You have a job and have been working with a great company for the longest time. Yay or Nay?
It’s great pay, great people, great environment but what would make it even better is if you could do the same work, with the same compensation or higher while working from home.
The problem with working in an office is that for one, you’re not saving as much because you have to shell out some money for transportation, food, clothing and more because you are working outside of the home.
You have to commute, buy business clothes, spend precious money on food and who knows what else. Not only that, you’d have to endure hours of traffic or the loooooong lines at the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) or LRT (Light Rail Transit) to get to work so chances are, by the time you get to the office, you’re already stressed out!
The good news is, there are a LOT of other work options available.
And the best part? They can easily be found online, so you can work and be at home all at the same time!
How cool is that?
You save money because you don’t have to spend money on the things that I’ve mentioned above. Yay!
However, online scams are everywhere and they have many ingenious tricks to dupe you into thinking that you’re actually signing up for a legitimate online job.
To be honest, the scams are designed to look like genuine offers. What’s the quickest way to know for sure if it’s a scam? They ask you to pay them money for registration, tax reasons, permits and more. If a job site is asking you to give money to them, then it’s probably a scam and it’s best to stay away from those.
Some online scams are also phishing sites that will try to get your information and use it for things that are not legal. Legitimate online jobs don’t ask you for money. Why? Because these are big companies and they earn money in a different way.
To know more about the most commonly identified job scams, see How to avoid job scams. Also keep in mind that a genuine job platform can still have some people who are trying to scam employees, so use the same discretion in choosing an employer.
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There are several options for legitimate home based jobs, depending on your skill sets or preferred position, the most common are:
Full-time/Part-time online jobs:
There are several online platforms that offer full-time or part-time employment. This type of work is somewhat the same as that in an office.
Full time work at home is not limited to programmers or virtual assistants. We have accountants, systems and network administrators, customer service representatives, technical support representatives, medical transcriptionists, and so on.
Here are some of the top online platforms that offer full time and/or part time jobs:
Outsourcely is a great place to find homebased work and pay zero fees. Outsourcely is 100% free for remote workers.
Upwork – this is where thousands of professional freelancers come to work in a variety of fields.
OnlineJobs.ph is similar to Upwork, where you can be hired as a freelancer as well as a full-time or part-time employee.
Craigslist is an online classified ad posting system for items for sale to job postings and other services.
WeWorkRemotely offers high level and high paying jobs for US applicants but they also consider people from the Philippines.
Stack Exchange is primarily a site for programmers and all tasks are related to software development only.
Projects are an excellent choice for short or long term work (depending on the task) that doesn’t require an extended contract.
You usually can’t even be categorized as a part time or full time employee if you are working on project basis. Some of the most common examples for this type of work are graphic design, 400-500 word articles about certain topics, transcription of audio files, typing out hand written documents, and more.
The top three sites for Projects based employment are:
Upwork has a large database of professional freelancers that can get the job done. One of the pioneers in the work-from-home arena.
Freelancer has a large database of freelancers (similar to Upwork) where you can list yourself to be hired
PeoplePerHour is a smaller platform compared with the first two where you can go to find jobs and contracts.
Other Projects based sites:
eSerbisyo offers various jobs, from freelance wedding planners to plumbers.
Essays.ph is an outsourcing company specific for freelance writers and has an office based in Makati.
99designs hire freelance logo/graphic designers wherein these designers compete for the client’s approval of the designs they make. Clients will choose the design they wish to use and then the winning designer will get paid.
DesignCrowd is an online marketplace providing logo, website, print and graphic design services by providing access to freelance graphic designers and design studios around the world.
crowdSPRING is one of the largest marketplaces in the world for crowdsourced logo design, web design, print design, product design, naming and other writing services.
PortfolioMNL is the meeting ground for Filipino creative professionals to grow, work their talent, and be inspired by their peers.
Crowdsite is similar to 99designs. Contest holders can start a design competition for logos and graphics that you can use for your business.
With HireTheWorld, You can get access to thousands of freelance designers from all over the world.
199Jobs can get various jobs done for only ₱199 each.
Raket.ph is like the yellow pages directory but for freelancers.
Fiverr can get you anything for $5
BPO (Business Process Outsourcing)
BPO companies are sometimes aptly called “call centers” or “contact centers”. They often do offshore business that caters to the needs of companies from all over the world who outsource their employees to distant countries, such as the Philippines.
These BPO companies have sprouted like mushrooms and now a days, there are call center offices whichever direction you turn your head (no kidding!).
Another type of BPO is the home based type or Online BPO which pretty much does the same thing: outsource workers who are willing to work from home. However, as this is a “Business”, there are certain requirements, namely fast and reliable internet connection, a desktop or laptop with updated hardware and software, an actual workspace from home which should be quiet and free from distractions. The most common type of work caters to English tutorial services, VA or virtual assistant services and other IT related work.
Some popular BPO companies that allow you to work from home:
With an office based in Makati, Remote Staff is an online outsourcing company where you can sign up as an applicant and then their recruitment team will match your skills with a potential client.
Virtual Coworker has a recruitment team here in the Philippines which makes the entire hiring process an ease because you are being screened by a Filipino.
SourceFit offers offshore staffing solutions for small and medium businesses worldwide.
2ndOffice have various job offerings for Filipino workers from data entry to marketing jobs and more.
Philippine Global Outsourcing is one of the pioneers in the outsourcing business and was founded here in the Philippines in 1995. Office is located in Davao city, Philippines.
Online English Tutorial BPO companies
- Sankei Online English
- Skype English Japan
- 51 Talk Philippines
- BPO Career Hub
Other BPO companies that allow you to work from home include:
- Big Outsource
- Virtual Done Well
- Virtual Staff Finder
- Pepper Virtual Assistant
- 5 Star VA
- WebFocus Solution
- EHB BPO
And here are the top office-based BPOs in the Philippines
- Accenture Inc.
- Convergys Philippines Services Corp.
- JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A-Philippine Global Service Center
- 24/7 Customer Philippines Inc
- Telephilippines Inc.
- TeleTech Offshore Investments B.V.
- Sutherland Global Services Philippines Inc.
- Sitel Philippines Corp.
- Deutsche Knowledge Services Pte. Ltd.
- Sykes Asia Inc.
- IBM Daksh Business Process Services Philippines Inc.
- Aegis PeopleSupport Inc.
- TeleTech Customer Care Management Philippines Inc.
- IBM Business Services Inc.
- Telus International Philippines Inc.
- Shell Shared Services (Asia) B.V.
- HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines) Inc.
- ePLDT Inc.
- SPi CRM Inc.
- ACS of the Philippines Inc.
- VXI Global Holdings B.V.
- Emerson Electric (Asia) Ltd.
- StarTek International Ltd.
- IBM Solutions Delivery Inc.
- Sykes Marketing Services Inc.
- SPi Technologies Inc.
- Genpact Services LLC
- Macquarie Offshore Services Pty. Ltd.
- Thomson Reuters Corp. Pte. Ltd.
- AIG Shared Services Corp. Philippines
- Hinduja Global Solutions Ltd.
- Lexmark Research and Development Corp.
- ANZ Global Services and Operations (Manila) Inc.
- Maersk Global Service Centers (Philippines) Ltd.
- Manulife Data Services Inc.
And in case you’re wondering how your employers will be able to send you your pay, here is a blog where you can see a list of the many ways to send money to the Philippines, including details on transaction fees and more.
Rob RawsonRob Rawson is a co-founder of Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.
Published on March 15th, 2015 | by Jade
Freelance Writing Review in Essays.ph
I do not consider myself a newbie in freelance writing for Essays.ph. As a matter of fact, I have been a registered user or writer since 2011. I remember I was in between jobs back then and since I had to wait for my last pay to be released, I decided I had to do something, both financially — as well relieve me from boredom. I do believe in the saying that idle hands are the devil’s playthings.
So apart from being able to do something worthwhile, I was glad I could earn through writing essays. The pay is not much, I realized, but with all the scams littering the Internet promising oodles of money for online work, I was glad to find something that was true to its word.
Writing for Essays.ph is quite simple: after signing up, just wait for the email confirmation. I’m not sure if they still require new applicants to submit a sample or screening article because that is what I remembered doing that time. Once you are allowed to pick assignments, you can browse different topics that interest you and start writing. You have to keep in mind though that there are deadlines for every assignment so make sure to submit on or before the due date or you will be issued warnings. They will also check if your essay is free from grammar errors and plagiarism. There are also specific instructions to follow for every assignment that you claim.
Here’s what you can expect, based on my own working experience with them:
Schedule: You choose when you want to work. You can work anywhere you want to, whether in the comfort of your own room, at a coffee shop, it’s up to you. I regularly check topic assignments to see if anything catches my fancy. I usually get tasks 2-3 times a week.
Assignment: Once you claim an assignment, you need to read and follow specific instructions for the topic such as the number of keywords in the article and others. Remember to proofread to avoid revisions which may also affect your rating as a writer. You will pick assignments based on keywords or topics. Some examples of assignments I took were about “weight loss” or “wedding candy buffets”. There are topics that are easy enough to do without research, but with some you have to do a little bit reading in order to write. I remember getting an assignment about investments and I had to do tons of Internet research before I could begin writing. I would suggest choosing a subject you are familiar with to make writing hassle-free.
Deadlines: You have to submit on or before the due date, and it is usually 24 hours, except for longer pieces, such as e-books or guides. My most recent assignment was an e-book and the total turnaround time was almost 2.5 days.
Revisions: You will be alerted if you need to edit or do some revisions in your work, and of course, you need to do so otherwise you may not get paid. I have never experienced being flagged for revisions, though.
Payment: Rate is usually P60 for every 500 words, but it sometimes it varies for every assignment. I was able to receive a little over Php1100 for writing 20 articles that are 400-500 words each. I never had a problem with receiving payment from them. My payment was coursed through BPI which only took 1-2 days to reflect in my account, other banks may take 3-5 days. You can also choose to withdraw payment through PayPal, G-Cash, Smart Money and others.
I have not earned a lot from writing at Essays.ph since I only get assignments when I have spare time, but I believe that as a writer, you are in control of how much you want to earn by the time you devote to getting and working on assignments. My overall experience with them has been pleasant and I find their staff very accommodating and professional to work with. Writing for Essays.ph is recommended for anyone who wants to earn extra money during their free time.
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