Bonuses and Gifts – Practical Advice

Bonuses and Gifted

I got an email a while ago asking how they can send gifts or bonuses to their Filipino workers. Coincidentally, one of my workers just got married. As a gift, we gave him $150 and extra days off for his honeymoon. This got me thinking what else can you do if you want to send […]

Most In-Demand Jobs for 2021

Most In-Demand Jobs for 2021

2020 has been a tough year for most of us. Thankfully, 2021 looks promising. The vaccine is finally here, and the economy is recovering slowly. In fact, we’re starting to see a growing demand for online Filipino specialists. We asked our HR specialist, Hazel, on her predictions on what would be the most in demand […]

Case Study: Outsourcing with Scott Watkins

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Scott Watkins is the owner of BRUMICON software development based in Marianna, Florida. He’s been using to hire competent Filipino VAs since 2011 and currently manages a Philippines-based team of 11 experts. Outsourcing to the Philippines has impacted both his personal (he met his wife while on a trip to visit his team in […]

Taxes, Contracts, and Employees – Practical Advice

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Today, I’m going to talk about taxes, contracts and employees. First, a disclaimer. I am neither an accountant or an attorney. You should always consult either one of those professionals. Been hiring VAs since 2005. The accountant marks all their salaries under the line item “subcontractors”. Because they’re in the Philippines, they don’t need a […]

Case Study: Outsourcing with Scott Marlow


“There have been tremendous ups and tremendous downs, but it’s always been a journey that… feeds my soul.” Scott Marlow started Themeco in 2012 with one of his best friends and business partner, Kyle Wakefield. They began as an affiliate business, helping clients find WordPress themes to best suit their needs. Eventually, Themeco began to create […]

How Do I Know If My VA Is Actually Working Their Hours – Practical Advice

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I understand this question and why you’re concerned. You want your VA to be working their hours, especially if you’re paying them $20/hr or $30/hr. But if you’re paying someone $3.50/hr or even $5/hr, the difference is between your VA working 15 hours instead of 20 hours for that week doesn’t really matter that much. […]