Working as a freelancer gives you a lot of freedom, a fact that is undeniable. With the freedom, however, come a few responsibilities. Paying taxes is one of those, an obligation that many freelancers dislike intensely or even loathe. Many Filipino freelancers don’t pay taxes and they effortlessly get away with it. If you’re serious about establishing your online career, however, paying what’s due will be the wise thing to do. All citizens of the Philippines have an obligation to facilitate national development by paying taxes. Some people consider giving money to the government a big loss because of the implied corruption. The hard-earned dollars will ultimately end in somebody’s deep pockets, right? It’s not this simple and certainly not this negative. Taxes provide funding for various essentials – healthcare, pensions and public facility development to name a few. Media have already published various stories about people who left their job, became self-employed and earned a lot by finding online freelance projects. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Philippines has started paying attention to this new model. Chances are that more and more freelancers will scrutinized and eventually asked to provide answers about their reluctance to pay taxes. Are you making your first steps in the world of being an online freelancer? If so, you probably have tons of questions about taxation policies, documents and paying taxes. The following guide will acquaint you with some of the biggest essentials that all Filipino freelancers should know. Read More
Has your business started outsourcing yet to countries like the Philippines? If not, you’re missing on a huge opportunity to find top talent and optimize your staffing expenses.
The average salary in the Philippines for a virtual assistant usually ranges from $250 to $550 USD per month.
Compared with salaries in the US, Australia or UK this is a lot more affordable, and you will find that assistants in the Philippines have a very high level of written and spoken English. So the Philippines is a great country to look for virtual talent.Read More
You have many options when it comes to running your business and optimizing processes, including outsourcing.
Though the sky is the limit when it comes to outsourcing corporate practices, many business owners seem to be reluctant.
And who can blame these business owners?
Finding and managing talent, communicating across time zones, and overcoming language barriers present very real challenges for any business owner.Read More
You wouldn't turn up to a first date in your pajamas, even if they were a true reflection of your personality.
Similarly, we always make an effort to show our best side when applying for jobs, but the mistake a lot of people make is thinking that the interview is their chance to make a good first impression.
Before you even open the door to the interview room, the interviewer will already have your resume in their hand and subjected you to multiple stages of screening. So it's already too late to make that all important first impression.
In fact the first thing the hiring manager is looking for in your resume is a reason to reject you as quickly as possible; to get the list down from hundreds of applicants to a more manageable number. That means no silly fonts, no childish email accounts, and as we'll see no regrettable Facebook posts.
We'll cover some of the surprising reasons why candidates get rejected and how you can make sure this doesn't happen to you, so good luck, and let us know if any of the tips help you get hired.
1. Your font is too funky
You may be tempted to shake things up a little in an effort to make your resume stand out, but a font is probably not the best place to show your character.
Many recruiters will simply throw any crazy looking resumes straight in the trash.
If you're applying for a job in the creative industry then a little quirkiness is fine, but there are so many other ways to show your personality than font choice alone.
It may not be worth the risk using a non-standard font, as your resume could look garbled if your potential employer doesn't have your font installed on their computer.
Pro-tip: Barbara Safani, the author of "Happy About My Resume", recommends sticking with Arial as a safe bet as it's clean and easy to read and perhaps most importantly widely distributed across operating systems, meaning whether it's viewed on a Mac or a PC your resume will look as you intended.1