Are you thinking of transitioning to a work from home job? If you are, read on. If you’re not, I suggest you still read on.
Working from home has been gaining traction over the years, companies like Upwork and Freelancer have allowed global access for employers to find virtual workers. The most common questions I get when they hear that I do remote work are the following:
- What do you actually do?
- How did you find the job?
- How is the pay?
- Can I also work online?
- How do I start?
I get a lot of questions but these are the most common that I get, I bet if you have met someone who has an online job you have asked at least one of the questions I stated above.
Let me provide you some answers to these FAQs:
- What do you actually do?
I currently do project management – but I have done, copywriting, app testing (yes, for iOS and Android), web research, book review (I love reading books and I get paid reading), Social Media Management and content distribution, and recruitment.
There are lots of jobs online, you can start with Upwork or Freelancer, in the Philippines 51talk is also very popular.
2. How did you find the job?
I used to work full time as a contractor for cool startup and I found them on LinkedIn. With my recent jobs, I all found them on Upwork.
3. How is the pay?
The pay is good; it depends on what types of jobs you’d want to do and what type of jobs you can do. Data entry typically pays $3 to $5 an hour, App testing ranges from $4 to $15 per test, and management jobs pays $10 per hour upwards, software engineers make $15 per hour and even more. Like traditional companies, there are those who are very generous with compensation and there are those who are not. I must say the money you make can be as high as you want it to be – it depends how hungry you are for work.
4. Can I also work online?
Yes you can! Anyone can work online, as long as you have a computer, an internet connection , and the will to work remotely (remote, isolated from physical co-workers, working alone). Jobs that I have found to be common outside of SEO, data entry, writing, customer service, and web development are the ff: recruitment, e-commerce management (shopify), HR and People operations, translation, accounting and bookkeeping, and legal.
5. How do I start?
This is the tricky part, honestly. First, audit your skills because you need to know and have a list of the work that you CAN do. It could be content writing, coding, data entry, customer service, social media, e-commerce manager, and more. If you have not yet updated your resume for the longest time, this is the best time to do it. This is so you’ll know what type of work you can apply for and the types of jobs the clients would hire you for. Second, join an online freelancing platform (Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and etc) or apply for known companies who hire remote workers (51talk, you can also Google “work from home jobs”). Third, expect that there are a lot of things that you do not know yet but you can learn along the way.
It’s about time
So if you are asking if you can from home, of course you can, it’s about time! I believe the future of work is online (and offline) – of course offline work won’t go away but work from home opportunities are growing at a rapid rate. There are 44 million internet users in the Philippines and I am not sure how many are making a living by online freelancing, I’m pretty sure if someone will do a census the turnout will be more close if not more than a million.
The world has gone small, cliche as it sounds, but it is true. The opportunity to find work globally is at the tip of your finger tips.
On my next article I’ll share about my key learnings on transitioning to a work from home job.