Gone are the days when only Fortune 500 companies can outsource. Now, even small-sized businesses also outsource. In fact, even individuals working on being the next Internet millionaire outsource.
No one can talk about outsourcing without mentioning the Philippines. Yes, this country made up of 7,107 islands is one of the most popular options when it comes to outsourcing. This is because outsourcing to the Philippines makes a lot of sense.
Here are some of the top reasons why it makes a lot of sense:
1. Filipinos (Yes, not Philippinos) have a good grasp of the English language and American culture.
This is the country’s main selling point and this is the reason why the Philippines is the top choice of the top companies. Thanks to the American rule that lasted almost 50 years, Filipinos speak English fluently.
You know what this means? This means fewer instances of instructions being lost in translation. It’s a little frustrating if you instruct one thing, only for your outsourced assistant to do another thing just because he wasn’t able to understand your instructions properly.
2. There are now a lot of virtual assistants ready to accept outsourced work.
You actually don’t need to team up with big companies if you’re looking to outsource your work. Outsourcing to the Philippines can also mean hiring a virtual assistant who’s ready to do just about anything from answering emails to writing content for your website. Due to the rising popularity of freelancing sites like oDesk and Elance, there are now countless of Filipinos raring to work for you.
3. Outsourcing to the Philippines is cheap.
This remains to be the best reason why you should outsource. Do you want to have an assistant but don’t have the funds to pay him $25 per hour? Outsource to the Philippines and hire a virtual assistant for more or less $5 an hour. You might need to pay double if you're looking for workers with specialized skills but still fairly inexpensive than hiring locally.
Yes, there’s a saying that you get what you paid for. You’re concerned that the quality will be bad since you paid cheap for it. You have to know that $5 an hour is a good starting rate for Filipinos working online as Virtual Assistants doing general administrative work. If you're willing to train, and you don't really need highly specialized skills, I'm pretty sure you'll find people willing to work for $5/hr.
I know that you’re probably thinking that you can do the work yourself and save $5 an hour. But how much is your hour worth? Doesn’t it make sense to just delegate the smaller tasks so you can focus on the bigger ones? If you end up earning $50 for the hour that you spent working on the bigger tasks while your assistant worked on the smaller tasks for $5, you end up with $45.
4. You can accomplish more things.
By delegating the smaller tasks to your virtual assistant, you can accomplish more. These smaller tasks do add up and you have better use of your time - like maybe play golf with someone that you’re trying to deal with.
5. The time difference is not really an issue.
I’m sure that a lot of you are concerned about the time difference. Well, a lot of Filipinos are more than willing to work the night shift especially since they’ll be working at home anyway. A lot of these virtual assistants worked in call centers so they’re used to it.
In addition, you won’t even need your virtual assistant to work during your time. You can just email your virtual assistant before you call it a day, and the tasks will be finished when you wake up.
As you can see now, outsourcing to the Philippines makes a lot of sense. Try it now. Interview a few people and test a few of them out. It’s the closest thing to adding hours to a day.
Jayzar Recinto is an Internet marketing consultant who specializes in outsourcing to the Philippines. Jayzar also blogs about fatherhood at filipinodad.com.