The short answer is: You don’t. You can’t.
You can’t trust people, in general. Not everyone in the Philippines is honest. But the reason we go to the Philippines is because there’s a culture of honesty. Most Filipinos are honest. They’re good people who just want to provide for their families.
They’re also more likely to be honest with you, their employer. There’s this culture there where they look up to foreigners. They see working for foreigners as something good for them. They don’t want to lose that job. They don’t want to do anything that would make you lose your trust in them. They don’t want to ruin their reputation.
And if you don’t believe that most people are honest by nature, let’s look at it from a different perspective.
They don’t have a lot to gain from stealing your information or business. They’ll make more money working for you.
Another deterrent is the strict cybercrime laws in the Philippines. Stealing information or money online brings in twice the punishment they would normally receive from committing theft in real life.
And in my experience over the years, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of business owners hire Filipino workers. We see VERY FEW cases where Filipinos stole something from an employer. And in most of those cases, the employer didn’t pay.
Yes, there are cases of theft. But it’s so rare.
When you really think about it, you expose yourself to the same risk when you hire a local employee. You can run all the background checks you want, there’s always going to be the risk that they’re going to steal from you.
It’s mostly up to you to protect yourself. Exercise some common sense when you hire someone. Like, you shouldn’t give a new hire unlimited access. And watch out for red flags when they start working for you. If they’re not getting any work done and there’s always the excuse that they’re having internet problems, that can be a red flag. But if they go out of their way to make up for it, that means they’re good workers. They just want to earn their paycheck. They just want to do their best work so they can get a raise or a promotion faster.
That’s what I did when I started outsourcing. I was super careful. I gave my workers limited access, only what I felt comfortable sharing. They never took advantage. The longer they worked for me that’s when I realized it’s hard for them to do their jobs without it. So I gave them access to everything they needed.
They could have walked away with the money and be set for life. Over the years, I’ve given my VAs access to thousands of dollars. They’ve never done it. I’ve never had to worry about it because of the quality of the people.
I have more tips like this in my book Outsourcing Lever. You can get a physical copy for free, just pay for shipping. But if you want me to help you through the process of hiring a virtual assistant, just take my hiring challenge at OneVAAway.com. I’ll show you the hiring process I use to find Filipino workers you can trust.
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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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