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CA VIRTUAL SERVICES Freelance Outsourcing in the Philippines


Table of Contents Introduction...................................................................................................... What is Freelancing? ............................................................................. What is Outsourcing? ............................................................................ Freelance Outsourcing..................................................................................... Individual Outsourcing .......................................................................... Team Outsourcing ................................................................................. Freelance Outsourcing in the Philippines ........................................................


Introduction Given the latest online trends, more and more businesses are utilizing and benefitting from the significant advantages of freelance outsourcing – especially to the Philippines. Employees, teams or even a whole company no longer have to physically work together as one unit. It’s the era of freelancers, virtual assistants, work-fromhome, and Skype conference calls. Telecommuting has become an efficient alternative in today’s highly technological world, allowing varied individuals across the globe to do business each day. Why limit yourself to applicants in your area, when there could be a greater pool of talent elsewhere? The Philippines, for example, offers an abundant source of world class professionals capable of any administrative work; as well as intelligent, creative and passionate writers, designers, online marketers and web developers with college degrees from outstanding universities, and exemplary work experience in their chosen fields. Explore the other side of the world and discover better ways of managing your business. Gather a stronger workforce. Outsource.

What is Freelancing? Freelancing pertains to the business relationship between a self-employed professional (the freelancer) and a client. Freelancers are individuals with a particular skill set and expertise, but have no long term commitment to a particular employer, and can therefore service different clients and work on varied projects at a time. The main benefit for both parties involved is flexibility – in terms of time and rates. As freelancers have the freedom to create and adjust their own schedules, clients or employers have the added benefit of agreeing on a deadline that can even be before or beyond regular office hours. Rates are also cheaper, as opposed to


rendering the service of someone from an agency. Each freelancer has his or her own pricing standard and may choose to charge per word count, piece, project, hour, day or month; or according to the value he perceives the project to be to the client’s customers. Either way, such rates are often negotiable. Freelancers either thrive on referrals or by registering to so-called freelance marketplaces such as Freelancer.com, ODesk, Elance, Guru and so on. These sites serve as a venue for clients for outsourcing projects and scouting for the most qualified freelancers to work on them. Clients like yourself can view resumes and sample works of individuals with your desired skills. You may also choose to bid out your project requirement and choose the freelancer that offers you the best price and turnaround time. These days, freelancing is common in varied types of work such as writing and content management services, virtual assistance services, online marketing services, social media development and web design and development services.

What is Outsourcing? Outsourcing is the process of hiring a third party provider to work on certain tasks or projects that are usually performed within your company. This often involves rendering the services of a firm overseas, such as in the Philippines, where people are regarded for their high competence and professionalism, on top of low production costs. Where outsourcing excels is in the time and resources saved for your company to focus on the most crucial aspects of your business. Some projects, if attempted to be performed in-house, may take weeks or even months just to hire and train the necessary people; whereas an outsourcing firm already has an available and capable pool of professionals ready to get the job done. From mundane clerical work, to tedious administrative tasks and specialized creative services, outsourcing helps you streamline your business structure and maximize the time and talents of your current workforce. Overheads are significantly reduced – Get the additional help that you need, only when you need them, from experienced professionals specializing in the specific task at hand.


Although outsourcing projects became a widespread trend in recent years, most especially in the BPO industry, it has eventually grown to affect various fields of work from engineering and accounting to photography and internet marketing. A global and even virtual taskforce has become a convenient business set-up for many companies and continues to prevail for a reason: It works.

Freelance Outsourcing Simply put, freelance outsourcing means outsourcing a certain part of your business to freelancers. A freelance website or outsourcing agency can help you find the most qualified individuals to meet your specific requirements. The next important thing to consider is whether to outsource it to an individual or a team. Individual Outsourcing Outsourcing to just one freelancer is ideal for simple and specific piecemeal projects. Opting for this gives you more freedom to compare rates, skills and sample works between different applicants. Individual outsourcing also involves project-based deadlines and results, making it easier for you to supervise and monitor the freelancer’s performance. However, entrusting a whole project to just one person has its risks. Some employers have bad experiences where certain freelancers suddenly just go MIA, or worse, stop communication after receiving the initial payment and leave the project hanging. Also, freelancers are usually limited to only a particular skill set. So if your project requires a combination of expertise, you may end up with a number of individual freelancers and have a difficult time managing and coordinating with all of them. This may ultimately cause delay in the delivery and quality of their work. So when choosing an individual freelancer, screen your applicants well, ask for referrals and read testimonials available on their freelancer website account, if any. Better yet, simply go straight to an outsourcing agency and let them find the best fit for you – someone they’ve already screened and can vouch for.


Team Outsourcing For more complex or long-term projects, team outsourcing is recommended. Hiring a small group offers you a pool of multiple skill sets, forming a comprehensive unit to complete every aspect of your project. Research has also shown that small groups are more productive than individuals – possibly since they can bounce ideas off each other, creating richer concepts and more diverse strategies. Camaraderie and teamwork also make work more fun, engaging and motivating, leading to more inspired results. Such an arrangement also often entails a team leader to supervise the team on your behalf, freeing you of more managerial work. On the other hand, working with a team, even just on small, short-term projects would definitely prove to be a disadvantage; increasing overhead, staffing issues and unnecessary costs. This is why it would still be best to employ the services of an outsourcing firm to determine exactly how many and who are the key individuals necessary to carry on a project. This way, all recruits are also guaranteed to be well screened, tested and handpicked by the experts just for you. May you be in need of individuals or a team of freelancers to outsource your projects to, outsourcing firms in the Philippines have got you covered.

Freelance Outsourcing in the Philippines When it comes to online outsourcing, communication is key. Given the absence of a physical working environment that allows for clearer discussions, it is crucial for you to find freelancers who can easily understand your instructions and requests, and can deliver a high quality output that’s professionally crafted and easy for you to understand as well. According to the recent study by the GlobalEnglish Corporation, the Philippines is the best country in business English proficiency, as published in the prestigious 2012 Business English Index (BEI). Moreover, out of all the countries worldwide, only the Philippines has entered the intermediate level and garnered a score above 7.0, even higher than the United States, which didn’t make the Top Ten list. In the global business arena, Filipino professionals are regarded not only for their excellent communication skills, but for their work ethics as well. Filipinos are


adaptable, collaborative and extremely hard-working. They are said to be one of the easiest people to get along with and have no problems working with freelancers and entrepreneurs from other countries, cultures and religion. Moreover, they are highly technological-savvy, updated with the latest gadgets, guidelines and developments in the fields of internet marketing, web design and development, content writing, data management and so on. In summary, hiring a Filipino workforce means having a college-educated, professionally trained, and globally competitive team. Got a project you need to outsource? Find the most qualified Filipino freelancers and get in touch with CA Virtual Services now. Launched in 2011 by Rommel Zieh Almuete and founded on his years of experience in the Marketing, Advertising, IT and BPO industries, CA Virtual Services is a young and dynamic outsourcing agency in Manila, boasting of a strong network of creative, efficient and passionate Filipino professionals. Catering to the business needs of various companies worldwide, CA Virtual Services specializes in personalized and customized outsourcing, where freelancers are chosen and assigned according to each client’s specific needs. To further guarantee quality of work, all freelancers are monitored and supervised by their respective Project Managers, with a support team on standby for any concerns. CA Virtual Services provides:  Virtual Assistance Services  Content Management Services  Online Marketing Services  Social Media Development  Web Design and Development Services For further information on these and more, kindly visit their website at www.cavirtualservices.com. Get that competitive advantage in the global arena. Outsource and contact CA Virtual Services today!


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