Frequently Asked Questions
1. What’s a virtual worker?
Virtual workers are highly trained experts in a variety of fields, who work remotely from all over the world. Virtual workers fill the positions of copy writers, bloggers, designers, developers, programmers, project managers and much more. The saying goes that virtual workers can do any task in your business except get you a cup of coffee.
2. What do virtual worker usually cost?
Most cost a mere fraction of what you would pay to get someone within your own area to do the same work. This can be anywhere from a few dollars an hour and up, but it’s always a deep discount compared with what one would be paying within their own country for the exact same work. When you add in the cost of overhead for a worker in your same area the cost & time savings are substantial.
3. Does using virtual workers hurt your country of origin’s economy?
We don’t believe so because in such a harsh global economy most small business, entrepreneurs and start ups couldn’t afford to hire the best help within their own regions - so they turn to outsourced workers to do the job. This brings in more revenue, taxes and jobs into their home country when their business prospers because of the money & time they’ve saved outsourcing. Also remember we are in the age of global economies, this means that no country is an island anymore. Everyone trades with everyone and when one country or company does very well it helps pull up the rest through aid, increased trading and more opportunities made available.
4. How can I communicate with my virtual worker?
In our experience the best way to communicate is using Skype or emails, most virtual workers speak English well but because of time differences and costs of international calls it’s far more practical to assign tasks through email and then to do live chats (via text or talk) on Skype.
5. Does the time difference matter?
No, in fact in some cases the time difference is a benefit. Say you live in San Francisco, USA and your virtual workers are in Cebu, Philippines. Sunday evening your time is Monday morning their time, this means if you have a task that must get done before Monday morning in San Francisco all you have to do is log on Sunday and shoot it over to them. You will have a big leg up on your competition this way and you get the peace of mind of knowing that people are working on your business even when you sleep!
6. How do I manage my virtual workforce without being in the same building, time zone or country as they are?
This is actually surprisingly easy, we strongly suggest all of our employers to sign up for Basecamp HQ which is an amazingly simple, online project management service that allows you to assign tasks, track time and manage projects no matter how complex all through a few clicks of your keyboard. Basecamp is hosted online so you won’t have to worry about downloading software and it’s incredibly effective whether you are managing 2 virtual workers or 20. We also suggest looking into free services like Google docs when assigning complicated tasks and going through our free guides available to you that will educate your company on how to get the most out of your virtual workforce.
1. What is a featured listing?
A featured listing is a premium add-on service wherein you will be included in the “Featured Virtual Workers” section located at the front page of the site for the next 30 days. Being in the “featured” area allows you to be more visible to potential employers.
2. What is a job alert?
A job alert is a cool feature wherein you can set our system to automatically send you an email alert if an employer posts a certain type or job, or a certain keyword is present in the job listing. This allows you to be informed of new job listings even without logging in to your account.
So if you want to be informed if some employer is looking for a “designer”, this is the feature to use.
3. How can I become a Premium Virtual Worker?
Premium virtual workers are pre-screened virtual workers. We are keeping a pool of premium virtual workers who have great work ethic, has above average skills, reliable, and who produce good quality work. When an employer personally asks us for good quality virtual workers, we choose from this pool of premium virtual workers. If you consider yourself as an above average in your field, you may send a note in “Contact Us” and we’ll evaluate your skills to see if you are good enough to be a Premium Virtual Worker.
Premium virtual workers usually means higher salary. A lot of employers does not really mind paying a bit more for really good virtual workers.
4. Do I need to add my picture?
No it is not mandatory, however, based on experience, a photo adds personality and character to your skills and resume. More employers tend to hire people with photographs because they see a “real” person behind the virtual worker’s name and skillset.
5. Do I need to fill up all the skills?
You only need to fill up the skills you have. The rest of the skills, you can leave it as it is (default).
6. Can I work for 2 employers at the same time?
If both employers only employ you part time, we don’t see a reason why you can not have 2 employers at the same time.
7. Do I need to work at the same timezone as my employer?
This depends on your employer. You have to agree on a shift or a schedule prior to accepting their job offer. But normally you work during your usual daytime hours and just agree with your employer to have a certain schedule where both of you are online so you can effectively communicate, assign tasks, clarify some of the items in your task list, brainstorm..etc.
8. How about Holidays in my country? Do I need to report to work during those days?
Most employers would tend to follow your country’s holiday schedule. It wouldn’t be nice if your family is having a holiday while you are working. Again, you have to clear this up with your potential employer before you start working to avoid confusion.
9. Is this a long term job or a project based work?
This really depends on the employer. Some employers only need a person for about a month (ie, design a website). Others would need a virtual worker for the long term such as blogger, copywriter, SEO..etc.
We always strive to attract employers who need long term virtual workers in their businesses but we do not discount the fact that some employers only needs somebody to finish a certain project.
10. What if I have other important skills not listed in the list of skills?
You may put this in the text area for the “Summary of Skills”, and you may also send us a note via “Contact Us”. If we see that a lot of people are requesting us to include a specific skill, we would definitely consider adding it permanently.
11. How much will it cost for a jobseeker to join and post his/her skills and resume?
Absolutely no cost for jobseekers.
12. How will I be paid?
It is up to you and your employer/outsourcer to discuss between yourselves about the mode of payment. Typical payments are done thru Paypal and Xoom.