Are you thinking of buying a home, but you’re low on cash?
Working as an online freelancer may help you earn the extra money you need so you can save up for your dream home. Indeed, more Filipinos are venturing into freelancing because it offers more opportunities to earn. The best thing about it is that they don’t need to put up with the harrowing commute, overbearing bosses, and other unfortunate mishaps on the road.
How will you go about it?
With so many available types of freelance work available in the market, the first thing you need to do is find out which type of freelancing you want – either for full-time or part-time position. There are several niches to choose from. Some of the most popular are writing, graphic designing, or working as a virtual assistant.
Once you know what you want to do, it’s time to scout for a reputable company that will deliver.
We’ve rounded up some of the sites which may help you in your search for a freelance job. Most of these are homegrown companies based in the Philippines; while others are from abroad that have a strong presence in the country.
For virtual assistants:
Virtual Staff FinderWith over 10 years of experience in the outsourcing business, Virtual Staff Finder is the go-to place for hiring virtual assistants in the Philippines. It is the brainchild of Chris Ducker, also known as the “Virtual CEO,” who believes that having virtual employees helps get more tasks done and gives employers more time to balance their work and personal life.
Remote StaffIf you want to expand your career abroad without leaving your family behind, working for remotestaff offers a global opportunity employment to Filipino freelance professionals. They put high premium on their staff and provide necessary trainings and tools to give them more edge.
Virtual CoworkerVirtual Coworker takes pride in the Filipino workforce, with its excellent work ethic, high English proficiency, and trustworthiness. They cater to BPO companies and they have a similar office place environment and culture where you get to clock-in and report to an officer on duty, but without leaving the comforts of your home. There are full-time and part-time positions available.
Staff.comStaff.com is different from other virtual companies because it prefers long term contracts. They have connections with international companies from US, UK, and Australia. What you do is post your resume on their site for free. Once an employer takes interests in you, Staff.com will manage it and do the negotiation for you.
199Jobs199Jobs is task-based rather than project-based. Designed similar to that of Fiverr, you get to choose what you want to do for the price of P199. According to co-founders Fitz Villafuerte and Glenn Santos, this price is a win-win situation for both employers and freelancers.
OnlineJobs.phOnlineJobs has an extensive bank of Filipino virtual assistants. The best thing about working here is that none of the jobs are commission based. You will receive a salary, either for a full-time or a part-time position. It doesn’t really matter if you have a college or high school diploma, as long as you can communicate well and deliver, you can get hired.
eSerbisyoeSerbisyo is an online service marketplace that lets you find both online and offline freelance services in the Philippines. In this way, it is similar to Elance or oDesk, except it also has additional geo-location features. For instance, if you are looking for a graphic designer in Metro Manila, it will notify all creatives who can do graphic design in that area.
Essays.phThis local online writing community started its humble beginnings in 2008. In just six years, Essays.ph now boasts over 50,000 freelance writers and 23,000 completed projects. What makes this site stand out is that it’s not simply about getting the job done, but building a fun and friendly community where writers get to interact with each other. Once you’re a member, you’ll have access to the forum site where you can find the writing jobs and also start discussions.
PortfolioMNLPortfolioMNL is a leading innovator in the creative online marketplace. It provides a neat space for Filipino artists, animators, photographers, web designers and others to showcase their portfolios for free. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. This way, clients can immediately see what you can deliver for them.
99designs99designs is an online graphic design marketplace where customers solicit designs for their projects through contests. Designers submit their works, and the best entry is chosen from among the lot. The winner will then receive the cash prize. Clients can also choose to work with individual designers or select ready-made logos from 99designs’ store.
DesignCrowdWith a pool of over 400,000 graphic designers, DesignCrowd is one of the best sources for creative individuals. Employers get services of graphic designers by posting a brief, or the design details, and wait for submissions, or they can also select individual designers for their projects.
crowdSPRINGBased in the US, crowdSPRING is a small company that is creating a mark in the creative marketplace niche. Its founders believe that having a global talent pool provides better opportunity to search for new ideas because of different perspectives. They now have around 160,000 creatives in their pool.
CrowdsiteCrowdsite is a design website in Netherlands that allows small businesses, companies, or employers to hire designers by starting a contest. From there, they can select the one they like. The chosen designer will receive the prize payment.
HiretheWorldYoung and energetic creative individuals and professionals will love the dynamic vibe of Hiretheworld. They have a pool of designers from over 148 countries. According to their website, they have completed around 172,000 designs for their clients.
For most freelancers:
Freelancer.comFreelancer.ph is the local part of Freelancer.com, one of the largest global freelancing, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing marketplace today. It gives options for employers to find a specific freelancer they need or posts projects, while freelancers can choose from over thousands of job ads. Because this site is localized, it lets you search for jobs online and check out the cost based on the Philippine currency.
Elance-oDeskElance and oDesk are two of the leading online marketplaces all over the world that are popular among Filipino freelancers. They recently merged to create bigger and more opportunities for employers and freelancers alike. However, they still operate separately.
ElanceCompanies post jobs here or search for a freelance professional. Meanwhile, freelancers apply for a position by submitting a proposal or put up their portfolio for employers to look at. They are then evaluated and contacted once they have met the job specification.
Hubstaff TalentHubstaff Talent is completely free – it has no markups and fees for both freelancers and business owners. Freelancers need only to sign up for a profile so business owners can easily search them based on skill, location or category, and then quickly build a remote team for their business. Hubstaff Talent has thousands of remote startups, software companies, agencies and ecommerce businesses that are looking for top quality talents and freelancers every single day.
oDeskSimilar to Elance, prospective employers posts jobs and you will bid on them. oDesk developed innovative tools and processes to ensure both parties are protected, with employers getting the work they deserve and you being paid fairly and on-time. You may have heard of the success story of a Filipino programmer who earned a total of P7.5 million through oDesk.
Raket.phUnlike most of the online platforms, Raket.ph has a different design that is more suitable to the way Filipinos do business. Clients don’t post projects and wait for bids. Instead, you will put up your own profile and portfolio and wait for it to catch the interest of a customer. Employers will then negotiate with you and if you are successful, you can work on a project immediately.
PeoplePerHourThis London-based service marketplace caters to all web project needs. As a freelancer for this company, you can choose to work for design, development, content, or promotion. Peopleperhour is the same with most marketplace platforms where professionals get jobs through posted ads.
And the best site for you is…
It really depends on your interests and your previous work experience. But don’t be afraid to experiment with a few and find out which will help you earn the most money. Every peso counts when you’re planning to buy a home, and what better way to start than now.
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