Virtual Assistants and Outsourcing to the Philippines

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A lot of people have been asking about outsourcing to the Philippines or hiring Filipino virtual assistants. Perhaps this growing interest was spurred by various internet marketers talking about how you can hire Filipinos for $2-$3 an hour.

Well, it looks like it’s looking more along the $400~$600/month range. Anyway, I’ll post here what I’ve found online…

In Get Paid by the Hour in oDesk, Gem Baltazar (TheLadyProgrammer.com) writes about the oDesk freelance site. Some Filipino VAs visit that site, so you may be able to touch base with some of them.

Mike Sasuman (@maikeru76) told me via Twitter about Jefferson Faudan (@jeffersonfaudan), which led me to the DvoVirtualTech blog.

It looks like they have a pool of people you can choose from:

Programmer – $1,400
Graphic Designer – $1,400
Web Developer – $1,400
Virtual Assistant – $1,200
Link Builder – $1,000
Article Writer – $1,000

Those look like monthly rates, and the outsourcing provider normally handles the screening of the freelancers. If you were to hire an article writer directly, for example, you’ll probably pay that person around $400 a month.

Assuming an 8-hour day, 22 days a month, that $400 comes out to $2.27 per hour. If your writer produces one article an hour, that’s 8 300-word articles per hour. I wonder, though, how many people are motivated enough to produce 8 articles each day, Monday to Friday, without going bonkers.

Just looking at the list above, however, I wonder: What exactly does a Virtual Assistant do? Handle email, customer support, and administrative matters, perhaps?

The other names which come up when it comes to outsourcing to the Philippines are Oliver Turner, Joel Christopher, and the Agents of Value. I’ll update this post once I get more info…

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First posted on Tuesday, 12 May 2009

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8 Responses to “Virtual Assistants and Outsourcing to the Philippines”

  1. on 13 May 2009 at 8:26 am Mike Sasuman

    Disclaimer/Note: I, Mike Sasuman, is gainfully employed with AoV and Mr. Viloria NEVER noted that my name or the handles that I messaged him through Twitter were going to published as of this writing.

    If Mr. Viloria were to have told me of his search/article/post was about webmaster/IT staff outsourcing. I could have referred the company I belong to for the past year. http://agentsofvalue.com.

    Thank You.

  2. on 13 May 2009 at 4:04 pm Viloria.net

    Clarification: It was a publicly published Twitter message at http://twitter.com/maikeru76/statuses/1770175039

    Since it is a publicly-accessible URL (as are most Twitter messages), and since the info was given in a public venue, it is a good blogging practice to cite the sources.

    http://search.twitter.com/search?q=maikeru76+manuelviloria

    In other words, @replies in Twitter are not private.

  3. on 14 May 2009 at 5:32 pm Christian Sagala

    Let us admit it, a lot of Filipinos need jobs here in the country. Outsourcing is very beneficial for both developed countries and the third world countries. This would also help our economy and help a lot of poor families.

  4. on 10 Jul 2009 at 12:46 pm IT Specialist

    Well, you can get highly-talented workers here in the Philippines. That is why outsourcing in the country is a win win situation for both the company and the workers. They can save a lot money and give a decent income for the workers.

  5. on 02 Sep 2009 at 4:47 pm Dan

    I’ve just hired someone from the Philippines, she’s a graphic designer, designing web sites for us so far using wordpress.

    Very very impressed with the results so far, it’s only been just over a week.

    However, we did hire someone just before her for a couple of days (he then left us), in comparison he was not a patch on her.

    We’re not using her as a VA, it might just be me, but for now I keep all that sort of stuff to myself, but someone to help me develop new web sites quickly either to promote affiliate products or actual products /services that I’m selling is perfect for me (so far).

  6. on 17 Sep 2009 at 2:38 pm Philippine Global Outsourcing

    Thanks for this article, I find it helpful in pricing our services :)

  7. on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:37 pm Retchie "Reikko" Navarro

    Well, a SEO guru wrote me a letter yesterday regarding outsourcing in the philippines for 2$ an hour and how someone made $1M just by making his entire business outsourced to the Philippines. I wrote him back and told him this — “Do you think it’s funny to pay someone 2$ an hour while you earn millions a month? What kind of guru are you publishing this kind of article and telling your subscribers to join your webinars so that they too can earn big while paying a disgraceful amount. Do you think working as a VA is easy? Why not you try it yourself so that before you announce something, you’ll know how tiring it is” And guess what… He never wrote back! lolz

  8. on 01 Jul 2010 at 7:25 am Viloria.net

    They’re probably banking on the fact that there are people whose skills are still at the $2/hour level. Once those VAs gain more experience, they’ll soon move towards higher-earning projects.