I get asked for online job referrals regularly. There are literally thousands of websites that can provide work from home jobs for you and can pay rates higher than any referral I can give. So in this article, I wanted to give you a list to help you with your online job journey.
I've divided this list into two groups:
(1) International freelance websites, and
(2) Freelance websites for Filipinos
The beauty about working online is that your nationality doesn't really matter. If you can do a kick-ass job, you can get paid kick-ass prices – which is why I'd prefer you look at the international freelance websites.
Filipinos have a reputation as hard working and cost-effective, which is why there are a number of websites successfully offering 100% Filipino staff. The downside for you, the employee/freelancer, is that you'd be stuck in the ‘cost-effective' Filipino bubble, where you might not earn as much as you deserve. Most Filipino workers using these sites earn between P10,000-20,000 – which is similar to a call center salary.
On to the list.
International Freelance Websites
1. Upwork (formerly oDesk)
Has over 2 million clients and caters to almost all types of online jobs. Upwork is the most flexible freelance site out there and is what I started out with. You can find project based work, part time work, or full time work here. If you're just starting out, or are a veteran freelancer, Upwork has something for you. Typical earnings are between $3-$15 per hour
Unlike Upwork, the only types of jobs available are short-term task based work that you'd get paid $5 for, regardless of how long you spend on a task. This can be both a pro and a con. If you're still learning a new skill, you can take your time to complete a task without too much pressure of getting it done in a certain number of hours. If you're an expert at that specific task, you may be able to earn $5 completing a 10 minute task.
Toptal boasts to only offer the top 3% of developers and designers, and they hold true to that moniker. In order to become a Toptal freelancer, you have to go through their rigorous screening process. It isn't for people who are just starting out. However, if ever you do get through the Toptal screening, you can count on getting high paying jobs at around $25-50 per hour.
Freelancer is Upwork's biggest competitor. They have similar offerings, but Freelancer is a little more complicated with it's pricing plan structure. A few years back, Freelancer had a reputation for having higher-quality freelancers than UpWork. But that has recently changed. On the plus-side, you may find less competition (and therefore, higher payouts) than UpWork, but I'd still prioritize getting set-up on UpWork before Freelancer. Typical earnings (the same as with UpWork) are between $3-$10 per hour.
This is one of the lesser known platforms for finding online jobs. Craigslist is the internet's classified ads and is specific to location, but if you browse the “Jobs” and “Gigs” section of different locations, you'll find multiple jobs that can be done from home. Take note that the company posting the job may have the expectation that you're local to their area, but if you prove to be capable of performing the job, it shouldn't be a problem for most. Since companies mostly expect local applicants, you can expect slightly-below local payouts between $5-20 per hour.
This is one of the newest established sites out there. goLance was created in response to the growing monopoly that is Upwork. The founder of goLance uncovered a lot of the frustrations clients and employees were having with the Upwork platform and has tried to solve them with goLance. Time will tell whether they can attract a lot of customers away from Upwork, but things seem to be going in the right direction for them.
This new platform was created to add value to the customers of Hubstaff, the famous time tracking app. It's clean and simple interface makes easy to create a profile and submit proposals. Plus, it's completely free for both clients and freelancers – so, it's definitely worth checking out.
Freelance websites for Filipinos
Chris Ducker, owner of VirtualStaffFinder.com, is a semi-celebrity in the online business community. That means that if if you want a job that deals with different kinds of modern websites, this might be the site for you. All the jobs are ‘virtual assistant' jobs where you'd usually be a jack-of-all-trades for the business owner: answering emails, posting on blogs, doing research and more.
MyOutDesk has grown in popularity recently as their employees give good feedback about the company. MyOutDesk focuses on virtual assistants and sales positions for real estate agents in the USA. Real Estate Virtual Assistants are an extremely large market and MyOutDesk seems to do a good job of catering to them. You don't need any prior real estate knowledge as they have an extensive training that covers what you need to know.
OnlineJobs.ph offers a variety of jobs to companies from different industries. It's the most versatile of the three ‘local' online job sites, so if you're looking for a local site that goes beyond the regular virtual assistant jobs, this might be a fit for you. Them offering companies ‘the most affordable' rate doesn't seem to good for us (the freelancers) though.
I hope that this list provided you with some insight on where you can find your next online job. If not or if you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.
Jason is the founder and CEO of Work from Home Roadmap and VA Bootcamp. Aside from teaching Filipinos how to succeed working from home, he likes traveling, playing board games, and drinking coffee.