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5 Tips for getting jobs on outsourcing platforms

By | Outsourcing: an original view, work from home

In the past I’ve actually tried getting hired myself on outsourcing platforms but the money offered is not that interesting really, when competing with people in Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. oDesk is a good way to outsource work to countries with lower wages. I’ve tried it with coding but that cost me much more time than doing things myself – in the end I never managed to get any technical stuff done successfully through the system. Maybe that’s because I don’t need basic stuff done – I can do that myself quickly – and I can’t outsource my very specific server set up to someone I don’t trust 100%.

Now that I have managed to get good results out of oDesk I can say there are some things an applicant can do to get hired (or not). I’m a domain pimp but I’m still looking for the way to properly treat outsourced workers (i.e. by paying an appropriate wage, not wasting anyone’s time and by thinking out new ways of outsourcing). I hope the following do’s and don’ts can help:

  1. Read the job description. You’d be surprised how many people don’t properly read the description. Even some outsourcing agencies have people working specifically on acquiring jobs for the agency – who do not properly read the description.
  2. Don’t over- or underbid. If an employer puts a job at 100$ you don’t want to bid 20$ or 200$. Slightly underbidding can help get you some more attention in the hiring process but it just looks fishy if you go under 50% of the price.
  3. Don’t ask your potential employer about how you will receive your money (from oDesk). This is a definite turn-off. Inquire at oDesk instead. I’m sure they have their shit together and if you see there are at least some (e.g. 100) people from your country working at oDesk it probably means they also manage to get paid properly from oDesk.
  4. Raising your value appropriately. If you’re currently getting 2.5$ per article it’s unlikely your employer will be happy to suddenly pay you 7.5$. So don’t ask for a raise like that. However, if you gradually work your way up, it’s more likely your employer will go along with it, especially if the delivering goes more smooth every time and you reach a mutual understanding about the way of working. E.g. try getting 3.5$, then 5$, while increasing your punctuality and quality of work. Never start asking for more money right from the start.
  5. You’re in this together. If you deliver good work, the employer will be happy, and you’ll get a good rating (hopefully 5 stars for each facets), so even if the employer is not going to pay more, there will be another employer who be happy to pay you more considering you have a better looking profile. It also works the other way around, it’s easier for an employer to hire people when her own rating is top notch.

I hope these tips will help you if you’re thinking about working through oDesk to make some money.

The Housewife

By | Philippines, work from home

Being a housewife means going over a daily routine with sometimes less excitement and personal growth. Especially for career-oriented women who believe that they deserve more than just staying at home and taking care of the children. In other cases, there are those who do not have a choice but to work because they are either single parents or their husbands’ paycheck cannot compensate for their expenses. In the Philippines, that is mostly the situation. The mother is required to help the father in terms of the family’s financial needs in order to survive. Through the years, women in our country have become more competitive, competent and highly-skilled. Come to think of it, I believe I know more women who earn better than men. And I salute them.

But then again, I wonder, at the end of the day when you have four growing kids, would you choose career over being a full-time housewife? Of course like I said, there are those who do not have a choice. If the mother doesn’t work, their children cannot go to school. But what about those who do not encounter the same problems? If the father’s
earnings are actually enough to get by? I had a short conversation with my husband’s aunt the other day, she said, “Michelle, if you’re able to fit your way of life into Don’s salary, do so. Instead of leaving your kids to a nanny just because you feel that you also need to work.” She even said that, “money can be earned in a different time, but the time you will lose watching your children grow up is priceless.” True enough. Right then and there I realized, she’s right. Weeks before she talked to me I was so worried about looking for a job, when to start, how much to earn, who’s going to take care of the kids… I wasn’t happy. It felt so wrong not being able to spend the same amount of time with my kids now once I start working. I may get a job at an office with an 8-5pm schedule, Mondays through Saturdays. In the morning I will be in a hurry. At night I will be too tired to take care of them. And the salary I get will mostly go to paying my nanny, the laundry and the like. Worst of all, my kids will be spending most of their toddler years (which I believe is the MOST important), with a nanny. The nanny will be the one to comfort them when they cry, not me. The nanny will teach them their ABCs. The nanny will know what’s their favorite food and how to make them laugh. And so it hit me. That is not the mother I want to be. My own mother (a single parent) used to tell me that I should NEVER rely on a man to provide anything for me. I will be at the losing end. I should have my own money, my own accomplishments. I firmly believed in that. But now that I do have my own family, I guess there are time when what we believed in doesn’t make sense anymore. We all make sacrifices. And at this point, I know I can sacrifice having a career or my personal achievements for my children’s sake. That is not being on the losing end, right? That is being completely selfless.

I am not saying that I will never work at all. I will have my time. Maybe I’m just trying to analyze my priorities at this time in my life. Chances may be small if I work later on because I got older already. But it is a risk I am willing to take. Besides, I think it’s true that good things come to those who are resourceful enough. Just recently I tried to get side projects from jobs offered online. It is not much. But it will help. And I will be doing something productive and worthwhile. It is amazing how perfect this can be for

people like me–mothers, housewives, even those with disabilities. No discriminations. Who knows, I might just get lucky and do this on a full-time base.

Being a housewife is not always “all that boring” and going over the same old routine. It is the noblest job in the world. And sometimes, it can even be extra fun.