At Freelancing.ph, we pride ourselves that in all that we do, we base it on the freelancers’ voice. We pioneered in publishing Freelancer Salary Reports for 2015 and 2016. Now to start 2017 right, we surveyed 120 Filipino freelancers to help us craft the first Freelancer Annual Report for the Philippines.
The interview is almost over and it looks positive. Client then asks, “What is your rate?”
Last June 27, Freelancing.ph conducted its annual freelancer salary survey. Now on its third year, we made the report comprehensive by gathering more respondents and covering more job specializations. To better understand the analysis of the results, here’s a snapshot of our respondents:
A Guest Post by Robert James.
Imagine you are a new freelancer and you’re testing the waters of the online freelancing world.
You take with you nothing but what the brick and mortar world has given. You go on a search for your first ever client, applying to virtually every job you think your skills are good for. It takes a lot of waiting and you wonder if any of your applications reached their destination.
It all seemed hopeless until you are greeted by an email the next morning with one client, out of the hundreds who never replied, asking you for an interview. You excitedly agree, set the schedule, give him your Skype or whatever form of communication you prefer, and wait for their call.
Let’s say you and the client discussed the project thoroughly to the tiniest details. You know you can ace this project with an unbelievable turnaround time and the client is impressed by your wits, skills, and experience. They say “Yes” and you say “Thank You” but then this question comes up: “How much?“
But Cath, can I earn as much as my current salary if I shift to working online?
One of the most common questions I get from my former colleagues and others interested to shift to an online career. I don’t have a short answer for this; plus there are so many job categories available, the income potential varies. To help answer this question, we conducted a poll among our Freelancing.ph members.
As a background, our members are composed of 45% tenured freelancers (3-5 years), 32% are working an average of 1-3 years, and the rest are still looking or freelancing for less than a year. In terms of skills, we have a mix of Virtual Assistants, Customer Service Reps, Data Entry and Digital Marketers. Without further ado, here are the detailed results of our survey.
As usual, I’m overly excited to introduce to you my next guest for this week’s interview series. I’ll start by sharing how I got to know him. It was last year when I read about a foreign freelancer working on the pristine shores of Boracay. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I heard his name again through the freelance grapevine. His Croatian surname stuck with me so, I did some googling and pulled up his oDesk profile. Whoa, this guy was charging $100 per hour. Then I found him on Facebook and was surprised that he was down to earth and uber friendly! Friends, meet Bernard Vukas and discover some amazing advice on how to increase your rates and make a profitable living as a freelancer.
The ultimate question I get from aspiring freelancers is:
“How much can I earn from working online?”
This is understandable considering that we all have bills to pay and mouths to feed. My standard reply is “it depends.” A lot of factors come to play here:
- Skill set
- Tenure as a freelancer
- Field or niche
There are jobs that require minimal effort and ones that need specialization. Case in point: