Many employees in the Philippines lost their jobs as the government implemented quarantines to keep COVID-19’s transmission rate low. Businesses across multiple industries worldwide suffered from the pandemic and needed support from freelancers as they needed cheaper labor to replace the regular employees that were laid off or get help setting up a remote work environment.
Some laid-off workers decided to either join a VA company Philippines or offer freelance virtual assistant services through a business of their own. Many businesses will likely employ freelancers from the Philippines because of the country’s low labor costs that make it an attractive source of virtual assistants.
Anyone can start a freelance business of their own as long as they manage to define their goals, look for a lucrative niche, identify their target clients, price their services accordingly, build an online portfolio, showcase sample services, choose their first clients carefully, mention target clients in their personal content, learn to pitch to clients, and keep their day jobs.
It’s vital that starting freelancers operate without having to compete with more established freelancers directly. One way to do so is by looking for clients through referrals.
For more information on how to start a freelancing business, see this infographic by OVA Virtual.