After the transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy, we are glad to witness another significant shift in today’s workforce. This shift is fuelled and accelerated by the rapid technology innovation, changing lifestyles and the growing Gen Y workforces. Nowadays, there are an increasing number of employees who leave the traditional workplaces and choose to piece together a professional life on their own. 

The Freelance Revolution is Unstoppable!

Starting an e-commerce business or working as a freelancer from home is becoming the order of the day.  With the lower start-up costs and technologies advances such as the iCloud and Paypal, it is easier to work independently or start an online retail business instead of running traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. In line with this, there is an increasing number of Filipinos using the Internet to find freelance work.

How Elance Sees the Online Freelance Platform in the Philippines?

In April 2013, an article in Yahoo!News[1] discusses how Elance expects a strong growth in the online freelance platform of the Philippines. The survey conducted by Elance, the world’s biggest online freelancing platform, shows that the Philippines now ranks fourth globally in the number of registered users and ninth in online freelancing earnings.

In September 2012, Elance conducted a survey among 120 selected Filipino freelancers who had registered on Elance. The report was entitled “The State of Filipino Freelance Market”. This report revealed that the Filipino freelancers are specializing in administrative support, information technology (IT) and programming, and writing and translation, among others.

The report also indicated that the Philippines is a prime destination for freelance work hires due to the good reputation of Filipinos. Filipinos are acknowledged as responsible, hardworking and skilled workers. In addition, they are also known as a technologically savvy population with a good command of the English language.

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Getting to Know Elance

With Elance, people work in a way that is totally different from traditional workforces. It is a pioneer in today’s freelance revolution. Nowadays, there are over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelancers who use Elance in about 170 countries around the world. A lot of innovative global enterprises, small businesses, start-ups and online retail businesses tap into the Elance’s talent pools to build their team. You can also find job opportunities through Elance. Here are the types of talents available through the platform:

  • Engineers
  • Application developers
  • Web and graphic designers
  • Copywriters/ Content Writers
  • Market researchers
  • Data scientists
  • Social media marketers
  • Customer service agents

There are more than 1 million freelance jobs completed through Elance annually. To learn more about Elance, you can visit their Facebook page.

It’s Time to Join the Freelance Revolution!

There are a great variety of benefits working as a freelancer such as:

  • The freedom to choose the tasks you are interested in
  • The freedom to choose the clients you would like to work with
  • The freedom to work at the time and place you prefer
  • The chance to harvest a wide range of experiences in different fields
  • The chance to create a larger networking pool

It’s all about the freedom, flexibility, and opportunities. The pay is also commensurate with the quality of your work, and there is no limit to potential earnings. The payment methods have become more convenient as well.

If you are getting bored of the regular work routine and facing the same tasks all the year, perhaps it’s the time for a change. With the launching of Elance in the Philippines, there will be more opportunities for Filipinos to grab a freelance job! Besides, it is also great news for employers in the Philippines-now they can hire any talent that they need all around the world with Elance serving as a convenient and easily accessible online freelance platform.

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