It’s time for another practical outsourcing advice!
This is one of the many installments for this series of tips and advice where I share what I know about outsourcing, particularly, outsourcing to the Philippines.
Somebody asked me, “How do you judge when to help someone?”
This question stemmed from him being asked by his OFS for financial help to pay medical bills. This isn’t really an isolated case. Sooner or later, your Online Filipino Specialist might ask you for help, too. Life is hard in the Philippines, and your OFS could use your help in the future.
So, how do I know when it’s the right time to lend a hand?
As a general rule, establish trust first. If someone asks for help on the get-go, this should automatically be a red flag. In my experience with Filipinos, I find them really shy, especially when letting you know they’re in trouble or need help. So question their intentions if a Filipino asks for help when they don’t even know you yet.
When you’ve invested time and trust with your OFS, go ahead and help them to your heart’s content. But make sure you also gauge the situation. Lend a hand, but don’t forget to protect yourself and your business, too.
Another thing is loans.
Let’s get this straight — you have no obligation to give your employees a loan. I do it because I want to help, and I like to think I do it smartly.
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About John Jonas
John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of OnlineJobs.ph.
Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).
With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.
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