Joven is like most Filipinos; defined by family. He is first and foremost a husband and father to his growing family.
What makes Joven different is that he’s able to provide well for his family without leaving the country or spending most of his time away from them.
Joven works from home. His life is different than most dads.
He has a full-time job working as a virtual assistant for an American client. He works on his own time and has a great salary. Since he works from home he’s the one who mainly takes care of his son; taking him to school and preparing his meals.
His wife has a regular job as a mall employee, so Joven also does most of the household chores. But despite all that he has time to go out with his friends and play badminton 2-3 times a week. He earns enough to send his son to private school and have an upper middle class lifestyle.
He gets to do all that and more, because of Onlinejobs.ph
The Truth About Filipino Employees
We Filipinos consider family our top priority. Our world revolves around family, so it’s common for us to live with our parents even after we’re married, live close to our extended family, and consider our relatives as our best friends.
But often times, providing for our family means being away from them. Most Filipinos consider getting a job abroad as hitting the jackpot. But in exchange we spend years away from our family. We miss birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other important life events just so the people we love are well provided for.
Yes, the booming BPO industry does provide an alternative. But in a way, it still detaches us from our families. We’re asleep when we’re most needed. We’re only there for them on the weekend or on our days off. And in time, the regular work shift takes a toll on our health.
This is actually a common phenomenon with Filipino call center workers. Philippines BPO companies have a turnover rate of 20% (as of 2015), one of the highest in Asia. And a significant percentage of those who leave the BPO industry cite health problems like hypertension and diabetes brought about by fatigue and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Yes, we can find regular jobs, but at what cost? The 2 hour commutes to and from work wastes our time. While the cost of fare, food, and clothes takes up a huge chunk of our small salaries.
Working Less, Working Better, Getting Paid More
With his American client, Joven actually found himself working less but still earning more. He only works 5 days a week and on his own time. Joven would do a wide variety of tasks for his client (SEO, writing, marketing) and as long as he delivered on time, his employer paid him well.
- He saves money because he doesn’t have to spend for fare, food or clothes to work.
- He saves time because he doesn’t have to commute.
- He’s not stressed because he has a steady paycheck and regular schedule.
- He’s able to care and spend time for his family because he’s RIGHT THERE, whenever they need him.
In short, Joven is living the dream life, thanks to online jobs.
There’s a growing number of Filipinos who now have stories like Joven’s. Filipinos who couldn’t find regular work because of health or family issues; Filipinos who want something different from what society expects from workers, Filipinos who believe that it’s possible to have a great home life and career at the same time without sacrificing either one.
Thanks to outsourcing, we have Joven, a husband, father, and happy Filipino online worker.
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