Less than 72 hours after launching its Coming Soon campaign, HomeJobs.Ph attracted over 40,000 Filipinos who signed up to its platform.
“We had to temporarily shut down our website due to the high demand. Our server couldn’t handle it,” according to Jeremy Raymond, the company’s co-founder.
Why are people – young and old alike – going to HomeJobs? Raymond believes that the long commute times to work, heavy traffic, concern for personal safety, and the desire to be with the family have made the work from home site a big hit.
This is the case with Sally Sannata, a single mother in Quezon City who considers the company a dream come true. A mother of four, Sally wakes up each morning at 6 a.m. to get her kids ready for school, drops them off, and returns home to help customers of an organization in Australia.
“The pay is great, the hours fit my schedule, and there is no commute time,” she said.
After signing up, Sally created a profile and regularly checked for new job offerings that matched her skills. With HomeJobs, employers can browse through thousands of profiles and view an applicant’s work history, skills, and pay rates. It wasn’t long before one of them contacted Sally and arranged for an interview.
The site is free for both employers and employees. In addition, Raymond said many of these home jobs pay much more in US dollars than the local ones. Openings are frequently posted by companies from around the world, including the United States, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Unlike traditional platforms which take a cut on the transactions between employers and employees, HomeJobs doesn’t charge anything and workers get to keep 100 percent of the rate.
“Like a normal job, the employer will pay the employee via the latter’s bank account. The two will decide which payment method works for them,” Raymond explained.
Home jobs include virtual assistants, customer service representatives, web developers, programmers, writers, SEO experts, salesmen and more. With its diverse opportunities, the one-stop platform is slated to become the Philippines’ next top destination to find work to do from home. This will help promote talented Filipinos to the world.
To verify your identity, the company charges an optional one-time fee of P500. However, job hunters can still sign up for free without paying.
“The one-time charge significantly increases your chances of getting chosen by potential employers and we recommend it,” Raymond said.
HomeJobs is scheduled to launch next month, but the site is now open to companies that wish to post job openings and employees who want to register.