Filipinos sets standards in freelancing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2015 03:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2015 11:04 PM

MANILA - The freelance work has grown tremendously with the presence of the online world, and Filipino freelancers are setting the standards.

Payoneer Vice President for Marketing Jonny Steel said on ANC's Shop Talk that the Philippines has been a strong freelance market for quite a few years now.

"Definitely this country [Philippines] is providing services worldwide at an incredible speed," Steel said.

According to Steel, there are already over a million Filipino freelancers, making up an eight of the largest online freelance network, the UpWork.

Steel explained that there is a great level of comfort that European and American companies have in working with Filipinos, primarily because Filipinos' English speaking accent is easier to understand than those of other nationalities.

Steel added that there is a certain warmth and human touch that comes from doing business with Filipinos.

The Philippines has already a reputation for providing great quality work, Steel said.

According to Steel, the Filipinos established a reputation in writing, editing, creative and graphic design, and data entry.

But Steel said the growing demands in IT provides opportunity for Filipino IT experts to also showcase their services to the world.

Who gets to be a freelancer?

Steel said anyone, with skills and proper training, could be a freelancer. He added that everyday anyone can learn a new skill with the great number of information available online.

According to Steel, their study revealed that age and gender is not a restriction in freelancing because businesses care about people's skills and experience.

Showcasing one's unique skills and a good online branding of oneself are what it takes to get noticed in a crowd of freelancers, Steel said.

Steel added that one should have a portfolio and other samples of work showcasing one's skills and expertise.

What to get from freelancing?

Steel said their study showed that 40 percent of the freelancers surveyed gets $10 per hour, 36 percent receives $20-50 an hour, while 26 percent rates $11-12 per hour.

In a local data provided by CEO Lyle Jover of the online freelancing platform, Raket.ph, said that average earning that Filipino freelancers get is P10,000 per project.

Aside from monetary gains, Steel said that freelancing provide opportunities to learn new skills and develop specializations.