How Filipinos Are Leading the Freelance Economy Revolution

How Filipinos Are Leading the Freelance Economy Revolution - Paystaff

In this age of modern technology, more and more professionals are jumping into the freelancing bandwagon. There’s a veritable flood of virtual assistant jobs out there for people with various skills – from writers to web designers and web developers, from video editors to photographers.

So many people are now joining the freelance economy revolution and reaping so many benefits from making the shift to freelance careers.

 

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Freelance Economy Revolution


All around the world, so many professionals are going the virtual assistance route for the simple reason that they’re enjoying so many benefits working from home.

Aside from the obvious benefits for work at home moms to schedule their work around their children, work from home arrangements also mean less traffic congestion, less stress, and home-cooked meals. The convenience of working in your own terms and owning your time.

And it's possible. Just look at this news feature for Filipino Freelancers earning 6 digits a month!

 


Plus, of course, the added bonus of spending more moments with your family, as opposed to working abroad or enduring Manila's traffic. And you still earn dollars while working from wherever you are in the Philippines or in the world.

 

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Why Filipinos?


Foreign nationals, particularly from Australia, the U.S., and Europe are hiring Filipinos for a variety of reasons. Filipinos have an excellent work attitude, are hardworking and very creative.

The Philippines also has a great time zone, which is close to Australia. Most Filipinos are multilingual and possess great English skills. They speak and write excellent English even though it’s only the second main language in the country. 

 

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Changing the Way People Work


Home-based work is fast becoming the norm. Recently, the Philippine Congress passed a law that encourages companies to allow employees to telecommute.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed into law a bill that enables employees from the private sector to “telecommute” or work from home.

 

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Republic Act 11165: The Telecommuting Act


This is excellent news because there’s going to be less traffic for sure and the convenience it will give private sector employees is priceless. Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act will promote work-life balance and address traffic congestion, says Sen. Joel Villanueva, Senate Committee Chair on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development.

The home-based work program is optional and requires a mutual agreement between employers and their workers. They will need to meet minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workload, work hours, and social security, as well as safeguards for equal pay, leave benefits, and promotion.

"With this recently signed law, we can now have a stable and consistent legal framework that can provide an enabling environment to encourage participation and enforce compliance among enterprises, big or small. This is indeed a fitting New Year's welcome for our dedicated Filipino workers," adds Sen. Villanueva.

 

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Under the law, the labor department is tasked to create guidelines on:



  • Rate of pay, including overtime and night shift differential, and other similar monetary benefits not lower than those provided in applicable laws, and collective bargaining agreements;

  • Right to rest periods, regular holidays, and special non-working days;

  • Equivalent workload and performance standards as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises;

  • Access to training and career development opportunities as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises, and be subject to the same appraisal policies covering these workers;

  • Appropriate training on the technical equipment at their disposal, and the characteristics and conditions of telecommuting; and

  • Collective rights as workers at the employer’s premises, and shall not be barred from communicating with workers’ representatives.


 


What’s Next?


Now that the Freelance Economy Revolution is underway, Filipinos have the great opportunity to earn more than minimum wage. In fact, some of the highest earners among technical professionals are Filipino Virtual Professionals.

Unlike in the past when the monthly rate was a measly $200, today, Virtual Assistants are earning thousands of dollars per year, thanks to the many clients who are relying more and more on Filipino Virtual Professionals’ services.

Today is a great day to embark on your freelance career. If you think you need more convincing, please feel free to browse through our other blog articles for inspiration and guidance. So what are you waiting for? Take the big leap now! 

 


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