Working Online is not anymore a new thing and it has been continuously growing every year. According to the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines is now among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the number of people doing online jobs.
Around the world, the number of individuals who are working online is increasing rapidly as the passing of time. According to the data from Flexjobs, 3.9 Million US employees are working from home at least half of the time. Source
Here is another data from Human Resources about working online as freelancers:
About 1.1 million Filipino freelancers are registered on the Freelancer.com website, collectively servicing 100,000 companies worldwide, mainly from India (20.71 percent), the US (19.78 percent), Australia (8.19 percent), Canada (4.03 percent), and UK (3.92 percent). About 8.73 percent of companies who also engage Filipino freelancers are homegrown. Sebastian Siseles, the Vice President of Freelancer.com who visited the Philippines last year, highlighted that Filipinos who excel in web development, graphic design, and Excel are the ones most sought after by employers on their site.
Though there may not be an exact number of individuals who are currently working online from home, it can be noted that many people are opting to jump from the usual 8 to 5 jobs into online working or freelancing work which can give them more freedom. In the Philippines, where traffic is one of the major issues among commuters, having the opportunity to work from home would be such a great relief. Being able to save on travel expenses and time are the additional reasons why there is quite a large number of individuals who are being enticed to make a switch.
While some opted to make online working a full-time source of income, others are doing this on a part-time while maintaining their current jobs. Some business owners who are tech-savvy are also doing both an offline business and online working.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ONLINE WORK?
Similar to the usual ways of earning that we experience offline, there are also different jobs that we can find online. We can choose from different types of work such as but not limited to web designing, writing, teaching, transcribing, data entry and virtual assisting. We can also enter into business activities such as selling, marketing, forex, cryptocurrencies, etc. The major difference is that we have to do the work using our laptop or computer and an internet connection.
I have classified online working into 3 types or categories:
- Task-Based Jobs
- Client-Based Jobs
- Business or Independent
Although we can see that these are all related to work, we can probably gain some insights on what specific type of work is suitable for us.
These are online jobs that are paid based on the number of tasks available. These are usually offered by certain sites such as Humanatic, CrowdFlower, Scale API, Spare5, Microworkers and survey sites that are designed to offer payment based on the amount of work completed.
This kind of work has no worker-client relationship. Workers can do the job at their own time. There is no limit on the amount of work that they can do. This type of work offers payment based on the difficulty of a certain task being offered. A specific task payment may start from $.01 or higher depending on the site offering the said job. The amount we can earn from engaging in this type of work may vary depending on the availability of work. Some people earn around $20 to $60 per day.
BEST JOBS FOR BEGINNERS
As a beginner in the online field, I personally recommend this type of work unless we have a specific skill which we can use to do a client-based job or work independently. The site may require you to pass a certain examination in order for you to be eligible to complete tasks. I recommend joining social media groups so that they may be able to help you. Some of these task-based sites are offering an additional incentive for sharing the opportunity to others so members are encouraged to share the opportunities.
Most of these sites are offering PayPal as a payment option when they started. However, due to the recent changes in PayPal’s policies, some of these sites were banned from sending payment using Paypal’s platform. Make sure to check with the site what payment processor they are accepting and whether this option is available in your country.
Tip: Be careful when working with these sites and make sure to follow instructions. Most sites are requiring high accuracy level to open up additional work. Failure to do so may be a reason for the banning of account.
These are those jobs that are being offered by a specific client depending on the needs of their company or business. Work offered can be a simple data entry job, transcribing, social media management, virtual assistant, writing, or can be as complex as website design and management.
Online companies such as Online Filipino Jobs, Freelancer, and Upwork are offering these opportunities. These companies serve as a bridge between the client and the worker. The rate offered is based on the ability to pay by the clients.
There are also sites offering specific work such as teaching. Though this is also a client-based job, these sites that are offering teaching jobs alone. So you know that when you join these sites, you will be limited to getting a teaching job. You have to apply to become part of the teaching staff and clients will book you depending on their needs. The rate here is based on the rate of the company.
Work availability depends on the needs of other people. Just like in offline working where we need to find a company that will hire us to do a specific job. Businessmen from all over the world opted to use online technology to hire people from other countries. This may be easier for them and they find it less expensive rather than hiring a permanent employee to do a specific task.
Depending on the client, some of the work being offered is also full time and long term. But there are also jobs which can be done on a part-time.
Considering that the jobs are opened to a large number of people, competition should be expected. So we need to check on our skills if this would fit the needed requirement for the job. Most of the client may come from other countries, so we should also take into consideration our time availability. Most often, we need to work on a night shift.
Tip: Before applying for a job, we should make a thorough research on what it takes to be an effective freelance worker. Joining social media groups can be an advantage.
These are the kind of online earning activities where we are in direct control of our activities. We plan, execute and manage our business. Our success or failure would depend primarily on our own actions. This type of work can include website designs/set up, domain flipping, writing, and blogging. Additionally, selling, trading, investments, foreign exchange are other online activities which can give us a good source of income without an employer.
One of the advantages of having this type of work is the opportunity of passive income. However, since we own the business, we need to shoulder all the expenses. Similarly, the planning and implementation of our plans is also our concern. This can be very uncertain too, especially on those activities requiring investments. This type of work is suited for Risk takers and adventurous.
The people who engaged in this type of work are most likely to become the customers of the ‘client-based’ workers. Because there may be some aspect of the business which they may not be knowledgeable. At this point, they tend to hire someone who can do it for them.
The income we can get from this type of work would depend on how we carry out our plans. The skills we have played a big factor. Learning every detail is necessary in order for us to be successful in this field.
ON THE FINAL THOUGHT
Working online can be a good option for individuals who are looking for freedom and the ability to earn without the hassle of every day commute. We only have to assess our own skills and knowledge. this will help us find the most suitable job or work for us.
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