There’s been a lot of confusion between the different job platforms that exist. Because we all serve basically the same purpose, people get to interchange different features, or misunderstand how each platform works. In fact, whenever Onlinejobs.ph go to different forums and talks, this type of confusion is something that we already expect, and the words roll out as easily as we can say Filipino Rockstar VA.
We’re here to set the record straight. WE ARE NOT UPWORK!
We are not Upwork because Onlinejobs.ph:
- focus only on Filipino Talents.
- encourages employing dedicated virtual assistants.
- doesn’t charge virtual assistants.
Here is a more thorough explanation:
OnlineJobs.ph is the Place for Finding Rockstar FILIPINO Virtual Assistants
Others may say it’s a bad case of racism but it isn’t. If you’ve ever followed John Jonas, one of the founders of Onlinejobs.ph, you’ll know why he built his entire business around the Philippines. It’s because he’s tried outsourcing in many different countries, and this is the only one that worked. He found the best Virtual Assistants from the Philippines. His business prospered, and decided to share this experience with other entrepreneurs. That’s why he built Onlinejobs.ph. It’s the result of a great working relationship between him, and other Filipinos like me.
Onlinejobs.ph Believes in the Investment of Training and a Healthy Working Relationship
I already told you that the entire point of centering around the Philippines is because of John’s experience right? Another thing he has experienced is when an employee is invested into the company, he works harder and is more dedicated. The only way to do it is to offer a stable job, train, and grow with the company.
He gave us a chance, even though some of us had no experience working as a VA. While other platforms are practically closed off to newbies, Onlinejobs.ph encouraged and empowered anyone who wanted to try. This is what allowed a lot of our clients to find their rockstar virtual assistants in the most unexpected places.
If you don’t believe it, I’ve been with John for 10 years now. The fact also surprises me. But all of us work so John succeeds, in that case, we all succeed. And this is why we encourage giving a long term employment a chance, whether you’re a virtual assistant, or an employer.
Onlinejobs.ph Want to Help Filipino VA’s, so Why Would We Charge Them?
Our business model is we help foreigners hire Filipino VA’s through a monthly membership. Once the employer is able to hire someone, our contract with them ends. No further fees are needed from either parties. We don’t take any percentages from anyone, just a straight up fee to access our VA database. We don’t charge virtual assistants everytime they look for work. We don’t charge you every time you need a new VA.
That’s Upwork’s business model. If you need a job, they’ll charge you through the nose for it. Need to send a proposal? That will be $0.17. Do you get every job for every proposal you send? Not likely.
Got a job? Congratulations and thanks for the 20% commission. Don’t have enough ‘connects’ to find work? Too bad. But don’t worry, you can pay for those as well.
So how much did it cost you just to get a job? Let’s say you get a job for every 3 proposals you send and you charge your client $600 per month? And you work for that client for 6 months.
|1st month||$110 (20% for the 1st $500 and 10% for the rest)|
At an exchange rate of P50 per dollar, that means in 6 months, Upwork has made P20,525.50 on just one freelancer.
Most employers are kind enough to cover the commissions and the payment processing fees (3%). This means every time they hire a virtual assistant, they have to pay 23% in fees alone.
That’s a lot of money and a lot of math.
It’s simple and it doesn’t take out any more money from anyone. We want small businesses to have more options and to succeed. At the same time, we want Filipinos to have a decent home-based job. It has been working and still works. We will not be taking any percentages in the future as well. You worked for it, you deserve it.
So we’re not saying that Upwork is an awful job service, we’re just saying we’re a completely different platform. There’s simply no competition because we cater to different types of individuals and businesses, and we have different goals as a business.
This is why if anyone ever asks money from you (claiming they are onlinejobs.ph), as a virtual assistant, know that they’re not with us. We don’t charge virtual assistants.
And for employers, if you’re looking for someone who can grow with your business, someone you can train and trust, then we have the best Filipino Virtual Assistants for you.
About Jessica Madrazo
Jessica creates content and support for OnlineJobs.ph. She is also involved in different advocacies like climate revolution, local arts, internet freedom, women’s rights and more.
She dreams of a world where people are able to tap their inner heroism and work together for a better world.
She has a Dalek watching over her computer.
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