It is estimated that there are at least 800,000 home based workers in the Philippines. The number could be much higher as online job platform Elance estimates 1/8 of their 8 Million strong group of freelancers are from the Philippines. In the same report it stated that in 2013, home-based workers contributed Php3.3 Billion to the Philippine economy. This amount represents 22% of the contribution of the entire BPO industry!
In an interview with business news correspondent Kathy Ireland, Artisan Talent CEO Bejan Douraghy shared the interesting statistic that only 1.7% of candidates in the US job market were assessed as “qualified” for the available job openings. Contrast this number with the 6.2% from six years earlier. It is obvious that even in the most powerful economy in the world there is an issue on talent quality.
Douraghy continues that in Artisan Talent, 1/3 of their roster is made up of freelancers who are alternatively referred to as home-based workers. Douraghy estimates that by 2020, their roster will be composed of 50% home-base workers.
This statistic corresponds with a 2014 finding that the US workforce of many Fortune 500 companies is 30% to 45% home-based workers. This number is expected to rise as more consumers are becoming more dependent on mobile technology to manage day-to-day life and work responsibilities.
Statistics aside, home-based workers are among the happiest people I know. All of them used to run the 9-to-5 grind. When things got rough at work, they took home based part time online jobs to augment their income. Today they are full time in their home based work and have no regrets.
Here’s a “partial” list of why they are happier as home-based workers:
- They SAVE more money. A regular employee who earns gross income of Php18,000 will net Php5,000 after taxes, deductions on benefits, food and transportation have been made. A home based worker who earns Php18,000 will net around Php12,000. Direct costs of business are only power, The Internet, and supplies.
- They are less stressed. Home based workers do not have to deal with traffic, parking, and office politics. They control their own time and schedule. Those who are parents can spend more time with their children.
- They EARN more money. A home based worker can take in as many jobs as his or her schedule would fit. In the above example, the home based worker who nets Php12,000 per client will net Php48,000 because his costs will be spread throughout his projects.
Thus, if you want to improve your income position consider taking a home based part time online job. Here are 10 of the best online jobs for you to consider in a part-time capacity:
1. Virtual Assistant
For small business owners, virtual assistants are a godsend. I have worked with virtual assistants and found them treasured in managing my business. From an entrepreneur’s point of view, here are the advantages of hiring a virtual assistant:
- Streamlines cost of operation
- Increases rate of productivity
- Improves business flexibility
- Improves quality of work
- Reduces levels of stress
The demand for virtual assistance services will continue to increase because businesses regardless of size or type of industry will always look for ways to run efficient operations. As you can see, hiring a Virtual Assistant addresses the two components of the profit equation: cost and revenues.
If you are organized, have good communication skills, proficient in written and spoken English, have considerable knowledge on MS Office and various online programs, can handle long, unpredictable hours and most importantly have a great disposition, consider virtual assistance as your home based part time online job.
On average, first-time virtual assistants earn US$3 per hour. Many handle three clients per day and average 6 to 8 hours of work from Monday to Friday. The more experienced virtual assistants average US$5 to US$7 per hour.
Blogging is proof-positive that the pen is mightier than the sword. The statistics on blogging as a business development strategy are overwhelmingly in its favor:
- Companies that blog have 97% more inbound links
- B2B marketers generate 67% more leads
- 61% of consumers share their decision to purchase was influenced by a blog
- Small businesses with blogs generate 126% more leads
- 81% of consumers trust information from a blog
Many companies outsource blogging because it is not a core function and most do not allocate a budget for in – house marketing services. Blogging is not merely a writing activity. As a blogger, you should have the ability to create fresh, unique and relevant content that will compel the reader to action.
You should also have an understanding of how to use keywords. These are the most often used words or phrases for launching a search query. Keywords will help your blog get found online.
If you want to make blogging your home based part time job, take note of these tips:
- Research, read and study the writing styles in popular blog sites.
- Practice writing every day.
- Shore up your English writing skills.
- Have your blogs proof-read by someone you trust
- Blog from your social media accounts and see how your community responds. LinkedIn is a great social media network to use for blogging.
Bloggers are paid per word. Many bloggers start out at US$ 0.01 per word and with experience can work their way up to US$ 0.02 per word. Ideally, a blog post should be 1,600 words long.
Start out with one blog project per day then work your way to 3-4 blogs per day. Your income will improve from Php16,192 to Php64,760 per month!