketplace.
FreeeUp has a rigorous screening and interview process before freelancers can even get in the platform to find online jobs. This allows them to determine if the applicant has the right skillset to match the platform’s client-base needs. While this may seem a little daunting, it is actually a good thing because it means higher chances of getting a job for those who actually get in.
Workers on FreeeUp are also enjoying the freelancer community vibes as they get to talk through online group chats daily and share experiences and learnings.
It is probably the most popular freelancing platform today but it’s no surprise as the history of Upwork dates back to the successes of Elance and oDesk.
Upwork certainly has a contribution in redefining the future of work, with more than 5 million businesses including big companies such as P&G, Accenture, Airbnb, and Dropbox turning to the platform to find quality remote workers.
Probably 9 out of 10 established Filipino freelancers have landed a project in Upwork. It is no surprise that most freelancers would start here before exploring other sites because it has gained a reputation for finding quality clients throughout the years.
The skills and job categories in this platform are probably the most comprehensive that’s why a lot of freelancers have this as their default online workspace.
With plenty of online career marketplaces to check out, finding an online job has never been easier. I actually recommend you make a profile in each one of them to see where you find your perfect match.
So start auditing your skills, put up your best freelancer profile, and start a fulfilling career online.