Why Pay, Other Sites Are Free?

Updated as of December 12, 2021
The short: Other sites (Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr…) charge way higher back-end fees, so you end up paying more. We don’t charge any fees except the up-front recruiting fee.
1 The short- Other sites
The longer: We have a long-term approach focused on what’s best for YOU and YOUR WORKERS. With us, you pay a fee to access our massive database of workers. We moderate that database, filter out bad workers, provide tools and education to give you the best chance of finding a great worker.

We DON’T charge any back-end fees, salary markups, or tell you how you have to manage your worker.
2 With other sites, you get to look at and communicate with the workers for free
With other sites, you get to look at and communicate with the workers for free, but on the back-end, everything gets marked up when you pay them.

Typical markups are 5-20% (Upwork or Freelancer) to 200-500% (any agency with a pool of workers on standby). They also charge you every time you pay your employee because they won’t allow you to pay them directly.

They dictate how you’re allowed to communicate with them and how you have to pay them. Most of the time, workers are forced to work multiple jobs because of the nature of the work.

Think about the cost difference:

A typical beginner worker on OnlineJobs.ph will make $500/month full-time. That’s $3.20/hour. And you can cancel your subscription anytime.

That same worker on other sites who also charges $3.20/hour often loses because they have to pay $100 in freelancing fees. Not to mention the $15 payment processing fee that needs to be paid EVERY MONTH.

Because of site policies and the nature of “freelancing,” that same worker is forced to charge higher. So you’re paying more for freelancers in other sites for VAs with the same experience and skills on our site.

$69 upfront isn’t so bad…

Still concerned about the cost?

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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.

Find John at JohnJonas.com and Facebook.

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  1. Patrick says

    Very true, you’ve to pay a huge sum with every project to these services. And they don’t even provide good protection against refunds and charge-backs. Nice Piece!

  2. Kathleen Chiras says

    Always have had excellent results with this site. I have hired a total of 5 workers over the past 4 years on this site with excellent results. My VA is a superstar. Hard to navigate site however,–where is the cancel option so I don’t get charged for the 2nd month? Why do I get so many page not found errors?

    • Jessica Marie Madrazo says

      If it works for you Douglas, it’s totally fine for us. If upwork fits your business model better, the option is there. We admit that there are differences. The important thing is you know what your options are when you need them. Good luck on hiring and on your business!

  3. Tommy says

    I tried to order the Amazon FBA full course this evening but there was no payment option. Is there another way to order this course via Western Union or MoneyGram. Thank you so much. Excellent site also.

  4. ann says

    Hi Julia. I just need a short-term engagement for a single proj. I need an urgent help…I’m too busy lang at the moment kaya di ako makapagsulat. The fee is just too high for me with the nature of the engagement. I wonder if you have other arrangement that’s responsive to my need? Would really appreciate your quick response. than you so much.

  5. Leonid Podolner says

    why there is NO OPTION . to pay a fee>ok! but per job or a 2 weeks trial for people that “want to try” but still skeptical about this specific site . and how it works etc.

    you realize that the only option that you guys are offering here is… A CATHOLIC MARRIAGE!


    so maybe you guys can ask for some help from one of the freelancers that working on here with finding a better marketing solution to be able to offer an actual tempting offer to start working with you

  6. Dorota Obrzut says

    Like promotionbasis in Germany you need to give first month a test. Otherwise you can test for five Dollars one project and if it is good you have contact, too. .Otherwise you take second.
    Or 49$ per month would be better. 99€ is to much, we find.

  7. Matthew Cuffy says

    This would probably be more attractive if you had an introductory offer of say, $10.00, to try the system to see how well it works, then the client pay the balance of the plan he/she wish to conclude with, with the provision that the $10 is non refundable.

    • Jim says

      Agree with this, I just want to try the service to ‘test the waters’ because I’ve used Fiverr and Upwork, but other people I know have mentioned this site. It’s a lot to ask to pay upfront without being able to hire someone to try the service out. Would appreciate clarity if I’ve misunderstood, but appears you have to PAY monthly fee to even ‘hire a worker’ (???)

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